Year of the Dog
Just as you’ve started to recover from the Christmas festivities… Hong Kong throws another huge celebration your way!
For those of you who aren’t jetting off somewhere sunny, here are a few ways to celebrate and welcome the Year of the Dog.
Kung Hei Fat Choy!
Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade
The Cathay Pacific parade is a must see! At this time of year, Hong Kong pulls out all the stops and the Night Parade is a great example of this. If you want a glimpse of the traditional CNY celebrations up close, this is the place to be. Colourful floats, acrobats, firecrackers galore and lion dances. There’s something for everyone as the TST waterfront transforms into the biggest street party of the year.
16th February, from 6pm onwards
Watch along the streets of Canton Road, Haiphong Road and Nathan Road
Each year, people from all over the world gather together for the Well-Wishing Festival. Pay a visit to the Wishing Tree at Lam Tsuen and write your wish for the Year of the Dog and see if it catches on one of the tree branches.
16th February – 4th March
Lam Tsuen Wishing Square, Tai Po, New Territories
Head over to the fragrant and colourful flower market at Victoria Park. The perfect excuse to buy more flowers and turn your home into a tangerine tree jungle. You’ll end up leaving juggling orchids, cherry blossoms and plenty of daffodils (you won’t see us complaining!)
Victoria Park, Causeway Bay
Traditionally, the HK locals visit temples during the holidays to pray for their ancestors and good health and fortune for the year ahead. Hong Kong’s temples are a must see generally with their beautiful architecture but there’s no better time to visit than during CNY as you’ll witness bustling crowds and the celebrations in full flow.
Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple, 2, Chuk Yuen Village, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon
Tin Hau Temple, 10 Tin Hau Temple Road, Causeway Bay
Hong Kong’s famous horse races just got even more exciting. Between races you’ll enjoy more than the great atmosphere. Kick-off the Year of the Dog with live music, flower market stalls, lion dances and even a feng shui master to bring you good luck. Hedge your bets!
18th February, 12pm-6pm
Sha Tin Racecourse, New Territories