Ringing in the Chinese New Year

Making the most of the long weekend but reluctant to skip the Chinese New Year festivities? Plan a trip to one of these places that pull out all the stops for the holiday.

The long weekend beckons for a trip, but it can feel odd and even lonely being away from home during the Lunar New Year festivities. Kill two birds with one stone by planning a visit to one of these places that throw massive celebrations for the holiday.


Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Chinese New Year Parade is a sight to behold, with intricate floats, marching bands, acrobats and dancers winding their way down Tsim Sha Tsui on New Year’s Day. The annual event sees dance, acrobatic and music troupes from all over the world come together for one big street party. The parade starts at 8pm and lasts for about two hours, but it’s wise to begin sourcing a good vantage point early, unless you’re able to purchase one of the coveted tickets to the spectator stands. Tickets go on sale from 14 January at the Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Centre at Star Ferry Concourse, Tsim Sha Tsui. On the second day, watch the fireworks over Victoria Harbour and then head to the Sha Tin Racecourse on day three to enjoy Hong Kong’s most popular horse racing event.

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