Considered the focal point of the city’s celebrations- you can see what else is on in our Chinese New Year in Hong Kong event guide - the Chinese New Year parade in Hong Kong is truly spectacular. Winding through the streets of Hong Kong, the parade is a cavalcade of color and noise, packed with both home-grown floats and those from abroad. Seemingly half of Hong Kong turns out onto the streets for the Chinese New Year parade and the energy and enthusiasm of the parade is matched by the crowd.
When: 31st January, 8-9:45pm
Entrance: $180 - $400 spectator seating at Hong Kong Cultural Centre, free along route.
We have heard reports of touts dressing up as stewards and attempting to charge tourists for watching from the parade route. There is no charge for watching the parade, anywhere along the parade route, except in seated areas, such as in Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
While previously in Central, the parade upped sticks and moved to the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront in 2007. The new location lacks some of the atmosphere of Central, however Tsim Sha Tsui is far more practical, offering bags of space for the endless crowds, as well as the ideal backdrop of the Central cityscape.
Start – The parade starts from Hong Kong Cultural Centre and proceeds along Canton, Haiphong, Nathan and Sailsbury roads, before finishing at the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel.
The biggest event of the New Year, famed worldwide, will be the Chinese New Year Night Parade in Tsim Sha Tsui. A procession of imaginatively decorated floats will parade down the streets, with entrants coming from all over the world. Expect drums, dragons and plenty of drama. The parade starts at 8pm and continues until around 9:45pm and will wind through the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui before hitting the parade ground. To view the parade, pick a spot on the street for free, or buy tickets for the grandstand in advance.
Floats2010 sees the usual buffet selection of floats and performing troupes, from eleven different countries. The floatsand groups listed below are some of those worth keeping an eye out for.
Hong Kong Disneyland, Hong Kong Ocean Park, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Hong Kong Jockey Club, cheerleaders from Australia, a marching band from Spain, a steel band from the Caribbean and many, many more.
- A street party will warm up the crowd from 7pm.
- Arriving about two hours to an hour before the parade gets underway, depending on the area, should allow you to get near the front of the crowd. Arrive within the hour and you’re likely to be standing in a crowd up to four deep.
- While you could enjoy the parade from a seat at the parade ground, where the parade finishes, the best way to feel the energy of the parade is from the bustling streets that line the route.
- If you’re feeling faint or ill, contact one of the police officers who line the route, they generally speak English and are almost universally helpful.