Thai International’s Popular Destinations Of Bangkok & Hong Kong Are Fantastic For Chinese New Year

Bangkok and Hong Kong are two of the major cities in which to celebrate Chinese New Year. As major travel hubs, both are served extensively by flights from around the world and for those revelers wanting to experience the celebrations in both places there are daily flights linking the two operated by numerous carriers including Thai national flag carrier Thai Airways International.


Chinese New Year’s Day in 2016 is on 8 February, and celebrations can stretch for about two weeks up to the Spring Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the new Lunar Year.


In the Thai capital Bangkok, Chinese New Year celebrations are mainly centered around the large Chinatown area, known locally as Yaowarat, which becomes thronged with crowds of people. While Chinese New Year is a big event, the Lunar New Year is not an official national holiday and government offices and services remain open. Some businesses may close for the Chinese New Year.


On the day before Chinese New Year, Chinatown bustles with various events and small parades in an entertaining build up to the following day. On Chinese New Year’s day itself drummers, lion dancers and a long dragon make their way to major temples.


The next day is largely considered a day of rest, although there are still events taking place around Chinatown.


The Spring Lantern Festival marks the official end to the Spring Festival and colourful lanterns can be seen everywhere.


In Hong Kong a central element of the Chinese New Year celebrations is the International Chinese New Year Night Parade in the Tsim Sha Tsui tourist district of Kowloon. Each year tens of thousands line the streets to watch this dazzling spectacle of local and international performers that transforms the habourfront area into a giant outdoor street party.


In 2015 the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade saw around 150,000 people take to Tsim Sha Tsui’s streets, and the 2016 event is promising the usual fantastic spectacle.


In Hong Kong most government offices, banks and public utilities close for the Chinese New Year public holidays. However, most shops and restaurants in the busiest districts remain open, some shopping malls may extend their service hours and major attractions, theme parks and public transport operate as usual.


Street markets and stalls usually close on the first and second day of the Chinese New Year (8 and 9 February in 2016) and resume business from the third day.


The Hong Kong Pulse 3D Light Show that lights up the nighttime Hong Kong sky by Victoria Harbour, will coincide with Chinese New Year celebrations from 10 to 29 February 2016. This spectacular 3D light show with exciting audiovisual effects plays four times each night at 8.20 pm, 8.45 pm, 9.15 pm and 9.45 pm with each session lasting about eight minutes.


The show is a sight to behold, as it turns the iconic Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Clock Tower in Tsim Sha Tsui into colourful canvases, adding to the festive ambience.


As the Thai national flag carrier, Thai Airways International or THAI flies to Bangkok from more than 60 destinations around the world, including 48 points in 19 countries in the Asia Pacific region, 11 cities in Europe and two in the Middle East. This provides plenty of choice for travelers to book international flights to Thailand and also to book flights from Bangkok to destinations like Hong Kong.


They can search the Thai airline’s website for great deals on flights to Thailand, and if traveling from Europe or the United Kingdom, for example, can book flights from london to Bangkok, flights from Frankfurt to Bangkok or flights from other destinations in the region.


While online they can also read up on the Royal Orchid Holidays product of THAI and the rewards to be enjoyed as a member of the Thai airline’s Royal Orchid Plus frequent flyer program.