Every Chinese New Year, the city welcomes thousands of visitors, and for good reason, Hong Kong is one of the liveliest places to celebrate the most important festival in the Asian Calendar.
It's a 15-day period packed with bustling fairs, a dashing
parade carnival, frisky lions and dragons, extravagant meals, horse races, and of course, fireworks. But with the ongoing situation in Hong Kong, is it a good idea to visit the city during this period? Is it safe? Is it worth it? As with travelling to any destination, know what to expect.
There might be disruptions in the planned festivities, i.e. fireworks might be cancelled. The parade has already been replaced by a 4-day Carnival that will feature the high caliber dazzling performances by local and international troupes that used to take place during the Parade.
Transportation as well might not run as we are used to but bear this in mind and prepare for any eventuality.
On the other hand, hotel rates have dropped dramatically and this is one of the best chances to stay in top notch accomodations for a fraction of the normal rates. That hotel with fantastic views of the Harbour is more affordable than ever, definitely worth it with or without fireworks!
So where are some good spots to stay? One great area to enjoy this year's Chinese New Year celebrations will be around West Kowloon. The Carnival is set to take place at the Art Park at the West Kowloon Cultural District and the Promenade is a fantastic spot for Fireworks viewing. This area has been pretty much away from the protest sites and has the added convenience of the Airport Express Kowloon Station and the Elements Shopping Mall.
Two great choices in this area are the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, located in the ICC building, the tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong and The W Hong Kong.
If you are travelling with family and children, consider staying at one of the Disney Resorts in Lantau Island. Disneyland goes all out during Chinese New Year, fireworks, lion dances and all, and this is after all the Year of the
Rat Mouse! The area is far enough from any of the protest sites in the city, and magic overload at Disneyland, specially come Chinese New Year time, guarantees a fantastic time for kids and the kids-at-heart. There are three great options with three very different styles (and prices) and like mentioned before, this is the time to take advantage of any last minute offers. Check our Disney Hotels comparison here.
Watch the Fireworks in perfect comfort from your hotel room? Enjoy a fabulous New Year's banquet? Here are some more top hotel picks for Chinese New Year.
In the Tsim Sha Tsui side:
The Island side does have plenty of options for fireworks viewing. Check our Top Hotels With Fireworks Views page for more. Also on the Island side and convenient to the Chinese New Year Flower Market in Victoria Park in the days preceding New Year's Day, the The Harbour Grand is a top choice.
Chinese New Year at the Ritz Carlton
Ritz Carlton Hong Kong is the world's highest hotel. Located between the 102nd and 118th floors of the ICC building, the tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong, it offers incredible views and panoramic surroundings of all the holiday glitz that envelopes the harbour this time of the year. Besides the killer views, the Ritz-Carlton unveils a sensational festive programme for guests to celebrate the holiday.
Celebrate the arrival of the New Year in luxury as two Michelin-starred restaurant Tin Lung Heen presents a six-course gourmet menu featuring delicacies prepared with the freshest ingredients and served in luxurious, elegant and contemporary atmosphere for the gourmet in us all to savor. Price: HK$1,928 per guest (a minimum order for two guests) Premium wine pairing is available at an additional charge of HK$1,200 per person.
All prices are subject to 10% service charge.
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The W Hong Kong
This stylish hotel is located just above Kowloon MTR Station, it takes only 23 minutes to travel from Hong Kong International Airport to Kowloon Station with the Airport Express Line. It boasts fantastic views of the city and harbour for that million dollar fireworks view, and the Chinese New Year Carnival will be a pleasant 20-minute walk along the Waterfront to the Art Park at the West Kowloon Art District.
W Hong Kong is also directly connected to the luxurious Elements Shopping Mall, and a short walking distance to High Speed Rail Hong Kong Section.
Looking to relax? Don't miss the 76th-floor outdoor pool, or perhaps a pampering treatment at the Zen-inspiring urban oasis Bliss spa or hit the treadmill at the 73rd-floor 24-hour gym.
Celebrate the Year of the Rat at any of the W's signature restaurants, Sing Yin Cantonese Dining, the glamorous WOOBAR and KITCHEN, a modern bistro reflective of W's stylish and fun design. Sing Yin normally offers set menus for lunch or dinner during the holiday period. KITCHEN the all-day casual family-friendly dining venue where kids eat free (see day and other restrictions on their website), offers lunch and dinner buffets during the holidays HK$498 adult for lunch buffet, HK$738 for dinner buffet (One kid 4 - 11 years old eats for free with every paying adult. Maximum up to 3 kids eat for free per table)
All prices are subject to 10% service charge.
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Chinese New Year at the Marco Polo Hong Kong
The Marco Polo offers a fantastic location in Harbour City, Hong Kong's largest shopping center which also goes all out during the Chinese New Year celebrations with lion dance galore, red envelopes, firecrackers...
The hotel offers superb views of the world's most dramatic waterfront and is one of our top picks for the legendary fireworks. It is steps from the Lantern Carnival at the HK Cultural Centre Piazza.
This hotel is in the middle of everything with plenty of transportation options to get around, steps from the Star Ferry and the MTR.
At the Marco Polo you can savour exciting flavours at three restaurants and bars renowned throughout the city as amongst Hong Kong's best: Cucina, Cafe Marco and Lobby Lounge, in addition to the myriad of options at Harbour City.
There are actually two other Marco Polo brand hotels in Harbour City in addition to the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, there is also the Gateway
and Prince Hotels, both 4-star hotels also offering a stupendous location and exceptional value.
Marco Polo Hotel HongKong:
No. 3 Canton Road, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
Chinese New Year at the Peninsula Hong Kong
The Pen is the legendary "Grande Dame of the Far East" and oldest hotel in Hong Kong.
Located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui this hotel is perfectly situated for taking in the excitement of the festivities in grand style. Service at the Peninsula is over the top, and come holiday time, it won't dissapoint.
Its location with commanding views of the harbour for fireworks viewing and plenty of traditional Chinese New Year menus featuring dishes with prosperous associations at their award-winning restaurants will make for the perfect stay during Chinese New Year.
Year of the Rat Celebrations at The Pen
The hotel will feature nine lions and one dragon in a traditional dance in The Lobby on Saturday, 25 January 2020 as the first day of the Lunar New Year.
Chinese New Year Lucky Set Menus are available at Spring Moon, the hotel's Michelin starred Cantonese restaurant and start at HK1,388 per person More info and Menus here.
All prices subject to 10% service charge.
Salibury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Chinese New Year at the Intercontinental Hong Kong
InterContinental Hong Kong, with its dramatic Kowloon waterfront location, always provides a spectacular setting for the holidays. Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of Hong Kong Island with its kaleidoscope of lights and the New Year's Fireworks, as the dramatic backdrop for holiday dining in the five stylish restaurants and stunning Lobby Lounge.
Year of the Rat Celebrations at The Intercontinental
The Intercontinental will be offering Spring Dinners and traditional Chinese New Year specialty dishes at Yan Toh Heen such as the "Lo Hei" Prosperity Toss, HK$1088 per person, and Executive Chef Lau Yiu Fai's 5-course "Fat Choy” Menu, which includes "Buddha Jumping Over the Wall" HK$1,888 per person. Many other traditional specialties from HK$268.More Info Yan Toh Heen Chinese New Year Celebrations to Welcome the Year of the Rat 2020.
All prices subject to 10% service charge.
Hotel Intercontinental Hong Kong:
18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Chinese New Year at the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers
Occupying a prime spot along Kowloon's Golden Mile and Victoria Harbor, at this 5-star Sheraton you will be able to enjoy the fireworks from any of the Harbourview restaurants or the fantastic outdoor pool with stunning city views.
During the holiday period it is not unusual for the hotel to treat guests with Lion Dance performances that will be sure to usher in good fortune and prosperity.
Year of the Rat Celebrations at Sheraton Hong Kong
Exquisite festive feasts will be offered at the hotel's award-winning Chinese Restaurant, Celestial Court, serving seasonal menus offering a selection of crunchy vegetables, savory meats and succulent seafood, as well as a wide selection of teas.
Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers:
20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Chinese New Year at Holiday Inn Golden Mile
The Holiday Inn Golden Mile is an older property in the heart of Kowloon's lively Tsim Sha Tsui district. This is one of the first hotels we ever stayed in Hong Kong eons ago and is still going strong. What we loved more than anything was the location, adjacent to the MTR makes it a breeze to get around anywhere in Hong Kong.
It's a Holiday Inn so you know what to expect, rooms are spacious and if you are traveling with family, book a deluxe room which can accomodate a family of 4 in two double beds.
A perfect base for staying over Chinese New Year, the harbour is only a 5-minute walk away for fireworks viewing or the Lantern Carnival, and there are plenty of dining options around including the hotel's own award-winning Cantonese restaurant, Loong Yuen, which will be going all out with an array of delicately hand-crafted dim sum and traditional favourites during the holiday period.
And yes, the Chinese New Year lions make an appearance during the festivities...
Year of the Rat Celebrations at Holiday Inn Golden Mile
As traditional Chinese customs call for family and friends to join together for a New Year feast, Loong Yuen Cantonese Restaurant will be offering 12-course set dinner menus laden with auspicious dishes. Price starts from HK$7,388 to HK$9,388 for every table of 12 including unlimited supply of house beer, soft drinks and chilled orange juice or free corkage for 2 bottles of wine. The Spring menus are being served from now until 29 Feb 2020. See menu and make reservations.
Holiday Inn Golden Mile:
50 Nathan Rd, Tsimshatsui
Chinese New Year at the Harbour Grand Hong Kong
The Harbour Grand is one of our top hotels for fireworks viewing. Its location in North Point in Hong Kong Island boasts a 270-degree view of the Victoria Harbour skyline. In addition, the hotel is only 5 minutes walk from Fortress Hill MTR station, easily connecting you to any point in Hong Kong.
Skyline Pavilion at the hotel's rooftop is the best vantage point to to embrace the magnificent harbourview and Fireworks display and is exclusively open for all in-house registered guests and diners to enjoy the spectacular fireworks show to welcome the new year.
The main Chinese New Year Flower Market during the days preceding New Year's Day takes place at Victoria Park, you can walk from the Harbour Grand in about 20 minutes or so.
Year of the Rat Celebrations at The Harbour Grand Hong Kong
To welcome the Year of the Rat, Harbour Grand typically offers several fireworks viewing packages, set dinner at Le 188° and Dinner Buffet at Harbour Grand Cafe.
The opening of Skyline Pavilion is subject to weather condition. More info, menus and reservations.
The Harbour Grand Hong Kong:
No.23 Oil Street, North Point
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