Hong Kong Observation Wheel is offering free rides on May 20 and 21 (Sat and Sun) to create anticipation for the return of AIA Carnival, which will begin on December 21, 2023 after almost four years of closure.

From opening until closing on the weekend of May 20 to 21 (11am to 11pm), visitors can get a complimentary Observation Wheel ticket for the day at the box office, availability subject to the wheel’s capacity. Tickets are sponsored by long-time carnival sponsor AIA Hong Kong. (Visit the wheel’s Facebook page for updates.)

countdown clock until aia carnival 2023 at central harbourfront
Randy Bloom, Siobhan Haughey, and Alger Kung, CEO OF AIA Hong Kong & Macau at the AIA Carnival kick-off ceremony (© PRNewswire)

This was announced at the kick-off ceremony at Central Harbourfront on Wednesday afternoon of the countdown until AIA Carnival, with a clock counting down the days until the opening on December 21, 2023. The AIA Carnival will run through Christmas, New Year, and 2024 Lunar New Year holidays.

More than one million visitors are expected at AIA Carnival 2024 as it runs through peak holiday times.

In light of the government’s “Hello Hong Kong” and “Happy Hong Kong” campaigns, Randy Bloom, CEO of Great China Entertainment Group which is organising the event revealed that this year’s carnival will feature “an array of new experiences” with never-before-seen attractions and rides expected to be announced when tickets go on sale in September. The ceremony was attended by Olympic swimmer Siobhan Haughey, acting as AIA Hong Kong and Macau Ambassador.

This will be the first AIA Carnival since the one that opened in December 2019, which ran until February 2020.

Header image credits: Leung Cho Pan via Canva

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