The Hong Kong Lunar New Year Flower Markets, all called Chinese New Year Flower Fair, usually kick off the festive Chinese New Year season and festivities. It starts one week before the 1st day of Chinese Lunar Calendar.
Flowers and Plants on Chinese New Year Flower Markets
Stroll through the beautiful and colorful Flower Markets throughout Hong Kong and join the locals to search for the perfect bloom. No matter whether people are religious, everyone would love to put some “Lucky Plants” for good Fengshui.
Narcissus, peach blossoms, orchids, citrus plants or kumquat trees (golden orange trees) are usually believed to bring good luck, wealth and prosperity for the upcoming New Year. If you pay close attention you will notice that almost every shopping mall, restaurant and shop are beautiful decorated with these kind of plants.
What’s More on Chinese New Year Flower Markets
Although it is called “Flower Market”, it is definitely more than just a place to purchase New Year flowers. You will find Chinese New Year related decorations, souvenirs, toys as well as all the trendy items closely related with Hong Kong’s past year.
Similar to Christmas markets in Germany, Austria or Swiss, these Chinese New Year Flower Markets open up the holiday season and bring the festive spirit with their colorful and aromatic displays of flowers. They are also the great places to dive into local customs, enjoy some of the food treats on the flower markets, or pick up one of the unique Monkey Year related souvenirs.
Opening Hours :
Hong Kong has several venues of Chinese New Year Flower Markets. They usually open from 10:00am till late at night (such as 1:00am) depending which market or which day you visit.
Please note that on Chinese New Year Eve and Chinese New Year some flower markets might open earlier and/or have extended hours (some even till 4:00am).
The admission to the Lunar New Year Flower Markets is Free of Charge. However, there will be charge on food, drink as well as souvenirs if you wish to purchase.
How to Get There :
The biggest and most popular Flower Markets are located in Victoria Park (Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island) and Fa Hui Park (Mongkok, Kowloon).
However, they are not the only ones. Throughout Hong Kong, there are several smaller ones which are off the beaten tourist tracks, but may be still worthwhile to visit, especially if you would like get in touch with locals. Some are located close to major sightseeing or shopping attractions and can easily be incorporated in a normal tour itinerary. You can check out which one is closer to your hotel or staying location.
- Kowloon Area :
Cheung Sha Wan Playground (Sham Shui Po)
Morse Park (Wong Tai Sin)
Hong Ning Road Recreation Ground (Kwun Tong)
Man Yee Playground (Sai Kung)
Po Hong Park (Tseung Kwan O)
- New Territories :
Kwai Chung Sports Ground (Kwai Tsing)
Tung Tau Industrial Area Playground (Yuen Long)
Sha Tsui Road Playground (Tsuen Wan)
Shek Wu Hui Playground (North District)
Shek Pai Tau Playground (Tuen Mun)
Tin Hau Temple Fung Shui Square (Tai Po)
Yuen Wo Playground (Sha Tin)
“Be prepared for a massive crowd of people no matter which time slot you choose. The best time to visit is either in the early morning hours or early afternoon/evening hours (4:00 – 6:00pm). If you want to mingle with the crowds and would like to grasp the romantic Lunar New Year Flower Markets at night then you might want to visit around 6:00 – 9:00pm.”
“Some Flower Markets (such as the one in Causeway Bay) will extend opening hour on the Chinese New Year Eve (Feb 7) till 4:00am. Lots of items will have great discounts on that day.”
More Info and Details
February 2nd till February 8th, 2016
10:00am – late at night