Celebrate with a bang!
Fireworks and Hong Kong go hand in hand, with the biggest and best displays each year taking place on New Years Day, 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. This year, the annual spectacular for National Day takes place on Monday 1, October and is set to be a 23-minute extravaganza, kicking off at 9 pm. Looking to hit the streets to watch the spectacle? 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 – the perfect spot to nab a great family photo to send home, this will be one of the busiest areas as the (arguably) best views of the fireworks can be seen here!
- Harbour City Rooftop Car Park – is a great option as you can head over early to park your car, do a spot of shopping, nab an early dinner then head up to catch the view!
- Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui – watch the fireworks amongst “stars” from this quintessential HK landmark. Editor’s Note: Avenue of Stars is currently closed due to renovation and is set to re-open in early 2019.
- 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 – the open area in front of the ICC towers, with its easy access from Kowloon MTR Station/Elements Mall, this makes for a night out with kiddos a much simpler one.
- Kowloon Peak (Fei Ngo Shan) – for the more adventurous (and families with teens), this is a great vantage point that also adds a spot of hiking and exercise!
- Ocean Terminal Deck – the newest entrant on the block, opened in October 2017, this is the rooftop of the Harbour City Shopping mall and offers panoramic views of the HK skyline and the fireworks.
- Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck – watch the fireworks from the 100th floor of the tallest building in Hong Kong, perfect for drizzly weather.
- BLT Steak in Harbour City – check out the National Day Fireworks Buffet, and watch the show from the outdoor terrace.
- Nobu at Intercontinental Hotel – for a much fancier occasion, book yourself a table window-side to watch the annual extravaganza.
- Aqua Luna Harbour Cruise – wine and dine on the river as you watch the display with Aqua Luna’s special fireworks display dinner.
- Regal Hotel Cruise and Dinner – enjoy the view from the river with a special menu, assemble at 4:45 pm at Regal Oriental Hotel.
- Spasso – book a table for dinner so that you can enjoy both the mini a-la-carte menu and the fireworks that night.
- Tin Lung Heen at Ritz-Carlton – perch yourself on the 102nd floor and be immersed in pure luxury of an 8-course gourmet Chinese feast as you snap some unparalleled pictures of the fireworks. A seat at this restaurant comes with some serious Instagram bragging rights.
- Maze Grill – Chef Ramsay has just opened his third restaurant in Hong Kong on the fourth floor of the Ocean Terminal, Harbour City Mall. So book a sea-facing table and kick off your National Day celebrations with juicy grilled steaks in a classic New York style brasserie.
Hong Kong Island Side:
- Tamar Park – pack a picnic and set up a tent, mamas and watch the sky light up!
- Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai – with the Convention Centre in the background and the fireworks in the foreground (sky!) this is a great spot on the island to watch!
- ifc Mall – head upstairs to the top of the mall and hang out outside of Dear Lilly to catch the views… what’s more, the space outside is a public free-seating area. Perfect!
- The Peak – no doubt the Peak will have one of the best views on the island, it will also be quite packed. Make sure to go early to grab a spot on one of the many viewing areas.
- Certain parts of Bowen Drive (just past the intersection of Bowen Rd and Bowen Drive) also offer great views.
- Gia Trattoria on Fenwick Pier in Admiralty offers a super view and a delicious dinner to boot.
- The Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre – has a number of restaurants, each of which has a special firework-watching menu or buffet.
- Central Ferry Pier (Piers 9 &10) – a great place to view the fireworks which is why it will also be very popular. Go early and save your spot!
- Gia Trattoria Italiana at Fenwick Pier in Wan Chai offers a scenic waterfront of the fireworks, coupled with fine Italian produce on your plates.
- Alto – enjoy a free-flow buffet priced at HK$688 a person and make your way to the rooftop terrace for sparkling views of the fireworks.
- 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 earlier than you think you need to. #earlybirdgetstheworm
- Expect mega crowds. Literally thousands upon thousands of people will be jostling for a spot. If you’re planning on bringing the little ones, make sure you’re prepared with water, snacks and potential potty breaks! Depending on where you’ll be watching, you may also want to bring the mozzie spray and a small fan.
- 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 televised on the local Hong Kong channels, TVB and Jade.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2012, and has been updated in September 2018. Thank you to Nikita Mishra for her help compiling this list.
Featured image via Getty.