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Head To Hong Kong For Chinese New Year Weekend! We’ve Got Your Weekend Itinerary Ready

Hong Kong is always a Filipino favorite for quick weekend getaway, but why not fly to this dynamic Asian city this weekend for some fun Chinese New Year celebrations? Here’s a list of what you can do

Just a little over an hour’s flight away, Hong Kong is still perfect for a quick weekend getaway, and with Chinese New Year just around the corner, there’s no better place to celebrate it than there. Known for having one of the best Chinese New Year parades in the world, Hong Kong welcomes the Year of the Rat with a lineup of activities for the weekend.

This year’s festivities, the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Carnival, will be a little different from the colorful parade held annually for almost 25 years. The celebrations, hosted by the Hong Kong Tourism Board and title-sponsored by Cathay Pacific, will run for three days, starting January 25 until January 28 at the Art Park of the West Kowloon Cultural District.

Kick off an auspicious new year with these activities:

Watch local and international performers on stage from day to night

There will be 26 international performing teams, the greatest number in the event’s history. Among them, 22 teams will be performing in Hong Kong for the first time, doubling the number of last year’s event, such as NBC World of Dance and HHI PH Varsity champions UPeepz and VPeepz from the Philippines (top). | HKTB

Top performers from around the world will be performing for the four-day event, starting off with 26 international troupes from Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Africa joining 22 local groups. Award-winning Filipino dance troupes UPeepz and VPeepz from the Philippines, champions of the NBC World of Dance and HHI PH Varsity champions, will showcase their hip hop moves, while India’s V. Unbeatable, who rose to fame in America’s Got Talent, will be showing off their hair-raising flipping acts.

Take photos at the giant installations and decorations

The giant inflatable caterpillar from the storybook The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Chinese New Year is for the young and young at heart! Enjoy the art installations and get your selfie game on with giant Chinese New Year décor. A giant inflatable caterpillar from The Very Hungry Caterpillar picture book by American children’s literature author Eric Carle will also be there. The best part is that your photos will have the amazing Hong Kong skyline as the backdrop!

Savor local delicacies and Hong Kong specialties

The newly added Chinese New Year Market features 15 booths, selling delicacies including Michelin-recommended street eats, like this Korean fishcake skewers in soup from Michelin Guide Hong Kong recommended street joint, Kelly's Cape Bop.

Fifteen booths will be serving flavorful Hong Kong food as well as American, Taiwanese and Korean snacks. Michelin Guide Hong Kong-recommended Kelly’s Cape Bop, a street food joint that serves Korean fishcake skewers in soup will also be there.

Participate in fun kid’s workshops

Fun balloon workshops for kids at the Chinese New Year Market.

Unlike the previous years where the only highlight for kids is the parade, this year’s Chinese New Year fest will have workshops for kids. Balloon twisting and face painting workshops will also be offered to keep the children happily busy.

Make the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Carnival your top to-do in Hong Kong for the new year, and in between, make sure to check out other Hong Kong hot spots that you might’ve missed. For more ideas on what to do in Hong Kong in 2020, check out "10 Cool Things To Check Out In Hong Kong, Despite The On-Going Protests."

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