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, this year's limelight will be on the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The fireworks display will last eight minutes, the longest in the history of the event and will be launched from both the skyscrapers and the harbour barges, so the scope and range of view will be much larger than in previous years. But still, choosing a place to view will be important. More details are still coming, check the HKTB site for the latest news.
The Fireworks are held at midnight December 31, 2012 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.
Our favourite spot is to watch 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 is within view would be preferable as it is this year's focal point of the extravaganza.
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, although this might be too close.
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, 2012 - Countdown starts 60 seconds before midnight.
Where?: Anywhere with a view of the harbour, and anywhere where the Convention Center is within view would be preferable as it is this year's focal point of the extravaganza.
How much?: Free! at all public viewing areas.
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