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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 2018 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 (16–17 February 2018) and resume business from the third day (18 February 2018).

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.

The 2017 edition

Themed ‘Best Fortune. World Party.’, the 22nd International Chinese New Year Night Parade featured 10 brilliant floats and over 3,000 performers from Hong Kong and beyond. Over 155,000 visitors and locals came to see the fabulous show. Take a look at the gallery below for highlights!

Photo Gallery

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Date:
16 February 2018 (Chinese New Year’s Day)
Time:
8–9:45pm (A variety of street performances will warm up the route from 6pm onwards.)
Venue:
Main streets of Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
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Viewing along the streets:
Free


Spectator stand tickets available. Stay tuned for ticketing details.

 How to get there

To parade route along Canton Road, Haiphong Road and 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
Colourful and aromatic New Year shopping

Join the locals as they hit the flower markets in search of the perfect bloom to bring them good luck for the coming year. In return, you’ll be treated to a riot of colours and aromas!

Take a Virtual Visit

Seeking good fortune
Auspicious foods
The 15 days of Chinese New Year