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Hong Kong Chinese New Year Celebrations 2014

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Celebrations 2014

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, be prepared for a Chinese New Year like no other, with a fabulous parade of international and local performers, a stunning fireworks show over the harbour, heart-pounding action at the race track, and so much more.

Here’s to a lucky start to the new year! Or, as we say here, kung hei fat choi!

 Info
Date:
13 February to 5 March 2015
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 (19 – 20 February) and resume business from the third day (21 February).
 
Red Packets at the Airport

Red Packets at the Airport*

It is a Chinese custom to give out red envelopes called ‘lai see’ as a blessing during Chinese New Year. Keeping to this tradition, we’ll be welcoming visitors arriving at Hong Kong by handing out red packets containing coupons at the airport throughout the first seven days of Chinese New Year (19-25 February). Come get yours now!

* While stocks last.

 
Hong Kong Pulse 3D Light Show

Hong Kong Pulse 3D Light Show

Enjoy spectacular 3D light shows with exciting audiovisual effects coinciding with the Hong Kong Chinese New Year celebrations ! Click here to read more.

 Info
Date:
12 February to 18 March 2015 (except 18-20 February)
Time:
8:30pm, 9pm, 9:30pm and 10pm nightly (About 15 minutes per session)
Address:
Open Piazza, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
 

The Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade is one of the best-adored iconic events of Hong Kong! With the theme of Sweet 20‧World Party, the parade will light up the city’s streets with illuminated floats and magnificent international and local performing groups. The party atmosphere will consume Tsim Sha Tsui as crowds line the route to watch the vibrant entourage pass by. So come along and join this great party as night descends upon the spectacular Victoria Harbour!

First held in 1996, this annual event has been proudly sponsored by Cathay Pacific Airways for 17 years.

To celebrate the 20th staging of the night parade, Maxim’s Cakes coupons* will be distributed in Tsim Sha Tsui before the night parade begins. The coupons can be used at selected Maxim's Cake shops.
*While stocks last.

 Info
Date:
19 February 2015 (Chinese New Year’s Day)
Time:
8-9:45pm (Telecast live on TVB Jade); Spectator stands open at 7pm for ticket holders only.
Route:
The parade starts at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza in Tsim Sha Tsui and proceeds along Canton, Haiphong, Nathan and Salisbury roads, finishing at the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel and Towers. (First float will arrive on Canton Road around 8:30pm. Last float will arrive at the end point around 10:30pm.)
Downlaod
Admission:
Tickets have sold out. Spectators can still enjoy the parade for free along the route.
Enquiries:
info@discoverhongkong.com
 
 How to get there

To Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui:

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

To parade route:

  • 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.

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 Floats Exhibits and Stage Performances

After the night parade, you can see the splendid floats close up. They will be on display at Lam Tsuen, Tai Po from 20 February to 1 March. More wonderful performances by the parade’s international groups await on 20 and 21 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 Tree).
 

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

Make the most of your time in Hong Kong and celebrate the Lunar New Year with a special tour or cruise.

Hong Kong Cultural Heritage on Parade

Experience Hong Kong’s unique culture by joining a tour before the parade! Choose from tours of the city’s great sights such as a Buddhist monastery, Tin Hau temple, an ancient walled village, and the Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees in the New Territories; or, for amazing views, see The Peak, the fishing community of Aberdeen and scenic Repulse Bay on Hong Kong Island. Wrap up your tour in a grandstand seat for the infectious party atmosphere and entertainment of the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade!

 Info
Tour Operators Prices Language Enquiries
Gray Line Tours of Hong Kong Ltd HK$980 per person (includes meal and reserved grandstand parade seats) English/Mandarin +852 2368 7111
Splendid Tours & Travel Ltd HK$950 per person (includes meal and reserved grandstand parade seats) +852 2316 2151
 

Catch the Fireworks Display from a Harbour Cruise

There’s no better way to enjoy the dazzling fireworks than with a Victoria Harbour cruise. Please call the tour operators below for cruise details.

 Info
Tour Operators Prices Enquiries
Gray Line Tours of Hong Kong Ltd HK$930 per person +852 2368 7111
Harbour Cruise - Bauhinia HK$700 per person +852 2802 2886
Jetway Express Ltd HK$1,200 per adult; HK$1,100 per child (aged 2-12) +852 2336 6916
Splendid Tours & Travel Ltd HK$690 per person +852 2316 2151
Watertours of Hong Kong Ltd HK$490 per person +852 2926 3868
 

Come Horseracing Tour

Sign up for the Come Horseracing Tour, where you can experience all the thrills of the big race day from the comfort of an exclusive private box.

 Info
Tour Operators Prices Enquiries
Gray Line Tours of Hong Kong Ltd HK$1,290 (Only available for visitors. Advanced booking required.) +852 2368 7111
Splendid Tours & Travel Ltd +852 2316 2151

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
The Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd Chimelong Group (Hong Kong) Limited Hang Seng Bank
Hong Kong Disneyland The Hong Kong Jockey Club Macau Government Tourist Office
Ocean Park Hong Kong Quality Tourism Services Association SOGO Hong Kong Co., Ltd.
Official Cake Sponsor
Maxim’s Cakes    
Official Hotel Sponsor
pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon    
International Performing Group Supporting Organisations
ELEMENTS JJ Explorer Tours Ltd The Link Management Limited
Telford Plaza Tourism Promotions Board Philippines  
In-kind Sponsors
Calbee Four Seas Co. Ltd. Fred & Chloé Transform Water
Venchi HK 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 Community College
  • Lam Tsuen Wishing Square Development Limited
  • Tai Po District Council
  • Tung Cheng Yuen Lam Tong Charitable Foundation
  • Yau Tsim Mong District Council
Government Departments
  • 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
Event Manager Show Producer
Baobab Tree Event Management Co Limited Ming’s Media Productions Co Limited