It is that time of the year, when fire crackers are burning and red fortune signs are hanging! Chinese New Year is just around the corner, and this is the biggest celebration in the Chinese culture, equivalent of Christmas in the West in term of scale. A holiday season that is all about family and traditions, some of you might not have your family base here but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a glimpse of this celebration of life and happiness.

I have gathered three things that will get you ready for the year of dog and have a taste of the Hong Kong culture in its full flavour!

Villages in New Territories
The city of Hong Kong is bombarded with Chinese New Year decoration, but if you want to get the full taste of its essence, I strongly suggest you to pay a visit to the ancient Hong Kong villages. They will give you a fascinating glimpse into the city’s past, some of these house dating back to the Ming dynasty, around 500 years ago. The village Kat Hing Wai Walled in Yuen Long is one of the most well known!

Fireworks on the Car Park in Tsim Sha Tsui
This is the biggest firework show of the year! Even though you might not be one who capture fireworks with an enormous camera, this cinematic display will be a memorising experience for you and your loved ones! In addition, the firework pair with traditional Chinese music as well as current hit songs to leave you with a sensation overload. Remember that there will be an insane amount of people around Victoria harbour.

New Year’s Night Market at the Victoria Park
New year’s market is one of the biggest traditions for the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong, and the largest one is located in Victoria Park. Here you can find all kinds of obscure objects relating to CNY as well as traditional street food. The whole market is infused with the fragrance of water lily and other flowers. This once a year market isn’t something you will see anywhere else and it is extremely festive at night! The 15th of February is the busiest night so if you don’t like to be packed like sardines together with millions of others, I would suggest you to visit the market one of the other nights.

I wish you a wonderful and Chinese New Year, and good fortune for you all! Yours