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?