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Five Hong Kong Chinese New Year Events You Can’t Miss

If the sudden supply of free tikoy and the occasional red envelope is enough to get you excited for the coming Year of the Pig, then you probably haven’t been to Hong Kong during the celebrations. Here’s what you can do to welcome the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong:
 

 

1. Pick out Flowers at the Flower Market

Flower Market

To kick-off the festival celebrations, specialty flower shops pop up around the city, each boasting a colorful array of flowers and plants specially sold for Chinese New Year. As a tradition, families and couples would pick flowers out for good luck in the upcoming year.

Popular “auspicious” plants include the Moth Orchid, which is said to bring blessings and luck, and Nipplefruit, which brings luck and safety to family members.

Where: Causeway Bay, Mongkok, and all around the city.
 

2. Join the New Year Night Parade

Hong Kong New Year Night Parade
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The Cathay Pacific New Year Night Parade is possibly the most popular event of the Lunar New Year. Now on its 21st year, it’s safe to expect only the best display of local and international acts, eye-catching floats, and dazzling shows of color as far as the eye can see.

It’s attended by thousands of people from all over the world, and has already been named one of the best events of the year by Forbes Magazine.

Where: Canton Road, Halpong Road, and Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
 

3. Marvel at the fireworks display

Victoria Harbor Fireworks

On the 6th of February, 2019, the sky on top of Victoria Harbour will be completely illuminated by fireworks for 23 whole minutes. This is easily one of the best fireworks display in the entire world, and an experience you can’t miss.

If you want to experience the fireworks from a different angle, various tours around the harbour are also offered.

Where: Victoria Harbor
 

4. Witness the ancient Lantern Festival

Lantern Festival

The Lantern Carnival is one of the longest standing traditions practiced during the new year. It usually happens on the first full moon of the year, or the 15th day of the Lunar Calendar.

Aside from lantern displays, this year’s celebration will include musical performances, traditional song and dance, and game booths.

Where: Tsim Sha Tsui, New Territories West, New Territories East
 

5. See horses run on Race Day

Horses Racing
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Not many know this, but one of the biggest events of the Lunar Year is the Chinese New Year Race Day, which marks the first horse race of the year.

More than just a sporting event, the program includes lion dances, traditional ceremonies, firecrackers and more. Race Day attendees even get freebies like a “Fortune Pen” and a chance to win a 24k gold ornament.

Where: Sha Tin Racecourse
 

Tips for Families

Family Visiting King Yin Lei Hong Kong
Editorial credit: Wang Sing / Shutterstock.com

If you’re bringing the family along with you, it’s always important to keep everyone entertained. This could be as simple as giving everyone a chance to pick a restaurant, or staying in a family-friendly hotel, whatever it is, it’s always important to weigh in everyone’s opinion (no matter how young!).

Are you a family that likes to shop? Stay near Causeway Bay! Have young kids? Take them to Disneyland!
 

Where to Stay:

Holiday Inn Golden Mile Hong Kong

Still looking for an accommodation that’s perfect for the whole family? Check out these top picks:

 

Activities:

Madame Tussauds

Fill in your itinerary with the help of this list of top things to do in Hong Kong or start booking tickets for these recommended activities:

 

Tips for Couples

Couples in Ngong Ping
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Hong Kong is one of the best places to visit with a special someone. On top of the exciting events that are happening over the Chinese New Year weekend, you’re never going to run out of date places, street food to feast on, and interesting sites to see.

But if you’re not up to joining the crowds at night, make sure to book a hotel near the harbour to catch views of the fireworks from your room.
 

Where to Stay:

Harbour Grand Hong Kong

Relax and unwind after a long day of traveling around Hong Kong’s neighborhoods. Check out these top hotel picks for couples:

Read More: Best Hong Kong Hotels
 

Activities:

Peak Tram Hong Kong

Looking for the perfect date ideas? Go shopping at famous shopping districts, try out a variety of dishes, or learn about historical sites. Check out all the hip neighborhoods in Hong Kong to include in your bucket list. Or try out these activities perfect for couples:

 
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