2018 Hong Kong Chinese New Year celebrations and events are not only the annual highlights in town, but also great opportunities to feel the vibe, culture, history and people of Hong Kong. The 2018 Chinese New Year (CNY) is the “Year of the Dog“. Hong Kong is getting ready to celebrate this most important Chinese festival. If you ask what to do on Chinese New Year in Hong Kong, why not join and experience Hong Kong’s unique traditional culture and the various festivities, such as Chinese New Year Flower Markets, Night Parade, Chinese New Year Fireworks, Lantern Carnival, Chinese New Year Horse Race Day and many more great events.
The celebrations of Chinese New Year in Hong Kong start earliest with shopping malls decorations, count down with the Chinese New Year Flower Markets, reach to the climax on the first three days of Chinese Lunar Calendar, and finally end with the Lantern Carnival.
For over one month time, wherever you walk around in Hong Kong, dog decorations are hanging all over the places. In Chinese customs, the zodiac of the Dog is believed to represent Sincere, reliable, considerate, understanding, and patient. Do come, join and experience Hong Kong’s unique traditional culture.
1. When is 2018 Hong Kong Chinese New Year celebrations ?
2. 2018 Hong Kong Chinese New Year Celebrations and Events
1) Chinese New Year Flower Markets (recommended)
2) International Chinese New Year Night Parade (recommended)
3) Lunar New Year Fireworks (cancelled)
4) Lam Tsuen Well-Wishing Festival
5) Horseracing – Chinese New Year Race Day
6) Chinese New Year Hong Kong Pulse Light Show
7) 2018 Lunar New Year Lantern Carnivals (recommended)
8) 2018 Lunar New Year Thematic Lantern Display
9) Chinese New Year Fireworks Harbour Tours (recommended)
3. Other options and events for celebrating 2018 Chinese New Year
1) Hong Kong AIA Great European Carnival
2) Shopping malls with Chinese New Year decorations
3) Year of the Dog Limited Edition Octopus
4) MTR “Year of the Dog” Commemorative Tickets Set
5) Hong Kong McDonald’s x Pompompurin Plush set
4. Local traditions in Hong Kong during CNY
When is 2018 Hong Kong Chinese New Year celebrations ?
Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival (春節), starts on the first day of the Chinese Lunar Calendar and usually falls on January or February.
For 2018, Chinese New Year is on February 16th.
To usher in the New Year, Hong Kong will celebrate and welcome the “Year of the Dog” with several big events and activities from February 10th to March 4th, 2018.
In Hong Kong, From 19th and 22nd of February 2018 are the Hong Kong public holidays. Be prepared for the crowds wherever you go in Hong Kong.
2018 Hong Kong Chinese New Year Celebrations and Events
Due to over 150-year colonial history with Britain, the fusion of Chinese and British culture gives Hong Kong a very unique way of celebrating Chinese New Year. Combining ancient Chinese culture with a unique touch of cosmopolitan modern flair, festivities and special events are spread out over three weeks.
Hong Kong Government will hold many large celebrations and events to welcome “Year of the Dog”. The most popular annual Hong Kong Chinese New Year Celebrations are: Lunar New Year Fair or Chinese New Year Flower Markets, International Chinese New Year Night Parade and the Chinese New Year Fireworks Show.
Major Events and Celebrations
10 – 16 February 2018
Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Markets
8:00pm – 9:45pm, 16 February 2018
International Chinese New Year Night Parade
8:00pm – 8:23pm, 17 February 2018
Chinese New Year Fireworks (cancelled)
18 February 2018
Chinese New Year Race Day
1 – 4 March 2018
Chinese New Year Lantern Carnivals
9 February – 4 March 2018
Chinese New Year Thematic Lantern Display
16 February – 4 March 2018
Lam Tsuen Well-Wishing Festival
21 December 2017 – 25 February 2018
AIA Great European Carnival
18 February 2018
Chinese New Year Fireworks Harbour Tour
Top Event :
Lunar New Year Fair / Chinese New Year Flower Markets
(Feb 10 – Feb 16, 2018)
Hong Kong Lunar New Year Fair usually kick off the Hong Kong Chinese New Year Celebrations. It usually starts one week before the 1st day of Chinese Lunar Calendar. Although it also refers as the Chinese New Year Flower Markets, it is definitely much more than flowers. Stands with lucky foods, auspicious decors, traditional Chinese New Year flowers are all over the markets. It’s a perfect way to join the locals and experience the real traditions on this special holiday season.Date, Time, Locations and Tips…
Top Event :
Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade
(Feb 16, 2018)
Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade is definitely one of the most popular Hong Kong Chinese New Year celebrations for years. It includes dozens of floats and street live performances by artists all around the world. The night parade transforms the streets in Tsim Sha Tsui into a gigantic New Year carnival. Every year it attracts tens of thousands of fans to witness this dazzling 2-hour parade.Date, Time, Locations and Tips…
Top Event :
Lunar New Year Fireworks (cancelled)
(Feb 17, 2018)
2018 Lunar Chinese New Year Fireworks Display will be on the 2nd day of Chinese Lunar Calendar. As one of the best fireworks display in the world, Hong Kong’s fireworks show over Victoria Harbour is something that you should not miss. Hong Kong has several fireworks show each year, and the CNY fireworks show is always the best of all. Find out the best locations for watching this magnificent show.
Hong Kong decided to cancel the 2018 Chinese New Year Fireworks show to mourn the victim in the bus crash accident in 10th of Feb 2018.Date, Time, Locations, Tickets and Discounts…
Lam Tsuen Well-Wishing Festival
(Feb 16 – Mar 4, 2018)
Lam Tsuen Well-wishing Festival is one of the oldest traditions during Chinese New Year in Hong Kong. Two giant banyan trees in Lam Tsuen are considered as god. Whenever there is a festival, villagers will toss the joss paper onto the wishing trees to make a wish. Besides the traditional rituals, the floats from Chinese New Year Night Parade will be displayed here, allowing visitors for a closer look and some selfies.Date, Time, Locations and Tips…
Horseracing – Chinese New Year Race Day
(Feb 18, 2018)
Chinese New Year Race Day is one of the most popular horse racing events during the year. Not only it’s one of the best way to start a new year and wish for good luck, but also it is a special horse racing mixed with many traditional elements. Besides horse races, there also will be Chinese New Year souvenirs and decorations in the racecourse. Date, Time, Locations and Tips…
Chinese New Year Hong Kong Pulse Light Show – 3D Show
(to be announced)
Using Hong Kong Cultural Center and the landmark Clock Tower as background, Hong Kong Pulse Light Show is a 3D light show, coming back several times each year. The 8 minute stunning audiovisual effects is definitely a highlight of Hong Kong Chinese New Year celebrations during the festival season.Date, Time, Locations and Tips…
Top Event :
2018 Lunar New Year Lantern Carnivals
(Mar 1 – Mar 4, 2018)
Lantern is a very important element in the Chinese tradition. The Lantern Festival is on the 15th day of Chinese Lunar Calendar, thus this year is on the 2nd of March 2018. The 2018 Lunar New Year Lantern Carnival will feature with spectacular lantern displays, orchestra performances, Chinese ethnic songs, dance, acrobatics, traditional stage art and game booths.Date, Time, Locations and Tips…
2018 Lunar New Year Thematic Lantern Display
(Feb 9 – Mar 4, 2018)
Besides lantern carnival, Hong Kong Culture Center Piazza will have around one month lantern display. This year’s theme is Happily the Fishes Leap, which is representing good luck.Date, Time, Locations and Tips…
Watch 2018 Chinese New Year Fireworks Show
on Victoria Harbour Tours
(Feb 17, 2018)
How about sailing to the middle of Victoria Harbour during fireworks show and feel the stunning scenery in the closest distance? Nothing beats these views and I bet there is no better vantage point to enjoy the spectacular fireworks. Not matter it’s Chinese junk boat, historical Star Ferry or floating restaurant cruise, it will for sure be an unforgettable memory.Date, Time, Tickets and Tips…
Other options and events for celebrating 2018 Chinese New Year
Hong Kong AIA Great European Carnival
(Dec 21, 2017 – Feb 25, 2018)
AIA Great European Carnival locates right next to the Victoria Harbour in Central. It usually lasts two months throughout Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year. The carnival is a mixture of fun rides, games, entertainment program, circus as well as plenty of Asian and European food delights.Date, Time, Locations and Tips…
Shopping malls with themed Chinese New Year Decors
(Jan 20 – Mar 4 2018)
If you cannot join the traditional events or you will not be in Hong Kong during the time, don’t be regret. Most of the major shopping malls will set up the Chinese New Year themed decoration. Lion dance, firecrackers, peach trees will be all around Hong Kong.Date, Time, Locations and Tips…
Limited Edition Year of the Dog Octopus Card 2018
(On sale from 7:00am, Jan 24, 2018)
2018 Year of the Dog MTR Limited Souvenir Ticket Set
(On sale from 7:00am, Jan 28, 2018)
Every Chinese New Year, MTR company will launch special MTR ticket gift set. So as the Year of the Dog this year. The price for each set is HK$ 85, including two commemorative tickets, an attractive ticket holder and eight “Ten Ren” tea bags.Launch date and Where to buy…
2018 Hong Kong McDonald’s x Pompompurin Lucky Star Plush Set for CNY
(On sale from Jan 25, 2018)
Hong Kong McDonald’s teams up with Sanrio once again and will launch the limited Pompompurin Lucky Star plush set for the coming Year of the Dog. At the same time, McCafé also will launch a cash coupon set with two Pompompurin wooden coasters. Launch date and Where to buy…
Other local traditions in Hong Kong on Chinese New Year holidays – What else we do on Chinese New Year
Similar to Western’s Christmas, Chinese New Year is one of the most important traditional holidays in Hong Kong. Hongkongers will celebrate this holiday with all kinds of traditions.
- Family will gather together no matter how busy they are. Nothing can stop anyone from going home and being with family;
- Locals will give out red pockets (with cash) to friends, colleagues or people whoever helped them in the past year for good wishes;
- Auspicious and lucky foods such as black moss (Cantonese pronunciation is Fat Choy, similar to ‘prosperity’), sticky rice cake, sweet glutinous rice balls (tang yuan) are eaten and wishing for good luck in the coming year;
- Some families will visit the fortune tellers for good fortune in one of the many temples;
- Shopping malls, restaurants and offices are decorated with zodiac Dog all around Hong Kong;
- Shopping malls and shops will hire Lion Dance group to perform for good luck and good start of new year;
One of the most frequent questions I heard is: “Are shops, shopping malls and restaurants open during the 2018 Chinese New Year Celebrations in Hong Kong?”.
The majority of shops, shopping malls usually will close on the 1st and 2nd of Chinese Lunar Year (this year is Feb 16 and Feb 17). However, malls and restaurants in the major tourist areas usually remain opening during the Chinese New Year.
Usually, the days before Chinese New Year, some of the big shopping malls will extend their business and opening hours and decorated their malls with a special theme to attract more shoppers and visitors.
Please note that whether the shops and restaurants will open during CNY varies according to the regulation of different cooperations. Normally small and traditional shops and restaurants (e.g. Chinese Medicine Stores, family run restaurants, dried seafood shops, etc.) will be closed for longer time (4-7 days).
Major sightseeing attractions as well as theme parks will remain open during this period and usually have a unique Chinese New Year decoration.
Do You Know
“Be prepared that – no matter which event, activity or show you like to watch, join and/or participate, be aware that it will very, very (!) crowded.”