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Location: Hong Kong
Date: September 15th to 17th
Major events: Asian Contemporary Art Show, lantern carnivals and the Fire Dragon Dance
The Mid-Autumn Festival is the second biggest traditional Chinese holiday season after the Chinese New Year. In Hong Kong, expect to see the fire dragon and lion dances, enjoy festival food and drinks, find festival related sales, and encounter crowds of shoppers and tourists on holiday.
To catch the festival, tourists can plan their trip to Hong Kong so that they arrive during the Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival.
In China, many people get a three-day holiday or even longer, and the hardworking Hong Kongese get one day off for a public holiday on Monday 28th, the day after the Mid-Autumn Festival. Mainlanders descend on Hong Kong during their holiday.
Dates: September 15th -18th, 2016
Times: VIP Collectors Preview (by invitation only)
September 15th, 5pm to 9pm
September 16th, 1pm to 9pm;
September 17th, 1pm to 8pm;
September 18th, 11am to 6pm
Transportation: Tsuen Wan Line/Island Line, Admiralty, Exit C
Admission: 3-day multiple entries pass, HK$220;
Special 2-for-1 tickets, HK$220 and take a friend for free
The 9th edition of the Asian Contemporary Art Show will be held on the 40th to 43th floors of the 5-star Conrad Hong Kong from September 15th to 18th. In this show, over 2,500 unique works will be spread over more than 80 art living spaces. These will include original paintings, limited editions, sculptures and photography from some of the world’s most promising artists.
Tickets are available from the ticket sales desk in the main lobby of the Conrad Hong Kong and include a complimentary drink. Children under 16 years old who are accompanied by an adult have free admission.
Date: September 15th-16th, 2016
Times: September 14th and 15th, 8:15pm to 10:30pm;
September 16th, 8:15pm to 10pm
Sites: Tung Lo Wan Road, Lin Ka Fung Temple, and the surrounding streets
Routes: Tai Hang Village in Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island (Lily Street, Ormsby Street, Tung Lo Wan Road);
On September 15th, the route of the Tai Hang Fir Dragon Dance is extended to soccer pitches 4 and 5 in Victoria Park from 10:45pm to 11:30pm to allow visitors to enjoy both the dance and the Lantern Carnival as well as other Mid-Autumn Festival celebratory activities in the park.
Transportation: Island Line, Tin Hau Station, Exit A1
This annual fire dragon parade started mysteriously in 1880. It is an intangible Hong Kong heritage and tradition. Tangibly, you'll smell the astringent vapors of fireworks and sparklers, and your ears will tingle and maybe ring from the clanging symbols and cracking fireworks during the parade.
People line the streets to watch the free public spectacle as a long fire dragon, which is about 70 meters (230 feet) long and is held up on poles by many volunteers undulates along in 32 connected sections. May it ward away whatever plagues you.
It is said that in 1880, a mysterious plague started to spread through the village of Tai Hang on Hong Kong Island after a snake was killed one stormy night. In response, villagers did a dragon dance, and they mysteriously succeeded in ending the plague in this way.
Date: September 15th
Time: 8pm to 11pm
Site: Victoria Park
Transportation: Island Line, Causeway Bay Station, Exit E
Date: September 16th
Time: 7:30pm to 10pm
Sites: Tin Shui Park and Ginza Square
Transportation: West Rail Line, Tin Shui Wai Station
Date: September 17th
Time: 7:30pm to 10pm
Site: Tai Po Waterfront Park
Transportation: East Rail Line, Tai Po Market Station
Date: September 2th to 25th
Time: 6:30pm to 11pm (Friday to Sunday)
Site: outside Hong Kong Space Museum
The biggest Mid-Autumn Festival event is the official Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival at Victoria Park. There is a huge expertly designed lantern display, a big fire dragon dance, kungfu demonstrations, folk music, and craft display.
The same fire dragon contraption used at the Tai Hang parade is featured at Victoria Park.
One old tradition of this full moon harvest festival is to light and hang lanterns. The grandest of all lantern displays is at Victoria Park where city crowds bask in their ambient glow.
The grand display is chosen during an annual lantern competition. The 2011 display made it into Guinness World Records as the largest sculpture made of lanterns.
Mooncakes and fruit baskets are given as gifts and are delicious if the quality is high. They go on sale before the festival. You'll find them at the festival sites.
The mooncakes are usually sweet, small, round, and dense cakes that have nuts or seeds and sugar. Avant-garde designer cakes may have fruit or bean paste fillings and are colorful.
The quality varies a lot though. Try to buy ones that are freshly made without artificial ingredients.
Chrysanthemum tea is the popular traditional festival drink. The tea made from the petals of the flower is surprisingly delicious with some sugar. It is also a popular herbal remedy to ward off colds and cure coughs when the weather changes and grows wet and cold in the fall.
Fengjing Restaurant: It is the highest restaurant in Hong Kong. It is a Western restaurant located on Victoria Peak and has been use as a background in many films. It was selected as one of the best places to propose marriage due to its romantic atmosphere.
Felix Restaurant at the Peninsula Hotel: The restaurant is housed on the 28th floor of the hotel and has a view of Victoria Harbour. It is a dining place at dinner time and changes to a bar afterwards.
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