The 2013 Chinese New Year Festival, celebrating the Year of the Snake, will be a fitting start to an exciting year of events and festivals in Hong Kong. Set to take place on the first evening of Chinese New Year (February 10), the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade, organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), will offer visitors and residents the opportunity of experiencing Hong Kong’s cultural fusion. Ranked as one of the world’s best value entertainment by Lonely Planet, the International Chinese New Year Night Parade will feature colourful floats accompanied by spectacular international and local performing groups and marching bands. Hong Kong’s 2013 Chinese New Year festivities will also include:
Chinese New Year Flower Markets
Flower markets are an indispensable part of the Chinese New Year celebrations and will be open daily at various locations across Hong Kong throughout the Lunar new year festival season.
Lunar New Year Fireworks – February 11 at 8pm
The second day of Chinese New Year will feature an amazing display of fireworks to usher in the Year of the Snake. Visitors can join the throng of spectators, who line both sides of Victoria Harbour, to watch this spectacular display.
Chinese New Year Raceday – February 12
On the third day of Chinese New Year it is customary for local sports fans to head to the Sha Tin Racecourse to celebrate the first race day of the Lunar New Year. The stands will be jam-packed with excited race fans looking to get the New Year off to a good start with a winning ticket.
Throughout 2013 Hong Kong will play host to a diverse range of cultural festivals, arts, sporting and other major events and here is a round-up of what is on offer in Asia’s World City.
‘Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal’ Exhibition: Now till March 31
The travelling exhibition of more than 370 objects from the collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, includes paintings, drawings, photographs and screen prints by Warhol and archival objects and photos documenting his creative life is on at the Hong Kong Museum of Art.
‘Faberge: Legacy of Imperial Russia’ Exhibition: February 6 – April 29
Hong Kong Heritage Museum.
41st Hong Kong Arts Festival: February 21 – March 22
Showcasing leading performers from Asia and around the world, the Hong Kong Arts Festival appeals to a wide audience with a brilliant selection of orchestras, concerts, ballet, opera and dance, along with modern drama and new twists to classical favourites.
Hong Kong Marathon: February 24
The largest outdoor sporting event in Hong Kong attracts some of the world’s top runners every year.
Hong Kong Sevens: March 22-24
The Hong Kong Rugby Sevens has grown into one of the biggest rugby events on the international sporting calendar with teams from the world’s top rugby nations competing in lightning-fast 15-minute matches in front of 40,000 spectators. The action at Hong Kong Stadium is merely the epicentre of what becomes a three-day carnival taking over the entire city.
Hong Kong Cultural Celebrations: May 2-17
Each spring visitors have a unique opportunity to witness the timeless living culture of Hong Kong through four festivals that make up Hong Kong’s Cultural Celebrations, including the Cheung Chau Bun Festival and the Birthday of Tin Hau.
Hong Kong Summer Spectacular: Mid June- End August
Roll on summer 2013 when the fun-filled program of events is coupled with world class parties, music festivals and enticing sales throughout the city’s shopping malls and department stores. Join thousands of spectators along Victoria Harbour to cheer on the athletes in the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival and sip on the cold beers at the San Miguel BeerFest.
International Arts Carnival: July 5 – August 11
The largest family festival in Asia, this funfest offers dance, drama, music, puppetry, physical comedy and multimedia theatre at various venues across the city.
Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival: September
The ancient Chinese harvest festival – Mid-Autumn Festival – is celebrated with glowing lanterns, dragon dancing, moonlight cruises and moon cakes allowing visitors to enjoy this timeless Chinese celebration in a uniquely Hong Kong way.
Hong Kong Halloween Treats: October
Lasting longer than just one day, Hong Kong celebrates Halloween for the entire month of October with haunted parties in the city’s party hot spots and themed displays at popular attractions.
Hong Kong Wine & Dine Month: November
This month-long celebration of fine wine and food has helped establish Hong Kong as Asia’s culinary capital and kicks off with the internationally celebrated American Express Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival. Other highlights include street carnivals, food and wine-themed tours and classes and special offers throughout the city’s hotels and restaurants.
Great Outdoors Hong Kong: November
Due to the cooler weather November is the perfect time for visitors to enjoy the serenity and beauty of Hong Kong’s Great Outdoors and experience a series of hiking tours including ‘Asia’s best urban hiking trail’ (Time Asia Ed), the Dragon’s Back.
Hong Kong International Races – December
One of the most important racing fixtures for the world’s leading horses, jockeys, trainers and owners the Hong Kong International Races combines glamour, spectacle and excitement.
Hong Kong WinterFest: December
For a unique spin on Christmas festivities nothing beats Hong Kong, where long-held Western traditions mix with the Eastern love of festivals for a cosmopolitan holiday experience. Festive lighting and decorations are aglow throughout the city and winter sales are perfect for pre-Christmas shopping.
New Year Countdown Celebrations: December 31
Bring in the New Year in style with a spectacular pyrotechnic display over Victoria Harbour and glamorous parties at the cities nightlife hot spots.