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Chinese New Year Flower Market 2013

Every year there are big markets in many districts in Hong Kong that hold new year flower market.  The biggest one is probably the flower market in Victoria Park in Causeway Bay. The market typically runs a few days before the lunar new year and last until dawn of the first lunar new year day.  The day before the lunar new year is the busiest and most crowded moment for the market.  You may want to avoid that though as a local it is considered the best time to go.  In the market, you will find half of it is occupied by flower kiosks.  Peach blossoms, chrysanthemum, daffodils, orchids and various kinds of flowers are available.  Snacks, toys and various kinds of junk will occupy the rest of the market.  Don't forget to bargain!

A lot of New Year only things are sold like special miniature orange trees for good luck.  These can be quite expensive, but the price drops rapidly towards the end of the new year evening as the sellers know they will not be able to sell them at all the next day.  In the past, any unsold plants will be destroyed because it seems that it's not worthwhile for the kiosk owners to take them back.  In 2009, I heard any unsold plants will be donated to old people's homes and other charity organizations which is much less wasteful, I think.

It is a nice fun day out for the family, but I'm not sure it will mean a lot to visitors.  As a local it is something of a tradition to go along and see what is going on and to get into the festive feel. 

Opening hour: Noon to midnight.

Best time to visit: Lunch hour or 6p.m. - 9p.m.

In 2013, CNY falls on 9 Feb and the new year flower market starts on 4 Feb all over Hong Kong. and ends on early hours of 10 Feb which is the first day of Chinese New Year. 

In 2012, as Chinese new year is on 23 Jan, the market will start around 17 Jan till 23 Jan early morning.  Here is a list of lunar new year fair venues.

In 2011, the Victoria Park Flower Market starts on 28 Jan 2011 and ends on 3 Feb new day early morning.

In 2010, the Victoria Park Flower Market opens from 8 - 13 Feb 2010. 
Opening hours:
8 - 11 Feb: 10:00a.m.- 1a.m. next day
12 Feb: 10:00a.m. - 4a.m. next day
13 Feb (new year eve): 9:00a.m. - new year day morning

Here are some pictures of the flower market in Victoria Park:


'quat' - brings luck and prosperity
 
Orchid wasn't a traditional new year plant
though you often see them in new year fair
in recent years.

peach blossom brings both prosperity
and good luck to people who are
looking for a date/partner.
 

 
   

 

Other Chinese New Year Activities

 

More Flower Related Activities

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