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5 Amazing Hong Kong Festivals

By Jonny Blair


I've been living in Hong Kong for almost two years now and I've been to a host of festivals in this amazing city, Here's my top 5 festivals. These are my own opinions and also in no real order of preference, to make it easier I have put them in chronological order.

1. Chinese New Year!!



The obvious one! Hong Kong is no different to other Chinese countries and it holds many massive festivals during the annual Chinese New Year Festival. This includes the lion dance, dressing up, food stalls and just a real carnival atmosphere. The best places to head are Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok and Victoria Park. Though beware - it gets crowded!!

When is it on? - Usually January or February (varies depending on the Chinese Calendar). It lasts for an entire week!

2. Dragon Boat Carnival!!!



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!

Officially it's actually a day of holiday to commemorate the death of a Chinese national hero who drowned himself in a protest, but these days it's a fun and entertaining day out rather than anything remotely morbid.

When? - Usually on a weekend at the start or middle of June.

3. Mid Autumn Festival!



I really love the mid-Autumn Festival and recommend it. The weather is good - not too hot - not too codl. There are a lot of Chinese specialities this time of year, none more so than mooncake. This is a unique Chinese cake which is only out at Autumn time and is available in many varieties. My recommendations for mooncake are blueberry or white chocolate, but you should also try the original one - it has egg in it! Aside from this there are tons of lit up lanterns all over Hong Kong at night, and the children enjoy playing with these custom made lanterns. This is part of the Hong Kong Mid Autumn Festival Spirit and is different to that in mainland China where the locals mostly just do the traditional lanterns. In Hong Kong the lanterns feature baseball players to frogs to Donald Duck 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!!



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? - It normally lasts a month from the middle of October into early November.

5. Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival



If you thought the people of Hong Kong don't appreciate the finer things in life like wine and beer then think again!! The Amazing Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival is a wonderful place to relax with friends, enjoy live music, drink countless wines and eat a wide variety of local and foreign foods. Head over mid afternoon so you catch the incredible November sunset in Hong Kong...

When does it happen? - Around November time (lasting 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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