April 2023 in Hong Kong opens with some beloved traditions with the Ching Ming Festival on April 5 and the culmination of the most anticipated Hong Kong Sevens on April 2, 2023 for some fantastic Rugby action.
In the cultural and entertainment front, the Hong Kong International Film Festival, one of Asia's most influential events is well underway offering a hybrid format this year, with both online and in-person performances / screenings and the 41st Hong Kong Film Award Ceremony returns to the Grand Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on April 16, 2023.
Easter holidays are public holidays observed in Hong Kong, this year will be from Friday April 7 to Monday April 10, 2023. Easter Sunday is on April 9, 2023.
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. This is a great month to be in Hong Kong!
Highlight Celebrations and Events in April 2023
- Ching Ming Festival - April 5, 2023
- Hong Kong Sevens - March 31 - April 2, 2023
- Easter - Easter Sunday on April 9, public holidays April 7 - 10, 2023
- Hong Kong Film Festival - March 30 - April 10, 2023
- Birthday of Tin Hau, Goddess of the Sea - This year in May
- Consumer Electronics, Mobile Electronics, Gifts and Fashion Trade Exhibitions - April 11 - 14, 2023
- Hong Kong Electronics Fair - Spring Edition April 12 - 15, 2023
- Disney Springtime Carnival - March through May
- The Hong Kong Film Awards -
Ongoing Events This April 2023
- Free cultural exhibitions: Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Feng Shui
- The Symphony of Lights, Hong Kong's light and sound show
- It's race time! The Horse Races at Happy Valley are on!
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Ching Ming Festival: A Day To Honor The Ancestors - April 5, 2023
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 burned goods.
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 - March 31 - April 2, 2023
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...
When? March 31 - April 2, 2023
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$ 700+ Likely to sell out quickly. Find 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.
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? March 30 - April 10, 2023
Where? Several venues including the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong City Hall, K11 Art House 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 2023, the Easter holidays will be from Friday April 7 to Monday April 10, 2023. Easter Sunday is on April 9, 2023.
From uplifiting services, easter egg hunts, champagne brunches...
Birthday of Tin Hau - This Year in May
Tin Hau is the Goddess of the Sea, given that in the past Hong Kong was a fishing town and most everybody's lives were tied to the sea, Tin Hau is sort of the "patron saint" of the city and you can imagine that the Tin Hau Festival is a really big deal.
There will be colorful and lively celebrations including the unique fa pau floats unique to the celebration, dragon parades, lion dances and feasts... anywhere there is a Tin Hau temple nearby, and there are over 60 in Hong Kong!
Some of the most vibrant and notorious celebrations are in Yuen Long in the New Territories and Joss House Bay in Saikung, which boasts the oldest Tin Hau Temple in Hong Kong. Also the coastal towns will be celebrating: Stanley, Lamma Island, Peng Chau and Cheng Chau as well.
Global Sources Trade Exhibitions Spring Edition - April 11 - 14, 2023
9,000 booths with the latest in electronics, gifts, home products and fashion contained into four trade shows twice per year in April and October.
The Global Sources Consumer Electronics Show is the world's largest electronics sourcing event and Global Sources' flagship event. All four phases, consumer electronics, mobile electronics, home and lifestyle and fashion, are packed with the latest products and trends and plenty of special activities...
If you are running an online business, there are special services for online and Amazon sellers with a "Ready-to-Buy" zone, an e-commerce service providers' pavillion and suppliers who accept small orders. This is a sourcing event, you have to register to attend. The October Shows are conveniently timed for buyers who also attend the Canton Fair.
When?: April 11 - 14, 2023
Where?: AsiaWorld Expo
The Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) - April 12 - 15, 2023
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.
When?: April 12 - 15, 2023
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 41st Hong Kong Film Award Ceremony - April 16, 2023
The Annual 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? April 16, 2023
Where? The Grand Theatre of Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Disney Springtime Carnivale of Stars and Egg-stravaganza
Starting in March, Mickey, Minnie and the gang will dress up in their brand-new celebratory outfits. Along with some long-missed Disney friends, they'll board the Mickey and Friends Celebration, a lively show on Main Street with all our favourite Disney friends old and new!
Also coming this March is the all-new Duffy and Friends themed play experiences and coming in May is "StellaLou's Wonderful Wishes Ballet" and a series of Heroic Encounters with Marvel Super Heroes.
When? March through May
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 HKD570 US$73, 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
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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, COVID-19 pandemic control measures have been relaxed and races will be staged in accordance with prevailing restrictions which enable the HKJC to bring more racing fans back to enjoy the on-course entertainment in person. Walk-in admission has been resumed for both public and members enclosures. Customers are encouraged to make advance bookings to secure admission for indoor catering venues. 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.
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. You can join this guided experience and learn all about horse racing and betting, Enjoy the HKJC horse races from the 2M roof deck.
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