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Location: Hong Kong
Date: September 24th, 2018
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, you can watch the fire dragon and lion dances, enjoy festival food and drinks, find festival related sales, and encounter crowds of shoppers and tourists on holiday.
In China, many people get a three-day holiday. Mainlanders descend on Hong Kong in their droves during their holiday.
The hard-working Hong Kongese have a day off for a public holiday on Tuesday, September 25th in 2018, the day after the Mid-Autumn Festival.
The 13th edition of the Asian Contemporary Art Show is at the Hong Kong Conrad Hotel. The show takes place on the 40th to 43rd floors of the 5-star Conrad Hong Kong. In this show, over 2,000 unique works are presented in 85 art living spaces. These include original paintings, limited editions, sculptures and photography from some of the world’s most promising artists.
In 2018, Akira Ishiguro, Fang Chih Wei, and Shazia Imran are notable artists who are presenting presenting.
Dates: September 28th – October 1st, 2018
Unionpay Private Viewing (by Invitation only)
Friday, September 28th, 3pm to 5pm
Unionpay VIP Collectors Preview (by Invitation only)
Friday, September 28th, 5pm to 9pm
Saturday, September 29th, 1pm to 8pm
Sunday, September 30th, 1pm to 8pm
Monday, October 1st, 11am to 6pm
Venue Address: Conrad Hong Kong — Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong 香港金鐘道88號太古廣場 – 香港港麗酒店
Transportation: Tsuen Wan Line/Island Line, Admiralty, Exit C
Admission: 3-day multiple entries pass, HK$270. Special 2-for-1 tickets are available in advance: HK$270 gets you access on each day with the option to take a friend for free.
Tickets are available from hkticketing.com and include a complimentary drink.
This annual fire dragon parade started mysteriously in 1880. Join the rest of Hong Kong and be delighted by 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 about 300 volunteers in 32 connected sections. The locals say it will ward away whatever plagues you.
Date: October 23rd-25th, 2018
Time: About 8:15–10:30pm, 23–24 September; About 8:15–10pm, 25 September
Venue: Tai Hang, Causeway Bay (Best vantage point: Wun Sha Street)
Note: On 24 September, at about 10:45–11:30pm, the performance will also be held at Victoria Park.
Transportation: Island Line, Tin Hau Station, Exit A1. Cross King's Road and turn right. Walk straight to the second junction on the left to enter Tung Lo Wan Road that leads to the Tai Hang area.
2017 Date: October 6th
Time: 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Sites: Tsing Yi Park
Transportation: Tung Chung Line, Tsing Yi Station
2017 Date: October 5th
Time: 7:30pm to 10pm
Site: Shatin Park
Transportation: East Rail Line, Shatin Station
The biggest Mid-Autumn Festival event is the official Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival (also called Urban 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.
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.
Date: September 24, 2018
Time: 7:30pm to 11pm
Site: Victoria Park
Transportation: Island Line, Causeway Bay Station, Exit E
Traditionally, Mooncakes and fruit baskets are given as gifts during this celebration season. They go on sale before the festival, which makes them easy to find as you explore Hong Kong. You'll also find them being sold at every festival site.
Mooncakes are usually sweet, small, round, and dense cakes that have nuts or seeds and plenty of sugar. Some cakes may have fruit or bean paste fillings with elaborate decorations on top.
The quality varies a lot depending on value. Try to buy ones that are freshly made with natural ingredients and without artificial ingredients and synthetic preservatives from responsible vendors.
Chrysanthemum tea is a popular 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 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 used as a background in many films. It was selected as one of the best places to propose 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 magnificent view of Victoria Harbour. It is a dining place at dinner time and changes to a bar afterward.
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