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Things to Do in Hong Kong 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 say goodbye to man’s best friend and welcome in the Year of the Pig, Hong Kong is gearing up for some festive fun this holiday. From crowded flower markets to a trip up to the New Territories, we check out the best things to do in Hong Kong during Chinese New Year.


Flower Markets

This year, there are 15 Chinese New Year Flower Markets dotted all around Hong Kong. Victoria Park is the most popular, so get ready to shuffle along with the crowd as you discover festive merchandise, beautiful flowers, delicious food, as well as heaps of games and activities. Here’s a helpful tip: go to the market earlier in the day or late at night to avoid the crowds, but if you’re not afraid of battling your way through waves of people, wait until the last day to go, and bag some killer bargains to bring home.

When: January 30 – February 5
Where: 15 parks across Hong Kong Island and Kowloon
How much: Free
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Lam Tsuen Well-Wishing Festival

Join hundreds of Hongkongers from all over the city at the Well-Wishing Festival in Lam Tsuen Village. In the past, visitors would come and cast their hopes and wishes onto a piece of red or pink 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. However, in order to protect the tree from an overwhelming number of visitors each year, measures have been introduced where wishes are made by typing pieces of joss paper to wooden racks nearby, or imitation trees.

When: February 5 – March 3, (8.45am – 6.30pm)
Where: Lam Tsuen Wishing Square, Tai Po, New Territories
How much: Free admission
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Chinese New Year Night Parade 

Featuring over 20 spectacular floats and performances by both local and international talents, 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, firecrackers, and a whole lot more, the parade will give spectators an immersive experience with our city’s vibrant and diverse culture. Be sure to arrive early and bag yourself a front-row viewing spot.

When: February 5 (8pm – 9.45pm)
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre – Canton Road – Haiphong Road – Nathan Road – Salisbury Road
How much: Tickets for the spectator stands have sold out, but the parade can still be viewed for free along the parade route
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Lunar New Year Fireworks Display

As an essential part of the Chinese New Year tradition, the dazzling fireworks display will begin at 8pm and can be viewed from both sides of Victoria Harbour. Locations such as the Tsim Sha Tsui and Central Waterfront Promenade, Bauhinia Square, and Victoria Peak are all great vantage points, but there are also many firework cruises available where guests can avoid the crowds completely, watch the spectacular fireworks explode, and sip on some bubbly from the comfort of a luxury boat.

When: February 6, (8pm)
Where: Locations vary
How much: Free admission
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Chinese New Year Race Day

Kick off the Year of the Pig 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, but you’ll also get to enjoy a variety of shows with traditional lion dances, singing performances, and top lucky tips from Feng Shui Masters. Even if you’re not much of a gambler, there are still plenty of reasons to make your way over to the Sha Tin Racecourse.

When: February 7, (11am – 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. 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 culture. This is as authentic as it gets.

When: Throughout Chinese New Year
Where: Temples across Hong Kong
How much: Free
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Read more! Check out our Guide to Chinese New Year Flowers, and see What’s On around town at Localiiz.

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