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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.

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Date:
22 January to 12 February 2017
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 (28–29 January) and resume business from the third day (30 January).

In support of:
HKSAR 20th Anniversary

With its 2017 edition themed ‘Best Fortune. World Party.’, the parade is one of Hong Kong’s most anticipated annual events, and has been sponsored by Cathay Pacific Airways for 19 years. Fantastic floats and spectacular performances by groups sourced locally and abroad will be welcoming Chinese New Year with a grandeur unique to Hong Kong.

Highlights:

  • The main roads of Tsim Sha Tsui will be lit up by 10 illuminated floats
  • Overseas performances invited to Hong Kong include stilt walkers, cheerleaders and folk dances
  • Local performances include traditional dragon and lion dances, magic show, percussion bands and modern dances
  • Before the parade officially starts, a variety of pre-parade street performances will warm up the route. Get ready for roving entertainment featuring music groups, dance groups, games and you may even get a goodie bag for free!
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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
- Pre-parade street performances will warm up the route from 6pm onwards
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
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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:
Tickets for the spectator stands are sold out, but you can view the parade for free along its route.
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.

Parade Floats Exhibits and Stage Performances

After the parade, you can still get a good look of the stunning floats up close! The floats will be on display at Lam Tsuen in Tai Po from 29 January to 12 February. In addition, there will be wonderful performances by the parade’s international groups at Lam Tsuen and other hot spots in town on 29 and 30 January.

 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).

The Chinese New Year period in Hong Kong is packed with a wide array of events. From fireworks displays and well-wishing rituals to horse racing and football, there’s something for everyone. So, be sure to check out these events if you are coming to town.

Highlights

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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

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

Hong Kong Cultural Heritage on Parade

Tours - 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!

Date: 28 January 2017

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Tour Operators Prices Language Enquiries
Gray Line Tours of Hong Kong Ltd HK$1,280 per person (includes meal and reserved grandstand parade seats) English/Mandarin +852 2368 7111
Splendid Tours & Travel Ltd HK$1,080 per person (includes meal and reserved grandstand parade seats) +852 2316 2151
Tours - Catch the Fireworks Display from a Harbour Cruise

Catch the Fireworks Display from a Harbour Cruise

One of the best ways to enjoy the dazzling fireworks is with a Victoria Harbour cruise. Contact the tour operators below for details.

Date: 29 January 2017

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Tour Operators Prices Enquiries
Gray Line Tours of Hong Kong Ltd HK$1,050 per person +852 2368 7111
Harbour Cruise - Bauhinia HK$680 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$720 per person +852 2316 2151
Star Ferry’s Harbour Tour HK$280; aged 13 or above only +852 2118 6201
Watertours of Hong Kong Ltd HK$480/HK$650/HK$1,050 per person +852 2926 3868

Come Horseracing Tour

Tours - 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.

Date: 30 January 2017

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Tour Operators Prices Language Enquiries
Gray Line Tours of Hong Kong Ltd HK$1,380 (Only available to visitors. Advanced booking required.) English/Mandarin +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    
Float Sponsors
Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation Limited China National Tourism Administration
Federation of Hong Kong Chiu Chow Community Organizations LTD Hong Kong Disneyland The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Macao Government Tourism Office Ocean Park Hong Kong Quality Tourism Services Association
Parade Route Sponsor Official Hotel Sponsor Major Sponsor
China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation Limited pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon Hainan Provincial Tourism Development Commission
International Performing Group Supporting Organisations
Lee Tung (Sino) Link Asset Management Limited  
In-kind Sponsors
Calbee Four Seas Co. Ltd. FIJI Water Hong Kong Ltd Hung Fook Tong Group Holdings Limited
Sanrio Wave Hong Kong Ltd. Van Gogh Venchi HK Limited
Supporting Organisations
  • 1881 Heritage
  • Agency for Volunteer Service
  • Canton Road Association
  • C.C.C. Kei San Secondary School
  • CCC Kung Lee College
  • CNEC Lau Wing Sang Secondary School
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Community College of City University
  • Confucian Tai Shing Ho Kwok Pui Chun College
  • Harbour City
  • HKBU Affiliated School Wong Kam Fai Secondary and Primary School
  • The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups
  • Hong Kong Hotels Association
  • Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE)
  • HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Community College
  • HJJ Explorer Tours Ltd
  • Lam Tai Fai College
  • Lam Tsuen Wishing Square Development Limited
  • Lingnan Secondary School
  • POH Chan Kai Memorial College
  • Shau Kei Wan East Government Secondary School
  • Shek Lei Catholic Secondary School
  • Tack Ching Girls' Secondary School
  • Tai Po District Council
  • Tourism Promotions Board Philippines
  • TWGHs Mrs Fung Wong Fung Ting College
  • TWGHs SCGAW Memorial College
  • TWGHs Yow Kam Yuen College
  • Yau Tsim Mong District Council
  • YLPMSAA Tang Siu Tong Secondary School
  • 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