April 2021 in Hong Kong opens with some beloved traditions with the Ching Ming Festival on April 4, which will be a long busy weekend as it coincides with the Easter holidays.
In the cultural and entertainment front, the Hong Kong International Film Festival, one of Asia's most
influential events gets underway as the Hong Kong Arts Festival comes to a close. Both events offering a new hybrid format this year, with both online and in-person performances / screenings.
The Hong Kong Sevens have moved to November and the Hong Kong Film Award Ceremony has been postponed to 2022.
This is a great month to be in Hong Kong!
Easter holidays are public holidays observed in Hong Kong, this year will be from April 2 - 6, 2021. Easter Sunday is on April 4, 2021.
April temperatures in Hong Kong are still pleasant but begin to climb. Overcast days are the norm, with some showers but usually not more than a drizzle. It's still time to get outdoors before the humidity and stormy days start to mount towards the summer days.
Highlight Celebrations and Events in April 2021
Ongoing Events This April 2021
Activities, Tours, Attractions that are OPEN
Many attractions remain closed but several tours, attractions and activities that can be conducted safely while adhering to proper social distancing guidelines have reopened as have most outdoor activities.
It's time to get out! Here's a list of fun outdoor things to do that have restarted operations and can be booked now. When possible book tickets online and/or make a reservation as many of the activities are running on limited capacities. You can book with confidence as there is a free cancellation policy for most of the activities listed here, if your plans change and you cancel up to 24 hours in advance you will receive a full refund.
- The Peak Tram, Peak Tower, Sky Terrace and Peak Galleria are OPEN
- The Hong Kong Observation Wheel - is OPEN
- Ocean Park - is OPEN, purchase tickets online, you also must make a reservation for the day of your visit
- Hong Kong Disneyland - is OPEN, purchase tickets online, you also must make a reservation for the day of your visit
- All 3 routes of Big Bus Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours are operating on weekends -->
- Sky100 Observation Deck - is OPEN
- Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car - is OPEN, purchase tickets online
- Harbour Cruises have restarted, the following have resumed sailings:
- Fantastic outdoor excursions: hiking, kayaking, swimming, mountain biking, paddleboarding...
- Lion Rock Sunset Hiking Adventure - Victoria Harbour's most dramatic summit - 4 hours, starts from Wong Tai Sin MTR station
- Victoria Peak Private Evening Hike - 2 hours, meets at Central MTR Station, Victoria Peak Tram tickets for return optional
- Geopark Kayaking Adventure - 7 hours, meets at Hang Hau MTR Station
- The Mai Po Nature Reserve is OPEN, the WWF offers eco-visits Thrusdays through Sundays, which is the easiest way to visit the reserve without having to get a government permit. You can book an eco-visit here
- Hong Kong Wetland park - is OPEN, the Mudflat Hide has also reopened
- Sai Kung Standup-Paddle Adventure - 5 hours, meets at Hang Hau MTR station
- Hike the legendary Ngong Ping 360 Rescue Trail to the Big Buddha - 4 hours, starts at Tung Chung MTR station
- Lantau Mountain Biking Adventure - 6 hours, meets at the Central Ferry Pier
- Hike the Yellow Dragon Gorge Nature Trek in Lantau Island - 5 hours, meets at Tung Chung MTR station on Lantau Island
- Plover Cove Bicycling and Hiking Adventure - 4 hours, meets at Tai Po Market MTR station
- Tai Mo Shan Waterfall Hike the tallest waterfall in Hong Kong - 4 hours, meets at Tai Wo MTR station
- The Dragon's Back Hike and Tai Long Wan Beach - 5 hours, meets at Shau Kei Wan MTR station
- Ma On Shan Climbing Adventure - 6 hours, starts at Heng On MTR ends in Saikung town
- Tolo Harbour Cycling Adventure - 4 hours, meets at Tai Po Market MTR Station
Ching Ming Festival: A Day To Honor The Ancestors - April 4, 2021
The Ching Ming Festival or Tomb Sweeping Day is a day to worship the ancestors.
Cemeteries accross the land will be crowded with thousands
of worshipers carrying incense sticks and offerings of paper money, fruits and wine, as they come to pay respects to their ancestors.
Tombs are tended and swept and paper money and all other paper offerings are burned so that the deceased "receive" the essence of the
Special attention must be paid if you will be travelling through any areas where there are cemeteries or burial grounds, specially if using
public transportation as the crowds will be quite substantial and delays are guaranteed.
Hong Kong Rugby Sevens - Postponed to November 5 - 7, 2021
The Hong Kong Sevens is rugby's most prestigious sevens tournament on the International Rugby Board World Series and considered the
top event in Hong Kong's Sports calendar.
In three days, 24 teams battle it up at the Hong Kong Stadium for points toward the World Series top ranking.
Tickets sell out as soon as they go on sale, but the event goes beyond the stadium, to say this is one colossal party is an understatement...
Where? Tournament held at Hong Kong Stadium, plus outside giant screens and party tents at the Central Promenade,
more partying at Lan Kwai Fong, Soho and Wanchai.
Tickets: HK$ 530+ Likely to sell out quickly Find Hong Kong Sevens Tickets.
Hong Kong International Film Festival
The Hong Kong International Film Festival is one of Hong Kong's largest cultural events, and as all film festivals, this is an event for those involved in the film industry, actors, directors, screenwriters, etc. and film enthusiasts and fans from all over the world.
Although this is not Cannes or Sundance or Toronto, the Hong Kong Film Festival is considered a major launching pad for films from all parts of the world into the China and Asian markets. Some big names in the Asian cinematic scene make an appearance to promote their latest works.
This year the festival is going hybrid with both online and in-person screenings. It is easy to catch a screening and ticket prices are quite reasonable, if only to see some of Hong Kong's magnificent venues from the inside!
When? April 1 - 12, 2021
Where? Several venues including the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong City Hall, K11 Art House in Tsim Sha Tsui among others.
How Much? HK$ 55+
Easter in Hong Kong, as part of the British legacy, is a public holiday with a long weekend of days off from Good Friday to Easter Monday.
For 2021, the
Easter holidays will be from Friday April 2 to Tuesday April 6, 2021. Easter Sunday is on April 4, 2021.
From uplifiting services, easter egg hunts, champagne brunches...
"Painting Across The Threshold": Ng Lung Wai Exhibition
Our favourite local contemporary artist Ng Lung Wai is back this year with another incredibly unique exhibition, this time at The University Museum and Art Gallery of the University of Hong Kong as the
first exhibition of the UMAG_STArts series which explores the symbiotic
relationship between science, technology, and the arts.
Drawing inspiration from the traditional art of paper folding, this exhibition presents Ng Lung Wai's
"folding paint" technique. If you have followed his work, you know of his stunning ability to recreate phenomenal visual effects from seemingly ordinary items, this exhibition won't dissapoint.
When? March 12 - June 27, 2021 (Closed on Mondays, University and Public Holidays)
Where? Study Gallery, G/F Fung Ping Shan Building, UMAG, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong
How Much? FREE
The Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) - Cancelled
Organised by the HKTDC, this is Asia's largest Electronics Fair where innovative products are
launched and where thousands of exhibitors and brands are represented.
The exhibitions are
spread out into zones for easy navigation i.e. Home Appliances, Electronic Gaming, Solar Technology, Personal Electronics, etc.
There is also a "Small Order Zone" where hundreds of products and samples are available in small quantities.
Where?: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Admission: HK100 but free if you pre-register at the HKTDC website. Open to trade visitors, must be over 18 years old.
The 40th Hong Kong Film Award Ceremony
Hong Kong Film Award Ceremony is the Oscars of Hong Kong.
Like the Academy Awards, it recognizes achievements in filmmaking and is open to Hong Kong Films longer than one hour
that were released in Hong Kong within the previous calendar year.
It is a star-studded affair with prominent local celebrities that make an appearance at this most prestigious red carpet event.
When? Postponed to 2022
Where? TBC - Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Disney Springtime Carnivale of Stars and Egg-stravaganza
Mickey, Minnie and the gang will be
sporting their new spring-themed outfits and putting together The Stars Springtime Celebration, this is a lively show on Main Street with all our favourite Disney friends old and new!
When? mid-March through June 2020, exact dates TBA
Where? Hong Kong Disneyland
How Much? Disney Springtime Celebration activities are free with Park Admission.
Remember you can buy discount tickets online at Klook.com:
HK Disneyland Discount Tickets Adult
HK639 HKD580 US$75, Children HK475 HKD435 US$56
More Info and Booking at Klook.com
Ongoing Hong Kong Events
These are some popular ongoing events that are worth checking out, specially since they are FREE or offered for a low fee!
These events feature some of the great and
ancient traditions of the territory and are offered by experts in their corresponding fields:
The Symphony of Lights
The Symphony of Lights is Hong Kong's light and sound show, a tribute to the city and its people, their diversity, energy and vitality.
The stage is the entire city, which is what makes it so unique, you can watch the lights from just about anywhere in the waterfront.
This free show offered by the city, takes place every night at 8:00 pm and lasts about 12 minutes.
When?: Every Night
Where?: Can be seen from both sides of Victoria Harbour, specially stunning aboard a Harbour Cruise.
How Much? Free
The Horse Races Are On! This is how you can attend
The horse races in Hong Kong whether or not you are a horse racing enthusiast is an experience
not to be missed!
The beautiful horses, the skillful jockeys, the crowds going wild,
they all add up to an exciting, fun-filled, thrilling atmosphere in two world-class venues, at the Sha Tin Racecourse and the iconic Happy Valley Racecourse.
The Happy Valley race course itself is a sight in itself, the city has built around it through the years and it is now practically surrounded by skyscrapers, an awesome experience specially at night when the city is illuminated.
At this time, due to the tighter Covid-19 measures, THE RACES ARE RUNNING WITHOUT PUBLIC ATTENDANCE. The Hong Kong Jockey Club however obtains permission by the Government to organise attendance with certain conditions for race meetings
at both Happy Valley and Sha Tin, for example members of the general public can attend by making a booking at one of the course venues following the prescribed measures. This might vary depending on restrictions and curfews in effect at a particular race day. Here are the latest arrangements.
When?: Happy Valley Night Races on Wednesday Nights. On race day, first race starts at 7:15 p.m. and the gates open at 5:15 p.m.
The races are done by 11:00 p.m. For now "Happy Wednesdays" are being conducted online due to the Coronavirus measures. Once the restrictions are over, the on course experience will return.
Sha Tin Day Races are on Sundays. First race normally starts at 1:00 pm, earlier if there are more than 10 races. Gates open at 11:00 am.
All races will be streamed live at the HK Jockey Club Racing Channel.
How Much? There are many ways to experience the races, from General Stand to Private Boxes and
special packages including dinner and drinks. General Stand entrance starts at HK10. The "All inclusive VIP tour" provides transportation to/from your
hotel, dinner and drinks and access to the Member's Boxes.
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