Kick off the CNY holidays with a big bang!
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.
This Chinese New Year, welcome the Year of the Rooster with a bang on Sunday, 29 January at 8pm. Make sure to check out the festivity of the new year with your family and friends in our guide below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 25 June, 2012, and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
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 the Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui – watch the fireworks amongst “stars” from this quintessential HK landmark.
- 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 – with it’s 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 to balance out all the CNY dining.
- Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck
- BLT Steak in Harbour City – grab a burger and a milkshake while taking in the sights along the harbour.
- Nobu at Intercontinental Hotel – for a much fancier occasion, book yourself a table window-side to watch the second night of CNY unfold.
Hong Kong Island Side:
- Central Harbourfront Event Space/Waterfront Promenade – make a day out of the festivities and head over to AIA’s The Great European Carnival for some family fun. Time it right and you can catch the fireworks when spinning on one of the many rollercoaster rides!
- 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 RED bar 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
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 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
potentialdefinite potty breaks!
- 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, mamas!
- Keep an eye on your stuff! With such crowds you’ll want to keep a tight grip on your valuables and your kiddos!
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 TVB and Jade.
Enjoy the bright lights, mama!