There is a big International Chinese New Year's Parade in the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui on February 8, 2016. It is meant to be an international festival for the whole world with international performers from many countries and international telecasts. It is a parade and entertainment extravaganza that is a big part of the annual Chinese New Year celebrations in Hong Kong.
Holiday Kickoff: The Tsim Sha Tsui streets hop to the beating music, and the crowds enjoy the parade.
Large crowds line the streets and make way for the parade near Victoria Harbor. The parade will go by some Hong Kong highlights such as the Avenue of Stars, Kowloon Park, and the Golden Mile of Nathan Road.
Dozens of floats proceed down the streets with dozens of performing groups and bands. They are accompanied by groups of dancers, jugglers, marching bands, children, drummers, skaters and bikers of various nationalities. Hong Kong is an international city with influences from around the world.
The entertainment for the parade actually starts at 6:30. Before the parade, many entertainers will entertain along the parade route. But the main parade and entertainment begins at 8. The parade starts at the plaza of the Hong Kong Cultural Center near the Avenue of Stars, but you can watch it at any place along the way.
The parade begins in conjunction with the start of the nightly Symphony of Lights that holds a world record for such an urban light display. The laser lights and the colorful lights of the buildings kick off the show. Spectators can watch from spectator stands on the plaza. Bright lights and good sound systems help add to the entertainment.
Previous years: In 2011, the parade featured 1,111 lions and dragons. In 2014, there were 35 or so floats of companies and associations from around the world, and they were preceded by groups of performers and entertainers of many nationalities.
Route: Starting from the Hong Kong Cultural Center on Salisbury Road (next to the Avenue of Stars), the parade proceeds down Canton Road, turns right on Haiphong Road, and then turns right again on historic Nathan Road to Salisbury Road. Then it goes past the Space Museum back to the Hong Kong Cultural Center.
Stands: Special spectator stands will ensure that you get a clear view and a more comfortable spot to sit. They will be set up outside the Hong Kong Cultural Center. Last year, the prices for a seat ranged from HK$480 to $300 per person. They sell out the tickets quickly usually long before the show.
Touring and shopping: Before the parade, you could tour the area's attractions and shop and dine. Hong Kong's biggest mall, Harbour City, is open along the parade route. iSquare Mall that fills a skyscraper by Nathan Road. The Temple Street Market pedestrian street is a place to get bargains and snacks or eat a meal beforehand.
The Spring Festival is the period of heaviest travel in China. The busiest travel days extend from a few days before the Chinese New Year until about 8 days afterwards. Expect higher prices and crowds.
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