Things to do in Hong Kong for the Auspicious Chinese New Year 2024

Things to do in Hong Kong for the Auspicious Chinese New Year 2024
Exotic and colorful, Hong Kong is an unforgettable city that will stimulate the senses like no other. From its towering modern skyscrapers and sophisticated restaurants to its street-style markets, it’s a fascinating place full of wonderful things to see and do. 


Kowloon is a bustling mixture of shops, fantastic bars, pubs, restaurants, gardens and markets. It is connected to Hong Kong Island by three tunnels and the MTR, but a trip across Victoria Harbour on a Star Ferry is the ideal way to commute. Be tempted by the Temple Street Night Market and wander along Nathan Road for its vast range of shopping. Walk along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and stop at one of the many museums along the way. 

Experience in Kowloon:

        * Visit Harbour City for the shopping experience, and lots of photo opportunities with Hello Kitty’s Installation. Explore the 5 captivating experiential zones, starting with the HELLO KITTY 50th Anniversary "Parade Performance" Thematic Installation and photo opportunities with the 5-meter-high Hello Kitty daruma. Immerse yourself in lion dance culture at the Hello Kitty Lion Dance Garden and marvel at the exquisite Hello Kitty art exhibition, showcasing exclusive collaborations, limited-edition sculptures, paintings, and jewellery. Discover a world of adorable treasures at the two pop-up stores, including customizable candy cookie gift boxes and exclusive anniversary collectables. 

        * Take the Sky100 Observation Deck - Standing on the Hong Kong Sky100 Observatory at an altitude of 393 meters, you can overlook the panoramic view of Hong Kong, admire the views of the outlying islands of Hong Kong, Kowloon, and the New Territories, enjoy the 360-degree magnificent skyline, and feel the prosperity of Victoria Harbour and the Kowloon Peninsula! Through interactive multimedia exhibitions, explore the cultural evolution of Hong Kong's various landscape changes, traditional crafts and customs, and rituals. While sitting high in the sky, enjoy the gourmet feast of CafĂ© 100 and enjoy its casual and comfortable atmosphere.


Qipao Rental and Photography Experience

Home to its original settlement of the Hong Kong territory, Hong Kong Island is the city’s financial and business hub, full of charming colonial buildings and modern skyscrapers. The island has a plethora of restaurants, bars, and shops. Travel on the tram car to Victoria Peak or dine at one of the famous floating restaurants in Aberdeen Harbour. For stunning day and night views of Victoria Harbour take a ride on the 60-meter-high Hong Kong Observation Wheel. 

Experience at Hong Kong Island:

        * Qipao Rental and Photography Experience - Discover the beauty and history of Hong Kong’s culture with an exciting Qipao experience while in the city. The traditional Chinese outfit was popularly worn during the 20s and 30s of old Hong Kong. Choose from a wide selection of over 200 different Qipao and Cheongsam pieces, and pair it off with beautiful accessories and free hairstyling services.

        * Bring your family and friends to Water World Ocean Park - Escape the heat at Water World with its wave pools, rivers, and thrilling slides. 


Things to do in Hong Kong for the Auspicious Chinese New Year 2024

Victoria Harbour is a natural harbour separating Hong Kong Island in the south from the Kowloon Peninsula to the north. The best harbour sights can be seen from the water on a Star ferry ride from either Wan Chai or Central.  Take in the hustle and bustle of the harbour from the Central Pier. For breathtaking harbour vistas head to Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. Every night the harbour dazzles with the ‘A Symphony of Light” neon light show synchronized to music.

Experience at Victoria Harbour:

        * Try taking this harbour cruise with unlimited drinks, while enjoying the spectacular ‘A Symphony of Light’ show. Best to bring someone coz this could be a romantic experience. 

        * Visit M+ Museum - M+ is a museum dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting visual art, design and architecture, moving images, and Hong Kong visual culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Located in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, it is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world, with a bold ambition to establish itself as one of the world’s leading cultural institutions. M+ is a new kind of museum that reflects our unique time and place, a museum that builds on Hong Kong’s historic balance of the local and the international to define a distinctive and innovative voice for Asia’s twenty-first century.

        * Or take a relaxing and luxurious day at the spa


Things to do in Hong Kong for the Auspicious Chinese New Year 2024

Hong Kong’s largest island, and is well known for its unspoiled countryside, lush green valleys, and the Giant Buddha. Take a tour of the famous Po Lin Monastery before climbing the 268 steps to view the seated outdoor bronze Buddha. Visit the centuries-old fishing village of Tai O and see the Stilt Houses built over the water. Take a ride on the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car and marvel at the panoramic views of Lantau and surrounding islands.

Experience at Lantau Island:

        * Visit the Art of Chocolate Hong Kong, the newest chocolate-themed museum in Ngong Ping Village. Don’t forget to grab some Swiss-made chocolate and experience the available chocolate-making workshop.

        * Pink Dolphin Sighting Tour - Sight the beautiful Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins in Hong Kong's waters with this half-day trip. These pink creatures are an unforgettable sight to behold, yet their vulnerable state continues through the changes brought about by Hong Kong's rapid economic development. Gain an insight into this species and learn about the threats they are facing aboard this fun, educational tour.

        * Kiteboarding / Windsurfing Experience – guided by the experts, experience this adrenaline rush while enjoying the beauty of Lantau Island. 

Things to do in Hong Kong for the Auspicious Chinese New Year 2024

If you are looking for a vibrant and exciting destination to celebrate the Year of the Dragon, look no further than Hong Kong. The city is full of festive activities, traditions, and attractions that will make your Chinese New Year unforgettable. Here are the other best things to do in Hong Kong during this auspicious time.

1. Visit the Chinese New Year Flower Markets

Chinese New Year Flower Markets

One of the most popular and essential traditions in Hong Kong is to buy flowers and plants for the new year. These symbolize good luck, prosperity, and happiness for the coming year. You can find a variety of flowers and plants at the 15 flower markets across the city, but the biggest and most famous one is at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay. There, you can also find other festive items such as plush toys, decorations, and gadgets. The flower markets are open from February 4 to 10, but the best time to go is on the night of February 9, when the atmosphere is lively and festive.

2. Watch the Chinese New Year Night Parade

Another highlight of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Hong Kong is the spectacular night parade that takes place on February 10, the first day of the lunar year. The parade features dazzling floats, energetic performers, and colourful costumes from Hong Kong and around the world. The parade starts at 8pm and makes its way through the main streets of Tsim Sha Tsui, from the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza to the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel and Towers. You can watch the parade for free along Canton, Haiphong, and Nathan Road, or book a ticket for a spectator seat at one of the designated areas. The parade is also broadcast live on TV and online.

3. Enjoy the Lunar New Year Fireworks Display

On February 11, the second day of the lunar year, you can witness a stunning fireworks display over Victoria Harbour. The fireworks show starts at 8pm and lasts for about 25 minutes. You can admire the fireworks from various locations along both sides of the harbour, such as Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Central Harbourfront, Golden Bauhinia Square, or The Peak. Alternatively, you can book a cruise or a hotel room with a harbour view to enjoy the show from a different perspective.

4. Experience the Wishing Tree Festival in Lam Tsuen

Wishing Tree Festival in Lam Tsuen

If you want to experience a more traditional and cultural side of Hong Kong during Chinese New Year, you can visit the Wishing Tree Festival in Lam Tsuen, Tai Po. The festival dates back to over 700 years ago and involves writing your wishes on a piece of paper, tying it to an orange, and throwing it onto one of the two banyan trees in the village. It is believed that if your wish paper stays on the tree, your wish will come true. You can also visit the nearby Tin Hau Temple, where you can pray for good fortune and health.

5. Sample both traditional and innovative Chinese New Year menus

No Chinese New Year celebration is complete without enjoying some delicious food with your family and friends. In Hong Kong, you can find a variety of restaurants that offer traditional and innovative Chinese New Year menus that feature dishes with auspicious meanings. For example, you can try fish (which symbolizes abundance), turnip cake (which symbolizes prosperity), glutinous rice cake (which symbolizes growth), or sweet dumplings (which symbolizes reunion). You can also try some special desserts such as pineapple buns (which sound like prosperity in Cantonese) or egg tarts (which look like gold coins). Try this Holiday Inn Golden Mile Buffet or feast at Sportful Garden Restaurant

6. Have fun at Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland

If you are looking for some family-friendly fun during the Chinese New Year, you can head to Hong Kong Disneyland, where you can enjoy festive decorations, shows, parades, and merchandise featuring your favourite Disney characters dressed in traditional Chinese outfits. You can also meet Mickey Mouse and his friends at their new home in Castle of Magical Dreams, which is inspired by 13 Disney stories. Don't miss the chance to take photos with them and wish them kung hei fat choy!

7. Watch festive Cantonese movies during your holiday

Our Journal of Springtime’ the Musical.

If you want to relax and enjoy some local entertainment during your holiday, you can watch some festive Cantonese movies that are released during Chinese New Year. These movies are usually comedies that feature popular Hong Kong actors and celebrities. They are also full of references to local culture and humor that will make you laugh out loud. Some of the movies that are coming out this year are All U Need Is Love (a romantic comedy set in a quarantine hotel), Raging Fire (an action thriller starring Donnie Yen), Keep Rolling (a documentary about legendary filmmaker Ann Hui), and the ‘Our Journal of Springtime’ the Musical

These are just some of the many things to do in Hong Kong during the Chinese New Year. Whether you are looking for culture, entertainment, or food, you will find something that suits your taste and budget in this amazing city. 

So, what are you waiting for? Book your trip to Hong Kong and get ready to explore and celebrate the Year of the Dragon!

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