Lunar New Yeari

Lunar New Year is celebrated across China and in many parts of Asia and the world where Chinese communities can be found. It is often marked by time off work or school and includes family visits, meals together, and games like mahjong. 


Closer look at expectations of Financial Secretary Paul Chan and message from Lunar New Year fortune stick ritual recall spirit of city and why it should never give up as it tackles challenges ahead.

  • The domestic box office is led by local productions that include comedy dramas YOLO and Pegasus 2, and animated adventure Boonie Bears
  • Ticket sales during the Lunar New Year break rose more than 18 per cent compared to the holiday last year

Readers discuss Hong Kong’s strong track record of getting back on its feet, the international media narrative around the city, and what to make of the divine guidance offered by the Che Kung Temple.

‘Art March’ freebies announced as tourism industry experts say heightened social media presence and better links with rest of Greater Bay Area will speed recovery.


Revenue at China’s largest online travel platform doubles to 10.3 billion yuan (US$1.8 billion) last quarter, underpinning record earnings for the full year. Shares closed at an all-time high of HK$355.20 in Hong Kong.


Readers discuss ways to attract more visitors from mainland China and belt and road countries, and the success of the Chinese New Year Cup.

Tencent and ByteDance each had two apps in the top five, with four of the five being more than a decade old, according to MIIT report on Lunar New Year period usage.

Visa-free access for Chinese tourists to the Southeast Asia countries boosted traffic and signalled a robust revival in travel since Beijing lifted strict Covid-19 restrictions.


Dragons are magical, mythical creatures seen as symbols of good luck in China, so to celebrate the coming year of the fire-breathing beast, people have been busy creating edible works of art.

A business in China has thrown a lavish year-end party featuring a mind-boggling game in which employees grabbed their own annual bonus from a mountain of cash.

Chief Secretary Eric Chan says he hopes for tourism boost from more mainland visitors ‘as soon as possible’, although he stopped short of giving timeline.

Tatler Asia chairman Michel Lamuniere tells media outlet he only discovered Messi would not play ‘15 minutes before’ the game started, after earlier saying he was only informed the star would not take to the field late in second half of match.

The weeklong holiday makes it more difficult to maintain production levels as cities and provinces are being hard-pressed to rev up China’s economic engine, driving up competition for labour resources.

An extended public holiday and an economic rebound following the end of pandemic restrictions boost travel bookings for hotspots including Hainan, Jiuzhaigou and Xian in the Year of the Dragon.


‘Hong Kong stocks posted positive returns in the past four Years of the Dragon,’ finance chief Paul Chan said on the first trading day of Lunar New Year, citing China’s improving economy and potential rate cuts as possible catalysts.


Tourists are coming over border armed with social media suggestions on how to see city’s key attractions in under 24 hours while spending as little as 300 yuan.

A man and his young daughter in have become the envy of millions for being able to avoid China’s clogged roads during the annual Spring Festival by travelling by two-seater plane instead of a car.