The 2017 Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Markets, all called Lunar New Year Flower Fair, will kick off the festive Chinese New Year season and festivities. It starts one week before the 1st day of the Chinese Lunar Calendar. It is a typical tradition in Hong Kong. Usually, the whole family visit these flower markets to pick and buy some auspicious flowers and plants for good luck for the upcoming New Year.
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. The flowers play a significant role in local customs and Feng Shui representing different wishes.
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. Visiting one of the Hong Kong flower markets is not only a great way to kick-off the festive Chinese New Year celebrations. They are also a great place to dive into local customs, enjoy some of the delicious food treats on the flower markets, or pick up one of the unique Rooster Year related souvenirs. Are you ready to pick your lucky bloom for 2017?
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)
Secret Tips for you
“Be prepared for a massive crowd of people no matter which time slot you choose. The best time to visit Chinese New Year Flower Markets 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 (Jan 27) till 4:00am. Lots of items will have great discounts on that day.”
More Info and Details
January 22nd till January 28th, 2017
10:00am – midnight (22nd-27th, Jan) / midnight – 6:00am (28th Jan)