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Hong Kong Chinese New Year

Lucky you if your trip to Hong Kong falls in the run-up to or 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.

Stay tuned for details of next year’s celebrations!

February 2016 (Exact date to be announced)
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).

Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade 2015

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Celebrations 2015

Every year, tens of thousands line the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui to witness the International Chinese New Year Night Parade – a spectacle of dazzling performers from home and abroad that turns the whole harbour-front area into a giant outdoor street party. This is where the world comes to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Performing groups are invited to submit proposals for the 2016 edition of the event. Details here.

2015 Parade
In 2015, the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade welcomed the Year of the Sheep with the theme Sweet 20.World Party. Around 150,000 people packed the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui on 19 February for the 20th annual parade, and many more got to see the floats up close in Lam Tsuen, where they were showcased for ten days. More wonderful performances by the parade’s international groups took place on 20 and 21 February.

Check out the photos and highlights below.

Photo Gallery


2016 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade

8 February 2016 (Chinese New Year’s Day)

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

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