Chinese New Year
You may have only just recovered from ringing in 2015, but the Year of the Sheep (or goat, or ram – whatever floats your boat) is already upon us. Never one to shy away from a party, Hong Kong is once again celebrating Chinese New Year with a big bang; here are our top picks of events and excursions..
Kicking off the festivities on 19 February is the famous TST Night Parade when tens of thousands pack the harbour-front area to watch the procession of light-adorned floats, musical performers, lion dancers, drummers and dragons. Spring for a seat in the spectator stands or arrive very early – otherwise, expect to witness the scene over a sea of heads and selfie sticks.
Prefer to escape the fanny-packed hordes? The Jubilee Vessel Charter can set you up with a luxury yacht or an old-school junk for unbeatable starboard-side vistas of Friday night’s Victoria Harbour fireworks, or if your sea legs are a little shaky take in the pyrotechnic spectacle from 28 floors up with a special set dinner at view-tiful Sino stunner Hutong.
Finally, if you’re after celebrations that are a tad more trad, take a day trip to the village of Lam Tsuen where locals come to hang paper wishes beneath the ancient banyan trees (throwing placards into the branches is now discouraged) and leave water lanterns to bring luck in the new year. Gung Hei Fat Choy!
TST Night Parade / Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, Canton, Haiphong, Nathan & Salisbury Rds / 8-9.45pm on 19 Feb, 2015 / discoverhongkong.com
Jubilee Vessel Charter / +852 3555 5666 / jubilee.com.hk
Hutong / 28/F / One Peking / 1 Peking Rd / TST / +852 3428 8342 / set dinner menu on Fri 20 Feb only / aqua.com.hk
Lam Tsuen / Tai Po / 40 mins from Central