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Hong Kong Celebrates Chinese New Year 2013

Hong Kong Celebrates Chinese New Year 2013Events and festivities leading to Chinese New Year 2013 has already begun on February 4th and will continue until the 23rd. Below are some information that you might find helpful if you will be celebrating the Lunar New year in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Chinese New Year 2013 - Flower MarketLunar New Year Fair (Flower Markets)
There are several Flower Markets in Hong Kong that operates during the Lunar New Year but the most popular ones are those in Victoria Park, Causeway Bay and Fa Hui Park, Mongkok. Majority of the stalls at these markets sell a variety of blooms and potted plants but there are also stalls which offer other merchandise such as decor, food items and gadgets. The fairs are open from noon to midnight and admission is free. Meanwhile, stores at the Mong Kok flower market at Prince Edward Road West and Flower Market Road, is open for 24 hours on the two days before Lunar New Year's Day.

Hong Kong Chinese New Year 2013 - Lion DancersChinese New Year's Day Parade
On February 10th, first day of the Chinese New Year 2013, the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui, will be packed for the Chinese New Year's Night Parade which will commence at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza at 8pm and passing Star Ferry Pier Bus Terminus then travelling along Canton Road, Haiphong Road, Nathan Road and Salisbury Road before finishing at Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers at around 9-30pm. The parade is sponsored by Cathay Pacific and became an annual event after it was first held in 1996.

The parade features beautifully decorated floats complete with colourful lighting. There are also street performers from different countries, marching bands, cheerleaders, costumed characters, traditional cultural performances, and dragon and lion dancers.

Viewing the parade is free but paid seating is available in spectator stands at Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza. There are no spectator stands along the route so come early to get good spots. If you want to see the performances, try to get a spot in one of three performance zones along the parade route: (1) Canton Road outside Harbour City near Gateway Hong Kong Hotel; (2) Haiphong Road outside Kowloon Park; and (3) Nathan Road on either side of its junction with Peking Road near Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station and Chungking Mansions.

After the parade, some of the floats will be put on display at the Lam Tsuen Wishing Square until February 23rd. On February 11th and 12th, some of the international performing groups will perform at Lam Tsuen Wishing Square and at four shopping malls, Elements (West Kowloon), Maritime Square (Tsing Yi), PopCorn (Tsueng Kwan O) and Telford Plaza (Kowloon Bay).

Hong Kong Chinese New Year 2013 - Well-Wishing FestivalWell-Wishing Festival
The Hong Kong Well-Wishing Festival will take place from February 10th to 23rd at Lam Tsuen near Tai Po in the New Territories. This is where the popular Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees are located. Aside from making a wish at the auspicious tress, visitors can enjoy the festivities which include feal markets, stalls selling traditional food, joss paper throwing, lantern lighting ceremonies, and cultural performances.

Hong Kong Chinese New Year 2013 - Fireworks DisplayChinese New Year 2013 Fireworks Show
This will take place on February 11th, the second day of Chinese New Year at 8pm on Victoria Harbour between Wan Chai and Tsim Sha Tsui. This pyrotechnical extravaganza is expected to attract about 300,000 spectators. The fireworks display will last for 23 minutes and six seconds. Locations with best views are Tsim Sha Tsui, Hung Hom Bypass, Central District, Wan Chai, Mid-Levels and Causeway Bay.

Hong Kong Chinese New Year 2013 Race DayChinese New Year Race Day
The Chinese New Year Race Day will be held on the third day of Chinese New Year, February 12th. Around 100,000 racing aficionados are expected to come and try their luck at the Shatin Racecourse. Admission is from 10-30am, with racing from 12-30pm to 6pm. Before the races, there will be a spectacular opening variety show featuring performances by popular Hong Kong TV stars, a Fortune Tips Forum with a fung shui master and lion and dragon dance performances.

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