The Best 5 Festivals in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has loads of festivals! I’ve lived here for two years and been to a lot of them, but I thought I’d make it easy for you by creating a Top 5 for you!

1. Chinese New Year! [I:]

The most popular one! Hong Kong is the same as the rest of China when the new year comes round – it’s a national holiday and there are loads of celebrations going on! The lion dance, eat special Chinese food outside in never ending market stalls, dress like a Chinese person, eat hotpot and barbecues…The best places to celebrate are Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok and Victoria Park. But they will be packed to the rafters – this is the party season!

When is it? – Normally January or February (depends on the Chinese Calendar). It lasts for a week!

2. Dragon Boat Carnival!! [I:]

The Dragon Boat Carnival is a Chinese style one day boat race with a distinct air of coolness about it. Well decorated boats and enthusiastic teams take part in races in the waters in and around Hong Kong. You can join a team if you know the right people, or best of all – just relax and watch it with some food and drink!

The reason for it is a celebration of a Chinese dude who drowned himself years ago as a protest. But it doesn’t have that morbid ring to it any more – it’s just a fun day out these days!

When is it? – Normally on a weekend at the start or middle of June.

3. Mid Autumn Festival!!! [I:]

I love the mid-Autumn Festival. The weather is mild, rather than too hot. You can enjoy the amazing mooncake, a special Chinese cake which is only available this time of year and comes in many varieties. My favourite mooncake is blueberry or white chocolate, but also try the original one – it has egg in it! Aside from this there are lanterns everywhere at night, and the kids enjoy playing with custom made lanterns. Somewhat of a novelty, AND this lantern phenomenon is best witnessed in Hong Kong, as a lot of mainland China just do the traditional lanterns. In Hong Kong lanterns range from football players to frogs to Mickey Mouse to Chinese cartoons!

When? – Again this totally depends on the Chinese Calendar but usually end of September to early October time. It’s a 1 day national holiday.

4. German Bier Festival!![I:]

Why on earth would you go all the way to Hong Kong to drink German Beer?? Because this is a great multi cultural party where Chinese, Germans and people from all over the world come to let their hair down! It’s a good laugh seeing the Chinese up jiving to the likes of R.E.M., Neil Diamond and Lady Gaga! What’s more is it’s a really fantastic atmosphere. Seriously who doesn’t want to try German beer and eat Bratwurst with an oustanding view of skyscrapers in behind just as the sun is setting over this mini country?

When is it? – It usually runs for a month from the middle of October onwards.

5. Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival!! [I:]

And you were thinking that Hong Kong (and most of Asia) don’t appreciate the finer things in life like wine and beer!! The Wine and Dine Festival is an excellent place to meet up, listen to music, try countless wines and eat a range of international foods. Plus an amazing place to watch the sunset in November!

When? – Usually November (for 3-4 days)

Visit Hong Kong and get to these top 5 festivals – these are just some of what Hong Kong has! There are lots more festivals in Hong Kong (for example Easter, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day, Halloween Party at Lan Kwai Fong). This city rocks and is a vibrant place for a mixture of entertainment.

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