Weather: February is overall a mild and dry month. Temperatures dipping below 10 °C (50 °F) are considered very cold in Hong Kong. Though there are light drizzles, rain is rarely heavy. The average low and high temperatures are 14 °C (57 °F) and 19 °C (66 °F). It’s a pleasant month for visiting Hong Kong for thepursuit of outdoor activities. Not surprisingly then, heading for the hills andhiking trails is to be recommended.
Clothing: Generally a shirt and sweater is enough, though you should bring a light coat for if it cools down in the evenings. Bring a light windproof/waterproof to keep warm on the hills.
Experience the Hong Kong Chinese New Year Holidays: Chinese New Year is usually in February. The traditional holiday runs for about two weeks, and could begin as early as January 21. It is the greatest and longest holiday festival in Hong Kong. It is generally a 3-day public holiday.
See the Chinese New Year Parade on the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui, temple fairs, and displays of lanterns in parks.
Visit Hong Kong flower market: One of the local Chinese holiday traditions is to go buy fresh or potted flowers on the eve of the new year to give as gifts and decorate with. For tourists, it is a chance to buy gifts, try the holiday food, buy tourist souvenirs, and experience a local custom firsthand.
Besides the year-round flower markets like that of Flower Market Road in Prince Edward, Kowloon, one of the most popular Chinese New Year Flower Markets is set up just for the occasion in Victoria Park, Causeway Bay. It’s open throughout the day in the week before Chinese New Year and is best visited at night, to experience the amazing atmosphere and the crowds!
How to get to Victoria Park: From MTR Causeway Bay Station Exit E follow the crowds along Great George Street, or turn left at MTR Tin Hau Station Exit A2.
The Lantern Festival marks the end of the Chinese newyear celebrations and the beginning of Spring. Lanterns are lit and hung from trees in public parks, beaches and throughout urban areas. Made from paper they depict mystical or auspicious creatures, including gold fish, pandas, lions,tigers and dragons as well those from the Chinese zodiac.
An extensive exhibition of lanterns takes place at the HK Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui every year. Lanterns are displayed in the grounds of the Centre for a month and on the 15th day of the new year,the Spring lantern carnival is also held at the Centre. It consists of a series of events and performances by different guest groups.
The Chinese New Year celebrations at Hong Kong Disneyland get under way a week or so before Chinese New Year's Day when, Chinese lions,drums, gongs and giving of red envelopes feature amount the festive events.Traditional red and gold ornaments, colors for joy and good fortune decorate every theme area of the park.
All the favorite Disney characters at the theme park will be dressed in full traditional Chinese clothes to mark the event. Special events and shows vary from year to year, depending on which creature of the Chinese zodiac is current. In the year of the Tiger for example, Tigger of Winnie the Pooh fame gets a special role. No prizes for guessing who features strongly in the year of the rat.
Temple Street Night Market is easily accessible, comparatively small, and with a good mix of different kinds of goods that can be bought conveniently along it. To cheer the cool or dreary winter evenings, enjoy snacking and dining on hot Chinese food at the many outdoor restaurants.
Hong Kong seems to be a concrete jungle at times, but country parks cover extensive areas and there are plenty of places within themto get away from everything that reminds you of a city.
The Dragon’s Back is a famous Hong Kong hike just minutes from some of the most densely populated places on earth and was voted by Time Magazine in 2004 as the best urban hike in Asia. It is so named because it rolls up and down like the back ridge of the legendary beast.
Vantage points along the hike offer splendid vistas of fishing villages, secluded bays and uninhabited islands stranded in the turquoise waters of the South China Sea. The trail is suited to beginners aswell as more experienced hikers, requiring a moderate fitness level and takes around 3 hours to complete.
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