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.

Hong Kong Lion Dance celebration

Celebrating with traditional lion dance

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.

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.

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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.

Date

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

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Other options and events for celebrating 2018 Chinese New Year

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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.

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  • “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.”