Hong Kong unveils details of its Chinese New Year 2018 celebrations

Cristal Dyer 15 January 2018
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A preview of what's to come.

Get a second chance at New Year fun with a 15-day celebration over Chinese New Year.

Hong Kong will soon be the place to be during its Chinese New Year celebrations from 16 February to 2 March. The city is one our top 5 cities to experience Chinese New Year in and this year its set to outdo itself.

Hong Kong is welcoming in the Year of the Dog, the 11th animal in the Chinese zodiac calendar and the symbol of loyalty and honesty. The 15 days of celebrations will have Hong Kong bursting at the seams with cultural activities and entertainment including energetic street parades and vibrant outdoor carnivals.

Some of this year’s highlights include the International Chinese New Year Night Parade where you can watch colourful floats sail past and enjoy performances by international and local acts.

Victoria Harbour takes the stage the next day with a 20-minute fireworks extravaganza to ring in the New Year with a bang.

A bit further afield, the Chinese New Year Raceday and the Flower Markets are two events that locals look forward to every year and you can join in the excitement.

Every Chinese New Year, the Che Kung Temple and the Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees are popular destinations for Hong Kong residents and international guests. Villagers believed the original wishing trees brought good fortune and would tie papers with a wish to the branches in the hope they would come true.

The Great European Carnival goes until the end of February so even if you miss the main event you can still share in all the cultural activities and feast on some local specialties.

If you’ve been thinking about exploring the city, then there’s never been a better time. We’re still seeing some flight sales to Hong Kong with full-service flights going for $604 return. Try to get in a few days earlier so you can take advantage of the last of the winter shopping season and one of the best times for hiking Victoria Peak.

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