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Hong Kong Chinese New Year Celebrations!  

Hong Kong welcomes the Year of the Rat in style with events and activities galore, highlighted by the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Carnival.


This year, Chinese New Year falls on 25 January, with the city declaring it a four-day public holiday period from 25 January onward. Families mark the various special days by coming together to observe traditional customs, especially family dinners, lai see (good luck red packets stuffed with money) to pass out to children, friends and loved ones, and New Year greetings. In addition, the city gets into a festive and celebratory mood with visits to flower markets, temples and iconic landmarks for good luck. To commemorate the 25th edition of the unique Hong Kong Chinese New Year celebration, the Hong Kong Tourism Board is hosting a four-day extravaganza—the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Carnival—at the West Kowloon Cultural District, featuring festive installations, parades and performances from international and local groups, food booths, entertainment and a web AR game.
Mark your calendar for a fantastic CNY holiday in Hong Kong and welcome in the Year of the Rat. Kung Hei Fat Choy!
Festive Installations
Choose your favourite Instagram spots from among the many iconic installations, festive décor and giant inflatables along the promenade.
Festive Food Booths & Interactive Games
Food and game booths welcome visitors to sample delicious food and partake in various challenges, including a fun-filled web AR game via smartphone to win souvenirs to take home.
Stage Performances & Daily Parade
Catch the all-day stage performances and the daily parade featuring award-winning dance troupes, acrobatic teams, cultural and hip-hop dancers, clowns and mascots from around the world and Hong Kong.
Other Attractions
Flower Markets
Join the locals as they head to the flower markets in search of the perfect bloom to bring good luck for the Year of the Rat. In return, you'll be treated to a splash of colours and aromas, and plenty of delicious snacks and drinks .
19–25 January, Various times 
Fifteen parks and playgrounds across Hong Kong,
including Victoria Park in Causeway Bay(1 Hing Fat Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island) andFa Hui Park (101 Boundary Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon) 
Wong Tai Sin Temple New Year Blessings
This famous shrine located in Wong Tai Sin in Kowloon is a major tourist attraction in Hong Kong. On Chinese New Year's Eve, thousands of worshippers queue up for a chance to offer burning incense sticks before midnight, receive blessings from the deity, and wish for a prosperous New Year.
24 January, late evening and onward
2 Chuk Yuen Road, Chuk Un, Kowloon. 
Wish-making at Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees
During Chinese New Year and other festivals, many Hongkongers pay a visit to the Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees. Traditionally, people would write their wishes on joss paper and throw it onto the tree after paying their respects. It's believed that the wishes will come true if the joss paper doesn't fall from the tree. Due to their popularity, the trees were at risk of being drowned in paper, so nowadays wishes are made by tying joss paper to nearby wooden racks or imitation trees.
25 January onward 
Lam Tsuen Wishing Square, Tai Po, New Territories 
Horse Racing –Chinese New Year Race Day
Ensure a prosperous start to the new decade and join in the festive atmosphere by visiting the Chinese New Year Race Day at Sha Tin Racecourse! Enjoy this unique Hong Kong experience with the thrilling racing action and traditional lion dance.
27 January, 10:15am to 5pm
Sha Tin Racecourse, Sha Tin, New Territories



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