Hong Kong Festivals and Events
Hong Kong Travel Information
Almost nowhere else in the world do so many different events – festivals, conventions, exhibitions, performances and competitions – take place at once. Hong Kong is simply a hive of non-stop activity, night and day.
You will never be at a loss for something interesting to see or do! Our calendar gives you a sneak preview of just some of the major happenings throughout the year; see for yourself.
All Festivals and Events in Hong Kong
The merrymaking continues with Hong Kong's popular dragon boat festival (Tuen Ng). The festival commemorates the death of Qu Yuan, who drowned himself in protest against corrupt rule more than 2,000 years ago. Nowadays, dragon boat racing has become the main attraction related to the festival. Each boat is decked out with a carved and vividly painted wooden dragon head and tail. On the boat sits a huge drum – the heartbeat of the dragon – used to synchronize the strokes of the paddlers. Teams of about 20 crew per boat train rigorously for months in advance of a race.
Modern dragon boat racing is the fastest growing team water sport and visitors gather in Hong Kong from across the globe to watch or participate in these exhilarating contests of skill and strength. Read More...
Hong Kong Sevens is by far the biggest sporting event in the calendar and a weekend of rowdy celebrations that brings visitors from all corners of the globe. More beer is drunk over Rugby Sevens weekend than in any other weekend in Hong Kong, which should tell its own story.
Here you will find everything you need to know about the 2016 Hong Kong Rugby Sevens tournament: where to watch the action, where to party, the best hotels to book and how to get around. Dress up in costumes, sing and chant with new found friends, drink until you can’t see straight…and maybe even watch some international rugby games. Read More...
- Address: Hong Kong Stadium, 55 Eastern Hospital Road So Kon Po, Hong Kong
Postal address: Hong Kong Rugby Football Union Room 2001 Olympic House 1 Stadium Path So Kon Po Causeway Bay Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2504 8311
Symphony of Lights
"A Symphony of Lights" has been awarded the world's "Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show" by Guinness World Records. This nightly spectacle combines interactive lights on 33 key buildings with musical effects to showcase the glamorous night vista of Victoria Harbour.
- Opening Hours: At 20:00 nightly
- Location: On both sides of Victoria Harbour
- Price Range: A Symphony of Lights is for free public enjoyment. No admission ticket is required.
- How to get there:
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade along Avenue of Stars to Hong Kong Cultural Centre: MTR Tsim Sha Tsui East Station, Exit J. Follow the signs and walk for around five minutes.
Golden Bauhinia Square: MTR Wah Chai Station, Exit A5. Follow the signs, take the skybridge to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and head to the Golden Bauhinia Square.
The Birthday of Tin Hau
On April 20, Hong Kong celebrates the birthday of Tin Hau, the goddess of the sea – one of the region's most revered deities. Boats are decorated with showy banners giving thanks to the goddess for her protection.
Fervent prayers are made that the guardian of seafarers might continue to bestow her blessings of good weather, safe sailing, and full fishing nets. It is a great time to indulge in Hong Kong's abundance of fresh seafood.
During this historical festival, local people, especially fishermen, visit the numerous community temples devoted to the goddess bearing giant-sized offerings of paper flowers known as fa pau.
A colourful celebration featuring traditional rituals is held in Sai Kung, while in Yuen Long, in the New Territories, the kaleidoscopic parade of floats, lion dances, Chinese opera performances, boy scout troupes, cheerleaders and martial arts students attracts hordes of spectators.