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Sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Administration, Hong Kong Winter Festival is held to attract overseas visitors and locals alike each Christmas, during which time colorful lights decorate the streets, prices are reduced considerably in the supermarkets, snacks are provided abundantly and the New Year countdown activities are held.
The Winter Festival is filled with stunning beauty, twinkling lights, old world traditions and the sound of carolers, culminating in a fantastic display of fireworks over the city which is reflected in Victoria Harbor. Hong Kong Winter Festival varies in themes from one venue to another, and the highlights mainly include making wishes, the New Year Countdown and visiting the major attractions of Hong Kong.
The huge man-made dandelion, designed by American artist Robert James Buchholz, is displayed in Statue Square. It is 15 meters (49 feet) tall with 18 large seeds, symbolizing visitors spreading seeds that are full of hope and happiness to Hong Kong. According to Robert James Buchholz, the design concept came from a legend, and your dream can come true if you make a wish to the dandelion.
The New Year Countdown activity is the climax of the Hong Kong Winter Festival. People crowd onto both banks of Victoria Harbor during the festival, and it becomes an ideal venue to have a party. Under the night sky, thousands of visitors and locals count down for the New Year and open their arms to celebrate the coming year of 2015.
The major venues for Hong Kong Winter Festival in 2014 include Hong Kong Disneyland, Hong Kong Ocean Park, Madame Tussauds Wax Figure Gallery, Hong Kong Wetland Park, Ngong Ping 360 and Sky 100 Hong Kong Observation Deck.
As Christmas draws near, Hong Kong Disneyland is filled with a festive atmosphere, which becomes an ideal venue for spending time with families and friends. For visitors who prefer adventures, playing in the Toy Story Playland, Grizzly Bear Valley and the Perplexed Finca are great ways to explore more of the wonders of Hong Kong Disneyland.
During this joyous festival for all, Madame Tussauds Wax Figure Gallery is decorated resplendently and magnificently, where visitors can take photos with wax figures of celebrities from all over the world under the shining Christmas tree.
In the winter of 2014, Hong Kong Ocean Park will be adorned like an ocean, during which the Santa Claus from the ocean will surprise visitors with presents. In addition, the top-level stunt show is available in Hong Kong Ocean Park during the festival.
It's an ideal venue for visitors to spend the festival in the gorgeously decorated Ngong Ping 360, where lovers can also take a cable car to embrace the beauty of nature.
As a matter of fact, Hong Kong provides more attractions than you can imagine, and it is highly recommended to visit the following during a stay in Hong Kong: the Avenue of Stars, Repulse Bay, Wong Tai Sin Temple, Happy Valley Racecourse and Lantau Island.