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Chinese New Year 2013?

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Chinese New Year 2013?

Because of our cruise schedule, we will be in Hong Kong on February 12 (though late so our first active day will be Feb 13) and will be staying there until February 18.

What can we expect the impact of CNY to be during this period? Any celebrations still going on? Will the smaller shops and restaurants being reopening by Feb 13? All our favoured hotels seem to have all their room categories available for our dates (at least at this point) so we're not sure how far ahead we need to book, given that we will have missed CNY eve and day itself?

Comments and advice would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Chinese New Year 2013?

You still will enjoy a bit of Chinese New Celebration...ususally there are several Flower markets as well as cutural events and activities...the only drawback is that you will miss the big fireworks..also the TST promenade should be nicely decorated as well as the skyscrapers ...and no need to worry about shopping and dining...this is peak season for this kind of activities

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2. Re: Chinese New Year 2013?

It's best to book hotels well ahead as the period you are there coincides with Lunar New Year Golden Week on the Chinese mainland and HK will be even busier than usual with mainland tourists. Hotel availability becomes limited and rates increase nearer to CNY.

However, the main CNY celebrations will be over by the time you arrive. The flower markets finish in the early hours of Lunar New Year's Day, the CNY Night Parade takes on New Year's Day (Feb 10th in 2013), the fireworks display takes place on the second day of CNY (Feb 11th in 2013), and the CNY Race Day at Sha Tin takes place on the third day (Feb 12th in 2013). There is a well-wishing festival at Lam Tsuen, near Tai Po in the New Territories, which usually runs for about two weeks from New Year's Day.

In 2013, owing to a change in legislation, the fourth day of CNY (Feb 13th) is, for the first time, also a public holiday so there may be other special events planned. Many shops and restaurants open throughout CNY these days and some operate extended hours. Its mainly just small local businesses which close and I would imagine most of those will reopen by 14th Feb, although some family businesses do close for longer.

Schools in HK will be on holiday and tourist attractions will be very busy, particularly Disneyland, Ocean Park and Ngong Ping 360, as will some temples such as Wong Tai Sin & Che Kung Temple.

Edited: 03 May 2012, 16:58
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3. Re: Chinese New Year 2013?

You can have a look at the FAQ - Chinese New Year as well. Quite a few helpful posts there explaining what has happened in years past.

Discover Hong Kong Website will have lots of good stuff (information) in due time, long before you come here for the holiday. ;-)

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4. Re: Chinese New Year 2013?

I intend to visit Hongkong from 31Jan to 4 Feb 2012.

Will most shops and attractions still be open or they will be closed.

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5. Re: Chinese New Year 2013?

Hello Jillian1981

Welcome to Tripadvisor and the Hong Kong forum.

This question about shops that will be open/closed during Chinese New Year is well covered in the Top Question [Chinese New Year] on the right side of this page. Have a look here and you'll find lots of good information about visiting HK during the CNY time of year.

Hope you enjoy HK.

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6. Re: Chinese New Year 2013?

The CNY will be on 10/2 onwards for 2 weeks

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7. Re: Chinese New Year 2013?

All big chain shops will open on CNY, but they may close earlier or open later.. while small shops will usually close for 3 days at least

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8. Re: Chinese New Year 2013?

How about ladies market, Fa yuen st and argyle centre will close during CNY?

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9. Re: Chinese New Year 2013?

>>>>joetwp<<<<<

They will be open but less active than usual as some of the small business shopkeepers will choose to close down their shops for the holidays. Enough of them will be open for you to enjoy visiting. Don't bother going in the morning, the Mongkok scene really doesn't start until 11am or so and is best in the afternoon, once all the venters have come in and opened their shops. Its most active, usually after 5 or 6pm until late.

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10. Re: Chinese New Year 2013?

Thanks for the info! I will be going from 8 Feb to 11 Feb and scare if most of the shop is close than have to stay in hotel and waste the trip.