Chinese New Year is the most significant celebration on Hong Kong’s calendar. So it’s no surprise there are plenty of things to do to mark the Lunar New Year. This year is the Year of the Pig, with Chinese New Year beginning on 5 February and ending on 7 February. Here’s some of the key events and activities you can take part in.
The annual flower markets are part of Chinese New Year celebrations. Each year, parks and playgrounds across Hong Kong are packed with stallholders. They sell orchids, cherry blossoms, daffodils and other festive blooms. These are used for decorating the home, one of the key new year customs. Key parks are Victoria Park in Causeway Bay and Fa Hui Park in Sham Shui Po. The markets are open from noon to midnight on 30 January-4 February; and midnight to 6am on 5 February.
Cathay Pacific Chinese New Year Night Parade
The first day of Chinese New Year is one big street party – the famous night parade. The Cathay Pacific Chinese New Year Night Parade features around 30 colourful floats. There are also marching bands, troupes of acrobats, lively lions and dragon dancers, drummers, and lots of firecrackers. Spectator stands are available for a fee (in front of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in TST), or watch from the street anywhere along the route. The parade winds its way down Canton Road, Haiphong Road, and then down on Nathan Road and back along the waterfront via Salisbury Road. From 8pm on 5 February. Warm-up entertainment starts from about 6pm.
Chinese New Year Firework Display
Thousands will line both sides of iconic Victoria Harbour on the second day of Chinese New Year (6 February) to witness the Chinese New Year pyrotechnic display. Join them and start the new year with an awe-inspiring spectacle. Key vantage points are along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, Central and Western District Promenade and Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai. The fireworks start at 8pm on 6 February. If you’d like to watch the fire works from one of the city’s restaurants with a view, see our Chinese New Year Dining Guide.
Chinese New Year Race Day
Head over to Sha Tin for an extra special race day as the whole of Hong Kong celebrates the Year of the Pig. The most popular race day of them all will provide a full programme of traditional and colourful festivities on-course, including entertainment performances, a lucky draw, and jockeys greeting fans with good luck messages. The action is at Sha Tin Racecourse on 7 February.
Chinese New Year Displays
Just like at Christmas time, buildings, shopping centres, hotels and public areas all over the city get in the spirit of Chinese New Year. You won’t be able to turn a corner without seeing a festive pig or a golden display ushering in the new year. There’s a lot for kids and Instagrammers to play with. Head to all the usual suspects – Lee Tung Ave in Wanchai, IFC, TST, Cityplaza, Times Square, Harbour City, and more. Pacific Place has a beautiful kite display and a raft of CNY activities until 24 February. As usual, Harbour City has a bunch of fun photo opps and activities for the kids to explore, check it out as you get off the Star Ferry at TST.
The festival attracts hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors from all over the world to Lam Tsuen every year. Experience the traditions of throwing placards onto the wishing tree and lighting wishing lanterns. Daily at Lam Tsuen Wishing Square, Lam Tsuen, Tai Po.
Enjoy The Great Outdoors
Chinese New Year is also about spending time with family, or friends that are like family. There’s no better time of year to get out and active on one of the city’s beautiful hikes. Try some of our favourite hikes here.
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