Cultural Highlights of Hong Kong

Chinese New Year

#1 Chinese New Year

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Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It is commonly called "Lunar New Year", because it is based on the lunisolar Chinese calendar. The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day. Chinese New Year's Eve is known as chú xī. It literally means "Year-pass Eve".

Dragon Boat Festival

#2 Dragon Boat Festival

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Dragon boat races are traditionally held as part of the annual Duanwu Festival observance in China. 19th century European observers of the racing ritual, not understanding the significance of Duan Wu, referred to the spectacle as a "dragon boat festival". This is the term that has become known in the West.

Avenue of Stars

#3 Avenue of Stars

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The Avenue of Stars is modeled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is located along the Victoria Harbour waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. It honours celebrities of the Hong Kong film industry.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum

#4 Hong Kong Heritage Museum

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Under the umbrella of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum presents a unique mix of history, art and culture in a great variety of programmes that cater for the wide-ranging interests of the public.

Cantonese Opera

#5 Cantonese Opera

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Cantonese opera is one of the major categories in Chinese opera, originating in southern China's Cantonese culture. The art carries a national identity that goes as far back as the first wave of immigrants to arrive from Shanghai in the 1950s. Sunbeam Theatre is one of the places that hold the tradition. Like all versions of Chinese opera, it is a Chinese art form involving music, singing, martial arts, acrobatics, and acting.

King Yin Lei

#6 King Yin Lei

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Situated above Happy Valley Racecourse, the mansion was designed by British architect A.R. Fenton-Rayen. It sits on a 50,650 square feet (4,706 m2) site. Construction began in 1936 and was completed by 1937. The site comprises a three-story "red bricks and green tiles" building, a private garden festooned with bonsai plants, various pavilions and terraces. It has been a scenic spot for mainland and overseas tourists.