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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.

2016 International Chinese New Year Night Parade Highlights

2016 International Chinese New Year Night Parade Highlights

The Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade on the first day of the Lunar New Year has been the highlight of the festive season in Hong Kong for the last 21 years. Themed ‘Best Fortune. World Party.’, the parade features spectacular floats and international performers who delight the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui. It begins with a fun-filled street party, after which a variety of international and local performing groups including marching bands, cheerleaders, dance troupes and roving costumed characters will join the Year of the Rooster mascot to celebrate Chinese New Year in the parade.

 Info
2017 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade

Date:
28 January 2017 (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, dance, 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
Free viewing along the streets:
Visitors can still enjoy free viewing along Canton Road, Haiphong Road, Nathan Road during the event.
Admission to spectator stand:
Ticket sales begin on Saturday, 14 January and are available on a first-come-first-served basis at the Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Centre at Star Ferry Concourse, Tsim Sha Tsui (Opening hours: 8am to 8pm daily). Each visitor will be given a number tag to purchase tickets at a designated time on the same day. (Maximum four tickets per person, per transaction.)
Enquiries:
Please fill in the online enquiry form
 
 How to get there

To parade route along Canton Road, Haiphong Road, Nathan Road:

  • 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.

To Spectator Stand at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui (Ticket required):

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

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.

 

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