5 Amazing Hong Kong Festivals

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. Around Chinese New Year!! [I:http://proarticlesdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/JonnyBlair18.jpg]

Chinese New Year is the most important one! Hong Kong is proudly Chinese and it holds a wide range of festivals during the annual Chinese New Year Festival. This includes the usual Chinese style activities such as the lion dance, traditional dressing up, countless food stalls and overall a special carnival atmosphere. The best parts of Hong Kong for CNY are Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok and Victoria Park. Though please note – it gets very busy!!

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

2. Dragon Boat Carnival!! [I:http://proarticlesdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/JonnyBlair19.jpg]

The Dragon Boat Carnival is a single day boat race with a Chinese story behind it. Hundreds of custom made boats and styles take part in a load of races and often charity events on the coast line of Hong Kong. You can join up and row or simply bring some food and drink and watch!

Officially it’s a day of holiday to commemorate the death of a Chinese national hero who drowned himself as a protest, but these days it’s fun and entertaining rather than morbid.

When does it happen? – Mostly on a weekend at the start or middle of June.

3. Mid Autumn Festival! [I:http://proarticlesdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/JonnyBlair20.jpg]

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 does it occur? – Again this is dependent on the Chinese Calendar but it’s around the end of September or early October. It’s a single day national holiday in Hong Kong.

4. German Bier Festival!![I:http://proarticlesdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/JonnyBlair21.jpg]

So you’re telling me I should go all the way to Hong Kong and then drink beer from Germany? Yes I am, mainly because this is a rare time in the Hong Kong year where the locals actually let their hair down and try to party like Europeans. It’s funny watching the Chinese dance to the music of Chemical Brothers, Red Hot Chili Peppers and DJ Otzi! Plus it’s a really amazing atmosphere. Who wouldn’t want to drink beer and eat pork joints when your backdrop is countless sky scrapers and a setting sun…

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

5. Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival [I:http://proarticlesdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/JonnyBlair22.jpg]

Did you really think that Hong Kong (and a lot of Asia) doesn’t enjoy the finer things in life like beer and wine? The Annual Wine and Dine Festival is a fantastic place to meet up with mates, listen to local music, try hundreds of wines and eat a selection of international foods. Plus it’s a totally amazing place to watch the sunset in November!

When is it? – Normally November (and it only lasts 3-4 days)

So come to Hong Kong and try these incredible festivals – these are just a few of the many on offer in this city! There are loads more festivals in Hong Kong (such as Christmas, The Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day, Halloween Party in Lan Kwai Fong). Hong Kong is a place of surprisingly eclectic entertainment.

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