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Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

Everything you need to know for the Lunar New Year festivities in Hong Kong

Chinese New Year lion dance

Chinese New Year in Hong Kong is the biggest celebration in the city’s calendar. Yes, we get excited about Christmas and NYE too, but CNY, Spring Festival or whatever you want to call it is the real number one occasion. The fireworks are more numerous, the public holidays last longer and there are even more decorations, traditions and special foods to be enjoyed.

This year Hong Kong prepares to welcome the Year of the Pig on February 5. Last of all the Chinese zodiac animals – possibly because it overslept or ate too much and fell asleep – the pig is a fortutious animal and should bring luck to many other zodiac signs this year.

Whether you’re a visitor or a local staying in town for the holiday (travelling during CNY is extra expensive after all), there’s tons of things to do in Hong Kong at this time of year. Read on below to learn about important Chinese New Year traditions, the best places to watch the spectacular annual fireworks, 

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

The best things to do in Hong Kong during Chinese New Year
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The best things to do in Hong Kong during Chinese New Year

From the incredibly popular Chinese New Year night markets to the iconic Wishing Tree festival, here are the best things to do in Hong Kong this CNY.

Hong Kong’s best Chinese New Year displays
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Hong Kong’s best Chinese New Year displays

As Spring Festival approaches, incredible CNY-themed decorations and displays have begun popping up all around Hong Kong.

Hong Kong’s best Chinese New Year puddings
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Hong Kong’s best Chinese New Year puddings

Leen goh – a traditional glutinous rice pudding – and turnip cake are musts during Chinese New Year. We’ve rounded up the best, yummiest, and cutest ones to buy. 

Guide to Chinese New Year etiquette
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Guide to Chinese New Year etiquette

Whether you’re new in town or simply looking for a refresher, here’s an easy-to-digest guide to the basic etiquette of CNY.  

A history of Chinese New Year films
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A history of Chinese New Year films

Everything you need to know about this most local of Hong kong film genres.

Hong Kong temples: Ultimate Guide
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Hong Kong temples: Ultimate Guide

A visit to one of the city’s many temples is a must if you’re looking to maximise your luck for the year ahead.

Things we hate about Chinese New Year
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Things we hate about Chinese New Year

Because let’s be honest, CNY isn’t without the occasional downside.

A guide to Chinese New Year flowers and fruits
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A guide to Chinese New Year flowers and fruits

Flowers are a big part of Chinese New Year. Here’s what to buy and what benefits you’re supposed to be acquiring.

Six fun facts about Hong Kong fireworks
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Six fun facts about Hong Kong fireworks

Facts and figures you might not know about the pyrotechnic displays that take place in Victoria Harbour throughout the year.

Hong Kong’s biggest Chinese New Year traditions
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Hong Kong’s biggest Chinese New Year traditions

If you want to maximise your luck this CNY, however, you’d best pay special attention to these 10 customs.