Guide to Chinese New Year in Hong Kong: Festivals, Events, Things to Do

There is something for everybody during Chinese New Year in Hong Kong with a long list events, from dragon dances to the action-packed Lunar New Year races. Hong Kong's Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 5-6, 2019, with the big fireworks display going off at 7 p.m. on February 6.

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Chinese New Year Night Parade

Performers dance at the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade in Hong Kong

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The biggest event of the New Year, famed worldwide, will be the Chinese New Year Night Parade in Tsim Sha Tsui on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. 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 8 p.m. and continues until around 9:45 p.m. 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 the Hong Kong's Chinese New Year website for full information, including where to watch and other top tips.

What - Chinese New Year Parade
When - February 5, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Where - Tsim Sha Tsui
MTR - Tsim Sha Tsui

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Chinese New Year Fireworks Show

Fireworks in Victoria Harbour during the Chinese new year, Hong Kong

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The second day of New Year (February 6, 2019) 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 it's 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 8 p.m. See our top five views of Hong Kong harbor article to grab your spot.

What - Chinese New Year Fireworks
When - February 6, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Where - Tsim Sha Tsui
MTR - Tsim Sha Tsui

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Chinese New Year Horse Racing

Dundonnell wins the Chinese New Year Cup at Sha Tin racecourse

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If you know about the 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 racecourse will be adorned with lanterns and there will even be a lion dance on February 7, 2019. For race fans, one of the major attractions is the Chinese New Year Cup.

What - Lunar New Year Races
When - February 7, 2019 at 11 a.m.
Where - Sha Tin
MTR - Sha Tin Racecourse 

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What to Know About the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

Market in Mongkok, Hong Kong

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Most government offices and banks will be closed for the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong. However, many shops and restaurants in the busy tourist districts will remain open. Some shopping malls may even extend their service hours as it's a popular shopping time among locals and visitors. Major attractions, theme parks, and public transport will operate as usual. Street markets and stalls will usually close on the first and second day of the Chinese New Year (February 5-6, 2019) and resume business on the third day (February 7, 2019).

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