July 1st in Hong Kong is a public holiday that commemorates the Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or the handover of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to Mainland China in 1997.
The scope and extent of the celebrations have varied over the years including parades, flag-raising ceremonies, cultural performances, and this year being a special Anniversary, a fantastic fireworks display is in the programme!
2017 celebrates the 20th Anniversary and many events to conmemorate the return of Hong Kong to the motherland will be spreadout throughout the year with many highlight events starting as early as this spring including a wide variety of cultural and sports events and exhibitions.
The theme for the 20th Anniversary of Establishment of the HK SAR is "Together, Progress, Opportunity" and actitivities are organised by state offices as well as many community groups.
A fantastic fireworks display will lit the Hong Kong skyline and Victoria Harbour to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong SAR. Fireworks displays in Hong Kong are truly stunning and if you happen to be in the city on July 1st, certainly an spectacle you should not miss!
Word has it, this is set to be the most expensive fireworks event since 1997 with a projected cost of HK$ 12 million (just over US$ 1.5 million).
Nearly 40,000 pyrotechnic shells will be fired from five barges in Victoria Harbour. The show will consist of eight scenes and will feature a "Super Fireworks Wall" measuring 1,250 meters long and 300 meters high accompanied by the usual multimedia array of lights, music and LED screens.
When?: Saturday July 1, 2017, at 8:00 pm, fireworks will last approximately 23 minutes
Where?: Victoria Harbour
How Much?: FREE!
More Info: Hong Kong LCSD
These are some of the favourite places to watch the display, but be mindful that any of the public viewing areas will be extremely crowded, getting there early is definitely a must. Some people arrive as early as noon to stake out a great vantage point and come equipped with picnics, music, drinks, etc.
The scope of the celebrations is much larger this year and Hong Kong is accordingly dressing up for the occasion. Lavish decorations and banners are to be seen as soon as you land in Hong Kong, at the airport and all entry checkpoints as well as transport venues.
A beautiful Thematic Lantern Display is set up at Statue Square in Central to promote the intangible cultural heritage of Hong Kong and the art of lantern making from June 25 through the end of July.
In addition, the city is working with designers and local artists to beautify our public spaces.
One such project includes the "City Dress Up: Blossoming Stairs" where 20 selected flights of stairs in the city have been decorated with a seasonal flower pattern from the Hong Kong Museum of Art collection. The patterns will be rotated to encompass all 4 seasons. Some of the places where you can find them include the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tuen Man Cultural Square, Hong Kong Park... Check them out:
Besides the main celebrations on July 1st, hundreds of events to be held throughout the year are planned and some are already underway. Events are being listed as they are announced on the official website at http://www.hksar20.gov.hk/eng/.
What kind of events?
For a comprehensive list of events throughout the different districts check out the official site at www.hksar20.gov.hk.
As part of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong SAR celebrations, the LCSD and the Home Affairs Bureau have organised three spectacular shows performed by world-famous military bands from the Mainland, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Russia, Scotland and the United States, together with the Hong Kong Police Band and the Hong Kong Association of Choral Societies.
In addition, there will be an outdoor Carnival at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza in Tsim Sha Tsui, a fantastic show of pageantry for the family's enjoyment.
When?: Thursday - Saturday July 13 - 15, 2017 - 8:00 pm, "Meet-the-Bands" at the Piazza from 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm
Where?: Hong Kong Coliseum
How Much?: HK 150, HK 250, HK 350 Buy Tickets
When?: July 15 - 16, 2017 - 2:30 - 5:30 pm
Where?: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza
How Much?: FREE
When?: July 15, 2017 - 3:00 pm
Where?: Yuen Long Theatre
How Much?: FREE admission by Tickets. Call 2268-7321 More Info
Please note that the Official Flag Raising Ceremony on Saturday July 1st will take place at Bauhinia Square at 8:00 am and entry is for holders of valid passes only. NO PUBLIC VIEWING AREA IS SET UP FOR THIS EVENT. The nearby area is also designated as a restricted zone by the Police. There will be road closures and public transportation is being diverted throughout the day until after the fireworks. More info here.
The following events are open and free to the public:
In addition, there will be FREE admission to all leisure facilities and sports venues in all 18 districts on July 1st, 2017
More Info and comprehensive list of events at the official website http://www.hksar20.gov.hk/eng/.
And be sure to check our monthly event calendar for any highlights taking place in the month of your visit, remember the celebrations will be ongoing throughout the year!
A fantastic way to celebrate the special anniversary aboard a cruise ship in the middle of Victoria Harbour surrounded by a glitter of lights and an explosion of fireworks as the stunning celebration envelops the city for the occasion. A Victoria Harbour cruise provides one of the best vantage points for viewing Hong Kong's legendary fireworks displays.
A perfect combination for this special day:
How Much?: US$ 224.35
A Hong Kong style dinner buffet and fireworks over the harbour aboard pleasure boat
HK$388 Groupon Offer HK$328 (US$42)
Cruise Only: SOLD OUT
Leaves from the Hong Kong Island side.
Cruise and Buffet Dinner at Regal Hotel
Assembles in Kowloon side.
How Much?: HK$170 (US$22)
This is the no-frills option and a great 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 celebration to remember.
Leaves from the Hong Kong Island side.
HK$199 Groupon Offer HK$169 (US$22)
How Much?: HK$940 (US$120), children (0-12) HK$350 (US$45)
How Much?: HK$419 (US$54)
Boasting the best seats in town and with the most spectacular views of Hong Kong's stunning skyline, aqua spirit at the penthouse of One Peking provides the ultimate backdrop to the fireworks.
Where?: 29F - 30F One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui
How Much?: HK$420, VIP HK$1,200 for two, dinner from HK$1,497 - all prices plus 10% Service Charge
Hutong is offering an elaborate 6 or 8 course dinner to celebrate the ocassion. A lively appetiser comes in the form of lightly seared Hokkaido scallops with sesame sauce, followed by Hutong's renowned crispy lamb ribs, marinated for 24hours, braised and then deep-fried and served with pancakes. Hutong's masterchefs have crafted a delicate dim sum inspired by Hong Kong's icon – the bauhinia flower. To honour the occasion, Hutong is offering complimentary bauhinia flower baos throughout July for all parties of four or more.
Where?: 28F One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui
How Much?: HK$1,488 +
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong unveils a sensational dining programme for guests to celebrate this momentous occasion and enjoy the spectacular fireworks display over Victoria Harbour.
Several fantastic options:
All prices plus 10% service.
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