Celebrating Chinese New Year 2014

By on January 27, 2014

A New Year signifies new beginnings, multiple opportunities and an array of happy moments that will define and shape your life. We hear that Chinese New Year 2014 in Hong Kong will be full of activities that will please while they entertain, giving you a chance to let yourself loose and look forward to the prosperity that the change in calendar year brings!

Chinese New Year is without a doubt the biggest (and most-adored) festival of the lunar calendar, with 15-days full of age-old traditions, cultural festivities and family celebrations! Starting on the first day of the new year – 31st January and right up until the Spring Lantern Festival – 14th February, locals flock to aromatic temples to pray for good fortune, fill themselves with auspicious foods and string up shock-red lanterns.

Red Lanterns

In true Hong Kong style, the city will welcome the Year of the Horse with festive flamboyancy, timeless traditions and that unique touch of cosmopolitan flair! What can you do to celebrate the new year,   Chinese style? We have three things that you certainly need to block on your calendar.

Horses Galore

Chinese New Year Race'sCNY Horse Racing

Racing with time is now a thing of the past, it is now your chance to try your luck and bet on the litheness of horses! 2014 Chinese New Year’s Race Day (Horseracing) is on the 2nd of February 2014 from 11 am to 6pm at the Sha Tin Racecourse. So go ahead, ensure a prosperous start to the Year of the Horse with a day at the races – while you bet on some of the fastest horses in the city! There will be an exciting programme of festivities at the Sha Tin racecourse, designed to celebrate the New Year with some good fortune!


When – Sunday, 2nd February 2014

Admission – Public enclosure HK$10 while the Tourist Badge HK$130 (given with presentation of valid travel documents).

For more information, visit The Hong Kong Jockey Club official website.

The Lunar New Year Flower Market

Flower Market CNY

The Chinese New Year Flower Market is probably the only time you will find Hong Kong crowded to its peak! Join in for some festive floral shopping with the locals for the perfect blossoms for your home or workplace. *Word of Advice: – It will be very crowded, keep your belongings safe.


When – Sat, 25th Jan – Fri, 31st Jan 2014

Timing – 12pm -12am from Sat,25th – Thurs, 30th Jan 2014 & 12am – 6am on Friday, 31st Jan 2014

Where – Hong Kong Island – Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island and Kowloon – Fa Hui Park in Mong Kok

Admission is Free, for more information click here.

Float, in style – Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade

Cathay Pacific Night Parade

The Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade is one of the best-loved events of Hong Kong’s annual celebrations! This year on the 31st of January from 8pm to 9:45pm, with the theme of New Year Party@World City, the parade will light up the city’s streets with illuminated floats and magnificent international and local performing groups. While the air is filled with festivities and a carnival atmosphere, the streets will be filled with crowds to watch the vibrant parade pass by. So come along and join this great outdoor party as night falls over the spectacular Victoria Harbour!

What to expect while here?

Watch out for a parade of 13 elaborately decorated and brightly-lit floats set against the stunning backdrop of Victoria Harbour. A mix of fantastically-costumed international performers, along with Hong Kong’s traditional dragon and lion dancers along with the city’s very own world champion clown will put on an energetic show to delight the audience.


When –  Friday, 31st of January 2014

Timing – 8pm to 9:45pm

Route – The parade starts at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza in Tsim Sha Tsui and proceeds along Canton, Haiphong, Nathan and Salisbury roads, finishing at the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel and Towers.

Price: Free viewing along the parade route. HK$400 / $350 / $300 per person for spectator seats at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza

For more information:  +852 2508 1234 (9am to 6pm daily)


CNY Fireworks

Said to ward off evil (wow, we love this method!), fireworks not only look fantastic but also support ancient chinese beliefs. Right after the 12:00PM of the New Year’s Eve, fireworks will be launched to celebrate the coming of the New Year and it is believed that the person who launches the first Fireworks in the New Year will get good luck! Undoubtedly so, the most expected event of Lunar New Year 2014 celebrations in Hong Kong are the CNY Fireworks.

Hong Kong’s Chinese New Year’s Eve fireworks will be displayed on Victoria Harbour between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui. So join thousands of locals and visitors lining  both sides of iconic Victoria Harbour on the second day of Chinese New Year of the Horse 2014 with an astounding pyrotechnic display! 


When –  1st February 2014

Timing – 8:00 PM onwards

HKYantoYan.com highly recommends watching the lunar new year fireworks from the following three restaurants while you enjoy your sumptuous food, drinks and great company!


Tapagria 1

Set Dinner Menu = $680+10%/Head or Special Drinks Package (From 6:30pm- 8:30pm) = $250+10%/Head on top of their set menu.

Tapagria – 18th Floor, THE ONE shopping mall, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Tel:  +852 2147 0111 



Set Dinner Menu = $438/Adult | $198/Child + 10% service charge

Tamarind –  2/F, Sun Hung Kai Centre, 30 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai, Hong Kong, Tel: +852 28277777

Cafe Deco by The Peak

Cafe Deco

8-course Chinese New Year Dinner Menu = 888/Head

Cafe Deco by The Peak – Level 1 & 2, The Peak Galleria, The Peak, Hong Kong, Tel: +852 2849 5111

What else are you marking on your calendars?

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Karishma Parkash Suri

With a passion for writing and reading, Karishma has graduated with a Bachelors in Mass Media degree and a Masters in English Literature. Working as a Features Editor with Luxury Facts (an online luxury and lifestyle magazine) she also designs and co owns a fun shoe brand called Sole’D Shoes! Mumbai is home to her but that doesn’t stop her exciting travels over the world from Seychelles, Italy, France to even Udaipur and Kashmir. Besides visual communication, design, content and copywriting she also loves music, food and shopping!

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