Fireworks and Hong Kong go hand in hand, with the biggest and best displays each year taking place on National Day, Chinese New Year and Establishment Day, when literally hundreds of thousands of folks line both sides of Victoria Harbour to take it all in. Establishment Day – marks the day that Hong Kong officially ended its status as a colony of the British Empire and was handed back over to China – so you can be sure the that the firework display will be nothing less than spectacular.
Looking to hit the streets and take it in? As the fireworks are fired from boats off Wan Chai, the best place to see them is along the shores of Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, Admiralty and Wan Chai. Here are some of our top firework viewing spots:
- Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
- Avenue of the Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui
- Hung Hom Bypass (the highway is closed to cars during the event, making this a rare chance to walk on one of HK’s busiest streets).
- West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade
- Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck
- BLT Steak in Harbour City
Hong Kong Island Side:
- Central Ferry Piers
- Golden Bauhinai Square in Wan Chai
- The top of the IFC mall outside RED – which is actually a free-seating public space.
- The Peak.
- Certain parts of Bowen Drive (just past the intersection of Bowen Rd and Bowen Drive) also offer great views.
- The Quarterdeck on Fenwick Pier in Admiralty with its great terrace offers a super view.
- The Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre has a number of restaurants, each of which has a special firework-watching menu or buffet.
Insider Mama Tips:
*Wherever you’re going, get there early. We know you know this, but note that once spots reach a max capacity the police will close them off. So leave way earlier than you think you need to.
*Expect mega crowds. Literally thousands upon thousands of people will be jostling for a spot.
*Plan your route. There will be road closures and other traffic arrangements – plus some MTR exits are often closed. So be prepared to take a detour to your destination – think of it as the scenic route.
*Keep an eye on your stuff! With such crowds you’ll want to keep a tight grip on your valuables – and your kids.
If you’re not up for the crowds (we hear ya), the best viewing spot may just be the most convenient: your living room, as these extravaganzas are always televised.