Hong Kong Chinese New Year
Lion Dance Performances

Lions, Dragons, Drums, Gongs...

Lion Dances and Dragon Parades are an essential part of every Chinese New Year celebration, or rather, any Chinese Festival for that matter, and in Hong Kong that is no exception.

Chinese New Year Lion Dance in Hong Kong

In fact, the city set a Guinnes World Record in 2011 for the largest Lion and Dragon Dance display which featured 1,111 Dragons and Lions.

Lion Dragon Dance Hong Kong

These traditional arts date back for more than a thousand years.

Besides being incredible acrobatic performances, in Chinese Culture it is believed that the Lions and the accompanying revelry of drums, gongs and firecrackers, will scare away the bad spirits and bring in the good luck in the coming year, and thus a Lion Dance is a "must" during the Chinese New Year festivities.

Lion Dancers on the Streets of Hong Kong during Chinese New Year

Where are the Lion and Dragon Dances
during Chinese New Year in Hong Kong?

During the Chinese New Year celebrations, Lion and Dragon Dances will be performed just about everywhere, from businesses and office buildings, shopping centers to restaurants and hotels, chances are, you will be able to catch one at some point or another after the New Year.
Chinese New Year Lion Dance in Hong Kong Chinese New Year Lion Dance Performance at Pacific Place

Starting on New Year's Day, it will be dragon and lion galore at the annual Chinese New Year Parade, your first chance to catch them. Afterwards, great chances to catch a show will be at the many shopping centers in the city as well as popular tourist attractions like Victoria Peak and Ngong Ping Village in Lantau where the Big Buddha is located.

For 2017, the window of opportunity to catch that Lion and Dragon dance performance will be from January 28 to mid-February 2017, the Lantern Carnival will be on February 11, 2017 also a great chance. That gives you plenty of time to catch a performance.

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Dragon and Lion Dances Year Of The Rooster 2017

Here are some popular places where lions and dragons make an appearance every year, they are likely to reappear for the Year of the Rooster celebrations in 2017, details are TBA.

Year of the Rooster at Harbour City

Dragon and Lion Dances and Parade at Harbour City Hong Kong

What? Chinese Dragon Dance Performance

When? TBA - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Where? Ocean Terminal Forecourt

How Much? Free

More Info: www.harbourcity.com.hk

Chinese New Year at IFC Mall

Dragon and Lion Dances and Parade at Harbour City Hong Kong

What? Live Chinese Music Performance

When? TBA

Where? IFC Mall Oval Atrium or West Bridge, Podium Level 1

What? Lion Dance

When? TBA

Where? IFC Mall Oval Atrium, Podium Level 1

How Much? Free

More Info: www.ifc.com.hk

Year of the Rooster at Pacific Place

Dragon and Lion Dances and Parade at Harbour City Hong Kong

What? Lion Dance Performance and Parade

When? February 1, 2017 at 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Where? Garden Court, Level LG1. Parade throughout the Mall

How Much? Free

More Info: www.pacificplace.com.hk

Year of the Rooster Celebrations at Ngong Ping Village and the Big Buddha

Dragon and Lion Dances and Parade at Ngong Ping Village Lantau

What? Chinese Dragon and Lion Dance Performances

When? Twice Daily at 12:30 and 3:30 pm from January 28 to February 3, 2017 (the first to the eighth day of CNY)

Where? Ngong Ping Village Square

How Much? Free

More Info: www.np360.com.hk

Celebrate Chinese New Year With Cantonese Opera at Times Square

Cantonese Opera Exhibition at Times Square

What? An Opera exhibition and three Cantonese opera performance highlights of different types performed in Cantonese will be performed during the weekends in the Chinese New Year Season

When? January 14 - February 11, 2017 - 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Where? Times Square Living Room Museum Open Plazza

How Much? Free

More Info: www.timessquare.com.hk


And even if you're just strolling the markets, keep an eye out for those lions! After all, anybody that is in business will want to usher away all the accumulated bad luck, clean house and bring in the good fortune, so the Lion Dancers are sure to be welcomed by all anytime... anywhere!

Lion Dances at Temple Street Night Market Chinese New Year Lion Dancers at the Temple Street Night Market

Lion Dances... Dragon Dances... what's the difference?

The Lion Dance is performed by a pair of dancers, one handles the head of the lion and the other half handles the tail.

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Lion Dance

The Dragon Dance is a team effort involving a dozen or more dancers. The long Dragon is held on poles carried by each dancer, they raise the poles up and down creating the Dragon's movements as they snake around the streets.

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Dragon Dance

You can learn more about the Lion Dance and Dragon Dance at our sister site, China Family Adventure.

Lion dancers at Shopping center in HK

Enjoy the festivities and celebrations of this amazing time that is Chinese New Year in Hong Kong!
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