The Best Chinese New Year Displays To See In Hong Kong, 2021
The Chinese New Year clock is ticking—from poon choi, puddings, qipaos and red packets—preparation for the festive season is well underway. With social distancing restrictions extended beyond the holidays, our celebrations this year are looking to be different to previous years, but that doesn't mean we can't keep the festive spirit alive.
Travel may be on hold, but there's a lot to visit right here in Hong Kong, either enjoy a staycation, go on a day trip to one of Hong Kong's secret islands, visit the traditional villages––or even better, see all the Chinese New Year displays and decorations.
From whimsical lanterns, environmental-friendly decorations to championing traditional craftsmanship, we're listing the best Chinese New Year displays to visit with your family, friends and love ones in 2021.
beautiful: blossom of fortune, ifc mall
ifc mall is ringing in a blissful Chinese New Year with their "beautiful: blossom of fortune" installation focusing on elegant peach blossoms and classy peonies, accompanied by festive red blooms all across the mall to create a festive New Year mood. Floral designer, Ellie Kam helped curate "The Floral Blossoms" display for guests to bask in the joyous festivities. The design is made up of seasonal flowers with auspicious meanings for Chinese New Year including orchid for prosperity, hydrangea for hope and many others.
Other than the installation, shoppers can also get their share of floral-shaped blessing cards carrying four best wishes—health, love, reunion, good fortune—designed by Hong Kong calligrapher, Karen Tong. The mall is also bringing lion dance to you through its lion dance troupe Instagram photo filter for shoppers to kick start the New Year with such energy.
When: Open daily from January 25–February 21 at 10:30 am–10 pm
Where: Podium Level 1, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong
Windmills of Luck, Mira Place
Mira Place is presenting "Windmills of Luck" for its Chinese New Year display, incorporating environmental-friendly materials into a vibrant windmill village as festive decorations. Made up of more than 200 paper windmills, you can visit two installations, "Sea of Romantic Windmills" and "Endless Blessing Windmill Swing", no doubt both for Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year. There will be a six-metre-tall fortune windmill tower for you to take photos around as well.
The installation will be covered in red and magenta, bringing a festive atmosphere while the windmills itself symbolising good fortune, happiness and health.
When: Open daily from January 26–February 25 at 12 pm–9 pm
Where: Mira Place 1, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
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Onwards and Upwards Into the New Year, Pacific Place
This Chinese New Year, Pacific Place is decorating its space with interactive digital games and festive shopping rewards which will all be themed around the new year blessing, 步步高陞 or "may each step take you to greater heights" in order to inspire everyone to look onwards and upwards as we welcome the new year.
At Garden Court, colourful clouds hang over a blossoming garden decorated with meaningful and bright elements such as the traditional moon gate, arches and stepped walls—encourage shoppers to take photos.
When: Open daily from January 28–February 28 at 10 am–10 pm
Where: Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
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Weave Your Dreams at the Garden of Wishes, Landmark
As a time to bring the family together, celebrate traditions and make new wishes for a new prosperous future, Landmark is welcoming you to weave your dreams and its Garden of Wishes. The display is a flourishing bamboo garden presented with a local artisan, Ting For Chun Angus from Yiwooo.co. It brings together a bamboo forest to life, championed by Ting who fuses heritage craftsmanship and nature in his own artwork.
The garden will transport you to an enchanted world to make your wishes. From Ting's meticulous details, you feel like you're in a modern reimagination of a Chinese garden linking traditional craftsmanship and contemporary life.
When: Open daily from January 28–February 27 at 11 am–8 pm
Where: Landmark Atrium, Central, Hong Kong
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Springtime Wishes, Cityplaza
Cityplaza is introducing different installations inspired by famous destinations from around the world to send out blessings to the city and to feed your wanderlust, no doubt hampered by travel restrictions since the past year. You can make wishes at the captivating nine-meter-wide vistas with popular Instagram filters to make your festival truly auspicious. The locations include Taiwan's Sea of Lights, Italy's Trevi Fountain and France's Passerelle des Arts.
Make use of your phone to create a live simulation of you making tour wish or make use of the Instagram filters which you can get at each of the zones just by scanning the QR code. Finally, don't forget to take a photo under the cherry blossom tree because we can't go to famed cherry blossom destinations this year.
When: Open daily from January 28–February 26 from 7 am–12 am
Where: Cityplaza, 18 Tai Koo Shing Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
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Butterflies of Hope: Blessing Lanterns, Lee Tung Avenue
To welcome a new year full of hope and challenges, Lee Tung Avenue, the largest outdoor pedestrian street in Hong Kong will be cheering everyone with its colourful display. Titled, "Butterflies of Hope: Blessing Lanterns", the installation makes use of both Chinese and western aesthetics from red lanterns to colourful butterflies.
Following its AI butterfly light and shadow installation for Christmas, the use of AI is back for Chinese New Year, complete with festive music and lightings. The visual effects is created by Victor Wong, a local visual effects director. The combination of butterflies and lanterns symbolise hope and harmony. Other than the installation, there will be art stones designed by the Frog King and a group of artists writing spring couplets for everyone to bring back home on January 31.
When: Open daily from January 29–May 2. The light and music symphony runs from 6 pm–9:30 pm at random intervals until March 31, 2021
Where: Lee Tung Avenue Atrium, 200 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
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The Fun Journey of the New Year, Mikiki
Mikiki's festive display is a little different, rather than making use of traditional aesthetics, they invited popular Disney and Pixar characters to join their fun journey of the new year which is perfect for kids and those young at heart. The displays feature a romantic pink cutout made of strawberries and popular Toy Story characters such as Buzz Lightyear, Aliens and Little Bo-Peep will also be on display.
There will be six selfie spots that await inside the mall including a five-meter-high Aliens toy capsule vending machine where you can make a wish and take a photo. Besides inside the mall, light displays will also be available for viewing and photo-taking outside with beloved Disney and Pixar characters.
When: Open daily from January 25–March 14 from 11 am–9 pm
Where: G/F Atrium 638 Prince Edward Road East, San Po Kong, Hong Kong
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Luck Spinning with the Golden Bull, PopCorn Mall
Coinciding with the Year of the Ox, PopCorn Mall is presenting its festive display featuring more than 60 bulls dressed up in traditional Chinese costumes. The mall's atrium transforms into a festive place where shoppers can take photos of Chinese New Year-themed decorations including fortune windmills, lanterns, flowers and of course, the bulls.
Be sure to snap a photo with the five-metre-tall golden bull holding a gold ingot, welcoming good luck, fortune and a healthy year.
When: Open daily from January 28–February 28 from 12 pm–10 pm
Where: PopCorn 1, 1/F Atrium, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong
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CNY in the Lee Gardens Area, Lee Gardens
Lee Gardens is rolling out its Chinese New Year displays with "CNY in the Lee Gardens Area" which features a fortune windmill corridor displaying over 1,000 gold and red windmills to help invoke fortune and luck. There will also be eight golden ox statues to wish you a prosperous Year of the Ox. If you want something more romantic, there's an illuminated lantern lane for couples to take photos in.
They are also launching an AR lucky draw game called "CNY Red Packet Lucky Game" where you can win an iPhone and other rewards. Grab the chance to start the new year with a big win!
When: Open daily from February 2–28 at 10 am–10 pm
Where: Hysan Place 1/F Atrium, Hysan Place, Kai Chiu Road and Lee Garden One G/F
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Love Is All Round, Discovery Bay
This installation at Discovery Bay may look more fitted for couples but considering that Valentines Day and Chinese New Year are happening on the same weekend, you can also make a trip here on either holiday. The display features exquisite rosy hot air balloon decorations to commemorate the adventures that lie ahead of your romantic journey.
Then, you can head over to Discovery Bay's famous love locks promenade, illuminated and embellished with floral ornaments.
When: Open daily from January 18–February 16
Where: North Plaza, Lantau Island, 92 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay
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Toy Story Adventure, East Point City and life@KCC
East Point City and life@KCC's Toy Story-themed display is the perfect choice for families and kids. With quarantine, lockdown and online classes, kids may be restless and looking for fun (and safe) things to do and the Toy Story characters displayed on here will surely bring joy to them as they have fun with Woody, Jessie, the Aliens and characters from Monster Inc.
A number of selfie spots will be on display to add some flair to your Instagram feed from a romantic house with Woody and Little Bo-Peep to a strawberry selfie wall with Lotso.
When: Open daily from January 11–March 14 from 10 am–10 pm (East Point City)
Open daily from January 23–March 14 from 1 pm–8 pm (life@KCC)
Where: East Point City, Exhibition Hall, 1/F, near Hang Hau MTR station exit A
life@KCC, 3/F and 4/F garden and green garden, 72 Kwai Cheong Road, Kwai Chung
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Blooming Bliss, Temple Mall
Temple Mall is bringing peach blossoms over to us this Chinese New Year with their "Blooming Bliss" display combining technology and tradition to usher in a prosperous year to come. A 4.6-metre-tall wishing tree will grace the atrium of the mall and shoppers can make their own virtual wishing tag and upload it to the massive screen on display at the canopy.
Next to the wishing tree is a motion-sensing blessing pinwheels, arranged in a floral formation that spin automatically as shoppers pass by, sweeping in all the luck and fortune.
When: Open daily from February 2–28 at 11 am–8 pm
Where: Temple Mall, 136 Ching Tak St, Wong Tai Sin, Hong Kong
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The Sweet Taste of Good Luck, Citygate Outlets
Citygate Outlets taps M&M to celebrate its 80th anniversary and Chinese New Year with "The Sweet Taste of Good Luck" festive display. Six M&M characters will be wearing Chinese New Year costumes, giving out red packets and sharing blessings with everyone.
The characters will be posting with their hands clutched in the classic New Year gesture to say "kung hei fat choi" while some posting alongside a duo lion dance sculpture to ring in the new year. For couples, a "Love" installation will also be located around the wall for you to snap a shot next to.
When: Open daily from January 19–February 19 from 10 am–10 pm
Where: The Atrium, near cdf Beauty (Shop 275) on L2, Citygate Outlets, Tung Chung
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Bountiful New Year, Harbour City
Harbour City welcomes shoppers to see its Chinese New Year decoration under the theme of a bountiful new year. Transforming the staircase of Ocean Terminal's main entrance by displaying hundreds of koi fish as if it's swimming around Harbour City in high spirit to bring affluence and fortune to everyone.
Also along the staircase, dozens of sparkling lotus and fresh flowers together with LED walls on both sides ultimately create a cheerful atmosphere and lively energy to welcome the new year.
When: Open daily from February 1–28 from 10 am–10 pm
Where: The staircase of Ocean Terminal main entrance, Harbour City, 7 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
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Auspicious Koi Garden, MCP Central & MCP Discovery
Bummed out you can't travel to Japan this Chinese New Year? Not a problem because MCP Central & MCP Discovery is bringing Japan over to us. Celebrate New Year the Japanese way—in a golden shrine—a tradition known as "hatsumode" where people visit the shrine on the first day of the new year to pray for good luck, usually after seeing the first sunrise of the year.
Over at this display, a colourful shoal of koi carps come to life via projection mapping to welcome in a wonderous start to the year. You can also snap photos with hundreds of wishing wind chimes and take in the Japanese-inspired scene.
When: Open daily from February 3–28 at 10 am–10 pm
Where: MCP Central & MCP Discovery (MCP Phase 2 & 3), L1, 8 Yan King Road, Tseung Wan O, Hong Kong
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Chinese New Year Cultural Extravaganza, Olympian City
Olympian City is organising the Chinese New Year Cultural Extravaganza to create an enriching and educational experience that also includes festive food and shopping. The display brings to life an old Chinese street and teeming with traditional elements from red lanterns, a footbridge over a lotus pond and a flowering peach blossom tree that also serves as perfect photo backdrops.
In addition to the installations, an exhibition of "hanfu" (traditional clothing) such as the Ming-styled Y-shaped collar top, Daopao from Ming Dynasty and Tang-styled round-collar robe, will also be part of the mall's festive offering. Shoppers can virtually try on the costumes in an AR fitting room. Get the chance to see 20 booths selling festive food, decorations and seasonal flowers at the New Year market.
When: Open daily from January 27–February 28 at 12 pm–9 pm
Where: Central, Atrium, Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, Mong Kok
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Citywalk x Tomica 50th Anniversary Gala, Citywalk
Bring your family in for a ride at Citywalk's Tomica 50th Anniversary Gala with a Chinese New Year twist. The miniature moto cars from Tomica has drawn a cult following from all ages with many flocking to the expo in Japan every year but with travel on hold, this is the next best thing that you can enjoy. The installation will delight all car enthusiasts with the massive diorama, Instagram-worthy displays and a vintage Tomica exhibition.
When: Open daily from January 30–February 28 from 10 am–10 pm
Where: Event hall, Citywalk, Vision City Tower 6, Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
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Disney TSUM TSUM Spring Garden Party, Langham Place
Langham Place kicks off the Year of the Ox with most adorable Disney TSUM TSUM characters who will be dressed as the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. Welcoming you in the floral blossom garden, you can take photos with them under the fortune tangerine tree and dancing lions. An Instagram AR filter featuring the characters is also available on Langham's official Instagram account.
When: Open daily until February 28 from 11 am–11 pm
Where: L4 Atrium, Langham Place, 638 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
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Fortune Walks in 360, Ngong Ping 360
Ngong Ping 360 will turn the leaf with "Fortune Walks in 360" which takes you through six major hotspots around Ngong Ping Village. You can ride the Ngong Ping Cable Car and take in the breathtaking views. If you opt for the Crystal Cabin, you can see a panoramic view of the Po Lin Monastery, Hong Kong International Airport and the South China Sea.
Over at Ngong Ping Village, you'll see a number of Chinese tanggu drums, strewn with eight festive blessings of success, fortune, luck, health, propitiousness, auspiciousness, happiness and peace. To wish for a better and smoother year to come, make a wish at the Bodhi wishing shrine and tree. You can redeem a wishing wooden plaque if you spend HK$150 or more at any of the retailer shops or alternatively, donate HKS10 or more and get a wishing postcard which you can drop off at the wishing mailing box. Finally, don't forget to see the lucky cat—a symbol of fortune and good luck—displayed near a torii gate.
When: Open daily February 2–26
Where: Ngong Ping Village, 111 Ngong Ping Road, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
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Houseful of Joy, Times Square
Times Square teamed up with Hungarian visual artist, Kissmiklos for his debut in Hong Kong, to use his signature emograms as the inspiration for the "Houseful of Joy New Year" project. Featuring an installation of emograms, interactive cheering zone and art exhibition—all to bring joy and smile to you especially during these tough times. As soon as you enter Times Square's atrium, you'll be greeted by eight giant inflatable emograms showing smiles full of positivity for the new year.
On the opposite side, you can spot a two-mere-tall lucky cat installation with three fluffy cats of different sizes, each printed with the character "Fu" designed by Kissmiklos for the installation. And finally, an exhibition gallery is available at the centre of the atrium with six selected 3D emograms on display.
When: Open daily from January 25–February 28 from 10 am–10 pm
Where: Atrium, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
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Blossoming Flowers Blessing of Spring, Hong Kong Gold Coast
For a rosy shade to the Year of the Ox, Gold Coast Piazza set up a giant installation of pink florals and butterflies at the butterfly pink wall. Another backdrop to take Insta-worthy photos in is the "Butterflies Promenade of Bliss", located outside the Gold Coast Hotel outdoor garden. These will add much-needed festive colour for family portraits and romantic photoshoot.
When: Open daily January 25–February 28, 2021
Location: Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel and Gold Coast Piazza Atrium
This article was originally published on January 17, 2020 and was updated on February 3, 2021.