chinese week

kenny perez (left) and brandon amelunke of dynamic marshal arts studio perform a choreog hed weapons fight on the main stage at the phoenix chinese week culture and cuisine festival at margaret t. hance park on friday, feb. 13, 2015, in phoenix.(p o: jeffrey lowman/the republic)

history moves east with the year of the rooster as phoenix celebrates the history and heritage of china this friday through sunday, feb. 10-12, at the free chinese culture and cuisine festival at margaret t. hance park east in phoenix.

there will be a children’s pavilion with demonstrations of callig hy, paper folding and paper cutting.

and at the chinese cultural village attendees can learn how to use an abacus and about chinese inventions such as kites and comp es.

authentic chinese cuisine will be sold at the food pavilion with a beer garden urday and sunday.

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a p o display shows the phoenix-area chinese american community from the past to the present. a traditional taipei dragon boat, used for racing, will be on display.

dress up as an imperial prince or princess in the p o booth or try your hand at the art of tiles for mahjong, a traditional chinese game.

the phoenix valley of the sun koi club will be on-site with its annual exhibit featuring hundreds of award-winning fish as well as a koi-equipment trade show.

details: feb. 10-12. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. urday-sunday. margaret t. hance park east, 1202 n. third st., phoenix. free. phoenixchineseweek.org.

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