AA7295 From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 637 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2632 times:
So I arrive in Hong Kong on the 2nd of February, and I have been in Asia before for Chinese New Year's and its horrible. No shops open, fireworks everywhere, dirty crowds etc. If I arrive on the 2nd of Feb and leave on the 7th of Feb (which is 2008 Chinese New Year) will I be immune from those problems for the first few days. My main question is shopping. Most shops are closed and I want to shop.
Also I get to Singapore on the 7th aswell (leave 8am and arrive 12pm). Will the shops in Singapore be closed that day, particularly those along Orchard Road?
KiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2166 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2614 times:
HK still most of the shops closed during the peak days. Bad time to come if you're interested in shopping. However, if you're keen on festivities, and food, it can be a great time to be in HK.
However I get from your e-mail that you're not that interested. Looking at your dates though you might be OK as the peak days are really 7, 8, 9
Singapore is probably a bit less affected in a retail sense. However you will be there at peak time for CNY.
Overall, I would recommend that if you have no interest in the culture/festivity, (and even, as you post described, you find it "horrible"), I would recommend changing the dates of your trip to a more shopper friendly time.