Hong Kong is getting ready to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival 2014. The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important Chinese Festivals. In case you are in Hong Kong you should not miss the opportunity to celebrate this special event since Hong Kong has some very unique and own traditions.

2014 Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival Exhibition Near Clock Tower TST

2014 Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival Exhibition Near Clock Tower TST

Similar to western Thanksgiving, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a festival where the family gets together, reunite, have dinner and enjoy some special food. To This ancient Chinese Harvest Festival takes place every 15th day of the 8th lunar month. In 2014, the Mid-Autumn Festival is held on September 8th. Because locals usually celebrate the festival at night, the second day of Mid-Autumn Festival (9th of September) is the public holiday (2014 Hong Kong Public Holidays).

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Typical Mid-Autumn Festival activities include eating moon cakes, enjoy lantern display and gazing at the full moon. Across Hong Kong you will find various celebrations including lantern carnivals, exhibitions, traditional performances and other festivities.

Lantern Displays and Carnivals will be throughout Hong Kong. Among all the celebrations, I would say that the most popular Mid-Autumn Day Celebration is at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay. This is usually one of the largest Mid-Autumn Festival Carnivals in Hong Kong, with not only the giant lanterns and innovative visual effects, but also the traditional stage shows (Cantonese Opera), palm readings, game stalls as well as traditional markets (for Mid-Autumn Day Souvenirs). All are ADMISSION FREE !

I personally love the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance more and it has over 100 years. Tai Hang is in close proximity to Tai Hang (only 10-min walk on foot). Tai Hang Fire Dragon has been listed in China’s third national list of intangible cultural heritage. For more information about this spectacular and incense filled event check out related article “2014 Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance 2014 Mid-Autumn Festival Hong Kong“.

In addition to the Fire Dragon Dance performances in Tai Hang there is also one in Pok Fu Lam (held on September 8, 2014). However, the fire dragon in Tai Hang is about 67 meter long and the dragon in Pok Fu Lam is only about one third in length.

In case you love the traditional Chinese lanterns, you also can check out the cute displays next to the TST Clock Tower in Tsim Sha Tsui. This year’s theme is about the kids from around the world celebrate Mid-Autumn Day together. Great lanterns with stunning night view of Victoria Harbour as background. It’s definitely a unique opportunity for photo shooting.

Here are some preview photos. They will be finished around the end of August and lit up at night from the 28th of August.

2014 Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival Exhibition Near Clock Tower TST

2014 Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival Exhibition Near Clock Tower TST

2014 Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival Exhibition Near Clock Tower TST

2014 Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival Exhibition Near Clock Tower TST

2014 Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival Exhibition Near Clock Tower TST

2014 Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival Exhibition Near Clock Tower TST

2014 Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival Exhibition Near Clock Tower TST

2014 Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival Exhibition Near Clock Tower TST

2014 Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival Exhibition Near Clock Tower TST

2014 Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival Exhibition Near Clock Tower TST

2014 Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival Exhibition Near Clock Tower TST

2014 Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival Exhibition Near Clock Tower TST

2014 Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival Exhibition Near Clock Tower TST

2014 Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival Exhibition Near Clock Tower TST

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Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Display

schedule  September 8, 2014
clock  8:00pm – 11:00pm (extended to midnight on September 8, 2014)
map  Victoria Park Soccer Pitch, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
Price Free Admission

In case the Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Display in Causeway Bay is to crowded you might want to take closer look at the following alternatives:

Mid-Autumn Thematic Lantern Display: The World in Colours

schedule  August 28 to October 5, 2014
clock  6:30pm – 11:00pm (extended to midnight on September 8, 2014)
map  Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Price Free Admission

New Territories West Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival 2014

schedule  September 7, 2014 (Lantern installation September 5 – 10)
clock  7:30pm – 10:30pm (extended to midnight on September 8, 2014)
map  Sha Tsui Road Playground, Tsuen Wan, New Territories
Price Free Admission

New Territories East Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival 2014

schedule  September 9, 2014 (Lantern installation September 5 – 14)
clock  7:30pm – 10:30pm (extended to midnight on September 8, 2014)
map  Tai Po Waterfront Park, Tai Po, New Territories
Price Free Admission