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The Chinese New Year International Parade and Performances 2017

  • Celebrated: Jan. 28
  • Location: Hong Kong
symphony of lightsThe Symphony of Lights coincides with the parade.

There is a big International Chinese New Year's Parade in the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui on Saturday, January 28, 2017. 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.

The Parade and Entertainment on New Year’s Day

(Saturday, January 28, 2017)

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.

Program for the Parade

  • Preliminary entertainment: 6:30 to 8 pm along the route.
  • Main event: 8:00 to 9:30 pm.

Route: Starting at the plaza of the Hong Kong Cultural Center near the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui, the procession goes down Canton Road, Haiphong Road, Nathan Road and Salisbury Road. Then the show concludes in front of the Sheraton Hotel.

The entertainment before the parade usually starts at 6:00 or 6:30. Entertainers entertain along the parade route. But the main parade begins at 8. There are paid grandstands, but you can watch for free on Canton Road, Haiphong Road, and Nathan Road along the way.

Symphony of Lights: 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 Avenue of Stars next to the Cultural Center is the best place to see the laser lights and the colorful lights of the buildings.

Floats and Performances

Dozens of performing groups and bands participate every year. In 2011 for example, 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.

In 2016, 13 floats representing 10 including countries and regions were featured. There were also performing groups from countries including Germany, Japan, and the Philippines. Performing groups from Hong Kong participated with dragon dances, choreographic rope skipping and dance routines. It shows that Hong Kong is an international city with influences from all over the world.

Touring and Shopping

Before the parade, you could tour the attractions and shop and dine. Hong Kong's biggest mall, Harbour City, is open along the parade route and so is iSquare that fills a skyscraper by Nathan Road. The Temple Street Market pedestrian street is a place to browse for bargains and snack or have a meal beforehand. Before the parade, you could tour the area's attractions and shop and dine.

Essential Parade Information

Avenue of Stars, HKBruce Lee statue on the Avenue of Stars

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. The prices for seats range from $300 HKD upwards to $500 or more. Tickets go on sale a couple of weeks before New Year, and they might sell out on the first day.

The HK Tourism Office at the Star Ferry in TST that is next to the Hong Kong Cultural Center is a place to buy them. There is a limit of 4 tickets per person.

Transportation: Buses 6 and 7 along Nathan Road are a quick way to get to the parade area in the Tsim Sha Tsui area. The MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station has several exits along or near the parade route.

Spring Festival Travel Information

High Travel Season

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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.

Weather: The weather in January is usually mild and warm or cool and comfortable.

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