The largest Lunar New Year festival outside of Asia will kick off in Sydney with a fireworks display on the Harbour Bridge followed by a canine-inspired program.
Celebrating the Year of the Dog, the city's 22nd Chinese New Year Festival starts on Friday night, with up to 1.4 million people expected to attend.
As part of the Lunar Lanterns exhibition, two giant dog lanterns will be suspended in Chinatown, with another dog lantern at the Sydney Opera House, and a 13-metre-high dragon lantern outside the Museum of Contemporary Art.
"The most significant quality in dogs is their unconditional companionship and loyalty. Their energy can be passed on to us," Chinese-Australia artist Song Ling, said of his lantern at the Opera House.
This year's festivities include the largest dragon boat race in the Southern Hemisphere, along with usual culinary events and live performances celebrating Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Thai and Australian cultures.
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said it's a good opportunity for the city to celebrate multiculturalism.
"Our multicultural community of all backgrounds can come and learn about our Asian communities," Ms Moore told reporters on Monday.
Aside from the cultural experience last year's festival generated up to $3 million for the local economy.
"(It) is just growing exponentially each year, Sydneysiders love to go out, and there are fabulous things on," Ms Moore said.
The festival's cultural hub, Chinatown, will be transformed into a "thundering lion's den," with traditional lion dancers and red firecrackers.
Chinatown's local artwork and cuisine will also be on display in the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.
There are more than 80 associated events during the festival which runs until March 4.