The 2020 Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Markets, or called Lunar New Year Flower Fair, is one of the biggest events among all the Chinese New Year celebrations in Kong Kong. It usually starts one week before the 1st day of the Chinese Lunar Calendar and kick off the festive Chinese New Year season and festivities.

In 2020 the Chinese New Year starts from the 25th of January 2020. Thus, this year’s Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Markets will be from the 19th to 25th of January 2020. If you happened to be in Hong Kong during the weeks, you should not miss the chance to visit one of 15 Chinese New Year Flower Markets.

In case you are interested in other 2020 Hong Kong Chinese New Year celebrations as well as what else Hongkongners do, you can check the following article:

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Similar to Christmas markets in Germany, Austria or Swiss, the Chinese New Year Flower Markets in Hong Kong opens up the holiday season and brings the festive spirit with their colorful and aromatic displays of flowers.

As a typical local tradition, the whole family will visit the flower market together to pick and buy some auspicious flowers and plants for good luck for the upcoming New Year.

Although it is called “flower market”, there are much more than just flowers. Besides all the auspicious flowers, there are also many traditional food stalls, Chinese New Year gifts and souvenirs (this year will be related to Rat), even some funny political stalls.

Update:
Due to the current situation in Hong Kong, there are some changes of the traditional CNY flower market this year. In 2020, the CNY Flower Markets have restricted to only flower and food stalls (no other gifts and souvenirs) due to safety consideration.

No matter what, visiting one of the Hong Kong Flower Market is still a great way to dive into local customs and try some authentic local delicacies. Are you ready to pick your lucky bloom for 2020?

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Similar to the Western world preparing a Christmas tree in Christmas, buying a pot or a bunch of specific and meaningful flower/plant is very important before Chinese New Year in Hong Kong. Most of the flowers and plants are believed to bring good luck, wealth and prosperity.

No matter large or small, everyone would love to put some pots of “Lucky Plants” for good Feng Shui. If you pay close attention, you will notice that almost every shopping mall, restaurant and shop are beautiful decorated with these kind of plants.

Golden Orange Tree on Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Market

Golden mandarin tree

Each year, there will be hundreds of flower stalls on the Chinese New Year Flower Markets. You will encounter people carrying flowers or plants on the street or in the metro station. Why not stroll through the colorful markets, join the locals and search for the perfect bloom?

Flowers on Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Markets

One of the flower stalls on Chinese New Year Flower Markets

Peach blossom on Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Market

Peach blossom stall

Nipplefruit on on Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Market

Nipplefruit stall

Orchid on Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Market

Moth orchid stall

narcissus on Chinese New Year Flower Markets

Narcissus stall

Flowers on Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Market

Other flower stall

Narcissus, peach blossoms, orchids, lucky bamboo etc are the very popular flowers on the Chinese New Year Flower Markets. However, there are also flowers like chrysanthemum, daisy, gladiolus, lavender, lily, mouton peony, tulip, azalea and many more.

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Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Market - Moth Orchid

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Most popular CNY flowers in Hong Kong, due to its splendid color, easy taking care and long flowering time. It has a beautiful local name : butterfly orchid.
Meaning: Blessing and good luck

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Markets - Nipplefruit

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Unlike the English name, the Cantonese name of nipplefruit is “five generations together”.
Meaning: Bless family safety from generation to generation

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Markets - Winter Jasmine

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The golden oranges on the tree is like many gold or ingots hanging. Also the pronunciation of orange in Cantonese is similar to “Good luck”.
Meaning: Good luck, rich, aupicious

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Markets - Lucky Bamboo

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Lucky bamboo is not only available during Chinese New Year, it is also a common decoration throughout the year. Its Cantonese name is “rich bamboo”.
Meaning: Family joy, good luck, promotion in career

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Markets - Peach Flower

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Peach blossom represent good luck in romance. The pronunciation of “peach” is similar to “Ambition” in Cantonese.
Meaning: Good relationship, great ambition, booming business

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Markets - Pussy Willow

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Pussy willow’s Cantonese pronunciation is “ngan lau”, which is close to “Silver House”.
Meaning: Have prosperity and have a house

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Markets - Narcissus

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If narcissus can blossom on the 1st day of CNY, it is considered as great luck. Locals love to buy the ones before blossom from the flower market.
Meaning: Auspicious, full of infinite happiness

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Markets - Winter Jasmine

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Winter Jasmine has a cute Cantonese name : Strings of gold. The name already indicates its auspicious meaning.
Meaning: Prosperity, fortune and good luck

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Besides rows of flower stalls, there are also plenty of stalls displaying, selling and promoting food, toys, Chinese New Year decorations, household items. If you visit the flower market in Victoria Park, at the end of the park, there is always a row of stalls representing different political parties. They sometimes will make fun of Hong Kong’s politicians.

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Market (Victoria Park)

The largest Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Market in Victoria Park

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Among all the souvenir stalls, you will find from time to time some stalls with Hong Kong traditional bakery and snacks. Some of the food is hard to find in Hong Kong nowadays. It’s a great opportunity for locals to memorize the childhood memory. You can try it right away or pack some home.

Food Stalls on Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Market

Stall with roasted squid and sugar-coated haws

Food Stalls on Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Market

Hong Kong rice cake / mochi with peanut powder

Food Stalls on Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Market

Traditional bakery options

Food Stalls on Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Market

Traditional desserts

Each Chinese New Year Flower Market also provides fresh cooked food and snacks. You don’t need to worry about hunger if you stay long inside. Usually you will find the local street food, like stinky tofu, curry fish balls, faux shark’s fin soup etc as well as pizza, chicken skewer and many more.

The following stalls are not available for 2020 CNY Flower Markets. However, you may wanna get to know how it should be from the previous years.

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Every year, you will always find the traditional hand-made wind chime stall.

Wind Chime on Chinese New Year Flower Market

Wind Chime on Chinese New Year Flower Markets – The faster it turns, the better luck it brings you

There are also many stalls selling goodies related with Chinese New Year. Lots of high school and university students design some unique souvenirs and try to sell on the flower market. Last year, there were a lot of pig elements throughout Chinese New Year Flower Market.

Souvenir Stalls with pigs on 2019 Chinese New Year Flower Market

Year of the Pig goodies (2019)

Souvenir Stalls with pigs on 2019 Chinese New Year Flower Market

Year of the Pig goodies (2019)

Souvenir Stalls with pigs on 2019 Chinese New Year Flower Market

Cute butcher stand (2019)

Souvenir Stalls on Chinese New Year Flower Markets

Year of the Dog goodies (2018)

Souvenir Stalls on Chinese New Year Flower Markets

Special designed dog cushions (2018)

Souvenir Stalls on Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Markets

Students selling dog goodies on the market (2018)

Souvenir Stalls on Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Markets

Traditional lion crafts

Souvenir Stalls on Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Markets

Church gives out free gifts

Souvenir Stalls on Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Market

Stall for free Chinese calligraphy posters

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You will always find a row of stalls on the end of Victoria Park, representing the local political parties. Every year, they will also create some souvenirs related with Chinese New Year, as well as making fun of the local politicians.

Political Stalls on Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Markets

Political stalls

Political Stalls on Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Markets

Political stalls

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There will be 15 Chinese New Year Flower Markets in Hong Kong this year. 6 are on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and Outlying Island, while the rest 9 are in New Territories.

The biggest and most popular Flower Markets are located in:
Victoria Park (Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island) and Fa Hui Park (Sham Shui Po, Kowloon).

In case you cannot make to the above two flower markets, you can check out the other options. Usually the others are smaller and are off the beaten tourist tracks. Some are located close to major sightseeing or shopping attractions and can easily be incorporated in a normal tour itinerary. Just check out which one is closer to your hotel or staying location.

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    Morse Park (Wong Tai Sin)
    Kwun Tong Recreation Ground (Kwun Tong)
    Cheung Sha Wan Playground (Sham Shui Po)

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    Tat Tung Road Garden (Tung Chung)

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    Kwai Chung Sports Ground (Kwai Tsing)
    Man Yee Playground (Sai Kung)
    Po Hong Park (Tseung Kwan O)
    Sha Tsui Road Playground (Tsuen Wan)
    Shek Wu Hui Playground (North District)
    Tin Hau Temple Fung Shui Square (Tai Po)
    Tin Hau Temple Plaza (Tuen Mun)
    Tung Tau Industrial Area Playground (Yuen Long)
    Yuen Wo Playground (Sha Tin)

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All the venues of Chinese New Year Flower Markets usually open from 10:00am till late at night (such as 1:00am) depending which market or which day you visit.

Please note that on Chinese New Year Eve and Chinese New Year some flower markets might open earlier and/or have extended hours (some even till 4:00am).

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The admission to the Lunar New Year Flower Markets is Free of Charge. However, there will be charge on food, drink as well as souvenirs if you wish to purchase or try.

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  • “Be prepared for a massive crowd of people no matter which time slot you choose. The best time to visit Chinese New Year Flower Markets is either in the early morning hours or early afternoon/evening hours (4:00 – 6:00pm). If you want to mingle with the crowds and would like to grasp the romantic Lunar New Year Flower Markets at night then you might want to visit around 6:00pm – 9:00pm.”

  • “Some Flower Markets (such as the one in Causeway Bay) will extend opening hour on the Chinese New Year Eve (Feb 4) till 4:00am. Lots of items will have great discounts on that day.”

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Date:  January 19th till 25th, 2020
Time:  10:00am – midnight (19th – 24th Jan) / midnight – 6:00am (25th Jan)
Venue:  15 different venues (check address)
Ticket: Free Admission

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