Destination Hong Kong: 2010 Festivals

If Hong Kong is on your client's agenda for 2010, you won't want to send them without checking what the city has on tap, festival-wise. With the launch of Fesitve Hong Kong 2010 the city is pulling out all the stops to make travel this year even more memorable.

May is packed with events, dedicated to discovering Hong Kong's living culture. We hear the celebration not to miss is the Cheung Chau Bun Festival, with its Bun Tower Scrambling Competition in which competitors charge up a 60-foot-tall pyramid of buns to grab the uppermost buns, said to be luck. Visitors can get a taste of Chinese tradition including Cantonese opera and tea tasting.

As summer cruises in so too do Hong Kong's dragon boats for the city's most-anticipated event, the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival. Held July 23 to 25, this event includes live entertainment, food, drink and the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races, all along Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront Promenade on the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbor.

If travel plans overlap with Halloween, the little ones can rest assured that there will be both tricks and treats. Halloween is a popular tradition in Hong Kong and for the entire months of September and October tourist attractions are decked out in ghostly decorations. The city blends East with West and adds its own little twist,  the Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival. On September 22 the whole city is aglow with lantern displays.

Celebrate November in one of Asia's culinary capitals, where a whole host of cooking traditions are available round-the-clock. Wine & Dine Month will be kicked off by a four-day festival, with award-winning dishes and wines from around the world at the West Kowloon Promenade. Hong Kong's popular food districts will offer promotions including wine tours and tastings.

Winterfest 2010 will take place the month of December when Hong Kong gets into the Christmas spirit. Malls and shops will offer seasonal promotions, while carol singers perform at many tourist spots. Don't miss the New Year countdown as the skyscrapers put on a pyrotechnic display around Victoria Harbour.

And wrapping up 2010 into 2011, Chinese New Year festivities take over the streets, including flower markets, a parade, fireworks, sporting events and more.

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