Hong Kong Mid Autumn Festival Events 2012

Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival held at Victoria Park (hkdigit-20100920-181623)

Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival! The ancient Chinese harvest festival is given a modern treatment here in Asia’s world city, where glowing lanterns merge with the city’s trademark neon, fiery dragons dance through the busy streets and a full moon shines down on a festive metropolis.

Update:

This year’s Mid-Autumn Festival will fall on 30 September, 2012. The Hong Kong Observatory announced that if the weather permits, a bright and clear moon will be observable from open space in all districts.

Moonrise is at 6.07pm that day, with moonset at 6.59am. The moon will be at its highest at 12.31am.

2012 Lee Kum Kee Lantern Wonderland (hkdigit-20120926-185220)

Lee Kum Kee Lantern Wonderland – Golden Moon

Last year, Hong Kong erected the world’s largest structure made from lanterns — a giant pulsating fish. In 2012, the Lee Kum Kee Lantern Wonderland once again serves as the heart of the celebrations, this time with another award-winning lantern structure, which brings to life the passion of a Chinese myth in a dynamic and innovative visual rendering. This centrepiece attraction will be located in Victoria Park, which will have even more enchanting Mid-Autumn features this year, including a Mid-Autumn market, a wishing corridor, lantern displays and other traditional performances.

Date: 27 September – 2 October 2012
Time:6:30pm – 11pm (extended to midnight on 30 September and 1 October 2012)
Address: Soccer Pitch No.1 at Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island (Location Map)
Admission: Free
How to get there : MTR Causeway Bay Station Exit E, then walk along Great George Street to the park; or MTR Tin Hau Station Exit A2, turn left at exit.

Cultural Performances

From music to martial arts, Hong Kong’s talented youth and other performers will be keeping the crowds entertained. Check out what’s on here.

Date: 28-29 September 2012
Time: 8pm-10pm
Address: Soccer Pitch at Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
Enquiries: +852 2508 1234
Admission: Free
How to get there

  • MTR Causeway Bay Station, Exit E. Walk along Great George Street until you reach the park.
  • MTR Tin Hau Station, Exit A2. Turn left at the exit and continue ahead until you reach the park.

Lantern Corridor

The walk from Lantern Wonderland to the other side of Victoria Park is illuminated by Chinese lantern displays, providing an ambient glow and some nice photo ops.

Mid-Autumn Market

Immerse yourself in the real festival atmosphere with a visit to the Mid-Autumn Market, where you can browse a selection of tasty festive treats, pick up a souvenir or even create a unique one in one of the workshops. See which companies will have stalls there.

Date: 27 September ~ 2 October 2012
Time: 6:30pm-11pm (extended to midnight on 30 September and 1 October 2012)
Address: Soccer Pitch at Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
Admission: Free
How to get there

  • MTR Causeway Bay Station, Exit E. Walk along Great George Street until you reach the park.
  • MTR Tin Hau Station, Exit A2. Turn left at the exit and continue ahead until you reach the park.

Fire Dragon Dance (hkdigit-20061005-213901)

Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance

When the people of Tai Hang village miraculously stopped a plague with a fire dragon dance in the 19th century, they inadvertently launched a tradition that has since become part of China’s official intangible cultural heritage. The village has since been replaced by a city, but the ceremony lives on.

3 days, hundreds of performers, tens of thousands of sticks of incense and a 67-metre dragon that wends its way through the crowded streets in a spectacle of fire and fury. Traditional, timeless yet vibrant — this is Hong Kong like you always dreamed it would be.

Date: 29 September – 1 October 2012
Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Venue: Tai Hang, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island (Location Map)
Tel: +852 2577 2649
Website: http://www.hkdigit.net/2006/07/tai-hang-fire-dragon-dance/
Remarks: You can also catch the Fire Dragon Dance at Victoria Park from 10:45pm to 11:30pm on 30 September.
How to get there : MTR Tin Hau Station Exit A1, cross King’s Road and turn right. Walk straight to the junction of Causeway Road and Tung Lo Wan Road on the left to enter Tung Lo Wan Road which leads to the Tai Hang area.

Other Lanterns and More

The whole of Hong Kong will be celebrating this traditional holiday with moon cakes, glowing lanterns and of course moon-gazing. Across the city, you will find community celebrations in the form of lantern carnivals, exhibitions, traditional performances and other festivities.

 

Lantern Carnivals & Exhibitions

Victoria Park Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival 2012 (hkdigit-20120927-190714)

  • Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival 2012
    Date: 30 September 2012 (Lantern Installations#: 27 September – 2 October)
    Time: 8pm – 11pm
    Venue: Victoria Park Soccer Pitch, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island (Location Map)
    #Lantern lighting time: 6:30pm – 11pm, 27-29 September and 2 October; 6:30pm – midnight, 30 September and 1 October
    How to get there : MTR Causeway Bay Station, Exit E. Walk along Great George Street until you reach the park. MTR Tin Hau Station, Exit A2. Turn left at the exit and continue ahead until you reach the park.

Bronze Chariot No. 2 Lantern (hkdigit-20120919-190137)

  • The Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty – Mid Autumn Thematic Lantern Exhibitions
    Date: 13 September – 21 October 2012
    Time: 6:30pm – 11pm
    Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon (Location Map)
    How to get there : East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit L6 or J; Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit E. You can also take the Star Ferry from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui and walk to the centre.
  • New Territories West Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival 2012
    Date: 28 September 2012 (Lantern Installations*: 27 September -2 October)
    Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm
    Venue: Man Tung Road Park, Tung Chung, Lantau Island (Location Map)
    *Lantern lighting time: 6:30pm – 11pm, 27-29 September and 1-2 October; 6:30pm – midnight, 30 September
    How to get there : MTR Tung Chung Station, Exit B. Enter Citygate Outlets and walk to the Hotel Novotel Hong Kong Citygate via access at 2/F. Exit via the hotel on the ground floor and walk along Man Tung Road until you reach the park.
  • New Territories East Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival 2012
    Date: 29 September 2012 (Lantern Installations*: 27 September -2 October)
    Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm
    Venue: Tai Po Waterfront Park, Tai Po, New Territories (Location Map)
    *Lantern lighting time: 6:30pm – 11pm, 27-29 September and 1-2 October; 6:30pm – midnight, 30 September
    How to get there : MTR Tai Po Market Station, Exit A1. Then take bus 71K to Fu Shin Estate.

Deer Lantern at Wong Tai Sin (hkdigit-20061004-203427)

Mid-Autumn Lantern Design Competition Entries Exhibition 2012
Date: 27 September – 6 October 2012
Time: 10am – 7pm
Venue: Exhibition Hall, 1F, Low Block, Hong Kong City Hall, Central, Hong Kong Island  (Location Map)
How to get there : MTR Central Station, Exit J; or Hong Kong Station, Exit A. Then walk for about 5 minutes.

Moonlight Cruises

Get ready to be bewitched on a moon-gazing cruise in Hong Kong’s iconic harbour. Head out on the two main days of the festival (29 – 30 September) to catch the lunar orb at its best. You’ll also see the spectacular Symphony of Lights and Hong Kong’s breathtaking skyline, which is always at its best.

  • Shining Star Ferry
    A double-decker ferry with open-deck seating and an air-conditioned cabin on the upper deck.
    Price: HK$160 per adult; HK$144 per child (aged 3 – 12), senior citizens (aged 65 or above) and people with disabilities
    Duration: About 1 hour
    Departure time & place: 7:55pm nightly at Star Ferry’s Harbour Tour, Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier, Kowloon
    Enquiries & opening hours: +852 2118 6201 (11:25am – 8:30pm, daily)
  • Water tours Chinese Tour Boat
    A double-decker Chinese tour boat with open-deck seating and cabin on the lower deck.
    Price: HK$310 per adult, HK$220 per child (aged 2 – 12)
    Duration: About 1.5 hours
    Departure time & place: 7:30pm at Central ferry pier 9, Hong Kong Island; 7:45pm at Kowloon Public Pier 3, Kowloon
    Enquiries & opening hours: +852 2926 3868 (9am – 6pm, daily)

Moon Cakes

If you are in Hong Kong during the Mid-Autumn Festival, it will be impossible not to notice moon cakes. They are believed to have originated from Yuan dynasty (1206–1368) revolutionaries, who are said to have used the pastries to pass secret messages between each other.

Wing Wah Mooncake (hkdigit-20101009-081020)

Traditionally, moon cakes are infused with embedded egg yolks and lotus seed – not exactly a light snack. But this is Hong Kong where nothing is spared a modern makeover. The city serves up an exciting jumble of creative moon cakes in a variety of flavours during the Mid-Autumn Festival (there are even low-sugar options), taking your taste buds on a dizzying tour of snowskin, iced, ice cream, mung bean paste, cheese, chocolate, foie gras, sesame tofu, sweet potato, silky smooth milk tea, black truffle, mango, strawberry and caviar.

More Hong Kong Mid Autumn Festival Photos

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