Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

Kung Hey Fat Choy!

Chinese New Year (CNY) was enjoyed by everyone in Hong Kong because there were 3 public holidays on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday which made a 5 day weekend! In actual fact, CNY lasts for 15 days so it’s still ongoing but many businesses have opened again and most people are back to work now.

I found CNY here to be a little more low-key than I was expecting. It’s normally a time when families spend time together, and there weren’t that many big events on. I found this article gave a really useful summary of CNY to the lay person (e.g. British expats!).

On CNY Eve (Saturday), we went to the flower market in Victoria Park. This was a massive market where people bought flowers and other decorations for their homes. This picture only shows about half the market!

Victoria Park flower market

Citrus trees are apparently very auspicious so there were plenty to choose from.

Orange trees at Chinese New Year flower market

These strange looking fruit are called solanum mammosum, and they are apparently a type of citrus fruit too (to me they look like knobbly lemons!):

Solanum mammosum Chinese New Year decorations

And here are some more solanum mammosum arranged in a very impressive display:

Solanum mammosum display

There were loads of other types of flowers to choose from too, including the most orchids I’ve ever seen in one place…

Orchids at Victoria Park flower market

…and loads of brightly coloured chrysanthemums (we couldn’t resist buying a few of these for our home)

Brightly coloured chrysanthemums

On Monday there was a fireworks display so we wandered down to the newly renovated waterfront at Admiralty which had a great view and wasn’t too crowded. It also gave us a view of some of the CNY lights on the skyscrapers:

Hong Kong Chinese New Year lights

I was a little bemused that many of the buildings had minor tweaks to change their lights from Christmas-themed designs to CNY! I’m pretty sure this little fellow used to look a lot more like Santa…

POAD Chinese New Year decorations

The fireworks display itself was very impressive, lasting about 23 minutes and kept up a constant stream of fireworks throughout. Here’s a few photos:

Hong Kong Chinese New Year fireworks Hong Kong Chinese New Year fireworks Hong Kong Chinese New Year fireworks Hong Kong Chinese New Year fireworks

So that was our Chinese New Year! Overall a pretty relaxing and very enjoyable time to be in Hong Kong. Plus, you could get around really quickly because there was hardly any traffic!

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

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7 thoughts on “Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

  1. I know I’ve said it previously, but I do love this place. Thanks for sharing your photos – the flowers and fireworks are great. I had the good fortune to be in HK for the Handover in 1997, when the fireworks on the 30th June and 1st July were stupendous! Watching them from Police Headquarters, overlooking Tamar was a special treat.

      • Yes, it was a very special time and there where mixed feelings – excitement – and apprehension because nobody knew what the future might bring. As we stood watching the display through the windows, we were also listening to the British Forces Network, who were pulling out that night. The commentator clearly had a lump in his throat, which affected us all. However, we were very much cheered by the display taking place in front us us. Not only were the fireworks magnificent, but there were boats, lit and decorated, sailing by below us – a water carnival! Of course Prince Charles and Chris Patton were there too – and the Royal Yacht.

        On land there was a fabulous display by various groups, all of this taking place during the most incredible rainstorm. Any sadness in the room was interspersed by squeals of delight (from the women in particular) as each moving tableau unfolded and at every new burst of glorious light from the fireworks, ‘waaaah, waaaaah!’

        I think there was a tear in everyone’s eye as Britannia sailed out, but we were back next night for what (we thought) was an even better display! A truly memorable occasion and I feel very privileged to have witnessed this piece of history.

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