Chinese new year in Hong Kong

The Chinese New Year in Hong Kong is one huge celebration. Lucky you if you’re in Hong Kong during this event, the city’s biggest and most colorful festival! It is impossible to not be caught up in the energy. As you squeeze into beautiful temples to pray for good fortune, browse festive markets selling auspicious foods and blooms and photograph the shock-red lanterns that adorn the city.

This ancient festival also gets a makeover that is uniquely Hong Kong. So, you will experience a Chinese New Year like no other, with a fabulous parade of floats, international and local performers, a stunning fireworks show over the harbour, heart-pounding action at the racetrack, and so much more.

From 25–27 January 2020, the first, second and third day of Chinese New Year are public holidays.

Banks and some public utilities shut down for the Chinese New Year public holidays in Hong Kong. Street markets and stalls will usually close as well. However, most shops and restaurants in the busiest districts will remain open. Some shopping malls may even extend their service hours. Major attractions, theme parks and public transport will operate as usual.

The Chinese New Year Night Parade is one of the most popular events for the Hong Kong Chinese New Year celebrations. It attracts tens of thousands of visitors to enjoy the colourful parade each year.

Crowds line the streets and make way for the parade in the Tsim Sha Tsui area near Victoria Harbour. You can see dozens of colourful floats, lively dragons, traditional Chinese dancers, and bands. The parade route proceeds along the historic Nathan Road, Salisbury Road, Canton Road, and Haiphong Road.

Furthermore, on the second day of the Spring Festival, Victoria Harbour is scheduled to roar with a giant firework display with choreographed pyrotechnics. The show last for about 25 minutes.

Crowds go shopping in Hong Kong before and during the Spring Festival for holiday food, decorations, clothes, gifts, and furniture. Promotions, discounts, and entertainment help make holiday sales skyrocket.

Then, all stay open and even extend hours for the shopping rush during Chinese New Year’s Eve and the important first few days of the Chinese New Year. But small market street shops may close for a couple of days or close early.