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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.

Stay tuned for details of the 2019 celebrations!


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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 (5-6 February 2019) and resume business from the third day (7 February 2019).

The International Chinese New Year Night Parade is one of Hong Kong’s most anticipated annual events, with fantastic floats and spectacular performances by local and international performers, welcoming Chinese New Year with a festive energy that is uniquely Hong Kong.

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Up Your Luck in Hong Kong this Chinese New Year

Kick off the Year of the Dog with a visit to Hong Kong, where locals will show you how to amp up your luck for a fulfilling year ahead.

(by Spoon Digital Limited)

Visit Chinese New Year Flower Markets

1. Visit Chinese New Year Flower Markets

Locals believe that a stroll in the bustling Chinese New Year flower markets brings good fortune, as blooms signify wealth in Chinese culture and many flowers and fruits symbolise good fortune. From the 24th day of the previous year to the morning of the first day of Chinese New Year, various flower markets will pop up all around Hong Kong — the one in Victoria Park is the largest. Entry is free, so be sure to pop by for a look.

Tips: Aside from flowers, you’ll also see pots of bright orange calamondin fruit at the markets. In Cantonese, the word for ‘calamondin’ sounds the same as the word for ‘fortune’, which is why the fruit is popular throughout Chinese New Year. Fruits that come with leaves attached symbolise fruitful romantic relationships.

Victoria Park
Address: 1 Hing Fat Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island

Make a wish at Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees

2. Make a Wish at Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees

During Chinese New Year and other festivals, many Hongkongers would pay a visit to the Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees. People used to write their wishes on joss paper and throw it onto the tree after paying their respects. It’s believed that the wishes will come true if the joss paper doesn’t fall from the tree. Due to their popularity, the trees were at risk of being drowned in paper, so nowadays, wishes are made by tying joss paper to nearby wooden racks or imitation trees.

Tips: It’s said that the higher that the joss paper lands on the tree, the easier it will be for your wish to come true.

Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree
Address: Lam Tsuen, Tai Po, New Territories

Worship at Temples to Bring Good Luck

3. Worship at Temples to Bring Good Luck

Throughout the Chinese New Year period, the Wong Tai Sin and Che Kung temples are often busy. Worshippers compete to be the first to plant an incense stick at the altar for good luck when the clock strikes midnight on Chinese New Year’s Day; on the second day of Chinese New Year, which is the birthday of Che Kung, many head to Che Kung Temple to pray for his blessings. Beside the statue of the deity, there is a copper windmill. Turning it clockwise is believed to change your luck for the better and bring a smooth-sailing year ahead.

Tips: After turning the windmill, those seeking good fortune should hit the accompanying drums three times to show gratitude.

Che Kung Temple at Sha Tin
Address: Che Kung Miu Road, Tai Wai, New Territories

Boost Your Popularity

4. Boost Your Popularity

It’s believed that circling a peach blossom tree three times clockwise will crank up your charm for the year ahead. If petals end up on you, even better — an ideal spouse is headed your way. Already have a partner? Circle the peach blossom tree once to make your love stronger! Throughout the Chinese New Year period, some of Hong Kong’s major shopping malls will be decked out in peach blossoms. Pay them a visit for good luck and festive photos!

Tips: Aside from romantic relationships, peach blossoms are also believed to improve your luck with people, bringing you helpful acquaintances and helping you steer clear of foes.

Taste Festive Foods

5. Taste Festive Foods

In preparation for Chinese New Year, Hongkongers stock up on festive treats which they offer guests in an ornate red snack box called ‘chuen hap’. You’ll often find some of ‘the eight sweets’ in local households: candied shredded coconut, lotus seeds, bamboo shoots, kumquat, lotus root, coconut ribbons, and winter melon. In addition to symbolising a sweet time in the year ahead, different treats bear different blessings: lotus root sounds like ‘plenty of surplus’ in Cantonese, deep-fried peanut pastries promises advancement, and the golden deep-fried sesame balls bring to mind a home full of wealth.

Tips: In Cantonese, the word for ‘cake’ is identical in sound to the word for ‘tall’, so foods such as glutinous rice, turnip, and water chestnut cakes all symbolise growth.

Luk Kam Kee
Address: 5 Tai Ho Road, Tsuen Wan, New Territories; or, Shop 1, G/F, Fu Lee Commercial Building, 14-20 Pilkem House, Pilkem Street, Jordan, Kowloon

Dried Seafood Street
Address: Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island

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