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.
In previous recent years, the New Year's Fireworks have been launched from many of Hong Kong Island's landmark buildings, with the main countdown projected in the IFC tower and the fireworks and light shows lasted a little bit over four minutes. Even though shorter and smaller in scope, the pyrotechnics were still a dazzling spectacle with superb atmosphere:
Rather than the IFC building as was always customary, last year's limelight was on the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The fireworks display lasted eight minutes, the longest in the history of the event and were launched from both the skyscrapers and the harbour barges, so the scope and range of view was much larger than in previous years.
The 2014 countdown celebrations are also sponsored by New World Development Group and a similar set up is expected, so your best vantage points will be anywhere where the Convention Center is in view.
In addition, this year there will be "Shooting Stars" beginning an hour before the countdown. Every fifteen minutes, splashes of light will explode from the rooftops of the buildings surrounding the harbour.
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The Fireworks are held at midnight December 31, 2013 The Countdown starts 60 seconds before midnight. You need to stake out your viewing place waaaay before then as most public places will be packed and remember, road closures start early as well, around 6:30 pm.
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.
That aside, our favourite spot to watch is from the Tsim Sha Tsui side, 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, anywhere where the Convention center, this year's focal point is in view would be preferable.
You can also consider watching the New Year fireworks up close aboard a Harbour Cruise, but booking early is a must.
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 Ferry Piers and in Wanchai around the Convention Centre and Bauhinia Square.
And check out our Where to Enjoy the Best Views of Victoria Harbour page for some more ideas where you can enjoy the fireworks.
Enjoy the festivities and celebrations of this amazing time that is Winterfest in Hong Kong!
When?: December 31, 2013 - Countdown starts 60 seconds before midnight.
Where?: Anywhere with a view of the harbour.
How much?: Free! at all public viewing areas.
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