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.
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.
The Fireworks are normally held at 8pm on the Second Day of Chinese New Year, this year's Year of the Rooster celebration will be on January 29, 2017, time is TBA.
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.
Here's also a guide for the best free vantage points and tips for enjoying the fireworks!
A fantastic way to welcome the Year of the Rooster aboard a cruise ship in the middle of Victoria Harbour surrounded by a glitter of lights and an explosion of fireworks as the stunning celebration envelops the city for this joyous occasion. A Victoria Harbour cruise provides one of the best vantage points for viewing Hong Kong's legendary fireworks displays.
When?: January 29, 2017
How Much?: US$ 145
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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