Cheung Chau Bun Festival Cheung Chau Bun Festival © Flickr

What's on in Hong Kong: Spring 2015

Freed from the arresting monsoons and smoggy air, Spring is the best time to visit Hong Kong. Follow our itinerary of events to get acquainted with Hong Kong's vibrant culture this season.

Film festivals to restaurant openings keep the heartbeat of Hong Kong alive throughout the city's streets regardless of the season. With the absence of winter rain and heavy summer humidity, Hong Kong thrives in the comfortable temperatures of spring, fostering the perfect atmosphere for business or pleasure trip.

Cheung Chau Bun Festival
Rated by the New York Times as one of the world's quirkiest local festivals, the Cheung Chau Bun Festival attracts an influx of tourists every Spring. Originating in the late Qing Dynasty, this tradition began at the hands of a devastating plague on the island of Cheung Chau. To drive away evil spirits, islanders built an altar at the Park Tai Temple, parading in defense and producing hand-made figures of deities. Today, the festival still kicks off with a parade and is followed by a three day vegetarian diet to cleanse the body and soul followed by the festival-made-famous buns. Three tall towers comprised of 'Lucky Buns' are constructed to commemorate the original altar from the days of the Qing Dynasty. This festival runs the fifth to the ninth days of the fourth lunar month this year falling 22nd - 26th May.

The Flower Show
Hong Kong's flower show is produced annually by the city's Leisure and Cultural Services Department to promote horticulture and general preservation of the environment. This year's theme revolves around the "Oncidium" flower with the event will showcasing this exquisite plant and a rich profusion of exquisite potted plants, beautiful floral arrangements and gorgeous landscape displays by organisations local to Hong Kong, the Mainland and overseas. The show will run from 20th-29th March around various parts of the city. www.lcsd.gov.hk

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Cavalia
Part of an international tour, this stunning theatrical production features 40 magnificent horses, riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers and musicians from around the world. Cavalia is a captivating and imaginative unprecedented multi-media show creating a dream-like world onstage.The performance, 31st March and running until 3rd May, accommodates up to 2,000 spectators with an adjoining general admission tent.

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Upper Modern Bistro
The historic neighbourhood of Sheung Wan has come a long way, and its roster of award-winning dining is proof of its world-class status. Chef Philippe Orrico takes the bistro concept to a new level with cross-cultural references and market-fresh ingredients. Out with old-school tradition, in with borderless culinary innovation. The luminous décor echoes the same spirit for innovation where you can admire the kitchen where all the action is.

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The Hong Kong Film Festival
One of Asia's most reputable film festivals, Hong Kong's festival acts as a global platform for filmmakers and artists alike to launch new and innovative works. The festival is committed to discovering new talent and fostering a creative environment for conversation and networking. In addition to world class screenings, participants can also attend seminars hosted by leading filmmakers from around the world. This year, the festival will be celebrating 39 years, hosted at the end of March.

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Art Basel Hong Kong
Also hosted in Basel, Switzerland and Miami, Florida, this world famous art show focuses on emerging talents along with modern masters of art featuring galleries, insights, discoveries, encounters, magazines and film. A different range of art pieces are displayed ranging over twelve different decades including drawings, installations, photographs and videos by more than 3,000 artists from around the globe. This event will take place 15th-17th March.

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The Hong Kong Sevens
For sports enthusiasts, the annual Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament is closing in on its 40th anniversary. Including 16 international teams and over 120,000 spectators in 2013 alone, the Sevens promises an exhilarating, carnival like atmosphere attracting thousands of fans every year. This year, the tournament runs from 27th-29th March.

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1 Hong Kong Sevens
2 Hong Kong Flower Festival
3 Art Basel Hong Kong
4 Upper Modern Bistro
5 Cavalia
6 Cheung Chau Bun Festival