Hong Kong Mid Autumn Festival Events 2013

Hong Kong Mid Autumn Festival Events 2013 (hkdigit-20130913-184944)

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.

The Mid-Autumn Festival this year falls on 19 September (Thursday). Once again since 2004, the full moon (i.e. the moon at its roundest) will occur on the night (i.e. before midnight) of Mid-Autumn Festival, to be seen at 7:13pm that evening. To facilitate moon-watching by the public, the times of moonrise, transit and moonset during the Mid-Autumn Festival period are given below. During transit, the moon passes the local meridian due south and its elevation is the highest of the night.

  • 18 September (Wednesday)
    Moonrise 5:25pm
    Transit (Elevation 65 degrees) 11:32pm
    Moonset 5:42am (next morning)
  • 19 September (Thursday) (Mid-Autumn Festival)
    Moonrise 6:07pm
    Full Moon (East, elevation 14 degrees) 7:13am
    Transit (Elevation 70 degrees) 0:22am (next morning)
    Moonset 6:41am (next morning)
  • 20 September (Friday) (The day following Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival)
    Moonrise 6:49pm
    Transit (Elevation 75 degrees) 1:12am (next morning)
    Moonset 7:38am (next morning)

one2free Lantern Wonderland

An ingenious feat of engineering and design, the 10-metre high centrepiece Rising Moon is a spherical playground of light and sound that brings the moon down to Victoria Park.

Date: 14 – 22 September 2013
Time: 14 September 8pm to 11pm
15-18 & 20-22 September 6:30pm to 11pm
19 September 6:30pm to midnight
Venue: Soccer Pitch No. 6, Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Admission: Free
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How to get there

  • MTR Tin Hau Station Exit A2, turn left at exit and enter the park from Hing Fat Street; or
  • MTR Causeway Bay Station Exit E, then walk along Great George Street to the park.

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 The village has since been replaced by a city, but the ceremony lives on.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/Time: 18 and 20 September 7:30pm to 10:30pm; 19 September 7:30pm to 10pm
Venue: Tai Hang, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Admission: Free
How to get there:
MTR Tin Hau Station Exit A1, cross King’s Road and turn right. Walk to the second junction on the left, Tung Lo Wan Road, which leads to Tai Hang.

Pok Fu Lam Fire Dragon Dance
Date: 19 September 2013
Time: 7pm to 11:30pm
Venue: Pok Fu Lam VillagePok Fu Lam Village and Aberdeen (Best vantage point Aberdeen Promenade), Hong Kong Island
Admission: Free
How to get there
To Pok Fu Lam Village: Buses 4, 4X, 30X, 40M, 43X, 91, 94 from Central (Exchange Square bus terminal) to Pok Fu Lam Village; Bus 973 from Tsim Sha Tsui (from Mody Road terminal or Canton Road) to Pok Fu Lam Village
To Aberdeen Promenade: Bus 70 from Exchange Square in Central to Aberdeen Promenade

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.

Mid-Autumn Lantern Display Home Sweet Home (hkdigit-20130917-192834)

  • Mid-Autumn Lantern Display Home Sweet Home
    Date: 5 September – 13 October 2013
    Time: 6:30pm to 11pm
    Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza
    Admission: Free
    How to get there
    MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui, Exit L6 or J; MTR Tsim Sha Tsui, Exit E; Star Ferry from Central or Wan Chai to Tsim Sha Tsui, then walk to the Centre.
  • Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival
    Date: 19 September 2013 (Lantern installation: 14 – 22 September)
    Time: 8pm to 11pm
    Venue: Victoria Park Soccer Pitch, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island Victoria Park
    Admission: Free
    Remarks: Lanterns lit 6:30pm to 11pm, 14-22 September; until midnight on 19 September
    How to get there
    MTR Causeway Bay, Exit F, walk along Great George Street until you reach the park; MTR Tin Hau, Exit A2, turn left at the exit and continue until you reach the park.
  • New Territories East Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival
    Date: 20 September 2013 (Lantern installation: 18 September to 1 October)
    Time: 7:30pm to 10:30pm
    Venue: Sha Tin Park, Sha Tin, New Territories Sha Tin Park
    Admission: Free
    Remarks: Lanterns lit 6:30pm to 11pm, 18 September to 1 October; until midnight on 19 September
    How to get there
    7-minute walk from MTR Sha Tin Exit A through New Town Plaza. Sha Tin Park is next to Sha Tin Town Hall, on the river bank.
  • New Territories West Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival
    Date: 21 September 2013 (Lantern installation: 18 September to 1 October)
    Time: 7:30pm to 10:30pm
    Venue: Tuen Mun Park, New Territories Tuen Mun Park
    Admission: Free
    Remarks: Lanterns lit 6:30pm to 11pm, 18 September to 1 October; until midnight on 19 September
    How to get there
    5-minute walk from MTR Tuen Mun, Exit B and enter the park from Tuen Mun Heung Sze Wui Road.

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.

Mooncake (hkdigit-20101009-082558)

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.

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