Feng Shui in Hong Kong  

Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment. This practice discusses architecture in metaphoric terms of “invisible forces” that bind the universe, earth and humanity together, known as qi.

An ancient Chinese system of summoning good luck, feng shui - literally wind and water - is a vital part of Hong Kong life and this is clear in the design of its shopping malls, office towers and homes. They all draw on feng shui principles in an attempt to create prosperity. Feng shui also affects people's lives as individuals consult feng shui masters to decide on the best date to get married, give birth or move house.
Here are some of Hong Kong's spots with the best feng shui.
Some of the city's best feng shui can be found in Times Square, the crowded, traffic-clogged heart of Hong Kong shopping district Causeway Bay. It's hard to believe that this buzzing seemingly chaotic area could have such a great feng shui, but you just have to imagine the towering skyscrapers are mountains and the endless procession of cars, taxis and delivery trucks a meandering river and it all begins to make sense.
Causeway Bay draws from the so-called “feng shui meridian” between four peaks and it's built atop two “dragon pulses” that flow into Hong Kong in the shape of mountain ranges.
Accordingly, it is this lucky harmony the one that attracts the masses of shoppers that make the place so profitable for retailers and landlords.
If you are not bothered by crowds and noise, Causeway Bay is also said to be a lucky to place to call home.
Another place blessed with the luck that feng shui brings is the HSBC Building in downtown Hong Kong. At the entrance of the bank, two bronze lions stand guard protecting the money within. Some locals like to stroke their paws and noses in a hope to get some of its good feng shui fortune. Accordingly, the bank harnesses energy from the five mountains nearby which benefit it and the surrounding buildings.
On the contrary, a short walk away at the IFC or International Finance Center - Hong Kong island's tallest building - suffers from a different fate. Built on reclaimed land that interrupts the flow of water in the harbor, the building's “unkind energy” leads to grievances for the family that built it. The three Kwok brothers behind property developer Sun Hung Kai became embroiled in a years-long family feud and the eldest has even been indicted on misconduct charges in a corruption case that had a strong effect on the city.
Another case of bad fortune brought by not respecting the principles of feng shui is embodied in Tamar, the striking Hong Kong government headquarters. Tamar was the focus of massive pro-democracy protests that gripped the city a few years ago. In fact, the government has faced difficulties ever since it moved to the new building in 2011. According to feng shui masters, this is not a coincidence since, like the IFC, the building is sited on reclaimed land and radiates “bad energy.”

 

HK Urbex: Hong Kong's explorers   

From abandoned houses to haunted prisons, local explorers HK Urbex scout the city of Hong Kong to immortalise forsaken places before they are lost forever. Their excursions regularly uncover corners of Hong Kong rarely seen by locals.

“One minute you're in the heart of the city, with a million people,” says Ghost, a member of HK Urbex. “Five minutes later you're in an old deserted site.”
“The contrast is surreal,” he adds, describing an excursion into an abandoned private hospital in Central - Hong Kong's financial district.
While most people revel in Hong Kong's shimmering skyscrapers, modern buildings and glitzy malls, for HK Urbex it is these hidden abandoned places that make Hong Kong unique. It's all about the excitement of exploring and discovering; for instance, they never know when they'll run into an ancient site surrounded by modern skyscrapers.
After visiting an abandoned TV studio that impressed them greatly, Ghost and fellow explorer, codename Echo Delta, founded HK Urbex in 2013. That was the beginning of a vast number of explorations around Hong Kong searing for crumbling edifices and documenting them with high-quality first-person-shooter style videos and eerie photographs.
HK Urbex comprises a crew of eight anonymous urban explorers. Most of which are journalists, videographers and photographers, who won't disclose their identity in order to keep the focus onto the sites. Their masks and balaclavas also have the function of protecting them from harmful elements like asbestos, apart from law enforcement.
“Sometimes we're the last people to step foot in a building before it's demolished,” said Pripyat, an HK Urbex crew member. “And then the next week, it's gone.”
Inside these forgotten buildings, the explorers often find personal artifacts, including portraits, postcards, clothes and photo albums. Every room has its own story tell, a story lost in time.
“You inevitably end up doing kind of like detective forensics work,” Pripyat said. “The last place we went, we found an x-ray of a guy that revealed a worrying shadow in his chest. You try to piece together these lives.”
Urban exploration in Hong Kong is not just about discoveries, it's also about risks. The first one would be trespassing.
“Not everyone would deem climbing a fence to take a few photos of an antiquated site as legal, so the concealment helps,” Ghost said. “What we're doing is not about us, it's about so much more than that.”
“Stationary guards are easier to skirt,” says Echo Delta. “As for patrolling guards, we need to play hide-and-seek.”
After trespassing, they walk around, taking the place in from the bottom to the top. According to them, they observe, document and leave without altering anything.
“Visiting the abandoned sites always evokes a lot of emotions and feelings,” says Echo Delta. “It's like a child opening up a wrapped present, always curious what is inside the box.”
Ghost adds: “I like the quiet, spiritual feeling of a deserted building. Sometimes I even do urban exploration alone. It's a one-on-one with the building, a very serene moment”
Since their foundation, the group has explored everything from old Chinese Medicine factories to derelict psychiatric wards, historic colonial-era mansions, old British military barracks and political prisons, decommissioned hospitals, rundown apartment buildings, metro stations, paint factories and cinemas. 
Hello Kitty dim sum restaurant opens  

World's first Hello Kitty dim sum restaurant opens in Hong Kong

From Hello Kitty cafes to Hello Kitty hotels and even Hello Kitty trains, there doesn't seem to be an end to the Hello Kitty cultural empire. Far from becoming obsolete, getting played out or old, this fictionilised character keeps conquering the hearts and minds of new generations and inspiring new creativity around its image, but this time it's not Tokyo but Hong Kong the one pioneering a Hello Kitty franchise and what better way to do it than with traditional Chinese cuisine.
Hello Kitty lovers, rejoice, the first dim sum restaurant has opened its colourful doors to the world in Hong Kong.
This Japanese fictional character's fandom is not a novelty in this region. On the contrary, Hong Kong, like many Asian cities, is already chock full of Hello Kitty. You can find anything from a Hello Kitty sandwich maker to Hello Kitty jewelry all over the city; thus, it was just a matter of time this cute dim sum restaurant would become a reality.
Offering about 40 choices ranging from HK$42 to HK$238 (US$5 to $30), the new restaurant's menu also has a selection of Hello Kitty-inspired dishes.
The adorable decoration of the restaurant starts outside: Hello Kitty signs in red and gold - two lucky colours in Chinese tradition - adorn the facade of the restaurant while Chinese-style latticed windows present the shape of her bow.
The inside of the restaurant features an explosive combination of Chinese-style decor and Hello Kitty's image all over the place. On chopsticks, chopstick holders, places, bowls, spoons, teapots, ceiling lanterns, wall decor, wine glasses, wine bottles, chairs, you name it, Hello Kitty decor impregnates the every item at the restaurant. There is even Hello Kitty decorations etched into the dining tables - a Kitty-phile-friendly feature that allows diners to gaze at Hello Kitty while eating Hello Kitty food.
Start the Hello Kitty dim sum experience with a spongy custard bun (HK$43 for a basket), followed by shrimp dumplings (HK$48), and a traditional Cantonese sponge cake (HK$48).
If you are a fan of Hello Kitty, you probably know that her favourite food is her mum's homemade apple pie. That is why the restaurant chose apple as a recurrent theme in some dishes. For instance, the sweet and sour pork (HK$98) uses apple instead of the more traditional pineapple.
Another dish that features apple is the Hello Kitty apple chicken rice (HK$108). The rice comes molded resembling the shape of her head, while black beans are there for her eyes, then they use green Chinese leeks tied together for her bow, red pepper for her nose and then eggplant skin for her whiskers. The dish comes with an apple cup full of chicken and vegetables.
As a dessert, one of the options includes a traditional Chinese almond dessert soup (HK$38), topped with a piece of red gelatin in the shape of Hello Kitty.
To add to the restaurants' hits, it uses locally-grown, organic ingredients for some of the dishes. As a matter of fact, the restaurant owner and Hong Kong entrepreneur Man Kwon is using the Hello Kitty restaurant as a platform to encourage healthier lifestyles in Hong Kong. Although he plans to use various healthier options in the future, for now he is using organic whenever possible, natural dyes, less salt and less oil.
The success of the restaurant is also due to its staggering attention to detail and strong commitment to the brand. According to Man, everything - from the food to the decor - had been approved by Sanrio, the Japanese company that owns Hello Kitty brand.
Hello Kitty's creator Sanrio even provided them with “a kind of character training - told us about Hello Kitty, her preferences, her family tree,” he adds.
The reason why this restaurant is a success unless previous Hello Kitty restaurants is its perfectionism: some dishes took as many as seven tries before Sanrio green-lighted the final recipe. “The hardest part was getting the proportion of Hello Kitty's features right,” says Chan Kwok-Tung, a din sum chef for over three decades. “Otherwise, it'll easily look like a knockoff.” Because of its special features, it takes twice as long to make Hello Kitty dim sum compared to regular dim sum.
“Before I joined the company - I knew nothing about Hello Kitty,” he says. “I saw it as a challenge but as I spent more time working on it, I grew to like Hello Kitty. She's really cute.”
The restaurant has a capacity of 70 people and some dishes are made in limited quantity daily.
If you have an event coming up, you can book the VIP room (named Apple House). This hall features Hello Kitty as China's four ancient beauties in Chinese-style scroll paintings. If you're looking for more news check out Sanrio Facebook page, now over 1 million likes in 2017.
Hong Kong happenings to mark in your calendar  
Hong Kong's cultural calendar is jammed to bursting with wonderful events and festivals for you to enjoy. There is truly no end of things to do in this city, regardless of when you happen to be passing through town. Here are a few of the most famous and popular examples.
Chinese New Year
Where else to start but one of the world's most renowned spectacular festivals? Ringing in the New Year in Hong Kong is an experience truly like no other. A 15 day celebration of life and culture, it dwarves all other parties you are likely to come across. It begins on the first day of the new year (about the 14th February) and rocks on until well into March, when the Spring Lantern Festival closes things out. Highlights include the Night Parade, where an army of brilliant performers march through Tsim Sha Tsui, while hundreds of thousands of people line the streets and party. Another recommendation is the Pulse 3D Light Show that takes place in the Open Piazza of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, providing a night of high tech audio visual treats.
WinterFest
As Christmas arrives on the horizon, there are few cities that celebrate the holiday season with quite the fun and glamour of HK. The annual WinterFest hits town and brings with it remarkable decorations, lots of great food and, of course, the New Year's countdown on the 31st December. The Statue Square Christmas Tree is a massive testament to this city's love of spectacle.
The Wine and Dine Festival
Hong Kong is a city in love with food and you can find just about every culinary culture represented somewhere in the town. It should come as no surprise, then, to find that HK plays host to one of the world's most exciting food festivals each year. The Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival brings together the world's best wine and food and presents it to visitors across a month of fun filled events. From wine tours to street food parties to cookery classes from some of the city's top chefs, there is no end of choice for the fun loving foodie. Perhaps its most famous event, however, is its famous opening party.
The Dragon Boat Carnival
Hundreds of thousands of people attend the Dragon Boat Carnival in Hong Kong each year, where thousands of the world's most famous and feted dragon boat racers come to compete. In the last few years it has become so popular that it is now one of Asia's most fun-filled annual parties. Beer is very much on the menu, thanks in some part to the San Miguel Beerfest that accompanies the races. A wild day out in Victoria Harbour is assured.
Buddha's Birthday
A million miles from the raucous, thronging fervour of the Dragon Boat Carnival is the festival celebrating the birthday of Buddha, founder of Buddhism, which takes place around May each year. Here spirituality, contemplation and tradition are very much the order of the day. At temples across Hong Kong, believers bathe statues of the religion's iconic forefather, purifying their own souls in the process.
Greatest film-makers  
Hong Kong continues to be a city obsessed with cinema. Over the years this exceptionally fertile and exciting Asian outpost of film-making has created some of the world's most startling, innovative and influential motion pictures. It has also been the spawning ground for many of the world's most famous and feted movie makers. Here we look at five of Hong Kong's greatest directors.
Tsui Hark
Born in 1951 in Vietnam, Tsui is known throughout the world of cinema as one of the finest and most distinctive writers, directors and producers around. What marks out his career most, perhaps, is that Tsui has managed to maintain his status as a cinematic innovator and agitator, thanks to his work in the politicised New Wave of the late 70s and early 80s, while also going on to create mainstream commercial fare as part of the Cinema City team later on in his career. His huge filmography includes classics of New Wave cinema such as A Better Tomorrow, A Chinese Ghost Story and Once Upon a Time in china, plus large scale blockbusters like Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame and Young Detective Dee.
Ann Hui
Like Tsui Hark, Ann Hui is a celebrated member of what is known as Hong Kong New Wave cinema. Unlike Tsui, however, Hui has never gone into the more clear-cut commercial output that has marked out the former film-maker's career. Hui's work has always maintained a challenging, gritty dynamic, driving home confrontational and frequently controversial messages about prevalent social issues. Amongst her most startling films are Love in Fallen City, which portrays a heart breaking romance during World War 2, Boat People, which follows a journalist's attempts to document the Vietnamese people's recovery from their civil war and the vicious treatment of the North Vietnamese in its fallout, and July Rhapsody, about a literature teacher tempted to enter an affair with one of his pupils in an exclusive high school.
Johnnie To
Johnnie To is not only one of Hong Kong's most famous directors but also one of its most prolific. His directing CV has 59 credits on it, all of them made in a 35 year period, beginning in 1980. That's not even to mention the some 70-odd producer credits he boasts. What is also notable about To is his variety and flexibility as a director. Though western audiences will know him best for his gangster pictures, such as Election, Mad Detective and Drug War, his canon also includes a range of razor sharp comedies like Fat Choi Spirit, romantic melodramas such as Turn Left Turn Right, plus movies that simply defy pigeon holing, like the startling Sparrow, the moody Throw Down and the wonderful Romancing in Thin Air.
John Woo
When a western film fan thinks of Hong Kong directors, the first name that will pop into their heads is likely to be John Woo. Is that fair? Many hardcore fans of HK movies would say no, pointing particularly to Woo's somewhat patchy output since moving to Hollywood in the early 90s as proof that he does not deserve such attention, when somebody like Ann Hui, for example, is unknown to most members of the English speaking audience. However, particularly during his mid-80s period, Woo created some of the most flat-out entertaining action movies available anywhere in the world. The Killers, Hard Boiled, A Better Tomorrow – regardless of how you feel about his later work, these stonewall greats of their genre remain classics to this day.
Glenlivet celebrates in HK  

The Glenlivet, the world's No.1 single malt Scotch whisky, has launched The Glenlivet Blethermen Single Cask Edition in Hong Kong at the recently opened Seafood Room to appeal to whisky aficionados looking for a rare expression steeped in the heritage of the renowned distillery from the Speyside region. This unique event, offering guests numerous entertainments such as a Whisky Game Station and a Tea & Nadurra pairing counter, marks the first ever organised in the new restaurant since its opening. 
The Glenlivet Blethermen Single Cask Edition is named after The Blethermen, a landmark on one of the original smuggling trails out of the Glenlivet Valley to the Scottish market town of Perth. The routes were originally used by the founder of The Glenlivet, George Smith and the illicit distillers of the 18th and 19th Centuries to transport their goods to sell in larger Scottish towns.
Drawn from a single Blethermen cask picked for its exceptional quality from The Glenlivet inventory, The Glenlivet Blethermen Single Cask Edition has been bottled after 16 years of maturation, at around 52.5% cask strength and without chill filtration to offer the purest expression of The Glenlivet style, providing the closest experience possible of drinking a dram straight from the cask. Just 570 bottles of Blethermen Single Cask Edition have been drawn from the cask, making it a real whisky collectors' item.
Alan Winchester, The Glenlivet Master Distiller, comments: “I am honoured to present The Glenlivet Blethermen Single Cask Edition to The Glenlivet fans in Hong Kong. Each addition to The Glenlivet Single Cask Editions range offers its own individual insight into the provenance, artisanal production techniques and smooth, floral, fruity house style of The Glenlivet. Bottled straight from the cask in which it has been matured, this unique combination of liquid, cask and age will never be replicated.
“Our founder, George Smith crafted the original single malt that set the standard for the quality and taste that has come to define the Speyside style of whisky, and I believe that he would have been proud of this truly rare single malt and its reflection on the craftsmanship in place at the distillery today. The Glenlivet Blethermen Single Cask Edition will provide whisky fans with the opportunity to experience The Glenlivet in its purest form and learn about the heritage of the Speyside region through its unique taste profile, featuring sweet and fruity aromas of banana, peach and creamy toffee on the nose. The palate is silky smooth with flavours of sweet juicy orange, spicy cinnamon and a touch of ginger.
The Glenlivet Blethermen Single Cask Edition is available from June at the recommended retail price of HK$2988 at Watson Wine. Please enjoy The Glenlivet responsibly.

Family friendly Hong Kong events and attractions  
The always busy and buzzing city of Hong Kong packs a near endless list of family oriented events into its calendar. Regardless of when you visit or what you come for, there is sure to be something happening in Hong Kong that will provide Mum, Dad and the kids with lavish entertainment. Here we round up a few of the most exciting annual events and other attractions, though, believe us, this is very much an abridged list.
The Great European Carnival
Once a staple of Hong Kong's cultural calendar the Great European Carnival was on hiatus for a number of years but is now back and bigger than ever. An annual, three month funfair, it promises fun for all the family, mixing traditional carnival attractions with more modern fare, all carried off with typical Hong Kong spectacle. Expect thrill rides, high tech games, carousels and a whole lot more more – the overall budget for the carnival is a whopping $130 million. The dates change, though it generally takes place in winter, between December and February, by the New Central Harbourfront.
Kidsfest
If you want to give your kids some culture but still want to make sure they are entertained, you should get on down to Kidsfest, which takes place every January. A celebration of family friendly theatre, it is the largest English language children's drama event in Hong Kong. It takes place in The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts in Wan Chai.
Hong Disneyland
No list of Hong Kong family friendly day's out would be complete without a nod to old uncle Walt's Easternmost outpost. Though it is not quite yet as spectacular as its Californian, Floridian and Parisian cousins, it has improved year upon year since it opened its gates back in 2005. Now it plays host to a bevy of breath-taking rides, including Space Mountain, Big Grizzly Runaway Mine Cars and Orbitron.
Hong Kong Science Museum
When the rain falls in Hong Kong, there are few better ideas than taking the kids down to Kowloon for a walk around the Science Museum. With over 500 exhibits, there is no end of things to keep your children engaged, and it is particularly rewarding if they are curious about how the world works. A huge number of the exhibits allow visitors to get involved themselves, including drivable car simulators and audio visual effects machines.
Ocean Park
Though perhaps not quite as well known as Disneyland, Ocean Park is just as popular if not, arguably, more so. It offers the visitor a sea-themed day out, with small queues and lots of friendly animals to meet, including pandas, sea lions and a massive aquarium. Adults will love travelling between Ocean Park's upper and lower levels using the extraordinary sky tram. From one of its compartments, you can enjoy an unrivalled view of the city.
Hong Kong Park
For a relaxed sunny day out with the kids, Hong Kong park is a lovely choice. This small, tranquil little haven in the middle of the hustle and bustle is a perfect spot to wile away a few hours, watching the turtles playing in the numerous small ponds that dot the greenery.
Hip Hong Kong: the coolest spots in the city  
Entertainment is not hard to come by in Hong Kong. This thriving, bustling metropolis is a true bastion of hip happenings. Whether you are looking to drink, eat, dance, listen to music, take in some art, watch movies or go to the theatre, you'll find something to suit your tastes here.
One of the most recent trends in Hong Kong nightlife is the profusion of wine bars, exclusive clubs and live music spots that have popped up across the city in the last few years. The increasingly multicultural population has seen the entertainment options on offer multiply, with more and more to do and see after dark in Hong Kong. Here are a few of our favourite spots.
The Gecko Lounge
If you fancy a classy drink or two in Hong Kong, then the Gecko will be the place for you. This intimate little wine bar sits just off Cochrane, and offers a huge menu of some of the best French and Italian wines you'll find in China. It also has a plentiful supply of absinthe, in case you fancy taking things up a notch or three. As you have probably gleaned from above, the vibe is very much Parisian, so it's a good bet for the Francophile looking for an Asian flavoured taste of the city of lights.
Executive Bar
Those who consider themselves connoisseurs of whisky and bourbon will be right at home in this exclusive little spot on Causeway Bay. The Executive Bar boasts a massive menu, much of which is available to taste, and is décor and ambience has been carefully constructed to foster an old-school businessman's retreat atmosphere. If you want to sample the wares, you have to make an appointment in advance, so don't just rock up expecting to be let in.
Club 71
If the Executive Bar does not sound like your cup of tea, there's a good chance Club 71 will be more what you are after. As opposed to exclusivity, this bohemian little bar has been designed for inclusivity and friendliness. It is a favourite of Hong Kong's arty types and left wing political activists – in fact, its named after a protect that took place in 2003 and it was the headquarters of a major coup attempt 100 years ago. Expect jamming sessions, beer and a generally amiable atmosphere.
Globe
One of the city's most famous bars is Globe, which offers great good, plush décor and one of the deepest menus of alcohol you will find in the city. There is more than 150 different varieties of beer to be had, plus T8 – the first ever cask conditioned ale to be brewed native in Hong Kong.
Sevva
Sevva is one of the more costly places to drink in Hong Kong but the huge crowds that flock here every evening believe it's a fair price to pay for perhaps the best view you can find of Hong Kong's skyline. Its balcony is famous across the city for giving drinkers an unmatched look at both the skyscrapers of the financial district and Kowloon. You'll want to book ahead if you want a table on the balcony, however.
A quick guide to Hong Kong life for expats  
Living in Hong Kong is a truly extraordinary experience, one which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Yes, of course, all the major cities are different, but few are quite as uniquely different as HK. The entirely exceptional cultural, economic and political situation that exists here means a culture shock is on the cards regardless of where you originally come from. Here we give you our brief guide to Hong Kong life and Hong Kong culture to ensure you are prepared to join this extraordinary city's vibrant populace.
Finding accommodation
People who live and work in HK either live on or off the island. Like moving to any central location, being on the island means you are close to the nightlife, restaurants and, most probably, your place of business, though this will be reflected in your rental costs and the amount of space you get. By choosing to live off the island you will save a packet or, at least, get a bit more value for money, though it will mean a longer commute and a potentially more isolated social life.
Making friends
Hong Kong is a city that offers you an extraordinary amount of choice when it comes to what you do in your spare time. From high culture to crazy nights on the town it's all here. Live music, art, theatre, cinema, theme parks, restaurants and anything else you could name is available to those in need of entertainment.
The first great bit of news for the recently arrived expat is that the city hosts a very friendly, welcoming expat community. People come and go all the time from the island and, as such, they are always looking to make new friends and let people in to their circle. The second piece of good news is that, as well as the high-octane, non-stop nightlife, there are plenty of other options available. Outdoor activities, for example, are everywhere in the city, such as hiking in the nearby mountains, water sports in the river and ocean, football, rugby and much, much more.
Eating
As if you need to be told, restaurants are one of the things for which Hong Kong is famous. You really can find incredibly high quality food from just about every culinary culture here. Not only that, you don't have to spend big to get fine food in a really nice eatery. The downside is that, though eating out is great and, if you do it the right way, surprisingly affordable, cooking for yourself is actually very expensive and not always easy to do. Supermarket prices can be very, very high and they will not always stock products consistently – i.e. one week a place will have a shelf filled with tuna, the next week there won't be a single can to be had. After a while, hitting the restaurants often feels like the better choice.
The work/life balance
Chances are, you came to Hong Kong because you were offered a great job here and, chances are, most people you meet will be in the same boat. That means managing a work/life balance will be easy so long as you subscribe to the work hard, play hard philosophy. Making business connections and social connections is often one and the same and is very easy to do.
Chinese New Year in Hong Kong  

Chinese New Year in Hong Kong is a celebration like no other. With 15-days packed full of age-old traditions, cultural festivities and family celebrations, Chinese New Year is the largest and one of the most beloved festivals of the lunar calendar. This 2016 it will be on ‎Monday, 8 February, Year of the Monkey
Indeed, Hong Kong's Chinese New Year celebration was recently listed by Forbes as one of the world's 10 best festival extravaganzas in the world, alongside famous holiday celebrations such as Germany's Oktoberfest and Brazil's Carnival.
Excitement builds up from the first day of the new year right up until the Spring Lantern Festival. During these two weeks, locals flock to aromatic temples to play for good fortune, dip in scrumptious meals, squeeze into festival flower markets and string up shock-red lanterns.
But what makes Hong Kong's Chinese New Year so special? First of all, a bit International Chinese New Year's Parade in the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui brings the city to life while locals cheer like their voices run out; an impressive fireworks display over Victoria Harbor takes spectators breath away; the Chinese New Year horse races where people try their luck and bet for a good year; and the “world's largest sound and light display” every day.
Lonely Planet also listed the Hong Kong Chinese New Year festival as one of the top of events in the world. And there's an added value, because while you are enjoying the festivities, you can also shop in one of the world's favourite cities for malls, luxury goods, and available bargains.
The holiday kicks off with the Parade on New Year's Day, which goes by some Hong Kong highlights such as the Avenue of Stars, Kowloon Park, and the Golden Mile of Nathan Road. Spectators will be able to admire ingenious floats such as the character Jack from Tim Burton's film The Nightmare before Christmas.
Numerous floats continue down the streets with performing groups and bands, out of which 20 groups will be from around the world. Before the parade, many entertainers will cheer the festival-goers along the parade route, which includes historic Nathan Road, Salisbury Road, Canron Road and Haiphong Road.
On the second day of the celebration, dancing choreographed pyrotechnics fire up Victoria Harbour. In the meantime, the daily record-setting Symphony of Lights jazz up the city with colourful building lights and laser light show.
Thousands of excited fans flock to Sha Tin Racecourse on the third day of the celebrations to bet on the most popular races of all - the Chinese New Year horse races. This event has always been Hong Kong's most popular horse racing event. On this day, a nonprofit charity group named the Jockey Club features a full program of traditional and colourful festivities.
Before the races, there is a grand opening show that features a lion dance and a medley of cultural performances and entertainment. Among the entertainers, Jockeys will cheer the fans with messages for good luck, until the race begins - the featured race of the day is the Chinese New Year Cup.

 

  
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