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

Here’s how to make the most of this festive season

Written by
Olivia Lai

Chinese New Year is a huge deal in Hong Kong. It’s the season to share joy, blessings, admire all the CNY displays and eat yourself silly with all the lin go and festive feasts. With the long weekend coming up, there’s quite a bit of free time to kill. So, we’re here to help you plan ahead and make the most out of the festive season. From the incredibly popular Chinese New Year night markets at Victoria Park and Mong Kok to the iconic Wishing Tree festival that takes place in Lam Tsuen, here are the best things to do in Hong Kong this Chinese New Year. 

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Best Chinese New Year events

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  • Wong Tai Sin

Take part in a local tradition and pray for new year blessings in one of the city’s most famous temples. The crowds in Wong Tai Sin Temple are at their peak come midnight on New Year’s Eve (Feb 4) as thousands of worshippers compete to be one of the first to make offerings to the gods in the hope of receiving the biggest of blessings. Alternatively, head for Che Kung Temple on the second day of CNY (Feb 6). Don’t forget to turn the copper windmill in a clockwise direction to sweep in good luck before you leave and be prepared to wait at least an hour or so to enter the temples.

How to celebrate CNY like a boss

  • Things to do

There’s a whole host of great things to do this January, but there’s no bigger occasion than Chinese New Year. As Spring Festival approaches, incredible CNY-themed decorations and displays have started popping up all around Hong Kong, especially in shopping malls. Whether you’re into Micky Mouse or Lego, or maybe just over-the-top flower displays, here are the top places to get the best selfies this Chinese New Year.  RECOMMENDED: If all the over-the-top displays and decorations bug you, you might enjoy reading about the things we hate during Chinese New Year. 

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