Hong Kong is a year-round party destination but nothing matches the richness, colour and spectacle of the way the city marks its biggest celebration – Chinese New Year. From 4 to 23 February 2013, Hong Kong will welcome the Year of the Snake. Here’s a list of festive things that we recommend you to do this Chinese New Year:
1.) Night parade and Floats
The 2013 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade is one of the best loved events of the entire Chinese New Year celebrations in Hong Kong. This year, with the theme of happy@hongkong, the parade will be an even more exuberant display of illuminated floats accompanied by spectacular international and local performing groups. There’ll be a carnival atmosphere as crowds lining the route around Tsim Sha Tsui watch the colourful parade pass by and the area is transformed into a giant outdoor party with stunning Victoria Harbour as the backdrop. 10th February 2013, 8pm to 9:30pm (Live telecast on TVB Jade channel).
2.) Colourful Customs at Temples
– Man Mo Temple – Pay tribute to the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo), where locals pray for health, good fortune and successful exam results in a downtown temple.
– Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree – Join the locals by making a wish at the fabled wishing tree.
– Che Kung Temple – Hongkongers celebrate the birthday of Che Kung, a much-revered deity, on the second day of Chinese New Year. You can even spin the Wheel of Fortune to dispel bad luck and encourage good fortune.
3.) 2013 Lunar New Year Fireworks Display
– Thousands will line both sides of iconic Victoria Harbour to usher n the Year of the Snake with an astounding pyrotechnics display. Join them and start the lunar new year with a heart-stopping bang. 11th February 2013, 8pm
4.) Chinese New Year Flower Market
Every year there are big markets in many districts in Hong Kong that hold new year flower market. The biggest one is probably the flower market in Victoria Park in Causeway Bay. The market typically runs a few days before the lunar new year and last until dawn of the first lunar new year day. The day before the lunar new year is the busiest and most crowded moment for the market. You may want to avoid that though as a local it is considered the best time to go.
In the market, you will find half of it is occupied by flower kiosks. Peach blossoms, chrysanthemum, daffodils, orchids and various kinds of flowers are available. Snacks, toys and various kinds of junk will occupy the rest of the market. Don’t forget to bargain!