Chinese New Year Parade 2018

February 16, 2018 - Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Chinese New Year Parade Dragon Float

The Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade is a classic featuring colorful floats, marching bands, troupes of acrobats, lively dragons, traditional Chinese dancers, international troupes from all over the world, drummers, Chinese lions, and of course, firecrackers.

It is traditionally held on the evening of New Year's Day and winds through the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui on an hour and a half extravaganza of lively music, dance, acrobatics, folklore, martial arts and well-wishing to greet the new year.

The parade features over 30 floats and performing troupes from the many organisations, which in the past has included Cathay Pacific, the official sponsor, Disneyland Hong Kong, Ocean Park and Ngong Ping 360 among many others.

There will be traditional lion dancers along with the colorful dragons. There are as well a number of international guest performers anywhere from Peru, Thailand, to the Czech Republic and Japan. It is one big street party. Check it out!

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Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade: Colorful Floats one after the other...
Colorful Floats one after the other... The Happy Hong Kong Float

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade: Thai dancers at the parade
And troupes of international performers, Thai dancers at the parade

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade: The Cathay Pacific Float, the official sponsor
The Cathay Pacific Float, the official sponsor

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade: Acrobats, Dancers, Clowns
Acrobats, Dancers, Clowns...

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade: Mickey and Friends at the Hong Kong Disneyland Float
Mickey and Friends at the Hong Kong Disneyland Float

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade: the Ocean Park float
And the Ocean Park float

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade:Troupes of Lion Dancers make their way
Troupes of Lion Dancers make their way...

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade: Stunning colorful costumes...
Stunning colorful costumes...

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade: Dancers and performers parade amongst the floats
Dancers and performers parade amongst the floats...

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade Band
...And Marching Bands...

When is the Chinese New Year Parade 2018?

When?: On Lunar New Year's Day, February 16, 2018, official start time of the parade is 8:00 pm.

Where?: Streets of Tsim Sha Tsui, See Parade Route and Map below

How Much?: FREE!

Special spectators stands are set up for this event by the Hong Kong Cultural Center Piazza, the start point of the parade, and along some of the streets. There is an admission charge for these reserved seats. Otherwise, viewing along the parade route is free. Beware of "official looking" people that might try to charge you a "show fee" along the free parade route.

Admission for the spectator stands: TBA, last year for reference HK$480 / $450 / $300 per person. Stands open at 7:00 pm.

Tickets go on sale a couple of weeks before the parade, exact date TBA, and are available on a first-come-first-served basis, they normally sell out the very first day. You can buy the stand tickets at the HK Tourism Office at the Star Ferry in TST and there is normally a limit of 4 tickets per person. Call the Visitor Hotline for inquiries: +852 2508 1234.

Regardless of the official start time, you want to make sure to come at least a couple of hours earlier and get a good spot as you can expect the streets will be full to capacity.

Anyhow, the entertainment begins way before the start of the parade. As early as 6:00pm you are likely to see the roving performers entertaining the early birds along the parade route with their lively shows, anything from dragon dances, acrobats in stilts, drummers, etc.

There will be street closures on the day of the parade as stands are being set up and near the time of the parade the route will be roped off.

The first floats start from the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza at 8:00 pm and the rest will follow for the next hour and a half or so.

The last floats will reach the end point at around 10:30 pm.

Viewing the Chinese New Year Parade from the Spectator Stands
Viewing the Parade from the Spectator Stands

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade Route and Map

The Parade circles through the popular Tsim Sha Tsui Area, starting around the Hong Kong Cultural Centre near the waterfront. It then follows north along Canton Road, turning on Haiphong Road, and then South on Nathan Road to arrive finally back on the waterfront by Salisbury Road, ending in front of the Sheraton Hotel.

This map gives you an idea of the parade route, exact beginning and ending points as well as the actual route may vary from year to year, but you can tell by where the streets are being roped off and the stands set up.

Getting there is quite convenient, MTR stations (Tsim Sha Tsui) and Star Ferry are nearby.

2018 Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade Tours

These tours make it super easy and convenient, no figuring out where to go or dealing with sold-out stands. Let them handle the details, get picked up at one of several convenient spots/designated hotels and have a reserved seat at the spectator stands for the parade. And what's more, the tours combine some sightseeing, either around town or in the New Territories to check out some more of the celebrations in the countryside.

Chinese New Year Parade Plus Hong Kong City Overview

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade Tour

  • Pick-up from designated hotels between 12:10 and 12:45 pm
  • Board tour bus and cover some Hong Kong Island's top highlights: Peak Tram, Sky Terrace, Aberdeen Fishing Village
  • Light Chinese dinner with one standard free soft drink
  • Reserved Seats at Chinese New Year Parade Stands
  • Parade ends about 9:30 pm, tour ends at the Parade grounds

When?: February 16, 2018
How Much?: US$ 241
›› More Info and Booking: 2018 Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade Plus City Overview Tour

Chinese New Year Parade Plus New Territories Tour

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade Tour

  • Pick-up from designated hotels between 12:15 and 1:00 pm
  • Board tour bus and cover some Hong Kong Island's top highlights: Kam Tim Walled Village, Tin Hau Temple, Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree
  • Light Chinese dinner with one standard free soft drink
  • Reserved Seats at Chinese New Year Parade Stands
  • Parade ends about 9:30 pm, tour ends at the Parade grounds

When?: February 16, 2018
How Much?: US$ 241
›› More Info and Booking: 2018 Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade Plus New Territories Tour

If you missed the parade on New Year's Day, the floats are normally on display at the Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees, where the Well-Wishing Festival celebrations will be well on their way and the groups that performed at the New Year's Parade will also be performing at the festival.

The parade is normally also telecast live on TVB Jade channel from 8:00 pm to 9:45 pm

The Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade together with the Fireworks are two of the city's most anticipated Chinese New Year events, don't miss them if you are in town!

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

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

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