Chinese New Year Events in Hong Kong 2016

What's Going On for Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

China, Hong Kong, Kowloon, Wong Tai Sin Temple, Chinese New Year
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There is something for everybody during Chinese New Year in Hong Kong with a packed diary of events, from dragon dances to the action packed Lunar New Year races.

First Day of Lunar New Year – February 8th

The biggest event of the New Year, famed worldwide, will be the Chinese New Year Night Parade in Tsim Sha Tsui. A procession of imaginatively decorated floats will parade down the streets, with entrants coming from all over the world.

Expect drums, dragons and plenty of drama. The parade starts at 8pm and continues until around 9:45pm and will wind through the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui before hitting the parade ground.The parade starts from Hong Kong Cultural Centre and proceeds along Canton, Haiphong, Nathan and Sailsbury roads, before finishing at the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel. 

To view the parade, pick a spot on the street for free, or buy tickets for the grandstand in advance. See our profile of Hong Kong's Chinese New Year parade for full information, including where to watch and other top tips.

What - Chinese New Year Parade
When - February 8th 8:00pm
Where - Tsim Sha Tsui
MTR - Tsim Sha Tsui

Second Day of the Lunar New Year – February 9th

The second day of New Year sees boats pack the harbor and people thronging the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, particularly the Avenue of Stars, for the most spectacular fireworks show in the world - amazingly, completely computer controlled.

The event is actually an extended version of Hong Kong's daily Symphony of Lights show. Many people rent a boat to get a perfect view from the harbor. If you're heading to the waterfront, you'll need to get there early, as it fills up quickly. The fireworks kick off at 8pm. See our top five views of Hong Kong harbour article to grab your spot.

What - Chinese New Year Fireworks
When - February 9th, 8:00pm
Where - Tsim Sha Tsui
MTR - Tsim Sha Tsui

Third Day of the Lunar New Year – February 10th

If you've checked out our guide to New Year Superstitions, you can find out if your efforts to draw good luck have paid off by heading to the horse-racing track. The Sha Tin race-track will be adorned with lanterns and there will even be a lion dance. For race fans, one of the major attractions is the Chinese New Year Cup.

What - Lunar New Year Races
When - February 10th, 11am
Where - Sha Tin
MTR - Sha Tin Racecourse