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China Apostille or Authentication

Posted in Arizona, California, China Apostille, China Authentication, China News, chinese embassy and legalization, Los Angeles, Power of Attorney

What is an Apostille?
Apostilles are available in countries, which signed the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization of Foreign Public Documents, popularly known as The Hague Convention. This convention, created in 1961, replaces the time consuming chain certification process used so far, where you had to go to four different authorities to get a document certified.

What type of Documents get Apostille? Power of attorney, divorce decree, notarized documents, birth certificate, corporate documents, FDA documents etc.

Is China a Party to the Hague Convention? No China is not a party to the Hague Convention, Macau and Hong Kong are parties to the Hague Convention.

Chinatown Celebration

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Chinatown Celebrates the Year of the Rabbit

by Richard Guzmán
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – The dragons and Shaolin warriors are once again ready for the streets of Chinatown. This year, there’s going to be a rabbit in the mix too.

The Chinese New Year celebrations are set to take place in Chinatown Feb. 2-13. Area residents, businesses and visitors will celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with a parade, performers, a race, a scavenger hunt and a crafts fair. Of course, area restaurants and bars will be hives (or are they hutches?) of activity.

“We’re expecting a great crowd. There’s a tremendous amount of excitement with Chinese New Year,” said George Yu, executive director of the Chinatown Business Improvement District, one of the festival organizers. “We’re ready for the Year of the Rabbit.”

The year 4709 on the Chinese calendar will start with a ceremony at Thien Hau Temple, at 750 N. Yale St., on Wednesday, Feb. 2 from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Thousands of people are expected to gather to make offerings to the deities. They will also set off firecrackers to awaken the spirits while burning incense, which is believed to usher in good fortune. The ceremony will include lion dancers.

Most of the festivities will take place on two weekends, Feb. 5-6 and Feb. 12-13.

The highlight of the first weekend will be the 112th annual Golden Dragon Parade.

More than 100 floats, marching bands, dragons and martial arts groups will proceed down Hill Street and Broadway on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. About 100,000 people are expected to line the parade route, which will end on Broadway and Cesar Chavez Avenue with a literal and very loud bang.

“We’ve got a big old firecracker display set for the end of the parade,” said Bob Gin, chair of the Golden Dragon Parade, which is organized by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

While it is not as crowded as the Rose Parade, many people still claim spaces along the street hours before the procession starts.

 “This whole event is something that attracts the entire community, including kids, parents, nearby residents and many that come here from other areas,” Gin said.

There will be two honorary parade marshals this year: Winston Wu, a longtime community youth activist, and Al Soo-Hoo, president of the board of directors of the Chinese American Museum.

“They’ve both done so much for the community so we wanted to honor them,” Gin said.