Chinese New Year in Macau

By Doris Lam / Vestigo Macau
Photo Credits : Leong Im Kai / Kc Solar /  Ma Chi Wang / Shuttle Stock

*** In regard to the latest situation of the novel coronavirus, Macao Government Tourism Office cancels Parade and celebration activities during Chinese New Year. Best wishes for the year of the rat. We wish all our readers a Happy  Chinese New Year.***

It’s the time of the year for red packets, fireworks, flower markets and lion dances again! As the Year of the Rat approaches, here is the list of festive happenings and top Chinese restaurants around town.



Wing Lei Palace | Golden Flower
To celebrate the Year of the Golden Rat, the master chefs at Wynn Macau and Wynn Palace Cotai have carefully crafted a series of special Chinese New Year gourmet offerings for guests to celebrate with friends and family. The Michelin two-starred restaurants at Wynn Macau – Golden Flower and Wing Lei – will prepare the best of China’s north and south for a prosperous new year. While over at Wynn Palace, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant, Wing Lei Palace – will present Cantonese dishes with a traditional and modern flair.



    Photography: Wynn Palace Cotai

Where: Av. da Nave Desportiva, Wynn Palace | Wynn Macau, R. Cidade de Sintra

Tam Chai Yu Chun 
If a restaurant commands a long dinner queue, you know it’s good. Taipa Fish Village Restaurant is loved by both locals and tourists for its unpretentious, old-school seafood cuisine.. Located in the vicinity of R. do Cunha Street, this old restaurant  serves delicious classic “ truly authentic Macanese” seafood gourmet dishes. Fresh seafood are shipped directly from the seaport every morning, foodies swear by its signature chicken dish that is known for being tender and juicy — and best completed with its in-house sauce and not forgetting its succulent seafood gourmet dishes.


    Photography: Tam Chai Yu Chun 

Where: Lot 26B, Avenida Taipa, Macau
Telephone: +853 2882 5005

Fireworks at Macao Tower
Make your way towards Macao Tower or by the Taipa shore after dinner to snag the best spot to watch the colourful fireworks. The annual Chinese New Year fireworks show is one of the most anticipated events during the year.



When: 27 January 2020, 9.45pm
Where: By the Macao Tower

Chinese New Year Parade at Senado Square
Kick off the new year by joining in the parade at Senado Square. Get your cameras ready for the star of the show - the iconic dragon dance, rumoured to the longest one in the world. Watch dancers, floats and drummers make their way through Portuguese buildings to the ruins of St. Paul.



The first set of festive activities passes through locations including the Historic Centre, A-Ma Temple are held during the first and the second day of the Chinese Lunar New Year. On the third day of the Lunar New Year (27 January) at the Sai Van Lake Square. The second Parade will be held a few days later at the Northern district, with parade floats along the route and a finale cultural show on stage, as to encourage visitors and residents to enjoy a more localised version of the procession and visitors to familiarise themselves with these neighbourhoods. The Parade for Celebration of the Year of the Rat is organized by the Macao Government Tourism Office.



When: 27 January & 1 February 2020
Where: Ruins of St. Paul

Tap Seac Square Flower Market 
Fresh flowers are believed to bring good luck, wealth and prosperity- a must for the new year. You can easily spend a whole afternoon wandering through Tap Seac Square Flower Market after lunch or dinner, lost amongst the crowds of eager shoppers and the flower, snack and toy stalls.



17 to 23 January 2020, 9:00am to midnight of the following day; 24 January 9:00am to 25 January 2020,  2:00am
Where: Tap Seac Square 

A-Ma Temple
During Chinese New Year, the oldest temple in the city fills up with families offering incense to their favourite deities seeking luck and fortune for the new year. You’ll find lively chatter, fortune tellers, and possibly even firecrackers during Chinese New Year’s Eve!



When: 24 January 2020 and onwards
Where: Largo de Barro

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