If you want to experience extravagance this Chinese New Year, look no further, Hong Kong awaits! Listed as the world’s top events by Lonely Planet, Chinese New Year in Hong Kong will definitely be a blast.
Celebrations are at its peak on the first 3 days of this festival!
The Parade and Entertainment on New Year’s Day
On Day 1 of the Chinese New Year, put on your dancing shoes, join the crowd and move to the beating drums of the parade! This happens at Tsim Sha Tsui where they will march through the known highlights of the city such as the Avenue of Stars, Kowloon Park and the Golden Mile of Nathan Road. You’ll find yourself enjoying the many performances of groups and bands. Immerse yourself in the ambience as you feast your eyes on the many entertaining performances on Salisbury Road, Canton Road, and Haiphong Road. Avenue of the stars will be the starting point for this parade. If you’re hungry, head to the Temple Street Market nearby before heading down to watch the parade.
Fireworks on Victoria Harbour
We promise you a sight to behold for this one. On the second day of the celebration, head down to the Victoria Harbour where you see fabulous displays of pyrotechnic works and colourful and dazzling firework displays above the majestic Victoria Harbour. The display goes on for half an hour long and you’ll see laser lights dancing on participating buildings. Gather at the Avenue of stars as this is the best place for you to catch this spectacular show! Fancy floating while catching this show? Hop on to the cruises to do just that!
Head down to the Sha Tin Racecourse on the third day and join 100 000 spectators catching the most popular horse racing event in Hong Kong! The Jockey Club, a non-profit charity group will showcase traditional and colourfulWatch the jockeys’ race for the Chinese New Year Cup!
Be sure to snap up on the promotions that go on during this period. The sale is massive! Malls are open for extended hours even on Chinese New Year's Eve and also the first few days of the New Year. Into luxury items? Don’t fret, take advantage of the low tax environment while you shop till you drop!
Hong Kong Flower Rush
If you are a budding florist, you will be in for a treat! In Hong Kong, it is a big tradition for the Chinese to give flowers, potted plants, and bouquets as presents. This signifies custom and different flowers denote different wishes! You’ll find yourself surrounded by fresh flowers when you head to Victoria Park or Mong Kok Flower Market where you will find 100 flower shops! Just make sure you’re prepared to hustle with the crowd as it can get very intense! Kumquat (small orange citrus fruits) plants make the most popular gift as it signifies a financially prosperous year.