The New Year Fireworks however, as Hong Kong fireworks go, are not on the same scale as the Chinese New Year Fireworks or the National Day Fireworks which are twenty plus minutes extravaganzas launched from land and harbour.
There is a focal point for the New Year's fireworks where the main countdown is projected. In previous years, the main countdown was displayed in the IFC tower, with the fireworks and light shows being launched from many of Hong Kong Island's landmark buildings. The show lasted a little bit over four minutes. Even though shorter and smaller in scope, the pyrotechnics were still a dazzling spectacle with a superb atmosphere.
More recently, the limelight has transferred from the IFC tower to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, also on the Hong Kong Island side, and this is where the countdown to midnight has been reflected.
The scope and range of the fireworks has also been extended. In the last couple of years, the show has lasted over 8 minutes and the fireworks were launched from land on skyscrapers on both sides as well as the harbour barges. You can practically watch the fireworks from just about anywhere in Hong Kong.
New features and improvements are constantly being added. The countdown celebrations have featured "Shooting Stars" beginning an hour before the countdown with splashes of light exploding every 15 minutes from the rooftops of the buildings surrounding the harbour... The 2016 countdown added "smileys" bursting out in the sky...
The Fireworks will be held at midnight December 31, 2016 The Countdown starts 60 seconds before midnight and the focal point is expected to be at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre as in prior years. Details and theme are TBA.
You need to stake out your viewing place waaaay before midnight as most public places will be packed, and remember, road closures start early as well, around 6:30 pm.
When?: December 31, 2016 - Countdown starts 60 seconds before midnight.
Where?: Anywhere with a view of the harbour.
How much?: Free! at all public viewing areas.
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.
Also consider whether you want to have the focal point of the countdown in view or just want to enjoy the fireworks. The focal point is normally at the Convention Center, so best view if you want to watch that is from the Kowloon side.
One of our favourite spots to watch from Kowloon in Tsim Sha Tsui, you can watch all along the Promenade and 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, and the Hung Hom Promenade.
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.
Enjoy the festivities and celebrations of this amazing time that is Winterfest in Hong Kong!
2017 New Year's Eve Countdown Parties, Cruises and Offers are tricling in, we will be posting as details become available. Stay tuned!
Witness the blazing display of colourful fireworks to commemorate the arrival of 2017 aboard a harbour cruise while enjoying a buffet dinner and New Year's Eve drinks.
When?: December 31, 2016 boarding at 7:45 pm, departure 8:00 pm
Where?: Departs from Central Pier 10
Returns right after the midnight fireworks.
How Much?: US$ 171
More Info and Booking: 2017 NYE Buffet Dinner and Fireworks Cruise
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