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Things to Do and See This Chinese New Year

It’s that time of year again when our city gets swamped with red and gold decorations, dancing lions, and people donning the lucky colour red to celebrate Chinese New Year. As we prepare to kiss goodbye to the Rooster and welcome in the Year of the Dog, Hong Kong is gearing up for some exciting events this February 16 to 19.


Flower Markets

Kumquat trees, water lilies, cherry blossoms, and daffodils are just some of the flowers and plants you’ll find yourself getting lost in at the fifteen Chinese New Year Flower Markets dotted around Hong Kong. Victoria Park is the most popular so get ready to shuffle along with the crowd as you discover festive merchandises, beautiful flowers, delicious food, and heaps of fun games for the kids. Here’s a helpful tip: go to the market earlier in the day or late at night to avoid the crowd, or if you’re patient enough, wait until the last day to go and bag killer bargains at every stall!

When: February 10 – 16
Where: 15 parks across Hong Kong Island and Kowloon (including Victoria Park in Causeway Bay and Fa Hui Park in Mong Kok)
How much: Free
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Lam Tsuen Well-Wishing Festival

Join hundreds of Hong Kongers from all over the city at the Well-Wishing Festival in Lam Tseun village. Cast your hopes and wishes onto a piece of red paper tied to an orange, and chuck it as high as you can over the wishing tree. The higher the branch it reaches, the more likely your wish will come true! If that’s not enough to impress you, the festival will also include delicious food, fun games, and amazing cultural performances, making it a perfect family day out.

When: February 16 – March 4, (9am – 7pm)
Where: Lam Tsuen Wishing Square, Tai Po, New Territories
How much: Free admission
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Chinese New Year Night Parade 

Featuring over 30 amazing floats and spectacular performances by both local and international performers, the Chinese New Year Night Parade is the biggest street party extravaganza of the year. Filling up the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui with marching bands, traditional Chinese dancers, lively music, and firecrackers, visitors will have the chance to get up close with our city’s vibrant and diverse culture. Make sure you arrive early and bag yourself a a front-row viewing spot!

When: February 16 (8pm – 9.45pm)
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre – Canton Road – Haiphong Road – Nathan Road – Salisbury Road
How much: Free admission (Price of spectator stand tickets TBC)
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Lunar New Year Fireworks Display

UPDATE: Due to the tragic Tai Po bus accident on February 10, Fireworks display will be cancelled in mourning for those who have lost their lives.

If you’re going to see one thing this Chinese New Year, then make sure it’s the epic Lunar New Year Fireworks Display. As an essential part of the Chinese New Year tradition, the dazzling display can be viewed from both sides of Victoria Harbour with vantage points such as the Tsim Sha Tsui and Central Waterfront Promenade, the Bauhinia Square, the Victoria Peak, or even the Hung Hom Bypass between Salisbury Road and Hung Hom Road which will be closed off from all traffic. There are also many fireworks cruises available where guests can avoid the crowds and watch the spectacular fireworks explode while sipping on bubbly from the comfort of a luxury boat.

When: February 17, (8pm – 8.23pm)
Where: Victoria Harbour
How much: Free admission
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Chinese New Year Race Day

Kick off the Year of the Dog with one of the biggest race days in our city’s annual calendar. Not only will you get to cheer on your favourite jockeys as they race towards the finish line for the grand Chinese New Year Cup, you will also get to enjoy a variety of shows with traditional lion dances, singing performances, and top lucky tips from Feng Shui Masters. So even if you’re not much of a gambler, there’s still plenty of reasons to make your way over to Sha Tin Racecourse.

When: February 18, (12pm – 6pm)
Where: Sha Tin Racecourse
How much: $10 entry fee to the public enclosure
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Traditional Temple Rituals 

If you’re not so keen on all the extravagant celebrations that Hong Kong has to offer, how about doing things the traditional way? Each year, hundreds of people gather at one of the 600 beautiful temples dotted across the city to worship and give thanks for their good fortune over the past year. Make sure you swing by popular places such as Wong Tai Sin, Che Kung, and Man Mo Temple for an insight into the heart and soul of Chinese New Year. This is as authentic as it gets.

When: Throughout Chinese New Year
Where: Temples across Hong Kong
How much: Free
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Chinese New Year Displays

CNY Miniature Exhibition at Olympian City

Presenting 52 miniature art pieces by 20 local artists, the Chinese New Year Miniature Exhibition at Olympian City will feature some of the most detailed craftsmanship of miniature scenic attractions, festivals, architecture, and cultural heritage of Hong Kong. Apart from the exhibition, there will also be a bundle of miniature workshops and demonstrations where participants can learn how to make everything from delicious festive nibbles, to cute doggie lanterns. Shoppers will be entitled to take part in a workshop upon spending $1,000, but there are only a limited number of spots available so let’s get shopping!

When: Until February 22
Where: Olympian City, 18 Hoi Ting Road, Tai Kok Tsui
How much: Free
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Where Harmony Blossoms at Pacific Place

This Chinese New Year, Pacific Place will be transformed into a vibrant spring garden decked with beautiful blossoming flowers, stunning birdcages embellished with hand-painted porcelain designs by local artist Dixon Ngai, and an array of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. Shoppers who has exceed the spending requirment of $2,500 will receive a Lock of Blessing padlock, where they are then invited to lock their blessings onto the birdcages. For every padlock secured, Pacific Place will donate $20 to support Hong Kong Seeing Eye Dog Services in celebration of Year of the Dog. There’s no better way to spend the holidays than shopping for a good cause.

When: Until February 28
Where: Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
How much: Free
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Old Master Q at Telford Plaza

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with Old Master Q and his pals as they turn on the nostalgia, and transform Telford Plaza into a festive extravaganza of fun arts and crafts workshops, dancing Old Master Q characters, and amazing decorations all around. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the Old Master Q artwork exhibition where over 50 original manuscripts by second-generation Old Master Q creator will be put on display for all fans to see. With a total value of $1.7 million, some of the artwork are already in line to be auctioned off this summer by Sotheby’s, so don’t miss out on this rare opportunity and make sure to visit Telford Plaza this holiday!

When: Until March 2
Where: Telford Plaza, 33 Wai Yip Street, Kowloon Bay
How much: Free
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Affection for Lee Tung Avenue

Giving the festive season a fashionable twist, a four-metre tall Fortune Knot Doggie sculpture has taken over the beautiful promenade of Lee Tung Avenue this Chinese New Year. While you’re there snapping photos to go on Instagram, don’t forget to check out their series of festive workshops, music performances, and their Lion Dance Spectacular on February 27. To make your holiday even more special, bring along your four-legged friend and join in on the Charity Dogathon on February 25 to help raise funds and awareness for the poor abandoned dogs in Hong Kong.

When: Until March 2
Where: Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai
How much: Free
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New Town Plaza X LEGO

Head on over to New Town Plaza this Chinese New Year, and meet the LEGO family as they take over the shopping mall with the world’s first LEGO Chinese New Year grand mansion installation, exclusive LEGO model-building workshops, and lots of limited-edition giveaways for all. With plenty of photo opportunities everywhere, it’s definitely well-worth making the trip up to Sha Tin this Chinese New Year!

When: Until March 4
Where: New Town Plaza, 18 Sha Tin Centre Street, Sha Tin
How much: Free
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A Dance of Celebration at Citygate Outlets

Apart from their great outlets that’s perfect for a Chinese New Year shopping spree, Citygate will also be bringing shoppers A Dance of Celebration to ring in the Year of the Dog. With extraordinary Chinese paper-lions designed by Master Hui Ka Hung, the youngest lion paper crafting master in Hong Kong, festive performances parading through the mall, and exclusive Chinese New Year shopping rewards, you and the family are bound to have an unforgettable experience.

When: Until March 4
Where: Citygate Outlets, 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau
How much: Free
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Read more! Check out our Guide to Chinese New Year Flowers, and see What’s On in Hong Kong.

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