Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade is one of the most popular Chinese New Year events in Hong Kong. Every year, there are tens of thousands of fans to witness and experience this dazzling Hong Kong parade. Sponsored by Hong Kong based Cathay Pacific Airlines for the 18th consecutive year, the 21th Chinese New Year Night (2016) Parade will enchant both young and old.
What to Expect on Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade 2016
This year’s CNY Night Parade theme is “Playground of the World – Party of the Year“. More than a dozen beautiful decorated and colorful floats will wind its way through the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon) and along the Victoria Harbour front.
Be assured that this area along the planned concourse will transform into a giant party. Last year’s parade saw over 150,000 people transforming the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui in a gigantic New Year’s Party.
Aside from the beautiful decorated floats, you are able to watch and enjoy a whole bunch of international performers including marching bands, local dragon and lion dance teams, cheerleading groups, cultural dance performances and costumed cartoon characters (e.g. dressed up as a monkey this year) and “cosplayers” giving out souvenirs.
Route and Best Location to Watch Chinese New Year Night Parade:
Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade 2016 will start right in front of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza (Tsim Sha Tsui). Then the parade will proceed to move along Canton Road, Haiphong Road and turn back along Nathan Road to end in front of the Sheraton Hotel Hong Kong in the Salisbury Road.
The first float will arrive in Canton Road around 8:30pm and take around 2 hours until it will arrive at the end point (around 10:30pm).
Admission & Ticketing :
Viewing along the parade route is free of charge.
However, if you would like to have a seat to watch the parade, seats are set in the spectator stands at Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza. Tickets are available on a first come first basis ranging between HK$ 300 – 480. It can be purchased at the Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Center at the Star Ferry Concourse in Tsim Sha Tsui (open daily from 8:00am-8:00pm). Ticket sales will start from January 30th, 2016 onwards.
The Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade 2016 will last from 8:00pm – 9:45pm on February 8th, 2016. Starting from 6:00pm, there will be several performers and games to warm-up the crowds along the parade route. Spectator stands at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza will open at 7:00pm (for all of you purchased tickets for the parade).
“In case you would like to enjoy the parade, make sure to arrive way ahead (!) of the scheduled parade time. There are several special traffic arrangements due to the special events and usually, roads will be closed at least 2 hours before and after (!) the event. Make sure to calculate enough time to arrive early at the venue and prepare that it will get very crowded.”
“For all of you who won’t make it in time to get along the parade route, the 2016 parade will also be televised in National TV.
“For everyone who might have missed the parade and would like to get a closer look at the beautiful floats to take some pictures, there are several opportunities. The floats will be on display at various locations around Hong Kong from February 9 – February 22, 2016. At night, the floats will be illuminated and are a great photo opportunity. In addition, there will be special performances of some of the parade’s colorful groups on February 9 and 10, 2016.”
More Info and Details
February 8th, 2016
8:00pm – 9:45pm
Canton Road, Haipong Road and Nathan Road of Tsim Sha Tsui
Free Admission along the parade route
How to Get to Tsim Sha Tsui ?
By Subway: Take the MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui station or East Tsim Sha Tsui station.
By Star Ferry: Or take Star Ferry to TST Star Ferry Pier.