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Things to do during Hong Kong Chinese new year 2024

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Hong Kong Lunar New Year 2024

When January comes every year, it is one of the most important festivals in Hong Kong: the Lunar New Year. The Lunar New Year every year represents the beginning of a new year, and it is also a day when many people pray for luck and health. One thing worth paying attention to is that the Lunar New Year in 2024 is the first year that Hong Kong has officially recovered from the epidemic, so many large-scale events have been resumed this year, such as fireworks displays and large-scale parade performances. etc. If you will also spend the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong, you must seize the opportunity to participate in these large-scale events organized during the Lunar New Year.

When is the Hong Kong Lunar New Year in 2024?

The 2024 Hong Kong Lunar New Year will start in the second week of February. February 10, 2024 is the first day of the new year, and the four consecutive days until February 13, 2024 are public holidays.

Best places to visit during Lunar New Year in Hong Kong

There are public holidays for several consecutive days during the Chinese New Year. How will you spend it? In addition to visiting the homes of relatives and friends to pay New Year greetings, you can also arrange to participate in large-scale float parades and Lunar New Year fireworks displays. In addition, there are also Lunar New Year festivals at Hong Kong Disneyland, the AIA Carnival at Central Pier, and amusement rides. I believe this Lunar New Year holiday will be fun. You will definitely have a very fulfilling life

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Things to do during the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong

Generally speaking, since many shops will be closed during the Lunar New Year, many Hong Kong people will start preparing all the necessary items for the Lunar New Year three days before the first day of the Lunar New Year. When the Lunar New Year comes, everyone goes to the homes of relatives and friends to pay New Year greetings and spend the New Year with the most important people.

However, since this year is the first year that Hong Kong has recovered from the epidemic, some important festivals have returned to their pre-epidemic scale. Therefore, in addition to paying New Year greetings to relatives and friends, we should also seize the opportunity to participate in these annual events. large-scale festivals. For example, the Hong Kong New Year Flower Market, New Year Fireworks Display, large-scale float parade, Tai Po Lam Tsuen Wishing Festival, etc. are all activities that are suitable to be arranged on the first and second days of the Lunar New Year.

In addition, there are also many large shopping malls and large theme parks that have prepared various Lunar New Year shopping discounts and large-scale Lunar New Year performances for you. For example, Hong Kong Disneyland’s “Wonderful Year” New Year celebration of the Year of the Dragon and Hong Kong Ocean Park’s “Ocean Park Group New Year Celebration” are some outdoor activities that are suitable to be arranged on the third and fourth days of the Lunar New Year. Burn off the fat accumulated during the Chinese New Year.

Hong Kong Lunar New Year
During the Chinese New Year, there are many different types of large-scale events in Hong Kong that are worth attending. (Click on image to enlarge)

Activities on Lunar New Year’s Eve (February 7, 2024 – February 9, 2024)

The Lunar New Year is one of the most important festivals in Hong Kong, and many festivals start before the Lunar New Year. These include the Hong Kong New Year Flower Market and the burning of incense at the Wong Tai Sin Temple. No matter how busy you are at work, you will definitely arrange to attend these activities.

Hong Kong New Year Flower Market

The New Year's Eve Flower Market is a must-visit large market before the Lunar New Year, because you can buy all products related to the Lunar New Year at the New Year's Eve Flower Market, such as flowers, New Year's food, New Year's greetings, etc. In addition, the New Year's Eve Flower Market is also the easiest place to feel the atmosphere of the Lunar New Year. If you want to arrange some activities suitable for killing time after dinner, the New Year's Eve Flower Market is one of the most ideal choices.

This year, as in previous years, New Year's Eve flower markets will be held in 15 major areas in Hong Kong, including Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. Among the 15 New Year’s Eve flower markets, the one in Victoria Park is still the largest among all the New Year’s Eve flower markets.

This year’s New Year’s Eve flower market will be open from February 4, 2024, until February 9, 2024 (the 30th day of the Lunar New Year). If you also want to experience the atmosphere of the New Year's Eve market in Hong Kong, you must arrange to go to the New Year's Eve Flower Market in Victoria Park, because it has the largest number of small stalls and is also the largest Lunar New Year market among all the New Year's Eve flower markets.

Business information of Hong Kong New Year’s Eve Flower Market

Opening Date: February 4, 2024 – February 9, 2024
Business hours: 09:00 in the morning – 23:59 in the evening, closed during the 30th Lunar New Year

Hong Kong Lunar New Year
The New Year Flower Market is basically a must-go place every Lunar New Year. (Click on image to enlarge)

Burning incense at Wong Tai Sin Temple

If you plan to make wishes, pray for good luck, pray for good health, and burn incense when the Lunar New Year comes, you must go to Wong Tai Sin Temple late at night on the 30th of the Lunar New Year, so as to ensure that you can work in the next year. Good luck and good health.

Business information of Incense Burning Incense at Wong Tai Sin Temple

Date: February 9, 2024
Time: 22:00pm – 23:59pm
Address: No. 2 Chuk Yuen Estate, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon

Hong Kong Lunar New Year - Wong Tai Sin Temple - first stick of incense
Many people are willing to go to Wong Tai Sin Temple late at night in order to pray for good luck. (Click on image to enlarge)
Hong Kong Lunar New Year-Wong Tai Sin Temple
The Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple is located at Wong Tai Sin Station in Kowloon. (Click on image to enlarge)

Activities on Lunar New Year (February 10, 2024)

February 10, 2024 is the first day of the Lunar New Year. I believe many people will choose to go to the homes of relatives and friends today to pay New Year greetings, and then enjoy the richest dinner together.

On the other hand, the Hong Kong Tourism Board is also preparing to hold a large-scale float parade performance on February 10, 2024. If you have time to go to Tsim Sha Tsui at 20:00 in the evening, you can enjoy different styles of floats on site and experience them for yourself Large parade event.

Float Parade – Cathay Pacific New Year International Parade Night

The most special thing about this year’s Lunar New Year is that a large-scale float parade will once again be held on the first day of the Lunar New Year, so that everyone can experience this most important Lunar New Year festival live. This year's float parade will have the theme of "Year of the Dragon", and a number of groups from all over the world will come to Hong Kong to perform, including ballet troupes, fancy rope skipping teams, taekwondo teams, etc.

This float parade performance will last 90 minutes, and the entire parade will be held around the Hong Kong Cultural Center and the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui. More importantly, anyone can enjoy the float parade for free. As long as you go to the Hong Kong Cultural Center in Tsim Sha Tsui early on the day, you are sure to get a good seat.

New Year Parade Business Information

Date: February 10, 2024
Time: 20:00 – 21:45 pm
Address: Hong Kong Cultural Center, Tsim Sha Tsui/Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

More information on the Chinese New Year Parade: Official website

A large-scale Lunar New Year float parade hosted by Hong Kong Cathay Pacific. (Click on image to enlarge)

Activities on the second day of the Lunar New Year (February 11, 2024)

Since there are only about three public holidays during the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong, many people will arrange to visit relatives and friends on the first and second days of the Lunar New Year. In addition, many stores will choose to close on the first and second days of the lunar calendar, so there are usually not many large-scale events held on the second day of the lunar calendar.

However, the only exception is the Lunar New Year fireworks display, which will be held this year on the evening of February 11, 2024 (the second day of the Lunar New Year). It is also the first time a large-scale fireworks display will be arranged during the Lunar New Year after the epidemic recovered.

Lunar New Year Fireworks Display

This year’s Lunar New Year Fireworks Display will be held on February 11, 2024, at Victoria Harbor. This fireworks display will last 23 minutes and a total of 23,888 fireworks will be released. If you also plan to enjoy the fireworks display on both sides of Victoria Harbor, you must go to the waterfront parks in Tsim Sha Tsui and Central half a day early and wait for an hour in the cold wind, so as to ensure that you can occupy the best position.

Of course, you can also consider pre-purchasing tickets for the Lunar New Year Fireworks Display in Harbor City. This way, even if you enter the venue one hour before the fireworks display, you are guaranteed to be in the best position to enjoy the Lunar New Year Fireworks Display.

However, one thing worth noting is that this time the proceeds from the sale of the fireworks display in Harbor City will be donated to some charities. In other words, the ticket you pay not only saves you from waiting in the cold for hours, but also helps some children in need. What's more, the number of charity tickets is limited, first-come, first-served, while supplies last.

Business information of the Lunar New Year Fireworks Display at Harbor City in Tsim Sha Tsui

Date: February 11, 2023
Time: 20:00 (queuing starts at 18:00)
Address: Open Air Car Park, Ocean Terminal, Harbor City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

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On the evening of February 11, Victoria Harbor will host a Lunar New Year fireworks display. (Click on the image to learn more)
As long as you pre-purchase Harbor City's limited charity admission tickets, you can enjoy the Victoria Harbor fireworks display up close. (Click on the image to learn more)

Activities on the third day of the Lunar New Year (February 12, 2024)

According to the tradition of the Lunar New Year, the third day is not suitable for New Year greetings. After visiting different relatives and friends for two consecutive days, it is inevitable to feel tired both physically and mentally. Therefore, the third day of the Lunar New Year is the most suitable time to visit different temples and enjoy the holidays.

Most people will choose to go to Che Kung Temple and Tai Po Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree on the third day of the Lunar New Year to pray for everything going well and work going smoothly in the new year. However, recently, many theme parks will arrange festive activities and special ticket discounts during the Lunar New Year. If you are planning to arrange some activities with your family during public holidays, be sure not to miss these special offers.

Visit Che Kung Temple

As a Lunar New Year tradition in Hong Kong, people usually visit the Che Kung Temple in Shatin on the third day of the Lunar New Year. Firstly, it is to avoid being too tired and rude when visiting relatives and friends, and secondly, it is to pray for good luck on the last public holiday. Che Kung Temple has a history of more than 200 years since it was first built. It is said that it was built to ward off plague. It is still a place where many people go to pray for good luck during the Chinese New Year.

Business information for visiting Che Kung Temple

Business information of the Lunar New Year Fireworks Display at Harbor City in Tsim Sha Tsui

Date: February 12, 2024
Time: 08:00 – 18:00
Address: Che Kung Temple Road, Sha Tin, New Territories

Hong Kong Lunar New Year-Che Kung Temple
Che Kung Temple in Sha Tin is a place where many people go to pray for good luck during the Chinese New Year. (Click on image to enlarge)

Tai Po Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree

Another popular attraction on the third day of the Lunar New Year is the Wishing Tree in Lam Tsuen, Tai Po. The Wishing Trees were originally two large banyan trees in Tai Po Lin Village. They had been worshiped as gods by the villagers a long time ago. Nowadays, many people go to Lam Tsuen in Tai Po to pray for good luck on the third day of the Lunar New Year. It is said that as long as you successfully hang the racing disc on the tree, you will get good luck throughout the next year.

Business information of the Wishing Tree in Lam Tsuen, Tai Po

Date: February 12, 2024
Time: 09:00 – 18:00
Address: Wishing Plaza, Lam Tsuen, Tai Po

More information about the Wishing Tree in Lam Tsuen, Tai Po: Wishing Combo Set Offer / Official website / map

Hong Kong Lunar New Year – Tai Po Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree
Every year on the third day of the Lunar New Year, many people make a special trip to Tai Po Lam Village to pray for good luck. (Click on the image to learn more)
Hong Kong Lunar New Year – Tai Po Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree
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Lunar New Year Racing Day

If you plan to test your luck, you must not miss the Lunar New Year Horse Racing Day on February 12, 2024. Because the prize money on horse racing days during the Lunar New Year is particularly high, this year's prize money is as high as HK$$18 million, which can almost buy several houses in urban Hong Kong at the same time. This unique New Year experience allows you to test your luck. Of course, you must seize this once-a-year opportunity.

Business information for Lunar New Year Race Day

Date: February 12, 2024
Time: 11:15
Address: Sha Tin Racecourse

More information on Lunar New Year Race Day: Official website / map

The Lunar New Year horse racing day is the perfect time to test your luck. (Click on the image to learn more)

Visit the Ngong Ping Tian Tan Buddha and ride the Ngong Ping 360 cable car

If you want to visit some of Hong Kong’s suburban attractions during the Chinese New Year, the Tian Tan Buddha in Ngong Ping, Lantau Island is also a very good choice. Starting from Tung Chung MTR Station, it only takes 25 minutes to take the Ngong Ping 360 cable car to Ngong Ping. During the ride, you can enjoy the natural scenery of the entire Lantau Island. In addition, the Ngong Ping Tian Tan Buddha is also the second largest bronze Buddha statue in the world. It is most suitable to visit during the Lunar New Year to pray for good health and success in the coming year.

Business information of Ngong Ping Tian Tan Buddha

Time: 10:00 – 17:30
Address: Ngong Ping Road, Lantau Island

More information about Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car: Ngong Ping 360 cable car discount package / Official website of Ngong Ping Tian Tan Buddha

Hong Kong Attractions Big Buddha at the Temple of Heaven on Lantau Island, Hong Kong
The Tian Tan Buddha in Ngong Ping, Lantau Island. (Click on image to enlarge)
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Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car has a panoramic cable car called Crystal+, which allows you to enjoy the natural scenery of Lantau Island from multiple angles. (Click on the image to learn more)
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Hong Kong Disneyland – “Wonderful Year” Year of the Dragon New Year Celebration

During the few public holidays during the Chinese New Year, of course you should take the opportunity to visit different theme parks. Hong Kong Disneyland will hold the "Wonderful Year" New Year celebration event for the Year of the Dragon from January 25, 2024 to February 25, 2024. Mickey Mouse and different Disney characters will change into Lunar New Year costumes, and a series of Lunar New Year decorations will be added to the entire Hong Kong Disneyland, so that everyone can celebrate a unique Lunar New Year in Hong Kong Disneyland.

Hong Kong Disneyland New Year Celebration Business Information

Dates: 2024 January 25, 2024 – February 25, 2024
Time: 10:00 – 21:00
Address: Hong Kong Disneyland

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Hong Kong Lunar New Year-Hong Kong Disneyland
During the Chinese New Year, Hong Kong Disneyland will put on new New Year costumes and decorations. (Click on the image to learn more)
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Hong Kong Ocean Park’s “Ocean Park Group New Year’s Eve” is getting ready for another “dragon” appearance!

If you like to get close to marine life, you can also choose to spend the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong Ocean Park. From February 10, 2024 to March 3, 2024, Ocean Park Hong Kong will host a series of Lunar New Year festive activities, including lion dance performances, drum performances, Hong Kong-style neon signs, and the "Little Prince's 80th Anniversary Starry Sky Journey" "This special experience allows you to have the most festive Lunar New Year in Ocean Park Hong Kong.

Business information for Hong Kong Ocean Park’s Chinese New Year celebrations

Dates: February 10, 2024 – March 3, 2024
Time: 10:00 – 19:00
Address: Ocean Park, Hong Kong

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During the Lunar New Year, you can experience the most traditional festive atmosphere of the Lunar New Year in Ocean Park Hong Kong. (Click on the image to learn more)

AIA Carnival (AIA Carnival)

Another event suitable to participate in during the Chinese New Year is the AIA Carnival located at the Central Pier. This year’s AIA Carnival has 25 kinds of mobile games and 23 kinds of stall games, and it is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. It is suitable to go at any time during the Chinese New Year. In addition, as long as you book a ticket for the second day of the Lunar New Year, you can enjoy the Lunar New Year fireworks display up close at the Central Pier. If you want to get two different experiences at the same time with one ticket, don't miss this rare opportunity.

Business information of AIA Carnival

Dates: December 21, 2023 – February 25, 2024
Time: 12:00 – 22:00 (opening hours will be extended on designated days)
Address: Central Waterfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong Island

More AIA Carnival information: Official website / AIA Carnival latest ticket discounts

The AIA Carnival located at the Central Pier has a large number of amusement rides and booth games that you can participate in. (Click on the image to learn more)

Hiking in the countryside

During the Lunar New Year, in addition to visiting the homes of relatives and friends and participating in different festivals, have you ever thought about arranging a half-day hike in the countryside? Hong Kong is the most convenient city in Asia for hiking in the countryside. From anywhere in the city center, it basically only takes 20 minutes to reach nearby hiking trails, and there are many different levels of difficulty for you to choose from. If you pay attention, you will find that this year is the "Year of the Dragon". If you also want to go hiking in the countryside during the first few days of the "Year of the Dragon", you can also choose to go to the "Dragon's Back" on Hong Kong Island. It is not only a relatively easy hiking trail, but also has a very good natural landscape.

More information on the "Dragon's Back" hiking trail: map / Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department website

Hong Kong Shek O - Dragon's Back - Hiking Trail
Hiking trail located in the southern district of Hong Kong Island – "Dragon's Back". (Click on image to enlarge)

Things to pay attention to during the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong

The Lunar New Year is one of the most important festivals in Hong Kong. Even some of the busiest shops may choose to close during the Lunar New Year. In addition, Hong Kong changes from winter to spring during the Lunar New Year. If you plan to visit some suburban attractions, be sure to check the weather and temperature of the day before setting off, and avoid setting off in heavy fog or rain, so that bad weather will not affect the festive atmosphere of the Lunar New Year. .

weather

January to March every year are the wettest and most rainy days in Hong Kong. There are also some very cold days in Hong Kong, with temperatures sometimes falling below 10 degrees. Therefore, you must wear more thick clothes during the Chinese New Year, and check the weather forecast in advance. This way you can avoid going to some suburban attractions on foggy days, where you spend a lot of time traveling by car without seeing the scenery you want to see.

business hours

In addition to some chain restaurants, many shops in Hong Kong will choose to close on the first, second and third day of the Lunar New Year. Some small shops will even close for 8 to 10 consecutive days. If you have something important that you need to use during the Chinese New Year, you must prepare it before the Chinese New Year comes. Otherwise, no matter how much money you have during the Lunar New Year holiday, no stores will be open for you to shop.

Hong Kong Lunar New Year
Even some of the busiest stores have the opportunity to take a few days off during the Chinese New Year. (Click on image to enlarge)

Summarize

The Lunar New Year is one of the most important festivals in Hong Kong. It is also a day that many Hong Kong people attach great importance to. Moreover, this year is also the first year that Hong Kong has officially recovered from the epidemic. What wishes do you plan to pray for during this Lunar New Year? ?

The editors of Central Lion Rock hope that everyone can stay healthy and happy so that they can deeply explore every place in Hong Kong anytime, anywhere. On the other hand, many merchants have prepared different types of discounts for this year’s Lunar New Year, whether it’s New Year food or attractions suitable for the Lunar New Year. If you plan to pre-order, you must not miss it. Because places are limited, first come, first served.

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