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Chinese New Year 2013 - Schedule of Events

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Chinese New Year 2013 - Schedule of Events

The local online source called What's On Macau has now updated the February calendar of events which includes many events and activities that relate to the CNY holiday period.

whatson.macautourism.gov.mo/information.php…

Here is a breakdown of what to expect if you are visiting during this time.

1.) Flower Mkt (3-9 February) - Tap Seac Square

Flowers, believed to bring good fortune, can be bought in abundance during this period from the Flower Market (3-9/2) in Tap Seac Square

2.) Luck Petitioning at A-Ma Temple (Sat, 9 Feb - all day)

If you make your way to A-Ma Temple (9/2), you’ll find it packed with believers petitioning for luck throughout the year

3.) 238 Meter Dragon Parade (Sun, 10 Feb at 11am):

On the following day (10/2 at 11:00am) a parade featuring a 238-metre golden dragon and 18 lions will start from the Ruins of St. Paul’s, traverse Senado Square and pass by Macau SAR Government Headquarters, Lilau Square, A-Ma Temple and Sai Van Lake Square, in tandem with representations of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac plus the gods of Fortune, Prosperity and Longevity wishing all good luck.

4.) Sat-Monday - ‘Let’s Celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Snake’ performers from Macau team up with those from Sichuan (9-11/2) taking in Senado Square, Tap Seac Square, the Park of Iao Hon Market and Carmo Fair in Taipa

5.) Lion Dance Performances (Wed, 13 Feb 4.30-6.30pm)

Tap Seac Square will showcase top-tier lion dances and martial arts

6.) Lion Dance Parade for Lunar New Year (Thurs, 14 Feb, 12-2pm) around old Taipa and Coloane.

7.) Fireworks Display

Date & Time: 12/2 from 10:00pm (approx.)

Venue: Macau Tower & Kum Iam Ecumenical Centre seafront

8.) Parade Floats

12/2 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm, Av. Panorâmica do Logo Nam Van, Av. Dr Stanley Ho, Sai Van Lake Square

16/2 from 8:00pm to 9:30pm, Av. do Conselheiro Borja, Av. de Venceslau de Morais, Park of Iao Hon Market

9.)Parade Float Exhibition

12/2 from 10:00pm - 16/2 from 4:00pm, Sai Van Lake Square

16/2 from 10:00pm - 24/2 from 10:00pm, Tap Seac Square

10.) Firecrackers & Fireworks Zones

9/2 - Noon to 2:00am (next day) / 10/2 - 10:00am to 2:00am (next day) / 11-13/2 - 10:00am to midnight / 14/2 - 10:00am to 2:00am (next day) Venue: Macau - Av. Dr. Sun Yat Sen (near Macau Tower) / Taipa - Shorefront of Est. Alm. Marques Esparteiro (near Regency Hotel)

11.) New Year Flowers & Gift Stalls

3-8 Feb - 9:00am to midnight / 9/2 - 9:00am to 2:00am (next day)

Venue: Tap Seac Square

12.) Incense & Pinwheel Stalls

9/2 from 6:00pm - 10/2 from 6:30pm / 11-16/2 from 9:00am - 6:30pm

Venue: In front of A-Ma Temple

All information provided directly on the What's On Macau Website. See link.

whatson.macautourism.gov.mo/information.php…

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Good info. I guess a lot of people are expected!

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THanks for posting this, BradJill - I've been so busy at work I hadn't even thought of looking it up yet!

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Thanks for the infos, Brad. With all the activities aside; is it a good time to visit Macau during CNY ? From my own experience, it's not the right time to visit mainland China or HK during this time because,obviously, it's the annual holiday period for most locals. Most of the shops will be closed & we might not get the usual hospitality and services. What can we expect in Macau? Thanks.

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The festivities and events make it a great time to visit Macau in my personal opinion. However, you make a good point about shop and store closures. We have found it difficult to find meals at times in Macau during CNY, with many shops choosing to be closed during the holiday period. The good news is that McDonalds, other fast food and all the hotel restaurants are open so its not a huge deal if you know where to go. At some of the squares, like Tap Seac Square, there are kiosks set up serving some food. We've never noticed a drop in the hospitality or services though, simply noted business closures.

As for Hong Kong, not much is closed anymore as business try to profit from the hordes of tourists and visitors that are visiting HK year round. For the most part, visitors will not notice any difference in terms of business closures. In the less central locations and in areas with smaller businesses, there will be shops staying closed during the holiday period. For example, in the Mongkok area, some of the pet shops will not be open along Goldfish Street. However, all of the flower shops will be open with the vibrant market expected there during the holiday period.

Crowds in HK are not much different in most places in the city. However, at major attractions (Disney, Ocean Park, Ngong Ping, Peak Tram - do expect larger than usual crowds). Also along the TST Promenade for the fireworks display and along the streets for the parade, they usually expect around 100,000+ to flock to the streets in that area.

Macau crowds are always concentrated in the casinos and in the small area between Senado Square and the ruins of St. Paul. and at A-Ma Temple.From mid morning until 4.30-5pm it will be very crowded. Early in the morning, its empty and later in the evening the same, even during CNY. This is a difference between Macau and HK. In Macau, you can find quite times, in HK - never!

Also, if you get out of the main touristy areas in Macau, you will routinely find find few visitors and easy to visit attractions, even during CNY holiday. It seems everyone still simply flocks to the main area and fails to visit anywhere else right now. This will probably change at some stage but it hasn't yet.

Hope this is useful.

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Good post. I think everyone will like it, especially for those who are very busy and new to Macau.

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Also....

Just noticed that the Venetian, Four Seasons and Sands Cotai Central have listed some Chinese New Year activities on their website. Here are a few links if interested.

3D Lightshow (10-24 Feb 2013)

http://www.venetianmacao.com/prosperity/

Chinese New Year Paper Cutting Exhibition 2013 (28 Jan to 24 Feb 2013)

venetianmacao.com/shopping-in-macao/…

The Year of Golden Snake Fun Fun Show (16 Feb 2013) -

venetianmacao.com/macao-entertainment/…

These might be worth checking out as well if visiting during the upcoming CNY period.

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Another exhibition starting at the MGM Grand during the Chinese New Year period is the Gold Brick Exhibition (7 Feb to 2 April).... featuring 12 pieces, most of which are rarely seen outside of Mainland China, layered in 24-carat gold to create a glittering atmosphere of fortune and luxury. See link for details

http://www.mgmmacau.com/gold-brick-exhibition

Gold.... Chinese.... Chinese New Year.... You can bet this one will draw a crowd...

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Great thing, Chinese new year celebration is somewhat different than others celebration thanks for posting schedule.

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Gung Hey Fat Choi.... We are on our way to Macau now!

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We are just leaving Sydney and will be in Macau by late afternoon. Thanks for all the info BradJill.