Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year © Michael Elleray
When it comes to Chinese New Year celebrations, nobody does it better than Hong Kong. The streets are jammed with dragon dancers, street performers and illuminated floats. Doors are hung with colourful messages of good fortune and lights are draped over all the city's skyscrapers. Markets and temples become magical places filled with flowers, incense and celebration. The highlight of the festivities is the glittering night parade that is complemented by special lighting effects and concluded by traditional fireworks over the harbour, which is said to scare away demons and ensure good luck. Chinese New Year is a truly special time to visit Hong Kong and allows visitors to see the city at its most glittering, vibrant and colourful. Hong Kong's celebrations run for much longer than the three days usually set aside for Chinese New Year on official calendars; in 2013 Hong Kong is celebrating from the 4th to the 23rd of February, which gives tourists an extended window in which to plan their trips. Chinese New Year is Hong Kong's biggest event and it is attracting more and more foreigners every year.
Venue: Wan Chai Harbour front; parade route in Tsim Sha Tsui
Date: 28 January 2017