There are Hong Kong-specific New Year requirements as well, like visiting Victoria Peak to symbolically walk in a "new direction," making offerings and learning fortunes at the massive Wong Tai Sin temple complex, writing out and attaching your wishes to the trees at Lam Tsuen, and tucking into the cheap eats of the holiday pop-up street food vendors in Mongkok's markets.
Since Chinese New Year focuses so overwhelmingly on enjoying the most positive aspects of life, it's without a doubt the most joyous time to be in Hong Kong (and we've been here over Christmas, when HK goes bazonkers on a shopping high). The only problem with all this? If you're a visitor and you make a wish which then comes true over the course of the year, you must return to Hong Kong in thanks. Really though, that's hardly a problem at all. Leaving Hong Kong may be the real issue.
We're attending Chinese New Year as a guest of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, but naturally all our photos, opinions, and long-standing, genuine adoration of HK are completely our own.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/Jaunted]