Header image courtesy of Lee Tung Avenue
Various places in Hong Kong sure love to put on a show during festive seasons, and the Mid-Autumn Festival is no exception. Lanterns are front and centre, becoming the main symbol of many visual displays and installations. Whether you are looking for traditional paper lanterns or modern recreations, there is plenty to see! Get your cameras ready because here are the best displays to see around Hong Kong this Mid-Autumn Festival.
If you’re looking for a lively place to moongaze, Starstreet Precinct is the place to be. This Mid-Autumn Festival, the bustling street is filled with installations designed by Taiwanese illustration brand EmmaAParty. It features the iconic rabbit character series Bah-pau (肉包) and the exclusive new Star Rabbit, a tailor-made design for the festival.
Besides the characters, an ethereal light scene festooned with dozen of coloured LED globes and shiny star-shaped ornaments cover the area. It makes for a dreamy Mid-Autumn stroll. Take advantage of the Starry Reward programme to redeem a Matchali x Esca molten matcha and hojicha vegan mooncake box set and a $50 shopping voucher upon designated spending at Starstreet Precinct merchants! Until 12 September.
Lee Tung Avenue continues to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival the traditional way! Over 800 colourful lanterns will hang above the popular shopping street and the glistening red decorations will be switched on every day from 5 pm to enchant visitors with a mesmerising sight. In addition, Lee Tung Avenue is hosting two charity events for three consecutive weeks in September, including a charity marketplace by the Rotary Club of Hong Kong and a charity pop-up, featuring booths selling handmade items and lantern-making workshops. Proceeds will be used to provide welfare services for those in need. Until 4 October.
For something a little more trippy, Temple Mall’s “Moonlight Neonade” display is the answer. Here, old or broken neon signs are upcycled into two-metre 3D moon replicas, giving them an upgrade. Master Wu Chi-kai, one of Hong Kong’s last neon sign makers, and emerging neon light artist Jive Lau join hands to breathe new life into this cultural heritage practice to help it regain its glory. Some of the other installations include a 3D model tracing the lunar phases of the moon and a playful light sculpture. Until 18 September.
A 16-metre-long lantern corridor is lighting up the Gold Coast Piazza this year, featuring giant traditional lanterns in auspicious colours. But that’s not all—a fiesta market is bringing together a plethora of local brands to ring in the festive cheer! Grab your friends, family, and loved ones to join the lantern or mosaic coaster workshop for free upon same-day spending of $500 or above at any of the shops around the piazza. Until 12 September.
What’s so impressive about Tai O during the Mid-Autumn Festival is the community effort the residents put into creating the village’s iconic lantern displays! It’s truly in a league of its own. Every year, villagers get together to craft hand-painted lanterns and string them across the picturesque neighbourhood. Most of them can be found along the main street, but the Instagrammable bridge and side streets are also brimming with illuminations. Lights will be on from 6.30 pm to 9 pm on certain days. It’s a sight to behold! Until 30 September.
Lake House is transforming into a sparkling destination with dazzling illuminations this Mid-Autumn Festival. Gather with friends and family while admiring the full moon, join a paddle boat tour, take photos of the 12-metre-tall rabbit display, or tuck into a specially curated festive menu at Billow or Le Vow. You can also make a wish using the “wishing flower” and let it flow along the waters. It makes for a truly dreamy scene! Until 12 September.
Gaze upon the “Love and Reunion” lantern festival at the Tung Chung Promenade! Enjoy a series of festive decorations including a giant neon-lit lantern and four-metre-tall lantern walls designed by architect Stanley Siu. In total, there will be about 1,000 lanterns sprinkled across the area for you to admire. On the evening of Mid-Autumn and the following day, there will be shadow puppet shows and workshops for the public to participate in. Register on-site—the events are on a first-come, first-served basis. Until 13 September.
Hang Heung Cake Shop and Central Market are joining hands to promote the Mid-Autumn Festival through a collaborative “City of the Moon” installation! Expect to come across four Instagrammable spots for you to admire, including the five-metre-tall “wishing tree” which boasts 200 lanterns. A Hang Heung-inspired hut designed by a local illustrator is also on display, as well as a miniature city made of blocks. Until 30 September.
During this Mid-Autumn Festival, Lee Garden One becomes a fantasyland of stunning lights. A plethora of lantern installations, made up of a mix of modern artistic flair and traditional culture, will light up from 6 pm to 11 pm for visitors to admire. Drop by and take photos with your family and friends as you look up at the glistening night sky! Until 12 September.
Ngong Ping Village will be swathed in a sea of light as beautiful lanterns surround the area! Snap the best photos at the illuminated half-moon installation or make your wishes come true over at the Wishing Pavilion. Meanwhile, the iconic Bodhi tree will be decorated with hand-painted lanterns! Don’t miss the lantern painting workshop and special face painting experience—just present any Ngong Ping 360 cable car ticket of the day and spend $50 or more shopping from merchants in Ngong Ping Village. Until 18 September.
The historical Blue House in Wan Chai is displaying hand-painted lanterns made by local residents during the festive period. The four-storey tenement building lights up with hundreds of lanterns, each featuring a unique design. From 6 pm to 10 pm, the lanterns will be illuminated so be sure to mark your calendars! Until 18 September.