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30. See and hear grand old classics|
Experience classic movies with a new twist on New Year’s Eve, as a live recorded performance by the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana play Puccini to the screening of Chen Kaige’s seminal piece “Turandot” as part of the Classical In Cinema series.
31. Ring in the new year
Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012! Count down and celebrate the New Year’s in Hong Kong. Times Square for the countdown, Victoria Harbour for the fireworks and Lan Kwai for the partying. Be warned: not a good itinerary for crowd-haters.
32. Sha Tin up your countdown
Or stay in one place for all your end-of-year action: the annual New Year’s Countdown Carnival in Sha Tin features dance, film, performances and pyrotechnic displays to herald in the big 1-2.
33. Find out what 88 dragons looks like
In 2012, we’ll be entering the Dragon so to speak, as the Year of the Dragon is the new lunar year. Short of resurrecting Bruce Lee, the government has done the next big thing to celebrate this occasion: by attempting to break their own Guinness World Record for traditional dancing Lions and Dragons. There will be 88 of the serpentine beasts and the skilled dancers hidden beneath winding their way through Central to Wanchai along Chater Road on January 1.
34. Dance to Scissor Sisters ... live
New Year’s blues got you down and just don’t feel like dancing? Attending a concert by New York glam-rockers Scissor Sisters on January 5 should sort that out.
35. Blow the mind on SIchuan spice
It’s January so the big coats will be coming out all over town, but we say why break out the fur when we can break out in a sweat instead? Head over to Little Chili in North Point, one of the most authentic Sichaun restaurants in Hong Kong and tuck in to some shuizhu niurou (水煮牛肉), beef cooked in a spicy broth: tender strips of meat in a thick, tongue-burning, body-heating sauce.
36. Discard better judgement at a K-pop concert
Guaranteed to attract tweens, teens and those-who-should-know-better by the hundreds K-pop’s latest big thing CNBLUE have been carving up the Asian market. They take over Asia Expo as part of their Blue Storm Asia Tour on January 7.
37. Get electro-shocked with Metronomy
Cool Brit Electro-popsters Metronomy bring their latest album “English Riviera” and their experimental instrumental collection of tracks, remixes and covers to Hong Kong on the first step of their Asia Tour on January 10.
38. Treat the kids
Treat your youngsters to some world-class child-friendly theater as part of Kidsfest! 2012. From January 10–29, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts will host international adaptations of some of the best-loved children’s books including “The Tiger Who Came to Tea.”
39. Put the lip ring back in
They couldn’t make it in 2011 due to the illness of lead singer Pierre Bouvier but they didn’t want to let their fans down for too long. Better late than never: Montreal punk-rockers Simple Plan are finally in Hong Kong on January 10.
40. Blossom at a Lunar New Year market
With Lunar New Year kicking off on January 23 in 2012, make sure you head down to one of the many New Year flower markets beforehand. Victoria Park in Causeway Bay hosts the biggest and on New Year's eve (January 22) it will be open till the early morning of the following day. The later it gets, the more you’ll be able to haggle for the festive favorites including peach blossoms, chrysanthemum, daffodils, orchids and miniature orange trees for good luck. Also on CNNGo: So-bad-they're-good items at the Chinese New Year market.
41. Make a wish come true
Speaking of luck, take a trip to Lam Tsuen in Tai Po to make a wish at the Lam Tsuen wishing trees certainly couldn’t hurt your chances for a successful Year of the Dragon. The Hong Kong Well-wishing Festival runs from January 23 to February 6.
42. Parade in Tsim Sha Tsui
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the brightly colored floats and marching bands of the Cathay Pacific International Lunar New Year Parade that saunters its way through Tsim Sha Tsui on January 23.
43. "Ooh" and "aah" at explosions
The following evening, January 24, Hong Kong unloads a fusillade of fireworks on the unsuspecting night’s sky.
44. Get lucky at the races
If you are unsure what to do with any remaining red packets, then the Hong Kong Jockey Club might have a few suggestions. The Lunar New Year Race Day, which takes place on the third day of the new year, is one of the most popular traditions in Hong Kong. Fans will be piling into Sha Tin Racecourse on January 25 to see if they can nab a new year’s winner.
45. Immerse in the arts
The World of Wearable Art, Nigel Kennedy, the Bavarian State Opera, Kevin Spacey as Richard III and The Importance of Being Earnest are some of the highlights of the 2012 Hong Kong Arts Festival. Coming to town January 28–March 8.
46. Dress silly and run
The only time when pounding along the streets of the city dressed as a large banana chasing a sneaker-clad gorilla won’t get you weird looks, it’s the return of the Hong Kong Marathon on February 5.
47. Buy chocolates and flowers
Don’t forget Valentine’s Day on February 14. Believe us, it’s never too early to book some dates in advance. The more popular places to wine and dine your date fills up months ahead of Cupid’s busiest time of year. But if you really get caught short we can help, with some last minute tips.
48. Ponder with the city
The year’s preeminent architecture and design showcase, the Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture\Urbanism, will be exploring the connection between people and their cities with the theme “Tri-ciprocal Cities: The Time, The Place, The People." The Hong Kong leg will be held in Hong Kong Kowloon Park and Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre from February 15–April 23.
49. Watch people get butt-kicked
Wushu doesn’t kid around when it puts on a tournament. The 10th Annual Hong Kong Wushu Championship will feature 8,000 participants, 10 events, HK$100 million of prize money and more black belts on show than if Karate Kid lived to be a 1,000-years-old. Check it out at the Asia Expo from February 24-28.
50. Eat rice, the best way
Have a last bowl of claypot rice before warmer weather hits and the dish goes out of fashion. Get it at these best claypot rice restaurants.