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Celebrate the Chinese New Year in style

By HarryThursday 15th February 2018

Celebrate the Chinese New Year in style

 
It’s the Year of the Dog in 2018 and time to join in the fun with some cracking, colourful Chinese New Year cheer.
 
And if you’ve made some Chinese New Year resolutions, why not put travel top of your list, with magical celebrations onboard Ovation of the Seas ®?
 

Attend a new year parade

 
You won’t be alone - one sixth of the world’s population celebrates Chinese New Year, which begins this year on Friday 16th February. Hong Kong’s festivities are some of the biggest and the best, involving a grand New Year parade at Tsim Sha Tsui promenade, New Year horse races, international and local performances, fireworks and more. The parade features music, acrobatics, lion dancers, colourful dragons, floats and marching bands – in short, one fabulous, fun-filled party.
 
 
Have a ball soaking up the atmosphere, exploring markets, restaurants and shops, and snapping the hundreds of colourful red lanterns lighting up the city. There’s plenty of time to enjoy the holiday spirit too, as celebrations can last for up to two weeks, with Chinese and Asian communities all over the world taking part.
 

Visit the flower markets

 
You can join in with the traditional spring and New Year customs too, like visiting flower markets to bring good fortune. There will be flower markets all over Hong Kong during the festivities, such as at Victoria Park, so be sure to pop along and appreciate the show. You may see pots of bright orange calamondin fruit, as this is lucky too, and if the fruits have leaves, then romance may be on the cards!
 
 

For good fortune

 
Other New Year traditions are to wear red, to give gifts of red packets containing money to children, and to visit Hong Kong’s Lam Tsuen wishing trees, where you can write down your hopes for the coming year.
 
 
Visits to temples are also popular at New Year, such as Wong Tai Sin and Che Kung temples in Hong Kong, where you can plant an incense stick at the altar for good luck. And if you are looking for love, then circle a peach blossom tree three times in a clockwise direction to improve your appeal, or once if you want to make an existing relationship sweeter.
 
 
Good fortune comes in edible form too, so be sure to browse the festive markets selling auspicious foods. You’ll often find them in ornate red snack boxes called ‘chuen hap’, with delicious sweets inside, such as candied shredded coconut, lotus seeds, bamboo shoots, kumquat, lotus root, coconut ribbons and winter melon.
 
When you’re done with the festivities, there’s a whole heap of fun to be had both onboard and onshore, and exploring all the amazing attractions that Hong Kong has to offer. The Big Buddha on Lantau Island, the view from the Peak, the Star Ferry, Ngong Ping 360, the Symphony of Lights – have a Happy Hong Kong Chinese New Year everyone!
 

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