Chinese New Year is coming up fast, and with it comes one of the most spectacular fireworks display Hong Kong will do all year. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2019 Chinese New Year Fireworks.
When is it?
This year, the 2019 Chinese New Year Fireworks will be held on Wednesday, February 6th. It’s a public holiday, as is the 7th, so no worries about staying out late and enjoying the show.
The show usually starts at 8PM and lasts some 20 minutes.
What to expect
The fireworks are a multi-million dollar extravaganza, so expect one hell of a light show. The fireworks are launched from barges sitting on Victoria Harbour, between Central Pier and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Though there are others on National Day (October 1) and New Year’s Eve (December 31), the Chinese New Year fireworks show is usually the best of the bunch. The spectacle is usually the most innovative, combining Chinese elements with unique pyrotechnic displays. Usually, the show incorporates symbols that are traditionally considered lucky in Chinese culture — expect to see some figure 8s and golden ingots.
The fireworks are usually synchronized with a specially-developed soundtrack, so this is a full-on display of light and sound.
Where to watch
If you can bear the crowds, your best bet is to get yourself to Victoria Harbour early and stake out a good position by the waterside. Close up, you’re guaranteed a dazzling look at the fireworks.
For a different experience, here are a few other ideas.
Golden Bohemia Square (Wan Chai)
Tamar Park (Admiralty)
Central Ferry Piers 9 & 10 (Central)
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter (Causeway Bay)
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade (Kowloon)
Avenue of Stars (Kowloon)
Ocean Terminal Deck (Kowloon)
West Kowloon Waterfront (Kowloon)
If you’re looking for a fancier experience where you can pair the fireworks witha night out with friend, your best bet will be to buy tickets to parties thrown by rooftop bars around the city. You’ll get great views of the pyro show, great drinks, and an all-round fun time.
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