Whether you’re looking for conventional CNY events or interesting exhibitions to feel the vibes, we’ve got you covered
Hong Kong might be known for its best happy hours and monthly new brunches, but when it comes to Chinese New Year, it’s a whole different scene. From receiving red packets to indulging in auspicious Chinese New Year food like homemade Cantonese turnip cake, it’s the time of the year where all family members reunite to celebrate and pray for good fortune. If you’re looking for more fun things to do at Chinese New Year to make your holiday more productive, here’s our guide.
Things to do at Chinese New Year 2019
Chinese New Year Fireworks Cruise
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On 6 February, jump aboard Hong Kong Yachting’s Chinese Fireworks Cruise to enjoy the best views of all the action above Victoria Harbour. For $1500, you can enjoy a four-hour cruise that comes complete with free-flow drinks, buffet dinner, great music and lots of sweet treats, and kids can join in the fun for $1400. Avoid the crowds and kick off the Year of the Pig in style.
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Explore the Wishing Trees in Lam Tsuen
Looking for traditional things to do at Chinese New Year? In Lam Tsuen, Tai Po, the two renowned Wishing Trees are said to bring good luck to those who throw joss paper into the trees and make wishes. It’s believed that the higher the branch the joss paper lands on, the higher the chance your wish will come true. Each Chinese New Year, people from across the city will still come over to pray for good fortune.
Chinese New Year fireworks displays
One of the most anticipated things to do on Chinese New Year is to catch the fireworks displays! Taking place on 6 February at 8pm sharp, you can enjoy an impressive assortment of fireworks displays above the iconic Victoria Harbour for thirty minutes – and rest assured, it’s going to be breathtaking.
Find out where to watch fireworks displays in Hong Kong here and get prepared
Chinese New Year Fortune Walk on Sesame Street
Start your 2019 with a fortune walk Sesame Street-style at Fashion Walk! To celebrate Chinese New Year and the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street, Fashion Walk is hosting a Sesame Street 50 Fun Facts Exhibition until 19 February for you to learn more about entertaining and never-been-told facts about the characters and history behind this much beloved show. Come camera-ready to take snapshots of Elmo, Bert and Ernie and soak up some fortune for the Year of the Pig. It’s definitely one of the coolest things to do at Chinese New Year with kids.
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Chinese New Year Fortune Walk on Sesame Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 銅鑼灣Fashion Walk
Garden of Fortune at ifc
Read to celebrate Chinese New Year in style? Ifc mall in Central will showcase its splendid seasonal display Garden of Fortune from 26 January to 17 February. Featuring signature designs like pinwheels and floral patterned installation, guests can check out its interactive display, as well as enjoy music performance while shopping and dining at the mall.
Garden of Fortune at ifc, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, 中環金融街8號國際金融中心商場
Where Fortune Takes Flight at Pacific Place
Designed by Hong Kong designer Queenie Law, Pacific Place will be transformed to a stunningly exquisite spring garden filled with blossoming flowers and over sixty flying kites – to symbolise the theme Where Fortune Takes Flight. Stop by Pacific Place before 3 February to admire the lovely kites as they fly high and spread Chinese blessings throughout the mall.
See why AMC Pacific Place is one of the best cinemas in Hong Kong
Where Fortune Takes Flight at Pacific Place, 88 Queensway Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong, 香港島金鐘金鐘道88號太古廣場
Sample both traditional and innovative Chinese New Year menus
You can’t miss out food when it comes to Chinese New Year. Other than traditional Chinese New Years snacks like New Year cake and fried sesame balls, we’ve also compiled a list of the best Chinese New Year menus in Hong Kong where you’ll find limited-time Cantonese dishes and dim sum delicacies to enjoy with your family and friends.
Catch these Cantonese movies during your holiday
If you’re looking for things to do on Chinese New Year that you can enjoy from inside your own home we recommend you to binge watch these beloved Hong Kong movies (including our favourite Cantonese horror movies) to get into the mood. One of locals’ must-watch during the holiday has to be Stephen Chow’s All’s Well, End’s Well – it’s just so hilarious and classic!
Check out these iconic Hong Kong film locations if you feel like taking a tour in the city
Have a quick getaway
Not feeling festive in Hong Kong? Take a short trip from Hong Kong to make the most of your time-off. We’ve got ideas of ten different quick getaways such as Singapore and Cambodia to get you all relaxed and entertained in just a few days.
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