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 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 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.
When are the Chinese New Year Fireworks 2023?
Where are the best spots to watch?
This year's Year of the Rabbit Fireworks celebration has not been confirmed. If they do go ahead, they will be on January 23, 2023 at 8:00 pm, normally last for approximately 20 minutes.
There is no admission charge, you can watch all along the waterfront or from anywhere in sight of the Victoria Harbour skies.
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.
One of our favourite free spots 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.
You can also watch from the mid-levels and Victoria Peak. Here's a guide and map for the best free vantage points and tips for enjoying the fireworks!
Keep in mind that all of the public spaces will be extremely crowded!
By far one of our favourite places to enjoy any of Hong Kong's legendary fireworks displays is in the middle of Victoria Harbour aboard a Harbour Cruise. You get not only fantastic unobstructed "front seat" views, you avoid the crowds while enjoying drinks and cocktails aboard without having to worry where the next restroom is...
And there are of course plenty of fantastic venues throughout the city with that million-dollar view for a truly unforgettable experience.
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!
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