Although Hong Kong was under British colonial rule for 100 years, Hong Kong still keep many Chinese traditions and habits in the blood, such as Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration, which is a very typical and one of the most important Chinese traditional holidays.

Mid-Autumn Festival was celebrated since the early Tang dynasty and has over 1400-year history. Every year the fifteenth day of the eighth Lunar month (in 2012 is on 30th of September), families will gather together at night, enjoying the moon which is roundest and biggest of a month, sharing mooncakes and carrying brightly lit lanterns.

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In Hong Kong, the mooncakes from Wingwah, Maxim and Taipan are the most popular. Besides the traditional mooncakes, you also will have chances to try Snowy mooncakes as well as the icecream mooncakes from Haagen-Dazs. In Victoria Park in Causeway Bay and close to the Clock Tower in Tsim Sha Tsui, there will be always the large lantern decorations to celebrate this special day every year.

Clock Tower on Mid-Autumn Day with Lantern Decorations

Clock Tower on Mid-Autumn Day with Lantern Decorations

Celebrations of this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival coincide with the celebration of the National Day and visitors can be assured to experience a series of spectacular events from the 27th of September 27th to the 2nd of October 2012. Across Hong Kong, you will find various celebrations including lantern carnivals, exhibitions, traditional performances and other festivities. Below please find an overview of the planned events during the Mid-Autumn Festival as well as the celebration of the 63rd anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.

Event Details:

Lee Kum Kee Lantern Wonderland

The Lee Kum Kee Lantern Wonderland is one of the most anticipated events in Hong Kong. Serving as the heart of the Mid-Autumn Festival, award-winning giant lanterns as well as dynamic and innovative visual rendering will transform Victoria Park in Causeway Bay enchanting visitors and locals alike. Be prepared for romantic lantern displays paired with a Mid-Autumn market, wishing corridor and other cultural performances.

Venue: Victoria Park, Causeway Bay
Date: September 27 – October 2
Time: 6:30pm – 11:00pm (on September 30 & October 1 the opening hours of the park will be extended until midnight)
Admission: free!

In case, the Lee Kum Kee Lantern Wonderland is way too crowded or you would like to experience some other Lantern Carnivals and Exhibition you can also visit one of the following venues:

The Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty – Mid Autumn Thematic Lantern Exhibition
Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, TST
Date: September 13 – October 21
Time: 6:30pm – 11:00pm

Mid-Autumn Lantern Design Competition Entries Exhibition 2012
Venue: Exhibition Hall, 1F, Low Block, Hong Kong City Hall, Central
Date: September 27 – October 6
Time: 10:30am – 7:00pm

New Territories West Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival 2012
Venue: Man Tung Road Park, Tung Chung, Lantau Island
Date: September 28
(Lantern Installations from September 27 – October 2)
Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm

New Territories East Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival 2012
Venue: Tai Po Waterfront Park, Tai Po, New Territories
Date: September 29
(Lantern Installations from September 27 – October 2)
Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival 2012
Venue: Victoria Park Soccer Pitch, Causeway Bay
Date: September 30
(Lantern Installations from September 27 – October 2)
Time: 8:00pm – 11:00pm

There are more information about recent celebrations coming, including Tai Han Fire Dragon Dance, National Day Fireworks, please come back and check later!