Lunar New Year is the biggest celebration on Asia’s calendar and it’s one of the liveliest times you can be in Hong Kong. Watch in awe as the city transforms into a colourful walkway filled with red lanterns, gold ornaments, auspicious handwritten blessings and lucky blooms. If you’re in town during the 2019 Chinese New Year celebrations, take part in these events and see just how magical this time of the year is.
30 January-5 February: Chinese New Year Flower Markets
30 January marks the start of Chinese New Year (CNY) celebrations and what better way to get in the celebratory spirit than strolling through the Victoria Park and Fai Hui Park Flower Markets? Similar to the Christmas markets in Europe, these markets are an annual tradition which sees locals coming out in droves to shop for lucky cherry blossoms, kumquat trees and orchids to place in their homes. Whilst there, sample old school Hong Kong treats and shop everything from CNY decorations to quirky (and politically hilarious!) souvenirs.
Local Tip: Don’t be scared to ask for a discount at the markets! The closer it gets to CNY, the more likely you’ll pick up a good bargain!
5 February: 2019 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Parade
Usher in the new year with a street party right in the heart of Kowloon! This parade is a showstopper every year featuring intricately decorated floats, live performers from around the globe and lion dancing. The Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza offers the best seat for the show and tickets will be available for purchase from 26 January 2019 onwards at the…