Hong Kong fireworks display is one of the most spectacular in the world and always on my favorite list of Hong Kong. Not only because it has Victoria Harbour’s stunning night view as backdrop, but also you can enjoy the fireworks in a very close vicinity and watch the fireworks bursting over your head. It is, with no doubt, one of the highlight events in Hong Kong, as well as one of the most popular and participated events all year around.

The next coming fireworks show in Hong Kong will be the New Year’s Eve Counting Down Fireworks Show on the 31st of December 2017.

Hong Kong fireworks

Fireworks Show in Hong Kong

When are the fireworks shows in Hong Kong ?

Hong Kong loves to celebrate the biggest holidays with fireworks. Usually, Hong Kong has several times fireworks throughout the year: the Chinese New Year (CNY), the China’s National Day and the New Year’s Eve Count Down. Some years there will be a fourth fireworks show on the 1st of July for celebrating return of Hong Kong to China (Establishment Day), such as the 20th Anniversary Hong Kong Establishment Fireworks Show this year.

2017 – 2018 Hong Kong fireworks schedule

For 2017 to 2018, the fireworks shows are expected/will be on the following dates.



29th of January 2017
(2nd day of the Lunar New Year)

The Year of Rooster – 2017 Chinese New Year Fireworks Celebration

1st of July 2017

20th Anniversary of Hong Kong Establishment Fireworks Celebration

1st of October 2017
(China’s National Day)

68th Anniversary of founding of the People’s Republic of China – National Day Fireworks Celebration

17th of February 2018
(2nd day of the Lunar New Year)

The Year of Dog – 2018 Chinese New Year Fireworks Celebration

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Time and routines of Hong Kong fireworks – what to expect ?

According to experiences of the past years, each time of Hong Kong fireworks spends millions of Hong Kong Dollars. All the fireworks will be launched from the barges on Victoria Harbour in between of Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center and Central Pier.

Usually, the fireworks show on Chinese New Year is the best, which is blended with the traditional Chinese culture and is most innovative.

The Chinese New Year fireworks are on every 2nd day of the Chinese New Year calendar, starting at 8:00pm and lasting 23 minutes.

Fireworks will be designed with special lucky signs that Hong Kong locals love in the Chinese New Year. In 2017 CNY the fireworks formed figure “8”, golden ingots and smiling faces.

schedule On every 2nd day of the Chinese New Year calendar
clock 8:00pm (the fireworks show usually lasts 23 minutes)
map Launch from barges on Victoria Harbour in Wanchai
Price Free admission

On the 1st of July 1997, Hong Kong officially ended her colony territory under British Empire and handed over back the China. Since than, 1st of July is an official Hong Kong public holiday.

However, Hong Kong Establishment Celebration fireworks show does not come every year. Hong Kong only had fireworks show for this special day on the special years. In the past it has been on 5th, 10th, 15th and 20th Anniversary. According to this rule, the next fireworks show for Hong Kong Establishment Celebration will be on the 1st of July 2022.

The Hong Kong Establishment Celebration fireworks start at 9:00pm and usually lasts 23 minutes.

On the 1st of July 2017, the fireworks show for Hong Kong Establishment Celebration has been the largest in history. Over 40,000 pyrotechnic shells were fired in the night sky over Victoria Harbour.

schedule On the 1st of July
clock 8:00pm (the fireworks show usually lasts 23 minutes)
map Launch from barges on Victoria Harbour in Wanchai
Price Free admission

The China’s National Day fireworks display became a Hong Kong tradition since the handover in 1997. Hong Kong celebrates the founding of the People’s Republic of China every year with a fireworks display, special flag raising ceremony as well as a special horse-racing event.

The China’s National fireworks show in on the 1st of October. It starts at 9:00pm and lasts about 23 minutes.

It was only cancelled in 2013 as a mark of respect for the victims of the tragic ferry crash and in 2014 due to the “Occupancy Central” protest.

schedule On the 1st of October
clock 9:00pm (the fireworks show usually lasts 23 minutes)
map Launch from barges on Victoria Harbour in Wanchai
Price Free admission

Hong Kong always embraces the new year with a great fireworks show, making Hong Kong one of world’s top 10 places for New Year’s Eve counting down celebration.

One hour before midnight (starting from 11:00pm), special fireworks will be fired in 15 minutes intervals from skyscrapers as “wishing stars” for people to make a wish.

The Hong Kong New Year’s Eve countdown fireworks display is on 31st of December, starting at midnight and lasting around 10 minutes.

schedule Counting down the New Year’s Eve (31st of December – 1st of January)
clock midnight (the fireworks show usually lasts 10 minutes)
map Launch from barges on Victoria Harbour in Wanchai
Price Free admission

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The best locations to view Hong Kong fireworks

1. Along Victoria Harbour waterfront (outdoor)

The Hong Kong fireworks are always launched from barges on Victoria Harbour in front of Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, thus the best vantage points to enjoy the fireworks are right by the Victoria Harbour in Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, Admiralty and of course Wan Chai.

Most people love to enjoy the fireworks from close distance and feel the bang overhead (who doesn’t love a front seat?). Having said that, be prepared that vantage spots along the harbour will fill up quickly and will be VERY crowded.

Best spots from Kowloon side

Watching fireworks from Kowloon side will have Victoria Harbour’s night view and Hong Kong’s landmarks and skyline as background. Without doubt, it is the best option.

1. Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade (top option) (check details)
2. Waiting concourse of Star Ferry’s Harbour Tour (check details)
3. Tsim Sha Tsui The Garden of Stars (check details)
4. Hung Hom Bypass (check details)
5. West Kowloon waterfront promenade (check details)

Best spots from Hong Kong Island side

1. Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai (top option) (check details)
2. Tamar Park in Admiralty (top option) (check details)
3. Central Ferry Piers No.9 & No.10 (check details)
4. Central harbourfront (check details)
5. Hong Kong Observation Wheel (closed) (check details)
6. Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter (check details)

Chinese New Year Fireworks in Hong Kong

Watching fireworks display from Hong Kong Island

Other hot spots for viewing Hong Kong fireworks

1. The Victoria Peak and Peak Tower (check details)
2. sky100 Obseravtion Deck (check details)
3. Rooftop bars (check details)

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The above locations are the most popular places for watching Hong Kong fireworks in the front row. The best of all should be Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Tamar Park and Golden Bauhinia Square, which are also the most crowded areas.

You will find many photographers with tripod waiting along Victoria Harbour. If you want to find a spot for photo shooting along Victoria Harbour be sure to be there before 5:00pm.

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2. Enjoy from hotel rooms and hotel restaurants

In case you would like to enjoy the fireworks from the convenience of your hotel room or while enjoying dinner or glass of wine, beer or cocktail, you might want to take a closer look at the following hotels. But make sure to reserve your seats/rooms quick since this is one of the hottest events in the years. You can click the following links to check hotel rate and book the hotel now.

Hotels with harbour views on Kowloon side:
(ranking according to the distance from fireworks show)

1. InterContinental Hong Kong 香港洲際酒店
2. Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel 馬可孛羅香港酒店
3. The Peninsula Hong Kong 香港半島酒店
4. Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers 香港喜來登酒店
5. The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong (in ICC Tower, highest hotel in Hong Kong) 香港麗思卡爾頓酒店
6. Harbour Plaza Metropolis 都會海逸酒店
7. InterContinental Grand Stanford 海景嘉福酒店
8. Kowloon Shangri-la Hotel 九龍香格里拉大酒店
9. New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel 香港日航酒店

Hotel with harbour views on Hong Kong Island side:
(ranking according to the distance from fireworks show)

1. Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong 香港四季酒店
2. Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel 香港萬麗海景酒店
3. Grand Hyatt Hong Kong 香港君悅酒店
4. Conrad Hong Kong 香港港麗酒店
5. Island Shangri-La Hotel 港島香格里拉大酒店
6. JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong 香港萬豪酒店
7. Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong 香港文華東方酒店
8. The Excelsior Hong Kong 香港怡東酒店

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All the above hotels also offer restaurants and bars with a view of fireworks. Check out the availability with them while the tables are still available.

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3. Enjoy Hong Kong fireworks on Victoria Harbour Tours

If the above options are too boring for you, how about enjoying fireworks on board of a cruise ship or one of Hong Kong’s iconic traditional Junk boats and feel the fireworks explode right overhead? Taking one of the special firework cruises will bring you right in the middle of Victoria Harbour. Nothing beats these views and there is no better vantage point to enjoy the stunning and spectacular fireworks.

Hong Kong has major 5 harbour tour operators: Aqua Luna, Duk Ling, Star Ferry, Watertours and Bauhinia Cruise. According to the previous experience, all of the them will offer special Harbour Tours during fireworks.

Fireworks Victoria Harbour Tour - Aqua Luna Tour

Fireworks Harbour Tour

The prices for fireworks harbour tours are much higher than normal harbour tours and the quotas are super limited. The price ranges from HK$ 480 to HK$ 980 with or without meal.

If you are just checking out for standard harbour tour (Day Harbour Tour, Night Harbour Tour and Symphony of Lights Harbour Tour), you can get an overview and some discount information from Review of Hong Kong Victoria Harbour Tours.

The ticket booking for Fireworks Harbour Tour usually starts two weeks or one month before the fireworks show. We will update our detailed article on “Enjoy Hong Kong Fireworks on Victoria Harbour Tours”. Remember to secure a ticket while you still can.

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  • “Special traffic arrangements are in effect before and after the firework Show. This includes closure (!) of roads and MTR Exits, suspension of Star Ferry services. Be prepared for a very large crowd. Try to plan your arrival way ahead of the schedule fireworks time, especially for those super hot spots.”