As the Year of the Wood Dragon dawns, Hong Kong beckons with a tapestry of vibrant festivities, promising an unparalleled celebration of Chinese New Year. Dive into the cultural mosaic of this iconic city with eight captivating experiences that promise to leave an indelible mark on your Year of the Dragon celebrations.
1. Grand Return of the Cathay International Chinese New Year Night Parade
The festivities kick off with the resplendent Cathay International Chinese New Year Night Parade in Tsim Sha Tsui on February 10th. From 8 pm to 9:45 pm, marvel at elaborately adorned floats and global entertainers, immersing yourself in the pulsating energy of this world-class event.
2. Lunar New Year Fireworks Display
On February 11th, witness the sky come alive with the mesmerizing Lunar New Year Fireworks Display at 8 pm along Victoria Harbour. Find a prime spot along the harbour promenade to bask in the splendor of this shimmering spectacle.
3. Che Kung Festival
Celebrate the second day of the Lunar New Year at the Che Kung Festival, where you can visit the Che Kung Temple, spin the iconic fortune pinwheel for good luck, and carry blessings throughout the year.
4. Hong Kong Well-wishing Festival
From February 10th to 24th, immerse yourself in the legendary Hong Kong Well-wishing Festival. Join locals and global visitors in traditional rituals like tossing placards onto the Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree, illuminating wishing lanterns, and writing wishes on placards tied to mandarins in Tai Po.
5. Poon Choi Feast in Rural Walled Villages
Experience the culinary tradition of Poon Choi, a communal feast symbolizing prosperity and happiness. Join local tours to rural walled villages like Yuen Long or Sha Tau Kok to savor this culinary sensation and explore Lunar New Year customs.
6. Chinese New Year Pudding Workshops
Participate in hands-on workshops by local traditional bakeries like Kee Wah Bakery to learn the art of making Chinese New Year puddings, symbolic treats representing prosperity and abundance.
7. Dried Seafood Shopping
Explore Sheung Wan’s “Dried Seafood Street” for luxurious ingredients symbolizing prosperity and wealth. Indulge in preserved scallops, abalone, and shrimp, setting a positive tone for the year ahead.
8. Temple Blessings
Seek blessings for prosperity, success, health, and love at Hong Kong’s temples. Visit Man Mo Temple for career success, Kwun Yum Temple for wealth, Hau Wong Temple for health, and Wong Tai Sin Temple for love and marriage.
With festivities lasting until the 15th day of the Chinese New Year, Hong Kong invites you to revel in its rich cultural heritage and vibrant celebrations. Don’t miss out on the chance to experience the magic of this auspicious occasion.
Bonus: Hong Kong Night Treats
The Hong Kong Tourism Board is offering a million ‘Hong Kong Night Treats’ visitor dining vouchers for use in restaurants and bars across the city after 6 pm, adding an extra layer of delight to your Lunar New Year celebrations.