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8 ways to embrace the Lunar New Year in Asia’s World City

Blogged by @Johairie
For Hong Kong Tourism Board & essence Burson-Marsteller
Photos by Hong Kong Tourism Board

Hong Kong is a global city that knows how to truly celebrate festive occasions, and even more so this Year of the Dog which symbolizes adventure, excitement and playfulness. Worried that shops will be closed during the festive season? While most government offices, banks and public utilities will be closed for the Chinese New Year public holidays in Hong Kong, most shops and restaurants in the busiest districts will remain open.

Some shopping malls may even extend their service hours, where as major attractions, theme parks and public transport will operate as usual. Street markets and stalls will usually close on the first and second day of the Chinese New Year (16–17 February 2018) and business will resume as usual on the third day (18 February 2018).

Visitors can expect a flurry of colourful festivities and enticing events, from dazzling fireworks to flower markets and night parades, to enormous outdoor carnivals and exhibitions when they visit Hong Kong during this joyful month. With so many exciting events going on, we’ve selected the top 8 or “Fatt” (prosperous) ways you can celebrate the Lunar New Year in Asia’s World City!

1-International Chinese New Year Night Parade (ICNYP)

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Street performers at ICNYP

Local and international performers will come together for a rocking night of entertainment at the annual ICNYP. It has been named as one of the world’s best events, offering viewers live musical performances and colourful floats parading down the main streets of Tsim Sha Tsui. Expect to be mesmerized by this buzzing atmosphere on February 16!

2-Hong Kong Chinese New Year Fireworks Extravanganza

Spectacular firework extravaganza

Chinese New Year will start off with a literal bang, courtesy of a spectacular display of pyrotechnics over Victoria Harbour. The splendid 20-minute-plus firework will light up the entire night sky and is broadcast annually on the second day of Chinese New Year. The show will start promptly at 8pm on February 17 to welcome the Year of the Dog. Admission is free and popular viewing hotspots are particularly at The Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront and Central Harbourfront, so do get a spot there!

3-Harbourfront Fun at the Great European Carnival

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Experience the Great European Carnival

The Great European Carnival at the Central Harbourfront Event Space will be transformed into a fun-filled outdoor amusement park from December to February. Take a ride on the giant swing carousel or try your luck at a games booth, and enjoy a circus performance.  These are some of the many other activities await residents and visitors alike.

5-CNY Miniature Exhibition @ Olympian City

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Downsizing Hong Kong in miniature scales (Tenement Building)

The largest miniature exhibition in Hong Kong ever, “Feature of HK – CNY Miniature Exhibition @ Olympian City” co-organized by the Olympian City and the Hong Kong Joyful Miniature Association features nearly 20 local artists.  Local characteristics commonly associated in Chinese New Year are vividly presented through 52 miniature art pieces. There will be eye-catching centerpieces including the Lantern CarnivalSunset in Lei Yue MunA Corner of the Flower Market, Embroidered Slippers Shop, West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre, Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree, Hung Fat Cake Shop, Hong Kong Countryside and Prosperity. Together they demonstrate Hong Kong’s uniqueness from its cosmopolitan characteristics, to its scenic attractions, festivals, living style, heritage and architecture through excellent craftsmanship. The best of Hong Kong can be seen in a glance in this miniature exhibition.

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Light and Shadow of the Walled City

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