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Location: Hong Kong
Date: September 24th
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, expect to see 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 get one day off for a public holiday on Thursday October 5th in 2017, the day after the Mid-Autumn Festival.
The 10th edition of the Asian Contemporary Art Show will be held at the Hong Kong Conrad Hotel. The show will take place on the 40th to 43rd floors of the 5-star Conrad Hong Kong. In this show, over 2,500 unique works will be spread over more than 80 art living spaces. These will include original paintings, limited editions, sculptures and photography from some of the world’s most promising artists.
Dates: September 21st -24th, 2017
Times: Unionpay Private View (by invitation only)
September 21st, 3pm to 5pm
Unionpay Collector's Preview (by invitation only)
September 21st 5pm to 9:30pm
September 22nd, 1:30pm to 5:30pm
September 23rd, 1:30pm to 9:30pm
September 24th, 11am to 6pm
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$220;
Special 2-for-1 tickets are available in advance, HK$240 gets you access on each day with the option to take a friend for free.
Tickets are available from the ticket sales desk in the main lobby of the Conrad Hong Kong and include a complimentary drink. Children under 16 years old who are accompanied by an adult have free admission.
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 many volunteers in 32 connected sections. The locals believe it will ward away whatever plagues you. Why not give it a try!
Date: October 3rd-6th, 2017
Times: October 3rd and 5th, 8:15pm to 10:30pm
October 4th there will also be a performance at Victoria Park from 10:45pm to 11:30pm.
October 6th, 8:15pm to 10pm
Sites: Tai Hang Causeway Bay (best vantage point: Wun Sha Street).
Routes: Tai Hang Village in Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island (Lily Street, Ormsby Street, Tung Lo Wan Road);
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, which leads to the Tai Hang area.
Date: October 3rd (TBC)
Time: 8pm to 11pm
Site: Victoria Park
Transportation: Island Line, Causeway Bay Station, Exit E
Date: October 3rd (TBC)
Time: 7:30pm to 10pm
Sites: Tin Shui Park and Ginza Square
Transportation: West Rail Line, Tin Shui Wai Station
Date: October 4th (TBC)
Time: 7:30pm to 10pm
Site: Tai Po Waterfront Park
Transportation: East Rail Line, Tai Po Market Station
Date: October 3rd to 25th (TBC)
Time: 6:30pm to 11pm (Friday to Sunday)
Site: outside Hong Kong Space Museum
The biggest Mid-Autumn Festival event is the official Hong Kong 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.
The same fire dragon contraption used at the Tai Hang parade is featured at Victoria Park.
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.
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 without artificial ingredients 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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