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Chinese New Year celebration!

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, heart-pounding action at the race track, and so much more.


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Date:
10 February to 4 March 2018
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. Themed ‘Best Fortune. World Party.’, the parade will take place on Chinese New Year day, bringing positive energy to everyone in the audience and a vibrant party to see in the Year of the Dog.

Highlights:

  • See magnificent floats alongside local and international performing groups, including cabaret music and dance, cheerleaders, magic, and a collaboration between Chinese drums and a Western marching band.
  • Before the parade begins, roving street performances and games will warm up the route from 6pm onwards, including unicyclists from Japan, diabolo performers from Taiwan, jugglers from the Czech Republic and pogo performers from the US.
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2018 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade

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)
Route:
Major roads in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Parade starts with an opening ceremony at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza. First float and performing group will arrive Canton Road at around 8:30pm, Haiphong Road at 8:50pm and Nathan Road at 9pm.
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Vantage Points:
Free viewing along the streets.
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Admission to spectator stand:
Tickets for the spectator stands are sold out.
Enquiries:
Please fill in the online enquiry form
 How to get there

To parade route along Canton Road, Haiphong Road, Nathan Road (Free viewing):

  • 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.

To spectator seats on Nathan Road (Tickets required):

  • MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit K

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 Float Exhibition & Performances

Get a good look at the splendid floats up close when they go on display at Lam Tsuen in Tai Po, during the Hong Kong Well-wishing Festival . Don’t miss even more wonderful performances by the parade’s international groups at Lam Tsuen, pentahotel and Temple Mall North on 17 and 18 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 Trees).

To pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon (19 Luk Hop Street, San Po Kong, Kowloon):

  • MTR Diamond Hill Station, Exit A2, and walk for 10 minutes.

To Temple Mall North:

  • Wong Tai Sin MTR Station Exit B3

Hong Kong is packed with a wide array of events during Chinese New Year. From a well-wishing rituals to horse racing, there’s something for everyone.

Highlights

Attractions

Other Holiday Events

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.

Festival Walk
Address: 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon

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

Enjoy the night parade, or the first horse race of the Year of the Dog with these tours.

Night Parade

Tours - Hong Kong Cultural Heritage on Parade

Couple your parade night with a taste of local cuisine.

Date: 16 February 2018

 Gray Line HK Tours Limited
Tour Name Prices Language Enquiries Booking URL (if any)
Hong Kong Island + Chinese Dinner with Chinese New Year Parade Tour HK$1,280 English +852 2368 7111 www.grayline.com.hk
New Territories + Chinese Dinner with Chinese New Year Parade Tour HK$1,280 English
Chinese Dinner + Chinese New Year Parade Tour HK$1,180 English (supplemented with Mandarin)

 Splendid Tours & Travel Limited
Tour Name Prices Language Enquiries Booking URL (if any)
Hong Kong Island Orientation with Dinner and Night Parade HK$1,180 English (supplemented with Mandarin) +852 2316 2151 www.splendid.hk
New Territories Tour with Dinner and Night Parade HK$1,180 www.splendid.hk
Chinese New Year Parade with Chinese Dinner HK$1,080 www.splendid.hk

Horse Racing

Horse Racing

Usher in the Year of the Dog with these exciting tours of the races.

Date: 18 February 2018

 Gray Line HK Tours Limited
Tour Name Prices Language Enquiries Booking URL (if any)
Chinese New Year Come Horse Racing Tour HK$1,460 English +852 2368 7111 www.grayline.com.hk
 Splendid Tours & Travel Limited
Tour Name Prices Language Enquiries Booking URL (if any)
Come Horseracing Tour HK$1,460 English (supplemented with Mandarin) +852 2316 2151 www.splendid.hk

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
Hong Kong Disneyland The Hong Kong Jockey Club Macao Government Tourism Office
Ocean Park Hong Kong Quality Tourism Services Association
Official Hotel Sponsor International Performing Group Supporting Organisation
pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon Link Asset Management Limited  
In-kind Sponsors
Calbee Four Seas Co. Ltd. Hung Fook Tong Group Holdings Limited Sanrio Wave Hong Kong Ltd.
International Performing Group Supporting Organisations
  • Hainan Provincial Tourism Development Commission
  • Link Asset Management 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
  • HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity
  • Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE)
  • HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College
  • Lam Tsuen Wishing Square Development Limited
  • Tai Po District Council
  • Yau Tsim Mong District Council
  • YMCA of Hong Kong
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
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Baobab Tree Event Management Co Limited Ming’s Media Productions Co Limited