Celebrate Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

BODY IMAGE: Hotel Jen Hong Kong : Celebrate Chinese New Year in Hong Kong
BODY IMAGE: Hotel Jen Hong Kong : Celebrate Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

Exciting events are afoot in Hong Kong as the city readies itself to welcome the Year of the Monkey. That’s right, from February 8 to 10, it’s Spring Festival – better known as Chinese New Year.

Hong Kong gets festive in a truly special way with a massive street parade that halts traffic and brings crowds out in masses. It is a big party of the year, and more akin to a carnival, so expect a line-up of acrobats, lion and dragon dances, marching bands, exotic floats and colourful costumes which winds its way around the area’s closed roads for an hour-and-a-half.

The parade starts at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre to Tsim Sha Tsui and hits Canton and Nathan Roads on its tour. I always go at least an hour early to get a head start on the crowds, although officially the street party starts on New Year’s Day, February 8, at 8 pm.

I also never miss the Lunar New Year fireworks on the second day of the holiday – February 9 this year. Noted as a wonderful display, the pyrotechnics whip and crack across the harbour – it’s awe-inspiring.

Head to the waterfront at Tsim Sha Tsui or amble down from my hotel to the Central Ferry Piers. Both are viewable from both sides of the harbour and put you front and centre amid the festive partygoers.

Kung Hai Fat Choi, Jensters (which means “Happy Chinese New Year”). Enjoy the party!

Ask my team about the New Year’s Parade route and what time to set off since there are road closures ahead of the spectacle.