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What's on in Hong Kong this autumn/winter

From classical concerts and food festivals to ballet and boat races, experience some of the most unique cultural events in Hong Kong this season.

The build up to Christmas is a great time to be in Hong Kong, the locals have returned from summer trips, the humid air is cooling and the city gears up for the Christmas season. This season Hong Kong hosts a number of festivals to celebrate its heritage. Fully immerse yourself in the style of this iconic city by attending some of the biggest festivals, parties, carnivals, and shows. Hong Kong has never been more alluring for the world traveller. 

2015 National Day Fireworks Display

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China's affection for pyrotechnics is most often associated with its New Year celebrations, but there are many other events in which the Chinese The people of Hong Kong celebrate the 66th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China with a grand display of fireworks. Expect big crowds, lots of decorations, and much celebrating. The show lasts approximately 25 minutes. Free admission. 1 October, begins at 9pm www.lcsd.gov.hk 

Choreographers’ Showcase 2015

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Members of the Hong Kong Ballet display their talents and creativities during Choreographers' Showcase, with artistic opportunities for those who are very experienced and those who are new choreographers. The Showcase allows audience members to witness one of a kind dance performances and to scout out the up and coming of the ballet world. 2-4 October 2015, 8pm; 4 October, 3pm www.hkballet.com

Disney Haunted Halloween, Lost in Ghost Town

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A tradition of Hong Kong Disney, Disney's Haunted Halloween is the perfect way to celebrate your favorite spooky holiday. This year's fightening fun is outdoors, with a dark and spooky river cruise, a haunted mines tour, or an interactive time warp with the undead. 2-31 October (Every Friday to Sunday, 6-11pm) www.hongkongdisneyland.com

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Harbour Race 2015

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Beginning in 1906, the Cross Harbour Race has been one of Hong Kong's most iconic events. Participants swim 1.5 km across Victoria Harbour in the early morning, just for sport. When you attend, you will see many viewers around the banks of the rivers as this is one of the most supported races of the season. 18 October 2015, race begins at 8:30am www.hkharbourrace.com

Beethoven Cycle

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Each weekend in November and December, Dutch super-star conductor Jaap van Zweden will lead a different pair of Ludwig van Beethoven's famous symphonies at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Zweden is one of the world's most sought after conductors and seeing him in perform with the Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestra is a rare treat. 11-12, 17-18, 27-28 November & 4-5 December 2015 www.hkphil.org

Lan Kwai Fong Carnival 2015

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Located in the centre of Hong Kong's clubbing, dining, and bar scene, the Lan Kwai Fong Carnival is perfect for anyone who like food, fun, and entertainment. The carnival includes games, sit down food, food stands, and drink stalls--all together, there are over 80 booths. Lan Kwai Fond is the place to be after dark for locals and tourists alike and the carnival gives you a great excuse to visit. Free admission 21 November, 1pm to Midnight; 22 November, 1pm to 10pm. www.lankwaifong.com

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2015 Hong Kong WinterFest

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Starting in early December, building owners decorate their facades with holiday themed twinkle light tableaus. Many of the tallest buildings in the city are lit in Christmas style, but the best displays can be found in Statue Square, Central, and Victoria Harbour. Other Hong Kong sites, such as Disneyland, Ocean Park, Ngong Ping 360, and Madame Tussauds, join in the festivities with special events and their own lavish decorations. No doubt, Hong Kong is a charming place to be during the holidays. 4 December 2015 - 1 January 2016 www.discoverhongkong.com/winterfest

Hong Kong International Races 

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Hong Kong has some of the best horse races in the whole world, and this event is their Kentucky Derby. This event hosts four International Group One horse races: the Hong Kong Cup (2,000m), the Hong Kong Mile (1,600m), the Hong Kong Vase (2,400m) and the Hong Kong Sprint (1,200m). Some of the world's finest horses and jockeys will be in attendance. 13 December 2015, noon to 6pm (Gates open at 10:30am) www.hkjc.com

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The 13th Hong Kong Food Festival

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Hong Kong has become a food lover's dream city. Hong Kong has so artfully mastered many cuisines that is it hard to make dining choices in this city. Hong Kong has recently branched out to food festivals, and one of the best (and largest) is held during the Christmas season. This year, the EXPO festival (a branch of Milan's World EXPO hosted this year) will exhibit 10 different themes for each cuisine shown. If you have an appreciation for finer foods, or any food this is the place to be. 10am to 9pm, 24-27 December; 10am to 7pm, 28 December. www.food-expo.com.hk