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Temperature averages 16°C (61°F) in Hong Kong during the period of Chinese New Year, one of the most important events in Hong Kong. The celebrations have some differences from what people in Mainland China do. The most popular activities are the magnificent fireworks display at Victoria Harbor, the Chinese New Year Parade, strolling in night-long flower markets, New Year horse racing, shopping and New Year prayers. » Read More[Back to Top]
Chinese New Year Night Parade
Praised highly as one of the most worth-watching amusement events around the world by Lonely Planet, Chinese New Year Night Parade will be held for the fifteenth time this year. It is a carnival-like event featuring themed floats and local performing groups and marching bands who will give fantastic shows along the parade route, and traditional lion dancing.
New Year Fireworks Display
The Hong Kong Chinese New Year Fireworks Display has been held since 1982 at Victoria Harbor. It is held in the evening of second day of Chiese New Year at Victoria Harbour. Watching hundreds of thousands of fireworks exploding in the sky above Victoria Harbor and celebrating Chinese New Year with over 400,000 people can be a really impressive experience.
New Year Flower Market
Strolling through the flower markets after a New Year's Eve dinner is one of the must-dos on a Hong Kong Chinese New Year activity list. In total fourteen open air flower markets are held from the 25th day of the 12th month of the Chinese lunisolar calendar to the eve of Chinese New Year, lasting for six days. Among them, the flower markets held at Victoria Park and Fa Hui Park are the largest in scale and the most festive. You should not miss a lower market visit during the Chinese New Year holiday
Chinese New Year Horse Racing
Chinese New Year Horse Racing is one of the most distinctive activities of Hong Kong. Hong Kong people believe that their good fortune starts at a bet on their favourite horse at the racecourse. Chinese New Year Horse Racing is held on the third day of the first month of the Chinese calendar at the Sha Tin racecourse. It is also the first horseracing in the Year of the Rabbit in Hong Kong. Traditional Chinese folk performances will be on show
Victoria Peak is the highest physical feature on Hong Kong Island, the island directly south of "mainland" Hong Kong (i.e., Kowloon Peninsula). Hong Kong Island is separated from Kowloon Peninsula by Victoria Channel. Though not Hong Kong's highest peak - that distinction belongs to Tai Mo Shan (Mount Tai Mo), Victoria Peak has become Hong Kong's landmark, if not its trademark attraction. » Read More
Aberdeen Bay maintains the characteristic of a traditional fishing village of the 1800s. The village is still the home for hundreds of fishermen. Fishing boats ranging from traditional Chinese sailing boats to luxuriously furnished modern ships fill the bay. Tours of the bay by sampan are available. Many visitors come here only for the seafood, which is authentic and tasty. » Read More
Victoria Harbor is the main harbor of Hong Kong. There is blue sky, clean sea, fantastic mountains and charming natural scenes.
Located between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula, the harbor is wide and the water is deep. Its waters cover 59 sq.km (23 sq.m) and it is width ranging from 12 km (7.5 mi) to 9.5 km (6 mi), so large that ships can anchor there. » Read More
Hong Kong Disneyland is located on Lantau Island, surrounded by mountains on three sides and facing the South China Sea. Hong Kong Disneyland Park is the first Disney World in China. It includs the Sleeping Princess Castle, On entering the park, you will be captured by the feeling of being in another world with lots of excitement and adventures. » Read More
Hong Kong Ocean Park is the larger of two sections on the highlands of Mount Nanlang. The smaller section is in the Huang Zhu Keng Valley lowlands. With an area of 17 hektares (1700 ares), it's one of the largest ocean parks in the world. The two entrances to Ocean Park (Tai Shue Wan Entrance and the Main Entrance) are connected by cable car. » Read More
Lantau Mountain is tall on southwest and low on the northeast. Its main peak, Phoenix Peak has an altitude of 935 meters (3068 feet), which is the second highest peak in Hong Kong. Ever since 70's, lots of Hong Kong residents have preferred to visit Lantau Island and play and rest there on weekends and holidays. Therefore, Tai O Town is busy and prosperous now. » Read More
Hong Kong is perhaps the best place for shopping in the world with reasonable prices, various brands and great service. In Hong Kong, shopping is not only the act of buying things, but a form of recreation, a way of life. Visitors can contented enjoy the shopping environment and experience the fashion tide. Generally speaking, the top three buys are clothes, cosmetics and electrical appliances. The main shopping areas are Central and Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island and Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. Budget shopping can be found in the Temple Street Market, Tung Chois Market and Stanley Market.
Hong Kong, as the crossroads of eastern and western cultures, has developed a blend of eating habits incorporating Chinese, notably Cantonese, and western cuisines. Hong Kong has acquired a reputation as an "eating paradise". As a place where the world meets, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai and Indian restaurants are also very common.
Cantonese food is regarded as the representative food for Hong Kong. Cantonese people make up the majority of the population of Hong Kong. Over 70 percent of the Chinese restaurants specialize in serving Cantonese food. Hong Kong's Cantonese food has formed a style of its own, applying cooking skills from all over the world. » Read More
Hong Kong has a variety of desserts, pastes including sesame paste, sago paste and walnut paste, pastries including harsmar cake, egg tart, fried milk, layer cake, Malaysian steamed cake and various Hong Kong steamed bread with scallion, and other desserts like mango pudding, milk custard, bean curd Jelly and Fresh seasonal fruit platter. » Read More
Hong Kong has Japanese food, South Korean food, Thai food, Vietnamese food, Malaysian food, Singaporean food, Philippine Food and so on. Among them, Japanese food is delicate and has a fine appearance and it is famous for its fresh Sashimi, Rice and Vegetable Roll, Tappasaki, Sushi and Rice Wine. Indonesian and Malaysian cuisines have curry, vanilla and coconut milkl as their major ingredients. » Read More
As an international metropolis, Hong Kong has a lot of foreign residents. Western food restaurant has a long history in Hong Kong. Many hotels have high class kitchens and foreign cooks to serve authentic western food. The typical ones are French food, Italian food, Swiss food, British food, Spanish food and American food. » Read More
Beijing, the capital of China, is a combination of tradition and modern prosperity. The Temple Fair is one of the most important celebration activities during the Chinese New Year in Beijing. Many other activities will be held, such as Spring Festival carnivals, Peking Opera, acrobatics and tea culture displays. You will easily get into the spirit of Chinese New Year when the whole city is in festive mood. » Read More[Back to Top]
The Forbidden City is the best preserved imperial palace in China and the largest ancient palatial structure in the world. The splendid architecture of the Forbidden City represents the essence and culmination of traditional Chinese architectural accomplishment. » Read More
Beijing Hutongs have a very special and important position in the rich history and culture of Beijing. They are the most popular place for tourists to get a Chinese New Year experience, where people can get together and have celebrative parties with Beijing locals. » Read More
During the Chinese New Year, the Bird's Nest serves as the venue for lots of celebrating activities. During Chinese New Year 2010, the Bird's Nest Snow Festival is held in the stadium, where tourists are able to experience the fun of skiing in the artificial ice world. »Read More
Beijing Temple Fairs
In traditional temple fairs around Beijing, there are performances and booths demonstrating and selling traditional arts and crafts. The fairs have lots of games, food and performances, visited by a lot of people from all over the world.
Beijing food or Northern China food is a collection of varieties from Hebei, Shangdong, the Lower Yangzi River, Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang. Methods of cooking include barbecuing, deep-boiling, roasting, smoking and braising. Local products, such as garlic, ginger, leeks, pork, spring onions, bean sauce, different spices, chilies and vegetables (particularly the Northern white cabbage,) together with duck, pork, chicken, seafood, beef, and lamb are used to make many varieties of gourmet dishes. To taste these dishes, the following are some of teh best restaurants.