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Hong Kong lanterns illuminate the city

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As one of the best free events in Hong Kong, the Spring Lantern Festival promises to illuminate locals and visitors on Hong Kong tours on the first full moon of the Chinese New Year.

On the fifteenth day of the first lunar month, a number of parks and outdoor spaces around the territory see beautiful paper lanterns hung and lit to commemorate the stunning fresh moonlight cast over the year for the first time, concluding the annual celebrations.

The lanterns can take many forms, from the simple and elegant classic designs to more modern depictions of dragons and other animals, meaning there is bound to be something to please every eye at this grand city-wide event.

Based on traditional calculations regarding the position of the lunar months, the date of the event differs each year but visitors in Hong Kong throughout the Chinese New Year should prepare themselves for a festival of subtle and lasting beauty.

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Hong Kong marathon to take in the city’s historic sights

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Early in 2009 the Hong Kong marathon will once again see some of the world’s top runners and a large number of eager amateurs make their way around some of the spectacular sights of this top destination.

Visitors on Hong Kong tours will join the many thousands who line the route, which begins on Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui on the Kowloon Peninsula and ends up in Victoria Park on Hong Kong Island.

While the main race kicks off at 08:00 there are number of other events which will see a very early start for competitors, such as the Half Marathon Challenge which begins at 06:50 and the 10km Challenge, which starts at the highly unsociable hour of 05:15.

The event began in 1997, when the course took runners from Sheung Shiu in Hong Kong to Shenzhen in China, crossing the border as a symbol marking the return of the territory’s sovereignty to China after 99 years in British hands.

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Chinese New Year celebrations in Hong Kong

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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.

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Hong Kong races to see plenty of action

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One of the premier highlights on the worldwide horseracing calendar will return to Hong Kong this month, which is due to be televised to audiences all around the world.

On December 14th Sha Tin Racecourse will host the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races, the latest instalment in the proud history of this classic event.

This meeting is one of the biggest and richest of its kind anywhere in the world and over the years has acted as a beacon for the sport in Asia, playing an important part in its growing popularity among spectators and visitors on Hong Kong tours alike.

Last year, crowd favourite Frankie Dettori rode to victory on Ramonti in the HKD$20 million Hong Kong Cup – the top race at the event – and celebrated the win with his trademark leap out of the horses’ saddle.

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HK has a flutter on god’s birthday

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The whole of Hong Kong will come together to celebrate a rather unusual event on January 27th next year.

Festivities will be held across the city to celebrate the birthday of Che Kung, who gamblers believe will give them good luck in their speculative activities.

Che Kung was an army general during the Sung dynasty who, in the years following his death, came to be seen as a god among the Taoist people of the region after his bravery in defeating a potentially deadly plague.

The temple dedicated to his memory is located near the Sha Tin Racecourse, one of the most important in Asia, which leads some to believe he will grant them good luck when placing a bet.

On Che Kung’s birthday, many people gather at his temple to pay their respects, often in the hope of receiving good luck the next time they have a flutter on the horses.

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Former British colony celebrates its ancient Chinese customs

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Chinese New Year is one of the biggest and boldest celebrations to be found anywhere in the world and the festivities in Hong Kong are up there with the very best.

For the millions of people who take part in the occasion the main draw might be the parade of incredible, brightly-coloured floats, costumes and the all-important dragon dancers which work their way through the bustling streets on the first night of the new year, 26th January.

A recently-expanded route takes the parade through the Tsim Sha Tsui East area of Kong Kong, giving even more revellers the chance to take in the incredible spectacle, set against the backdrop of an illuminated Victoria Harbour.

Elsewhere in the territory, there are extravagant flower markets and a stunning spring lantern festival, which features elaborate paper constructions that are lit from within so as to emanate a beautiful coloured glow.

According to traditional Chinese astrology, 2009 will be the year of the Ox, which has connotations of dependability, logic and tenacity.

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