Hong Kong Chinese New Year Fireworks 2016

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Hong Kong Chinese New Year Fireworks

The annual Hong Kong Chinese New Year Fireworks extravaganza is truly an institution and a definite "must see" event.

Fireworks and firecrackers are an essential part of the celebrations and in Hong Kong the New Year is greeted with an extraordinary production which can be seen from both sides of the Harbour.

This has to be one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in the world.

To welcome the New Year, a fleet of boats, pontoons and barges set up in the middle of Victoria Harbour launches the pyrothecnic wonder as the sky above the harbour explodes in bursts of shimmering color on a breathtaking show that lasts approximately 25 to 30 minutes.

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Fireworks

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Fireworks

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Fireworks

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Fireworks

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Fireworks

Firecrackers are believed to scare away the evil spirits, helping bring in all the good luck for the coming year. The New Year Fireworks are an intrinsic part of Chinese tradition and one of the city's landmark events.

When are the Chinese New Year Fireworks 2016?
Where are the best spots to watch?

Symphony of Lights

The Fireworks are held at 8pm on the Second Day of Chinese New Year, this year's Year of the Monkey celebration will be on February 9, 2016.

There is no admission charge, you can watch all along the waterfront.

Which side of the harbour? As a general rule, you should watch from whatever side you are staying and plan on walking. Trying to catch a taxi or the packed MTR on the way home when every one else is also trying to do the same is quite challenging to say the least.

Our favourite spot to watch is from the Tsim Sha Tsui side with Victoria Peak and the Central Skyline in the background, you can watch all along the Promenade and the Avenue of the Stars from the Star Ferry Terminal to the New World Centre in the East.

Another popular vantage point for fireworks is the Hung Hom Bypass which is closed to traffic between Salisbury Road and Hung Hom Road.

If staying in the Hong Kong Island side, consider the area around the Convention Centre and Bauhinia Square or anywhere along the Central Waterfront Promenade that extends from the Central Star Ferry Pier to Tamar Park and has elevated walkways for great views.

Also consider watching the fireworks up close aboard a Harbour Cruise, a one-of-a-kind experience, or from one of the many rooftop restaurants and lounges in the city, but booking early is a must.

Check out these offers for the 2016 Year of the Monkey Fireworks celebrations:

Lunar New Year Fireworks-Watching Cruise with Japanese Buffet SOLD OUT

CNY Fireworks Cruises in HK

A Japanese Buffet and choose one from two great options to enjoy the fireworks

  • Sightseeing Boat HKD299 (US$39)

  • Western-style yacht HK349 (US$45)

When?: February 9, 2016

Where?: Departs from Tsim Sha Tsui Public Pier

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Buffett Dinner and Fireworks at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Park - Yacht Cruise Available SOLD OUT

CNY Fireworks Cruises in HK

After a Guangdong-style stir-fry dinner buffet at Good Kitchen outside The Sparkle apartments, adjourn by bus to the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Park to usher in the Chinese New Year in a spectacle of light and sound amidst flowing waters.

There is also an option to get a closer look aboard a western-style yacht which departs from the terminal.

Option 1: Buffet dinner + Fireworks viewing at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Park - HK $168 (US$22)

Option 2: Buffet dinner + Fireworks viewing on board a yacht cruise - HK $398 (US$52)

Option 3: Fireworks viewing on board a yacht cruise - HK $288 (US$37)

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Island Sightseeing Tour and Fireworks SOLD OUT

New Years Eve Parties and Cruises in HK

This is a fantastic offer that combines some of the best to celebrate the New Year, but before we proceed, please note that tour "narration" is in Cantonese.

  • Cheung Chau Island Day Tour
  • Suckling Pig Dinner at Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen
  • Fireworks Display at Victoria Harbour

When?: February 9, 2016

Where?: Departs from Cheung Chau Ferry Pier

How Much?: HK$439

More Info and Booking: 2016 CNY Cheung Chau Day Tour and Fireworks

Fireworks Harbour Cruise and International Buffet Dinner

CNY Fireworks Cruises in HK

Enjoy the fantastic fireworks and a sumptuous international buffet dinner aboard the Bauhinia, Hong Kong's iconic triple-decker with a fantastic 360 degree open deck.

When?: February 9, 2016

Where?: Departs from North Point Pier

How Much?: HK$700 (US$90)

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Crowds of spectators watching Chinese New Year fireworks

Here's also a guide for the best free vantage points and tips for enjoying the fireworks!

And check out our Where to Enjoy the Best Views of Victoria Harbour page for some more ideas where you can enjoy the display.

The Hong Kong Chinese New Year Fireworks together with the Parade are two of the city's most anticipated Chinese New Year events, don't miss them if you are in town!

Enjoy the festivities and celebrations of this amazing time that is Chinese New Year in Hong Kong!

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