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Chinese Valentine’s Day

Darling Harbour attractions celebrate the QiXi festival of love!

Popular family attractions Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and Madame Tussauds Sydney celebrate Chinese Valentine’s Day, welcoming guests to capture a special memory at pop-up displays.

Also known as ‘QiXi Festival’, Chinese Valentine’s Day takes place every year on the seventh day of the seventh month of the Chinese Lunar calendar. This year, the occasion falls on 7 August and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is celebrating love with the perfect penguin backdrop to capture a special photo with (or for!) a loved one! While next door at Madame Tussauds Sydney, guests can pick a sign and get up close and personal, posing with one of the world’s most famous and in love couples, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – Meghan and Harry – who are the newest figures to have been revealed as part of the Royal Experience.

Located next to the sub-Antarctic Penguin Exhibit, penguins are the focus of the love wall, as they are experts at winning the hearts of their loved ones. Traditionally, during nesting season, male Gentoo penguins search for the most beautiful and smooth pebble to bring back to the special someone they are trying to woo. The hope is that they will then build a nest together. In the penguin world, once a match is made between two love birds, they tend to stay loyal for life. The love of penguins has been captured on a large mural under a neon ‘love’ sign for guests to enjoy. Breeding season falls in mid-August, during which guests to the aquarium will have the special opportunity to witness our penguins pairing up and building nests.



Every day, 10am to 5pm

Thursday 8 August to Wednesday 14 August 2019


Prices vary: Book online and save.

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