Five-day weekend ahoy! It’s time to usher in the Year of the Dragon – so here’s hoping your year will be healthy, wealthy and prosperous. Here’s a week’s worth of Chinese New Year celebrations to keep you entertained… Kung Hei Fat Choi!
It’s considered lucky to have some fresh flowers in your home or office for Chinese New Year – so to take care of all your floral needs, head to one of the many Flower Markets across town. Even if you’re not buying, soak up the colourful and heady atmosphere – with orchids, cherry blossom and narcissi galore, plus plenty of dragon-themed tat (expect hundreds of Angry Birds tie-ins) to mark the new lunar year!
Where: Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, plus thirteen other public parks and playgrounds across Hong Kong
How much: Free
Enter The Dragon
If you fancy seeing in CNY with something a little more hardcore, how about the Enter The Dragon club night with DJ Dash Berlin? One of the world’s top DJs, Dash Berlin will make sure you welcome the lunar new year with some of his trademark high-energy dance music – plus there will be a few special guests and live music from some local performers too. Make the most of your super-long weekend and party on ‘til dawn!
Where: Great Room, 7/F W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: $880, $1280; www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288
The magnificent centrepiece to all the Lunar New Year action has to be the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade (even if it’s a bit of a tongue twister!). With a parade route snaking all the way through Tsim Sha Tsui, it’s probably the nearest thing HK gets to a carnival – complete with a street party, international dancers, traditional live music, fabulous costumes, huge wonderfully-decorated floats and much more. Don’t forget your camera!
When: 23 January, 8-9.30pm
Where: Starts at Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza in Tsim Sha Tsui; see full route here
How much: $180-350 for seated spectator stands; free viewing along the parade route
If you thought the HK’s New Year’s Eve fireworks were quite something, trust us, you ain’t seen nothing yet! Hong Kong always pulls out the big guns with its sensational Lunar New Year pyrotechnics display – which lasts an amazing 23 minutes. You won’t want to miss this!
When: 24 January, 8pm
Where: Victoria Harbour, between Central & Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: Free
…And they’re off!
One of the seven magnificent race days, the annual Chinese New Year Race Day has become almost as much a part of CNY as the fireworks! Have a flutter on the two major horse races, plus enjoy the other CNY-related festivities – including an opening ceremony featuring local celebs, a CNY food fair at MezzaOne Food Court, a traditional fortune market and an auspicious Feng Shui display to get your year off to a lucky start. Here’s opening that luck rubs off on your bets too!
When: 25 January, admission from 10.30am
Where: Sha Tin Racecourse, Tai Chung Kiu Road, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
How much: $10; extra charges apply for special betting areas