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Hong Kong flights to a Happy New Year

hong kong new year

hong kong new year

What are you waiting for? The New year is happening as we speak, book a cheap flight to Hong Kong ASAP and don’t miss out on the best start to your new year. It can’t be bad when you start it like this.

Seriously, there’s no better place to ring in the new year than in Hong Kong, Just like turkey and stockings at Christmas and turkey and cranberry at Thanksgiving, Chinese New Year in Hong Kong has an amazing list of traditions and customs. Combining food, family, wild parties and fantastic superstitions, The Chinese New Year kicks off in Hong Kong. Jan. 22 and ends on the 2nd of February.

And there’s no better place to see it all than in Hong Kong. If you haven’t already booked your flights for Hong Kong, book them now.

The prep work is months in the making and kicks off on the 22nd with a very International Chinese New Year Night Parade, featuring 35 floats and performing groups from 12 countries and regions.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Hong Kong is super safe , you can go out and about by yourself at virtually any hour of the day or night, and if you’re a woman on your own, feel free to discover the city.

This is an especially great time to visit local temples. People are crowding to them getting ready for their new year, avoid the Wong Tai Sin temple though as it may be way too crowded to be comfortable. The Tin Hau temple in Stanley is a good choice, and gives you the opportunity to take the fun, very scenic bus ride over and have a meal outside along the waterfront. Most of the shops in the market will be closed, but a small number are open if you feel the need to shop. There are also walks in this area and runs too.

temple

temple

If I can get my hands on  one of the cheapest flights to Hong Kong out there, one of my favorite things to do on the first day of the New Year celebrations is to go to downtown Central on Hong Kong Island where on these holiday days everything is shut up tight. It’s fun to wander the stock exchange and other areas that are usually so busy. The Kennedy Town area is also another good place to go, as this is still a more traditional neighborhood, and again, all shops will be shut.

like wall street but worse

like wall street but worse

Keep in mind that public transport will be running on a holiday schedule on the 23 which means in most cases more frequently than usual, and ferries and buses to outlying areas which only operate on Sundays and public holidays are running so you can get to remote countryside areas should you want to. A long ferry ride to someplace like Tung Lung Island can be a very nice way to spend the morning or afternoon.

Tung Lung Island

Tung Lung Island

January is typically excellent in terms of weather it can be sunny or it can be overcast, simply a matter of luck. But there’s rarely have rain or fog, and daytime temps are very pleasant.

Lantau Island

Lantau Island

One of the most popular things to do during the new year festivities is to go to the Buddha on Lantau. If you ant to take the cable car, make a reservation,  You want the “crystal cabin” as this will allow you to jump most of the line for the cable car. A reservation for a regular car allows you to skip the line for tickets, but there is then a line for the cars themselves, which can be just as long as the line for tickets.

I always think it is worth upgrading to a view room if you can. The skyline itself is really fantastic day and night. Especially since the skyscrapers will be decorated with neon lights for the Lunar New Year . The new Ritz-Carlton Kowloon would be my first choice for a view room. The views from the Penn or the Intercon are of course classic, but it really is stunning to look down onto Hong Kong from the Ritz-Carlton. They also have a terrific indoor pool which would be appreciated in January when you won’t want to swim outdoors.

the pool

th pool

Keep in mind that if your Hong Kong flight arrives on Jan 22 which is the eve of the holiday, it’s like Christmas Eve here. Many shops will close by about 3 pm so that people can get home for their “reunion dinner”.

Yeah!!!

Yeah!!!

You will find most shops closed as well, although in larger malls you will find about ½ or more of the shops open (this is a phenomenon of recent years). Smaller family-owned shops and restaurants will be closed from the eve of the 22 and for the rest of your trip, but this should not really affect you.  Grocery stores are generally open  and you can also find pharmacies which are open. Musuems and most all tourist sights will be open.

And don’t miss the typical:

Like the flower markets.

fresh flower market

fresh flower market

Hong Kong’s flower markets, located at 14 parks and playgrounds all over Hong Kong, including Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island, and Fa Hui Park in Mongkok, Kowloon are open from noon to midnight. Admission is free. One activity to consider for sure is going to one of the local pre-holiday flower markets. The biggest one is in Victoria Park on Hong Kong Island. It runs up until about 2 am on Jan 22, but I would go in the late afternoon in order to actually see some flowers -if you go later they will mostly be gone and a frenzied sale takes place.

Or the races:

During Chinese New Year, it is customary to give thanks for the past 12 months and pray for good fortune in the coming year. Join crowds on a Chinese New Year fortune-seeking trip at different venues such as Kowloon, New Territories and Hong Kong Island. Then hit the tracks!

Hong Kong races

Hong Kong races

Going to the race track in a unique Hong Kong tradition. On the third day of Chinese New Year, local sports fans hope to kick off the new year with a winning bet. Admission is free. First race begins at 12:30 p.m. Don’t bet it all though unless you have so much you won’t know it’s gone. So go ahead book a flight from New York to Hong Kong today while you can still celebrate your new year.

Happy New Year!

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