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Celebrate Chinese New Year in Hong Kong
by Owen Daniel - Feb 17, 2015
Hong Kong loves to party on any normal night of the year but Chinese New Year is far from normal. The events are more glamorous, more fantastic and generally larger-than-life. With so many options to choose from it’s hard to know what to do… we’ve collected some of the best ways to have fun in Hong Kong this Chinese New Year.
Lunar New Year Cup
As the island’s longest running Chinese New Year sporting event – which started back in the 1950s – this year’s showdown sees New York’s Cosmos taking on local champs South China. So head to the Hong Kong Stadium to get your footy fix this CNY.
Thursday, February 19, 3:15 pm @ Hong Kong Stadium, 55 Eastern Hospital Road, Causeway Bay, 2416 1384 (www.hkfa.com)
New Year’s Fireworks
Renowned the world-over, Hong Kong’s New Year’s Eve firework displays attract visitors from every corner of the globe. Make sure you find a spot nice and early to witness the city’s most impressive visual display of the year.
Friday, February 20, 8:00 pm @ Victoria Harbour, 2591 1340
Chinese New Year Race Day
Apparently the jockeys greet guests with auspicious messages to welcome you as you arrive – and they expect literally thousands to attend this annual stalwart event. Feeling lucky, punk?
Saturday, February 21, midday-6pm @ Sha Tin Racecourse, Sha Tin, 1817 (www.hkjc.com) $10.
The Flower Market(s) of Hong Kong
The most well known flower market, and largest, can be found in Victoria Park (Causeway Bay). Usually running a few days before the New Year and a little after, they can get very crowded – think last minute Christmas shopping busy. Prices will be a little high as demand is high, but also keep in mind that these people don’t want to lug their unsold plants back home so a little bargaining is more than acceptable.
February 13-19, various locations, with one at Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, 11 am-Midnights. As expensive as the flowers you buy.
New Years at Fong Ma Po
If you are inkling for a traditional way to celebrate the new years in Hong Kong pay a visit to Fong Ma Po. Held in Lam Tsuen and lasting several weeks, make a wish at the wishing tree, enjoy a performance em two and chow down on the food at the various food stalls. Food and a show? My wish has already come true.
Now until March 5, Fong Ma Po Village, Lam Tsuen, Tai Po , 8am-6pm, Free.
Disney New Year’s Celebration
Are you too embarrassed to tell your friends you want to go to hang out with Mickey Mouse over the Chinese New Year’s? We will keep it a secret. Hong Kong Disneyland is gearing up for the new years by decorating its park. Also, this is your chance to take pictures with Disney’s lovable characters dressed in special New Year’s costumes.
Now until Sun March 8, Hong Kong Disneyland. (www.hongkongdisneyland.cn)
Be enchanted by the array of lanterns that light up the city at various locations throughout Hong Kong. Palm readings are be available for those that want to see what the Year of the Goat will bring for them as well as other cultural dancing and performances. Nightly lantern displays are presented at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre from 6pm to 11pm between January 23 and March 2.
From now until March 27, various locations, with one at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui, 7:30 pm -10:30 pm, Free. (www.hkculturalcentre.gov.hk)
11th Tai Kok Tsui Temple Fair
If your itching for a more “traditional” take on the New Year be sure to check out the 11th Tai Kok Tsui temple fair parade. Awaiting you is an amazing lion dance and a variety of spectacles and treats in the neighborhood. They also have a photo contest going on – so bring your camera!
March 1, 10:00 am-9:30 pm, Fuk Tsun St, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon, 2395 3107, Free. (www.tkttemplefair.org.hk)
Times Square: The Legend of Lion Dance Exhibition
Take a peek at times square for a lion dance infused event. With some 36 different dancing lions - and a gigantic lion – this event hopes to help preserve and promote this threatened culture in Hong Kong. Not only will they be putting on shows, but they will also offer various workshops to educate the public on the varieties of Southern Chinese dancing.
March 5, Times Square Living Room Museum, Causeway Bay, Free. (www.timessquare.com.hk)