The Chinese New Year celebrations in Hong Kong are truly a sight to behold and rival anything found elsewhere in the world.
From January 20th to February 1st the coming year of the Ox will be the cause for much merry-making in Hong Kong, as the annual festivities reach fever pitch.
The tradition night parade on January 26th will begin at the Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon before winding its way through the city streets and finishing at the new World Centre.
Enormous time, effort and – of course, this being Hong Kong – money is put into the floats and costumes on the parade, which promises to be bigger and better than ever in 2009.
Elsewhere during the festival, visitors on Hong Kong tours can enjoy the fiesta, which allows the public to get a closer look at the parade attractions, beautiful flower markets and an incredible firework display over Victoria harbour on January 27th, which will light up the night sky in an eruption of colour and noise.
Hong Kong – Part mystical Chinese city, part 21st Century metropolis Hong Kong combines temples and skyscrapers.