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Location: Hong Kong
Mid-Autumn Festival: September 13th, 2019
Public holiday: September 14th, 2019
Major events: the Fire Dragon Dance, lantern displays
The Mid-Autumn Festival is the second biggest traditional Chinese holiday after Chinese New Year. In Hong Kong, you can watch the fire dragon and lion dances, enjoy festival food and drinks and lantern displays, find festival related sales, and encounter crowds of shoppers and tourists on holiday.
In China, many people get a three-day holiday (Sep. 13–15). Mainlanders descend on Hong Kong in droves during their holiday.
Public holiday: The hard-working Hong Kongese have a day off for a public holiday on Saturday, September 14th in 2019. It is the day after the Mid-Autumn Festival.
This annual fire dragon parade started mysteriously in 1880. It is the biggest of the several Fire Dragon Dances in Hong Kong for the Mid-Autumn Festival, and it is in the popular tourist area of Causeway Bay.
People line the streets to watch the free public spectacle as the long fire dragon is carried aloft by about 300 volunteers. It is about 70 meters (230 feet) long and is composed of 32 connected sections.
Date: September 12–14, 2019
Time: About 8:15–10:30pm each night
Venue: Tai Hang, Causeway Bay (Best vantage point: Wun Sha Street)
Note: On 13 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.
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 13, 2019
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, though in Hong Kong Mid-Autumn is actually drier than summer and usually pleasantly warm.
For more about Mid-Autumn Festival foods in Mainland China, see Mid-Autumn Festival Food (7 Popular Dishes).
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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