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 2017 countdown will be a 10-minute pyromusical display.
The Fireworks will be held at midnight December 31, 2016 The Countdown starts 60 seconds before midnight and the focal point of the countdown will be at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre as in prior years.
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.
As part of this year's celebration, the Hong Kong Tourism Board will be hosting a lively street party featuring various artist performances starting at 10 p.m. at the Tsim Sha Tsui Pier.
"Shooting Stars" start at 11:00 pm, every 15 minutes, rooftops of skyscrapers around the harbour will launch bursts of shimmering lights, time to "wish upon a star"!
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.
What if you can't be here? The HKTB will be live streaming the countdown on its YouTube page so be sure to tune in!
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.
This is the no-frills option and a fantatic offer, no dinner, no bufett, only a fantastic experience as you sail out under the bright lights of the city under the Victoria Harbour skies for a New Year's eve to remember.
Leaves from the Hong Kong Island side.
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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$ 198
Board the biggest vessel on Victoria Harbour at 3 decks tall you will stand highest right in the middle of the harbour.
The boat is equipped with band and dance floor plus specially arranged entertainment, you will enjoy a full Asian snacks buffet and alcohol hospitality onboard and experience the magnificent New Years Eve fireworks.
When?: December 31, 2016 boarding at 8:00, departure 9:00 pm
Where?: Departs from North Point and returns to same spot after the midnight fireworks
How Much?: US$ 280
This cruise is wheelchair accessible
Family-friendly. Also many activities for children. Must be 18 to consume alcoholic drinks
Gather at the Regal Oriental Hotel for a Buffet spread on New Year's Eve, then board a tour bus for transfer to the designated Pier.
Shortly before midnight enjoy the fantastic views of Victoria Harbour on board a sightseeing boat as
glittering fireworks explode to a hearty welcome for the New Year.
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Witness a blazing display of colourful fireworks in a light and sound show to commemorate the arrival of 2017, while participating in a party that includes lucky draws, face painting, and a countdown to the start of the new year.
Includes Thai Buffet Dinner.
When?: December 31, 2016 boarding at 8:30 pm
Where?: Departs from Tsim Sha Tsui Public Pier / North Point Ferry Pier
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Welcome the New Year aboard a comfortable 70ft cruiser, max. 40 guests, what do you get? Unlimited prosecco, beer, wine and soft drinks, 2-course buffet dinner, ample indoor area available, and of course that million dollar view of the fireworks.
Tours conducted by Amy Overy from hkgreeters.com, a fantastic private guide in Hong Kong.
When?: December 31, 2016 boarding between 8:30 - 9:00 pm
Where?: Departs from Hong Kong Island, details will be provided after booking
How Much?: HK$1,750 / US$ 225
Passengers 18+ ONLY
Dress code is casual
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