After the extravagant Chinese New Year celebrations in February, the next big festivity for your family to get together and catch up is the Mid-Autumn Festival. If you’ve already gone the extra mile and booked a nice place for the party, but still need to fill the schedule with fun activities for your overseas relatives, read on for a list of adventurous Mid-Autumn Festival spots we have picked out that guarantee a fun time under the moon.
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Augmented Reality Moon
The Hong Kong Cultural Centre Plazza in Tsim Sha Tsui has planned an elaborate augmented reality show featuring a modern installation, “Magic Behind the Moon”, that will project the moon with special lighting effects whilst vaporisers create mist over pools.
Date: 30 August to 22 September 2019
Time: 6:30pm – 11:00pm (extend to midnight on 13 September)
Getting there (15 minutes by MTR): Hong Kong Cultural Centre, L5, Auditoria Building, 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
From Hotel Stage, walk 2 minutes to Jordan MTR station. Take the Tsuen Wan Line towards the Central direction and get off after one station when you reach Tsim Sha Tsui station. Exit from exit L6 and walk for one-minute into the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
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Fire Dragon Dance
In the 19th century, the people of Tai Hang stopped a plague with a fire dragon dance. Since then, this cultural dance has become a tradition and an important feature of Mid-Autumn Festival in the local neighbourhood.
Date: 12-14 September 2019
Time: Around 8:15pm to 10:30pm, 12-13 September
Around 8:15pm to 10:00pm, 14 September
Getting there (40 minutes by MTR): Wun Sha Street, Tai Hang, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
From Hotel Stage, walk 2 minutes to Jordan MTR station. Take the Tsuen Wan Line towards the Central direction and transit when you reach Admiralty Station. Take the Island Line towards Chai Wan and get off at Tin Hau station after 3 stops. From Tin Hau Station, take exit A1. Cross King’s Road and turn right. Walk straight to the second junction on the left to enter Tung Lo Wan Road, which leads to the Tai Hang area.
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Under the Moon at Morse Park
Morse Park is the largest park in the Kowloon district. With over 15 hectares of open space, the park offers an roofless opera theatre, a Tai Chi park, a pool, a rollerblade park, and plenty of space for Mid-Autumn Festival lanterns and moon watching.
Getting there (30 minutes by MTR): Fung Mo St, Wang Tau Hom, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon
From Hotel Stage, walk 2 minutes to Jordan MTR station. Take the Tsuen Wan Line towards Tsuen Wan. Transit at Mong Kok station and embark on the Kwun Tong Line towards Tiu Keng Leng. After 4 stops, get off at Lok Fu station and take exit A. Walk for about 10 minutes towards Morse Park.
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Victoria Park Lantern Displays
Lanterns are a huge tradition in Chinese culture, especially during Mid-Autumn Festival because the celebration revolves around the moon and celebrating with family and friends. As an annual custom, Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island hosts a month-long lantern display event that lights up the city and keeps kids happy.
Date: 11-15 September 2019
Time: Carnival Night – 8:00pm to 11:00pm, 13 September 2019
Youth Night – 7:30pm to 9:30pm, 12 September 2019
Hong Kong Intangible Cultural Heritage – Exhibition on Traditional Craftsmanship of Lantern Making: 11-15 September 2019
Getting there (30 minutes by MTR): 1 Hing Fat Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
From Hotel Stage, walk 2 minutes to Jordan MTR station. Take the Tsuen Wan Line towards the Central direction and transit when you reach Admiralty Station. Take the Island Line towards Chai Wan and get off at Tin Hau station. Exit through exit A2 and walk for 2 minutes to enter Victoria Park.