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Up your luck in Hong Kong at Chinese New Year

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Up your luck in Hong Kong this Chinese New Year

Kick off Chinese New Year with bountiful blessings in Hong Kong, where locals amp up their luck for a fulfilling year ahead abundant in happiness.

Turning windmill

1. Worship at temples to bring good luck

Throughout the Chinese New Year period, the Wong Tai Sin Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info and Che Kung Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info temples are busy.  Worshippers plant an incense stick at the altar for good luck during Chinese New Year. 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.


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


2. Visit Chinese New Year flower markets

Locals believe that a stroll in the Chinese New Year flower markets brings good fortune, as blooms signify wealth in Chinese culture and many flowers and fruits symbolise good fortune. 


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.

Peach blossom tree

3. 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!


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.

Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree

4. Make a wish at Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees

During Chinese New Year and other festivals, many Hong Kong people would pay a visit to the Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info . 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.


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

Chuen hap

5. Taste festive foods

In preparation for Chinese New Year, Hong Kong people 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 promise advancement, and the golden deep-fried sesame balls bring to mind a home full of wealth.


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.

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