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Hong Kong Chinese New Year

Lucky you if you’re in Hong Kong during Chinese New Year, the city’s biggest and most colourful festival! It is impossible to not be caught up in the energy as you squeeze into crowded temples to pray for good fortune, browse festive markets selling auspicious foods and blooms and photograph the shock-red lanterns that adorn the city.

This ancient festival also gets a makeover that is uniquely Hong Kong. So, you will experience a Chinese New Year like no other, with a fabulous parade of floats, international and local performers, a stunning fireworks show over the harbour, heart-pounding action at the race track, and so much more.

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Date:
2–22 February 2016
Holiday business hours:
Most government offices, banks and public utilities will be closed for the Chinese New Year public holidays in Hong Kong. However, most shops and restaurants in the busiest districts will remain open. Some shopping malls may even extend their service hours. Major attractions, theme parks and public transport will operate as usual. Street markets and stalls will usually close on the first and second day of the Chinese New Year (8–9 February) and resume business from the third day (10 February).
Hong Kong Pulse 3D Light Show

Hong Kong Pulse 3D Light Show

Enjoy truly magical moments in the form of a spectacular 3D light show with exciting audiovisual effects. This exhilarating experience will take place at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the Clock Tower at Tsim Sha Tsui. During the period of Chinese New Year celebrations, the content of the show will have traditional festive themes. Seize the chance to take in the unique glamour which echoes the vibrancy and enhances the festive ambience of Asia’s world city! Click here for details.

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Date:
10–29 February 2016
Time:
8:20pm, 8:45pm, 9:15pm and 9:45pm nightly (About eight minutes per session)
Venue:
Open Piazza, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Admission:
Free
 How to get there

MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit J, and follow the signs to Hong Kong Cultural Centre

In support of:
Appreciated Hong Kong

With its 2016 edition themed ‘Playground of the World.Party of the Year’, the parade is one of Hong Kong’s most anticipated annual events, and has been sponsored by Cathay Pacific Airways for 18 years. Fantastic floats and spectacular performances by groups sourced locally and abroad will be welcoming Chinese New Year with a grandeur unique to Hong Kong.

Highlights:

  • The main roads of Tsim Sha Tsui lit up by 13 illuminated floats
  • Overseas performances invited to Hong Kong include giant creations, delightful stilt walkers, extravagant drummers, energetic cheerleaders and cultural dances
  • Local performances include traditional dragon and lion dances, percussion bands, ballet and modern dances
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2016 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade

Date:
8 February 2016 (Chinese New Year’s Day)
Time:
8–9:45pm (Live telecast on TVB Jade channel);
- Spectator stands open to ticket holders at 7pm
- Before the official start of the parade, street performances will warm up the route from 6pm onwards, featuring roving entertainment including music and dance groups, games and lots of surprises
Route:
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
- Parade starts with an opening ceremony at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza in Tsim Sha Tsui (For ticket holders only)
- Proceeds along Canton Road, Haiphong Road, Nathan Road and Salisbury Road, and ends outside Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel and Towers
Download Map
Admission:
Spectator stand tickets are now sold out. Visitors can still enjoy free viewing along the parade route during the event.
Enquiry:
Please fill in the online enquiry form
 How to get there

To Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui:

  • MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit L6.
  • Star Ferry from either Central or Wan Chai to Tsim Sha Tsui.

To parade route:

  • MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exits A, C, D and E.
  • MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exits J, K, L1, L3, L5 and L6.

Note: Surrounding roads will be closed to vehicles about two hours before and after the parade. Please pay attention to government announcements in the local media.

Parade Floats Exhibits and Stage Performances

After the parade, enjoy the splendour of the stunning floats up close! The floats will be on display at Lam Tsuen in Tai Po from 9–22 February, in addition to wonderful performances by the parade’s international groups at Lam Tsuen and other hot spots in town on 9 and 10 February.

 How to get there

To Lam Tsuen, Tai Po:

  • Bus 64K from MTR Tai Po Market Station to Fong Ma Po (Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree).

The Chinese New Year period in Hong Kong is packed with a wide array of events. From fireworks displays and well-wishing rituals to horse racing and football, there’s something for everyone. So, be sure to check out these events if you are coming to town.

Highlights

Attractions

Other Holiday Events

Despite its utterly modern world city status, Hong Kong is deeply traditional. And preparing for and celebrating Chinese New Year is especially rich with ancient rituals and customs. Below is your guide to understanding (and perhaps joining in) these timeless traditions.

Colourful and aromatic New Year shopping
Seeking good fortune
Auspicious foods
The 15 days of Chinese New Year

Make the most of your time in Hong Kong and celebrate the Chinese New Year with a special tour or cruise.

Hong Kong Cultural Heritage on Parade

Tours - Hong Kong Cultural Heritage on Parade

Experience Hong Kong’s unique culture by joining a tour before the parade! Choose from tours of the city’s great sights such as a Buddhist monastery, Tin Hau temple, an ancient walled village, and the Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees in the New Territories; or, for amazing views, see The Peak, the fishing community of Aberdeen and scenic Repulse Bay on Hong Kong Island. Wrap up your tour in a grandstand seat for the infectious party atmosphere and entertainment of the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade!

Date: 8 February 2016

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Tour Operators Prices Language Enquiries
Gray Line Tours of Hong Kong Ltd HK$1,180 per person (includes meal and reserved grandstand parade seats) English/Mandarin +852 2368 7111
Splendid Tours & Travel Ltd HK$980 per person (includes meal and reserved grandstand parade seats) +852 2316 2151
Tours - Catch the Fireworks Display from a Harbour Cruise

Catch the Fireworks Display from a Harbour Cruise

One of the best ways to enjoy the dazzling fireworks is with a Victoria Harbour cruise. Contact the tour operators below for details.

Date: 9 February 2016

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Tour Operators Prices Enquiries
Gray Line Tours of Hong Kong Ltd HK$960 per person +852 2368 7111
Harbour Cruise - Bauhinia HK$700 per person +852 2802 2886
Jetway Express Ltd HK$1,200 per adult; HK$1,100 per child (aged 2–12) +852 2336 6916
Splendid Tours & Travel Ltd HK$690 per person +852 2316 2151
Watertours of Hong Kong Ltd HK$470/HK$620/HK$960 per person +852 2926 3868

Come Horseracing Tour

Tours - Come Horseracing Tour

Sign up for the Come Horseracing Tour, where you can experience all the thrills of the big race day from the comfort of an exclusive private box.

Date:10 February 2016

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Tour Operators Prices Enquiries
Gray Line Tours of Hong Kong Ltd HK$1,360 (Only available for visitors. Advanced booking required.) +852 2368 7111
Splendid Tours & Travel Ltd +852 2316 2151

Remark: Racecourse is only open to people aged 18 or above.

Title Sponsor
Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd    
Parade Route Sponsor
China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation Limited    
Float Sponsors
Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation Limited China National Tourism Administration
The Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd FrieslandCampina (Hong Kong) Ltd. Guangdong Chimelong Group Co., Ltd.
Hong Kong Disneyland The Hong Kong Jockey Club Macao Government Tourism Office
Ocean Park Hong Kong Quality Tourism Services Association ZWILLING J.A. Henckels (Cheong Hing Store Ltd.)
Official Hotel Sponsor
pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon    
International Performing Group Supporting Organisations
JJ Explorer Tours Ltd Lee Tung (Sino) The Link Management Limited
Tourism Promotions Board Philippines    
In-kind Sponsors
Almond Roca Calbee Four Seas Co. Ltd. FIJI Water Hong Kong Ltd
Global Brands Group Gui Tea (H.K.) Co. Ltd. Hung Fook Tong Group Holdings Limited
Sanrio Wave Hong Kong Ltd. Venchi HK Limited  
Supporting Organisations
  • 1881 Heritage
  • Agency for Volunteer Service
  • Canton Road Association
  • Community College of City University
  • Harbour City
  • The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups
  • Hong Kong Hotels Association
  • Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE)
  • HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Community College
  • Lam Tsuen Wishing Square Development Limited
  • Tai Po District Council
  • Tung Cheng Yuen Lam Tong Charitable Foundation
  • Yau Tsim Mong District Council
Government Departments
  • Architectural Services Department
  • Auxiliary Medical Service
  • Building Department
  • Civil Aid Service
  • Electrical and Mechanical Services Department
  • Fire Services Department
  • Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
  • Highways Department
  • Hong Kong Cultural Centre
  • Hong Kong Museum of Art
  • Hong Kong Police Force
  • Lands Department
  • Leisure and Cultural Services Department
  • Transport Department
Event Manager Show Producer
Baobab Tree Event Management Co Limited Ming’s Media Productions Co Limited

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