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.
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. This gave way to a fantastic yearly event, the Hong Kong Dragon and Lion Dance Festival which takes place every year on New Year's Day January 1st, (NOT Chinese New Year's Day) and is an explosion of colour, glitter and roars with hundreds of troupes parading throughout the streets...
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.
Where are the Lion and Dragon Dances
during Chinese New Year in Hong Kong?
On any normal year during the Chinese New Year celebrations, Lion and Dragon Dances are performed just about
everywhere. Regardless of where you are tripsing around town, chances are, you are able to catch one at some point or another, from businesses and office buildings, shopping centers to restaurants and hotels, even at the markets...
Besides the lively performances, it is quite a treat to browse around town the fantastic Lunar New Year displays as the lanterns, lucky plants, blooms and firecrackers spread all throughout the city.
Lion Dancers at the Chinese New Year Parade
Chances to catch a show are best at the many shopping centers in the city...
Chinese New Year Lion Dance Performance at Pacific Place
Chinese New Year Dragon Parade at Harbour City
At hotels and restaurants...
The Lunar New Year Festivities at Langham Place
At pedestrian malls throughout the city...
Lion Dances and gorgeous decorations at Lee Tung Avenue
At tourist attractions around town, Ngong Ping where the Big Buddha is located, theme parks Disneyland and Ocean Park which normally have full programmes for the occasion.
Lion Dance performances at Ocean Park
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!
Chinese New Year Lion Dancers at the Temple Street Night Market
Keep in mind that while most government offices, schools, banks, are closed for the public holidays during Chinese New Year, shops and restaurants remain open, shopping centers even offer extended hours. Attractions and theme parks remain open as usual, street markets close on the first and second day of Chinese New Year and reopen on the third day.
Dragon and Lion Dances Year Of The Dragon 2024
Here are some popular places that go all out with splashy decorations and where lions and dragons consistently make appearances every year. We will be adding them as events are announced. Stay tuned!
Prosperity Shimmers in Every Colour at Pacific Place 2024
What? As the New Year blossoms, seek your fortune in a dazzling garden full of vivid colours. Strike a pose in a shimmering corridor bursting with shades of the season...
When? January 25 to February 25, 2024
Where? Throughout the Mall
Eye-dotting Ceremony and Lion Dance Parade
When? February 15, 2024 - 1:00 pm
Where? Level L1 (near Shiro)
The Sounds of Fortune by Big Jazz Band
When? Saturdays February 17 and 24, 2024 - 3:00 pm
Where? Level L1 (near Shiro)
How Much? Free
More Info: www.pacificplace.com.hk or follow their FB page.
Blooming Bunny Year @ Harbour City
What? In celebration of the Year of the Dragon, Harbour City presents the enchanting "ACHIEVE MORE" collection of red packets inspired by the Daruma wishing doll designed to bring good luck!
When? January 19 - February 9, 2024
Where? Ocean Terminal
How Much? Onsite donation HK$80
More Info: www.harbourcity.com.hk or follow their FB page.
The Petals of Prosperity Chinese New Year at IFC Mall 2024
What? This spring, ifc mall rings in an artistic Chinese New Year with its elegant installation
"The Petals of Prosperity" featuring a magnificent pentamerous flower symbolising
the five facets of prosperity to extend heartfelt wishes of abundance and blessings to all.
Step onto an enchanting pathway adorned with colourful blooms and experience the joy of spring through visual and olfactory senses. Share the festive moments with your loved ones and celebrate the New Year in full bloom!
When? Now until February 25, 2024
Where? IFC Mall Oval Atrium, Podium Level 1
How Much? Free
More Info: www.ifc.com.hk or follow their FB page.
Year of the Dragon Celebrations at Ngong Ping Village and the Big Buddha
What? Lion Dance Performance
When? February 10 - 13, 2024 twice daily 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm
Where? Ngong Ping Village Square Market in front of the Pavillion
What? God of Wealth Arrives to Welcome the New Year
When? February 10 - 13, 2024
Where? 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Tung Chung Cable Car Station and 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm at Ngong Ping Village Square Market
Here's how to get there with the Cable Car and getting discount tickets.
How Much? Free
More Info: www.np360.com.hk
Lion Dance performances at IFC Mall
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.
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.
You can learn more about the Lion Dance and Dragon Dance at our sister site, China Family Adventure.
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