1. Bendigo is home to the oldest and longest Imperial Dragons in the world.
That’s right, Bendigo’s connection to its Chinese history and culture is that impressive. Since the gold rush of the 1850s, many thousands of Chinese arrived in Bendigo bringing their customs, culture, and beliefs to the goldfields – including dragons!
In the late 1800s an Imperial Dragon known as Loong, was sent from China and made his Bendigo Easter Fair parade debut in 1892. From that day on, Chinese dragons in Bendigo have become iconic. When Loong, the oldest Imperial Dragon, became too old to be paraded through the streets of Bendigo, a new dragon, Sun Loong, was purchased in the 1970s. Then followed Dai Gum Loong in 2019, the longest Imperial Dragon in the world.
Both are on display at the Golden Dragon Museum in the heart of Bendigo.