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Hong Kong always goes big so you can be sure that when it comes to Chinese New Year there’s nowhere that can beat the incredible city for the festivities. While other destinations may promise a more traditional approach to the holiday, Hong Kong’s trademark futurism can be seen throughout the entire holiday as every parade, festival and firework display is as technically impressive as it is patriotic. If you’re visiting during this time it’ll be hard to avoid celebrations for the New Year, however, for those who are looking for the ultimate experience, here are our top picks for Chinese New Year events in Hong Kong:
Chinese New Year Parade
5th of February
Rivalling the likes of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, the Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade runs on the first day of the year and features everything from traditional dragon dancers to gigantic animatronic floats for some of China’s, and the world’s, most popular TV shows, films and brands. It’s the perfect way to start the celebrations, especially if you have children with you, and a brilliant combination of New Year’s tradition and modern technology.
Chinese New Year Fireworks
6th of February
Possibly the most iconic sight of the festivities is the night sky filled with fireworks in the bay of Hong Kong. A once-in-a-lifetime experience, this firework display marks the start of a new year as a fleet of pontoons fill Hong Kong bay and fire hundreds of fireworks into the air above the city. Every year is an attempt to outdo the last, and they haven’t failed yet. If you only get to experience one part of the celebrations for New Year during your visit, it should be the New Year Fireworks.
Chinese New Year Flower Markets
30th of January - 6th of February
The holiday is celebrated by many with lucky trees and flowers, which are decorated using lucky red letters and other holiday ornaments, so in the run-up to Chinese New Year, you can expect to find many flower markets. While any of these make for a fun afternoon of strolling through traditional Asian flora, the most popular is held in Victoria Park and offers a whole day’s worth of incredible floral displays as well as plenty of plants to buy.
New Year At Disneyland Hong Kong
January - February
Featuring the classic Three Little Pigs, in honour of the year of the boar, Disneyland Hong Kong is transformed for the festivities with a holiday parade and hundreds of events to celebrate the start of a new year. The New Year’s parade runs daily throughout the period, featuring lion dancers, holiday floats and much more. The park even sets up a special New Year’s market, where you can buy Disney-themed souvenirs that are limited to the holiday.
Chinese New Year Racing
One of Hong Kong’s biggest holiday traditions is the race meeting held on the 3rd day of the year. This isn’t only a huge racing event to rival the Grand National in England or the Kentucky Derby in America, it’s also a day filled with traditional festivities, including lion dances and a huge dragon parade.
Click here to book your trip to Hong Kong today and start the year of the boar in style.
And, if you’re planning on travelling to Beijing, you can read our guide to Chinese New Year in the capital by clicking here.
On behalf of Manchester Airport, we’d like to wish you an incredible New Year filled with good fortune.