CHINESE NEW YEAR 2014 (The Year of the Horse) 

Detailed below is information which visitors may find useful in relation to events, tourist attractions, public transport, shopping, museums, public libraries, leisure venues and postal services during the Chinese New Year period.


DETAILS OF CHINESE NEW YEAR 2015 WILL BE POSTED HERE NEARER TO THE TIME



The grand finale of the Chinese New Year Night Parade 2014 was the HKTB float “New Year Party @ World City”, a bejewelled carnival train, symbolising the beginning of a vibrant and joyous journey in Hong Kong. Image: Hong Kong Tourism Board



The Hong Kong “king” and “queen” of clowns, both champions in the World Clown Competition, were joined by local professional clowns to entertain spectators along the 2014 parade route. Image: Hong Kong Tourism Board

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENTS DETAILED BELOW RELATE TO CHINESE NEW YEAR 2013 BUT HAVE BEEN RETAINED TO GIVE A VISITORS AN INSIGHT INTO THE TYPE OF EVENTS, SPECIAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS, OPENING HOURS ETC DURING A TYPICAL CHINESE NEW YEAR

Chinese New Year Celebrations in Hong Kong for the Year of the Snake run from 4th to 23rd February 2013. Special events include;

LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR (FLOWER MARKETS) of which the largest and most popular are at Victoria Park, Causeway Bay and Fa Hui Park, Mongkok. About half the stalls at these fairs sell colourful flowers and plants, whilst other stalls sell decorations, foods and gadgets. The fairs operate from 4th to 9th February from noon to midnight each day and until about 5am on Lunar New Year's Day, 10th February. Admission is free. Shops at the year-round Mong Kok flower market, a popular tourist attraction at Prince Edward Road West and Flower Market Road open 24 hours a day on the two days immediately before Lunar New Year's Day.

CATHAY PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL CHINESE NEW YEAR NIGHT PARADE on Chinese New Year's Day, 10th February, the highlight of Lunar New Year's celebrations, takes place through the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui, starting at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza at 8pm and passing Star Ferry Pier Bus Terminus then travelling along Canton Road, Haiphong Road, Nathan Road and Salisbury Road before finishing at Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers at 9-30pm. The Night Parade, first held in 1996, is sponsored by Cathay Pacific for the 15th consecutive year. The parade features thirteen elaborately decorated themed floats with colourful lighting, twelve international performing groups from Australia, Bolivia, China, Estonia, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Poland, Russia, Spain, UK and USA, eleven local performing groups, and nine street performing groups with thousands of musicians in marching bands, cheerleaders, costumed characters, traditional cultural performances, dances and dragon and lion dancers. Prior to the parade, starting from 6-30pm, spectators along the route will be entertained a line-up of performers, including jugglers, dancers, cosplayers and a marching band. 

In order to allow more spectators to view the parade there are no spectator stands along the route, other than at Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, where the parade starts. Sound and lighting effects along the route are being enhanced for this year's parade.

There will be three performance zones along the parade route, on Canton Road outside Harbour City near Gateway Hong Kong Hotel, on Haiphong Road outside Kowloon Park and on Nathan Road on either side of its junction with Peking Road near Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station and Chungking Mansions.

Viewing along the parade route is free and the parade is expected to be watched by about 80,000 spectators. Paid seating is available in spectator stands at Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza. *Approximately 2,700 seats are available in the spectator stands. Tickets, priced at HK$300, HK$350 and HK$400, are on sale on a first-come, first-served basis (maximum 4 tickets per person) from Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Centre at Star Ferry Pier Concourse, Tsim Sha Tsui from 8am on Saturday 2nd February 2013. HKTB Visitor Centre is open from 8am to 8pm daily. However, it should be noted that tickets usually sell out on the first day of ticket sales.

*UPDATE 3rd February - TICKETS FOR NIGHT PARADE ARE SOLD OUT.

Spectator stands open for ticket holders at 7pm. 

2013 parade follows the same route as the 2012 parade (2012 parade route map above). However, in addition to performance zones on Canton Road and Nathan Road (marked by the red shaded areas on the map), there is a further performance zone located on Haiphong Road outside Kowloon Park

From 11th February to 23rd February, some of the floats from the parade will be put on display at the Lam Tsuen Wishing Square, near Tai Po to allow the public an opportunity to see the floats close-up and on 11th and 12th February a number of the international performing groups from the parade will perform at Lam Tsuen Wishing Square and at four shopping malls, Elements (West Kowloon), Maritime Square (Tsing Yi), PopCorn (Tsueng Kwan O) and Telford Plaza (Kowloon Bay).


HONG KONG WELL-WISHING FESTIVAL 2013 takes place during 10th to 23rd February at Lam Tsuen near Tai Po in the New Territories. This is the location of the famous Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees where visitors can make a wish and enjoy the festivities. The festival will include;

Hong Kong Cultural Village at Lam Tsuen Wishing Square, open 10th to 23rd February 2013, 9am to 7pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 10pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Admission is free. The village will feature a Hakka Tulou, a large round earth building typical of the rural dwellings of Hakka people in the mountainous areas in southeastern Fujian, China. There will also be a Wishing Culture Exhibition Centre, Traditional Hakka Culture Showcase, Flea Market, selling local snacks and seafood including traditional Hakka food, and on Valentine's Day (February 14th), a Hakka Wedding Ceremony Parade.

Landmark Wishing Windmill, opposite Tin Hau Temple at Lam Tsuen Wishing Square, open 10th to 23rd February 2013, 9am to 7pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 10pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Free admission. The landmark windmill will be set up in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the highest windmill in the world. There will be a number of smaller windmills for visitors to spin and make wishes.

Poon Choi Feast (traditional Hakka basin meal), 10th to 24th February, 11am to 1pm, 1pm to 3pm, 3pm to 5pm and 5pm to 7pm at the Soccer Playground, Lam Tsuen Wishing Square. Price HK$1280 per table for ten people 10th to 13th February, HK$1080 per table of ten people 14th to 24th February. Booking deadline - 23rd January 2013.

Meizhou Performance and Poon Choi Feast to Celebrate the Chinese New Year, 23rd February, 5pm - 9pm, at the Soccer Playground, Lam Tsuen Wishing Square, features Poon Choi Feast and traditional cultural dance by a performing group from Meizhou in Mainland China and local singers. Price HK$1280 for a table of ten people. Booking deadline - 23rd January 2013.

Other events of the Hong Kong Well-Wishing Festival 2013 include Throwing Joss Paper onto Wishing Tree, 9am to 7pm, 10th to 23rd February, Lantern Lighting Ceremony for Newborns, noon and 3-30pm, 10th to 23rd February, Well Wishing Water Lantern, 9am to 7pm, 10th to 23rd February and Early Morning Flea Market, 9am to 5pm, 10th to 23rd February. From 11th February until 23rd February, some of the floats from the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade will be on display at Lam Tsuen Wishing Square and on 11th and 12th February some of the international performing groups from the night parade will perform at the Wishing Square.

Hong Kong Well-wishing Festival 2013 website;

http://www.hkwellwishingfestival.com/


2013 LUNAR NEW YEAR FIREWORKS DISPLAY on the second day of Chinese New Year, 11th February 2013 in the Western calendar, will take place at 8pm on Victoria Harbour between Wan Chai and Tsim Sha Tsui. The spectacular event is expected to be watched by about 300,000 spectators, during which about 23,888 fireworks will be discharged to a height of up to 75-metres from three barges moored on the harbour near Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre in a display lasting for 23 minutes and six seconds, and featuring eight scenes. Highlights of the display include the number 8 and "Gold Yuan Bo" in the first scene, "Brilliant Future", adding festive fun to the celebration. The third scene, "Kung Hey Fat Choy", features a fireworks display in purple, red and green, plus golden fireworks moving from left to right and from right to left above Victoria Harbour to symbolise a golden snake. The sixth scene, "Loving Brings Bliss", will have an array of heart-shaped and dove-shaped fireworks as symbols of love and peace. The fireworks display will reach its climax in the last scene, "Fireworks Shining above Hong Kong", with fast and rhythmic firing of shells in gorgeous colours for 30 seconds to wish Hong Kong all the best best for the coming year. A laser display projected on to the facade of Hong Kong Cultural Centre will commence 30 minutes before the fireworks display, featuring various scenes including South Korean rapper Psy with his hit horse-riding song Gangnam Style, Katy Perry's Firework and images including snakes, dolphins and pigeons, and will continue throughout the fireworks display.

Suitable viewing points are Tsim Sha Tsui, Hung Hom Bypass, Central District, Wan Chai, Mid-Levels and Causeway Bay. Spectators can tune to Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) Radio Four (FM 97.6 - 98.9) for synchronised music during the display.

The event is co-sponsored by Hong Kong Chinese Importers' and Exporters' Association and Hong Kong Hainan Commercial Association.



The sixth scene: "Loving Brings Bliss"

 

Scene from 2013 fireworks display


CHINESE NEW YEAR RACE DAY - On 12th February, the third day of Chinese New Year racing fans can try and get the new year off to a prosperous start amidst the frenetic atmosphere of Chinese New Year Race Day at Shatin Racecourse, where an attendance of about 100,000 is expected. Admission is from 10-30am, with racing from 12-30pm to 6pm. Bona-fide tourists can obtain a Tourist Badge for HK$100 allowing entry to the Hong Kong Jockey Club Members' Enclosure. Entertainment includes a spectacular opening variety show in the parade ring with performances by popular local TV stars, a Fortune Tips Forum with a fung shui master and lion and dragon dance performances. A "Fortune Horse pen" will be given free to all spectators on entry to the racecourse.


SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS - On 9th and 10th February, the nightly light and sound show "A Symphony of Light" will take place as usual at 8pm. However there will be no background music or narration in the area outside Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Hong Kong Museum of Art in view of rehearsals for the Chinese New Year Night Parade taking place on 9th February and the parade itself on 10th February. Background music and narration will continue to be broadcast at the Avenue of Stars and in the area around Golden Bauhinia Square at Wan Chai. On 11th February, "A Symphony of Light" will take place as usual at 8pm whilst the Lunar New Year Fireworks Display, which also commences at 8pm, takes place but there will be no Symphony of Light background music or narration. There will, however, be live background music related to the fireworks display.

 
WEST KOWLOON BAMBOO THEATRE - running from 30th January 2013 until 16th February. The traditional bamboo theatre, familiar from the 1950's and 60's is being constructed on Austin Road West at the site of the future West Kowloon Cultural Centre. The theatre, is being built using 10,000 bamboo canes and will seat 800 people. In addition to Cantonese Opera, there are contemporary music and dance performances, a fair and exhibition. Tickets for opera performances are priced at HK150 and for dance performances HK$100. For full details see;

http://www.bambootheatre.wkcda.hk/en/index/


HONG KONG DISNEYLAND - Hong Kong Disneyland's Chinese New Year Celebrations include seasonal gifts, festive menus at its dining establishments and special Chinese New Year room decoration packages at its hotels.


Hong Kong Disneyland's opening hours during Chinese New Year are 10am to 8pm on 9th & 10th February, 10am to 9pm on 11th February and 9am to 9pm on 12th & 13th February.

Update - On 12th February 2013, a new daily attendance record was set at Hong Kong Disneyland when 48,000 visitors visited the park.


OCEAN PARK - During the Chinese New Period, Ocean Park is open from 10am to 7pm on 9th February and from 9-30am to 9pm on 10th, 11th, 12th & 13th February 2013. The park's Lucky Lunar Fiesta includes Hong Kong's tallest spinning lantern at 12-metres performances by Taiwan’s award-winning Chio-Tian Folk Drums and Arts Group. The park's food and beverage outlets will offer some special Lunar New Year themed cuisines. 


Update - Ocean Park suspended ticket sales for part of the day on 11th & 12th February, as the attendance inside the park had neared its 36,600 capacity.


NGONG PING 360 has a "360 Year of the Snake Pass" promotion from 12th January 2013 until 24th February 2013 which includes unlimited rides in a Standard Cabin for a year and has additional benefits of fast lane ticket purchase, the option to upgrade to Crystal Cabin and special discounts at Ngong Ping 360 souvenir shops and some other outlets at Ngong Ping Village.
 
There will be 15-minute "Bold Lion Dance" performances at Ngong Ping Village at 12-30pm, 2-30pm & 3-30pm each day from 10th to 17th February.

During the Chinese New Year period 9th to 13th February 2013, Ngong Ping 360 is open from 9am to 6-30pm each day.


LUNAR NEW YEAR CUP 2013 - Hong Kong Football Association's popular Lunar New Year tournament, dating back to the 1950's takes place at Happy Valley Stadium on Sunday 10th February and Wednesday 13th February 2013. There are four competing teams, Shanghai East Asia (China), Muangthong United (Thailand), Busan IPARK (Korea) and a Hong Kong League Eleven. After finishing top of the First Division last season, Shanghai East Asia will play in the Chinese Super League this year, while Busan finished seventh in the K-league. Tickets are priced at HK$180 and HK$130. For full details see; 


SKY100 - from 18th January 2013 until 24th February 2013 sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck features a "Sky-high Good Fortune Windmill", "Sky-high Good Fortune Drum" and special promotions and privileges including lucky red packets, gifts and a 2 for 1 admission offer for Hong Kong residents born in the Year of the Snake. For details see; 


Other tourist attractions including Peak Tower, Peak Tram, Ocean Park and temples remain open and may operate extended hours. Public parks and gardens remain open. At Wong Tai Sin Temple where large crowds of worshippers are expected a queuing and one-way "tidal flow" system will be implemented for much of the holiday period.



VISITOR SERVICES

On 10th and 11th February 2013, the operating hours of the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) Visitor Hotline (852) 2508 1234 will be extended from 6pm to 9pm (services during the extended operating hours are available in Cantonese, English and Putonghua only).

During the Chinese New Year holiday, the following HKTB Visitor Centres will continue to operate normal hours;

Buffer Halls A and B, Arrivals Level, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport – 8am to 9pm daily

Lo Wu Arrival Hall, 2/F, Lo Wu Terminal Building – 8am to 4pm daily

Star Ferry Concourse, Tsim Sha Tsui – 8am to 8pm daily

The Peak Piazza – 9am to 9pm daily



PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS

Public transport generally (MTR, buses, trams, ferries) operates to public holiday timetables, providing a greater frequency of service than on normal weekdays on many routes although as few services are suspended or frequencies reduced. Extensive road closures and traffic diversions will take place on 10th and 11th February 2013, affecting public transport on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon for the Chinese New Year Night Parade and Lunar New Year Fireworks Display. Special traffic and transport arrangements also apply in the vicinity of Mongkok and Victoria Park flower markets, Wong Tai Sin Temple and Che Kung Temple at Sha Tin, and at Lam Tsuen (wishing trees), near Tai Po, where large crowds are expected.

All MTR lines (except Airport Express, Disneyland Resort Line) and certain Light Rail routes will operate overnight on Lunar New Year’s Eve (9th February) to enable people to attend the flower markets. As weekends prior to Chinese New Year (CNY) are usually very busy for shopping and pre-CNY gatherings, MTR will operate an additional 756 train journeys on four consecutive weekends beginning Saturday 19th January 2013 and also on 8th February, the Friday before Lunar New Year. Extra services will be added on the Island Line on Saturdays to enable a train frequency of 3 to 3.5 minutes to be maintained for most of the day. On Sundays, Kwun Tong Line, Tsuen Wan Line and Island Line services will be enhanced to operate at 3 to 4 minute intervals. Trains will also run more frequently on the Friday immediately prior to the Lunar New Year. For the traditional CNY fireworks display on the second night of the Lunar New Year (11th February 2013), MTR service on the Kwun Tong Line, Tsuen Wan Line, Island Line, Tseung Kwan O Line, Tung Chung Line and West Rail Line will be strengthened. Passengers are advised to use Octopus cards when travelling on the MTR during the CNY holidays. Single Journey Ticket users are advised to purchase two tickets at their originating station, keeping one ticket for their return journey to avoid long queues.

Other traffic/transport arrangements;

Lunar New Year Fairs at Victoria Park (Causeway Bay), Cheung Sha Wan (Cheung Sha Wan Playground), Fa Hui Park (Mong Kok), Hong Ning Road Recreation Ground (Kwun Tong), Morse Park (Wong Tai Sin), Sha Tsui Playground (Tsuen Wan) and Tung Tau Industrial Area Playground (Yuen Long) - 4th to 10th February, see;

http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201302/03/P201302010528.htm


Mongkok Flower Market - 5th to 10th February, see;

http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201302/01/P201302010422.htm


Lam Tsuen - 10th to 24th February, see;

http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201302/08/P201302080267.htm


Che Kung Festival, Sha Tin (Che Kung Temple) - 11th to 13th February, see;

http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201302/08/P201302080263.htm


Chinese New Year Night Parade - Kowloon (Tsim Sha Tsui) - 10th February. See;

http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201302/07/P201302070350.htm


Lunar New Year Fireworks Display - Kowloon (Tsim Sha Tsui) and Hong Kong Island (Central & Wanchai) - 11th February See;

http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201302/07/P201302070339.htm

http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201302/07/P201302070253.htm

Local bus operators traditionally decorate one or two buses in festive livery to celebrate Chinese New Year. Above is one of KMB's "Year of the Snake" buses


CROSS-BOUNDARY PASSENGER TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS

An estimated 8.18 million passengers will pass through Hong Kong's sea, land and air control points during the upcoming Lunar New Year festive period (8th to 17th February). An increase of about 11% over the corresponding holiday period last year is expected. Among these passengers, 74%, or around 6.03 million passengers, will pass through land boundary control points during this period. The number of outbound passengers using land boundary control points will reach its peak on 8th February with around 327,000 passengers departing Hong Kong, while the inbound traffic will be at its heaviest on 13th February with around 381,000 people arriving in Hong Kong on that day.

Lo Wu Control Point will be the busiest. During the festive period, it is estimated that there will be 2.76 million passengers, with a daily average of 276,000 passengers, travelling via Lo Wu Control Point. The passenger traffic at the Lok Ma Chau, Lok Ma Chau Spur Line and Shenzhen Bay control points will also be heavy, with daily average forecasts of 86,000, 122,000 and 94,000 passengers respectively.

To cope with the anticipated heavy traffic during the festive period, the Immigration Department has redeployed more than 100 staff to reinforce various control points, minimised leave for front-line officers and will operate extra clearance counters and kiosks. Additional security guards have been deployed to provide crowd management support.

The Immigration Department, the Police, the Customs and Excise Department and the MTR Corporation Limited will set up a joint command centre at Lo Wu Control Point to closely monitor passenger traffic conditions and make necessary arrangements. The Immigration Department has also established communication with the Mainland frontier inspection authorities to ensure smooth passenger traffic flow.

As traffic at control points is expected to be heavy, to avoid congestion and a longer waiting time for immigration clearance than usual, the Immigration Department advises all cross-boundary passengers to plan in advance and avoid making their journeys during busy periods, and to follow radio and TV broadcasts on traffic conditions at various control points. The expected busy times at land boundary control points are available on the website of the Immigration Department at www.immd.gov.hk. In addition, information on public transport services to and from various control points is available on the Transport Department website at www.td.gov.hk. The Immigration Department will upload daily passenger statistics for the above festive periods on its website for public reference.

Cross-boundary passengers are reminded to bring along their identity cards and valid travel documents when they travel to the Mainland. Hong Kong residents should check the validity of their Home Visit Permits, in particular residents under the age of 18 whose Home Visit Permits are valid for three years from the date of issue. Non-permanent Hong Kong residents should bring along their valid smart identity card as well as their Document of Identity for Visa Purposes or other valid travel document.

Those in the process of having their identity cards replaced who are holding an acknowledgement receipt, or children under 11 years old who hold Hong Kong identity cards, should carry a valid travel document or Re-entry Permit for travel.

There are 400 e-Channels installed at various control points. Re-enrolment is required for enrolled passengers who have received a new identity card to continue using the Express e-Channel. Frequent Visitor e-Channels are installed at various control points for enrolled frequent visitors. Re-enrolment is required for Mainland visitors who have renewed their Exit-entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macao or exit endorsement before continuing to use the e-Channel service.

Hong Kong residents who require assistance while travelling outside Hong Kong may call the Immigration Department's 24-hour hotline at (852) 1868.


TEMPLES

Large numbers of worshippers are expected at temples throughout the territory during the Lunar New Year Period. At two of the busiest temples, Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple and Che Kung Temple special crowd control and traffic measures will be implemented. Details of opening hours at popular tourist temples are;

SIK SIK YUEN WONG TAI SIN TEMPLE (except the Tai Shui Yuenchen Hall) is open from 7am on Chinese New Year's Eve, 9th February 2013 until 5-30pm when it will close until 9pm. When it reopens at 9pm it will remain open throughout the night and close at 6-30pm on Chinese New Year's Day, 10th February. On 11th, 12th & 13th February, the temple opening hours will be 7am to 6-30pm.

The Tai Shui Yuenchen Hall at Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple is closed on 9th & 10th February but will open from 8am to 5pm on 12th & 13th February.

Special crowd management measures will be put in place as necessary from 7pm on 9th February to 7pm the following day, and daily between 7am and 7pm from 11th February to 18th February as well as from 23rd February to 25th February. For full details see;

http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201302/07/P201302070438.htm

CHE KUNG TEMPLE will open from 7am on 9th February, until to 6pm, when it will close until 11pm. The temple will reopen at 11pm and remain open until 6pm on 10th February. On 11th February the temple will open at 7am until 6pm and reopen from 11pm through to 6pm on 12th February. On 13th February, opening hours are 7am to 5-30pm.

MAN MO TEMPLE on Hollywood Road will open at 7am on Chinese New Year's Eve, 9th February and remain open until 7pm on 10th February. On 11th, 12th & 13th February, the temple will open from 7am to 6pm.




SHOPPING

Shopping malls, department stores and major store remain open throughout the period. Some malls, including Times Square, will operate extended shopping hours on the first two days of Chinese New Year and all major shopping malls have festive decorations. Many small local shops close on Chinese New Year's Day and some close on the following two days. Convenience stores and supermarkets remain open as usual. Street markets including Ladies Market and Temple Street Night Market are closed on the first day of Chinese New Year.

 

Chinese New Year Display at IFC Mall, Central


MUSEUMS

All the following museums and venues, operated by the Hong Kong Government's Leisure and Cultural Services Department, will close at 5pm on Chinese New Year's Eve, 9th February 2013 and will be closed on the first two days of Chinese New Year, 10th & 11th February 2013;

Hong Kong Museum of Art
Hong Kong Museum of History
Hong Kong Heritage Museum
Hong Kong Science Museum
Hong Kong Space Museum
Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum
Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence
Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware
Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum
Law Uk Folk Museum
Hong Kong Railway Museum
Sam Tung Uk Museum
Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery
Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre
Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery cum Heritage Trail Visitors Centre
Hong Kong Film Archive
Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre



PUBLIC LIBRARIES

All public libraries will close at 5pm on Lunar New Year's Eve (February 9th), with the exception of North Lamma Public Library, which will close at 4-30pm, and South Lamma Public Library, which is always closed on Saturdays.

All public libraries will be closed during the Lunar New Year public holidays from February 10th to 12th. Apart from South Lamma Public Library which is closed on Wednesdays, the opening hours of public libraries on February 13th will be the same as those for public holidays. 



POSTAL SERVICES

All post offices will be closed from February 10th to 13th, with the exception of the General Post Office at Connaught Place, Central and Airport Post Office, which will open on February 11th to 13th. The business hours of these two post offices will be from 9am to 5pm and 8am to 5pm respectively.

On February 10th, the first day of the Chinese New Year, one mail collection will be made for the posting boxes of the General Post Office, International Mail Centre Post Office, Kowloon Central Post Office and Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office. On February 11th and 12th, one mail collection will be made for the posting boxes of the General Post Office and Airport Post Office. On February 13th, one mail collection will be arranged for street posting boxes in accordance with the public holiday arrangements advertised on the boxes.



PUBLIC PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS

All Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) parks and playgrounds will remain open during the Lunar New Year holiday period (February 10th to 13th). Leisure Link Internet and telephone reservation services will also operate as usual throughout the holidays.



GOVERNMENT RECREATION AND SPORTS FACILITIES

Sports centres, various fee-charging land-based facilities, swimming pools and water sports centres will be closed during the first three days of the Lunar New Year, 10th February 2013 to 12th February 2013 except that on 12th February 2013 some sports centres, turf pitches, squash courts, tennis courts, the archery range at Ngau Chi Wan Park and indoor bowling greens at Island East Sports Centre, as well as Tuen Mun Recreation and Sports Centre, will reopen. For details of those facilities open on 12th February 2013 see;

http://gia.info.gov.hk/general/201301/28/P201301280314_0314_106374.pdf

Services at gazetted beaches will be suspended. Stadia and all sports grounds will be closed unless advance bookings have been made.

Holiday camps will be closed during the first three days of the Lunar New Year and lodging will not be provided on Lunar New Year's Eve, 9th February 2013.

Leisure Link booking counters at venues will not operate when the venues are closed. For venues scheduled to reopen on the third day of the Lunar New Year, their Leisure Link booking counters will also resume operation from the same day.