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Lunar New Year 2023: Best Chinese New Year displays and markets in Hong Kong

By Celia Lee 18 January 2023

Header image courtesy of Citygate Outlets

Lunar New Year is a time for celebrations, but it is also a time for rest. With a very long weekend ahead of us, it’s time to plan your activities accordingly and make the most of your time off. Hong Kong is famous for its beautiful and over-the-top festive displays, and you can bet that the Chinese New Year displays around the city are going to be bigger, brighter, and even more impressive! Here’s where you can find the best Chinese New Year displays and markets in Hong Kong this Year of the Rabbit.

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Photo: Mostown

Mostown

Mostown is going retro this Lunar New Year with its “Snap and Tag a Cosy New Year” display! Featuring three festive dioramas and five installations designed with Hong Kong in the 1960s and 1970s in mind, this is the perfect place for a family photo this CNY. The Chinese god of wealth will also be around at the mall on the seventh and eighth days of Chinese New Year, so be sure to stop by and wish for prosperity in the new year!

Mostown, 18 On Luk Street, Ma On Shan

Photo: IFC Mall

IFC Mall

At IFC Mall this Lunar New Year, dive into the “Garden of Auspicious Delights,” a beautiful butterfly garden, and welcome the festivities of CNY with open arms. The mall is decorated with floral canopies of reds, oranges, and pinks. Walk through the blossoming flowers and usher in a lively and prosperous new year! Don’t forget to check out IFC’s shopping rewards and vouchers and take advantage of the spirit of giving this January!

Oval Atrium, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central

Photo: Harbour North

Harbour North

Harbour North is hopping ahead of the game with its blushing pink and romantic Chinese New Year display! Located next to the mall, near the pier, you will find the area transformed into a wonderland of blossoming pink bushes! Located in the centre of it all is an elegant stained-glass gazebo for visitors to take their pictures in. From busking performances to a visit from the god of wealth to a plethora of spending awards at the mall, Harbour North is a festive and romantic place to be for all couples this January!

Harbour North, 1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point

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Photo: Harbour City

Harbour City

Over at Harbour City this LNY, wish for a lucky year ahead at the “New Year Wishing Pond.” Located on the second-floor entrance to Ocean Terminal, the display is amongst the exhibition of Japanese embroidery artist Mayuka Morimoto. Visitors to the mall can also grab limited-time embroidered lai see packets and an adorable knot pouch!

Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Photo: Central Market

Central Market

Central Market’s brand-new festive installation, “Ode to Good Old Hong Kong: a Prosperous Lunar New Year Fair,” shows off a traditional Hong Kong-style festive flower board, which was made for Chinese New Year and as advertising for Chinese operas, a fading heritage craft in the twenty-first century. Also present are vintage-inspired stalls, which signify another blooming era in the city’s history. Popularised in the nineteenth century, there are only 2,700 of these left in the whole city, another crucial piece of cultural heritage.

In addition to these stunning historical displays, a series of workshops and special performances are also available in front of the flower board throughout the period. From now till 21 January, the 1/F Event Space at Central Market will be transformed into a street market with over 30 stalls offering vintage and LNY products. Experience old Hong Kong in its full glory this Lunar New Year before 31 January!

Oasis, G/F, Central Market, 93 Queen’s Road Central, Central

Photo: Mira Place

Mira Place

Mira Place is all about adorable bunnies this CNY. From now till 5 February, visitors to the shopping mall will be greeted by a giant Japanese lucky rabbit sitting atop an elegant and grand rabbit shrine. From the “Wishing Pavilion” to the “Bell of Happiness,” your pilgrimage to see the fortune rabbit will surely bring good luck and prosperity to you and your loved ones in the new year. Don’t forget to try your hand at “The Hidden Fortune Bunnies” AR game and capture your luck by chasing all the fortune rabbits hiding away at Mira Place. A selection of offers and spending rewards are also available. Find out more here.

Atrium, Mira Place, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

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Photo: Pacific Place

Pacific Place

Pacific Place is collaborating with Hong Kong’s iconic White Rabbit candy brand to present a nostalgic experience this Lunar New Year. Opening its first-ever pop-up at the mall, White Rabbit is offering shoppers a selection of souvenirs, merchandise, and an exclusive tasting journey through the sweets’ different flavours. What a delicious hop into the new year!

Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Causeway Bay

Photo: Temple Mall

Temple Mall

Mahjong is the quintessential pastime for Chinese New Year gatherings as well as a crucial part of Hong Kong’s culture. While the traditional tile game used to be handcrafted by master artisans, many sets you see on the market today are industrially produced. If you want to learn more about mahjong, its history in Hong Kong, and the craftsmanship that goes into producing a set, head over to Temple Mall this holiday!

On view is a comprehensive exhibition called “The Art of the Game: Behind Mah-jong Tiles,” detailing the evolution of the game complete with a three-metre-tall mahjong installation to celebrate the well-loved pastime this Lunar New Year. Since you’re already at Temple Mall, don’t forget to check out the “Love in a Tile” DIY fai chun stickers and CNY paper art workshop to get your creativity flowing!

Temple Mall, 136 Lung Cheung Road, Wong Tai Sin

Photo: T Town

T Town

Celebrate the new year with adorable Japanese cartoon characters from the Yosistamp family at T Town! From now till 15 February, shoppers can visit the trending rabbit at the “Yosistamp Shrine and Fun Fest.” Snap your picture at the chōzuya-inspired space as you pray for a prosperous year ahead and get your shopping done at the Flower Market.

T Town, 30–33 Tin Wah Road, Tin Shui Wai

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Photo: Times Square

Times Square

At Times Square this LNY, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck are transformed by local toymaker Urdu into adorable maneki-neko (lucky cat) and daruma figures. Find these fortune-bringing characters at the Open Piazza under the festive, Disney-themed canopy. If you want to take these two adorable figurines home, head over to Urdu’s pop-up store in the Atrium, where you can browse through a selection of special-edition items.

Open Piazza, G/F and The Atrium, 2/F, Times Square, Causeway Bay

Cityplaza

For fans of the adorable cartoon rabbit Miffy, Cityplaza is the place to be this CNY! From now till 5 February, visitors to the mall can step into “The Year of Blossoms” display at the Atrium and Centre Bridge. Don’t forget to take advantage of six photo spots and snap your picture with the adorable cartoon rabbit! If you want to take home a selection of Miffy-related merchandise, pay a visit to the CNY pop-up store.

Cityplaza, 18 Tai Koo Shing Road, Quarry Bay

Citygate Outlets

Over at Citygate Outlets, the popular sweets brand Chupa Chups is teaming up with local illustrator Pol Li to welcome the new year! Pose for pictures with your favourite Cheeky Cheeky character at the “Funtastic Lolly Academy” and don’t forget to treat yourself to limited-edition Chupa Chups festive merchandise while you’re at it. Together with CNY spending rewards and membership perks, your holiday just got a whole lot better!

Citygate Outlets, 20 Tat Tung Road, Lantau Island

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Photo: Lee Gardens

Lee Gardens

Lee Gardens is being transformed into a festive wonderland under the theme “Unfold Your Aesthetic Stories.” This year, Hysan Place is partnering with local paper art master Ming-hang Lau to transform the mall into a breathtaking, traditional paper art pavilion.

A traditional imperial canopy is installed in the atrium and lined with 300 masterfully crafted paper art pieces, each showcasing the blessings of peace and prosperity that the new year is sure to bring. Over at Lee Garden One and Lee Theatre Plaza, you will find the paper art motif in all its decorations, from the golden rabbits at the “Lucky Rabbit Wonderland of Art” to the soaring dragons at the “Spring Golden Gates of Golden Times.”

Dig into some festive goodies on your visit to Lee Gardens, too! Cupping Room’s pop-up at Hysan Place will serve exclusive drinks with limited-time products on offer. Complete with a paper lantern-making workshop, your Lunar New Year holiday activities are sorted at Lee Gardens. Visitors can also enjoy shopping rewards and goodies from Lee Gardens this January. You can find out more about this here.

Lee Gardens, 500 Hennessey Road, Causeway Bay

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Celia Lee

Staff writer

Born and raised in Hong Kong and educated in the UK, Celia is passionate about culture, food, and different happenings in the city. When she’s not busy writing, you can find her scouting for new and trendy restaurants, getting lost in a bookstore, or baking up a storm at home.

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