Updated (29th of September 2014) : Here is the latest news from Hong Kong Government. Due to the recent “Occupancy Central” Protest in Hong Kong, the National Day Fireworks Celebration is Cancelled. The following is the original notice :
“In view of the latest situation, it is anticipated that main access roads leading to hot spots for viewing the fireworks display may continue to be seriously affected. Having regard to public transport arrangements and public safety considerations, the National Day Fireworks Display originally scheduled at Victoria Harbour on October 1 (Wednesday) at 8pm will be cancelled.
Ends/Monday, September 29, 2014
Issued at HKT 16:34”
I would like to share a great news for everyone who loves fireworks: Hong Kong government announced to have the annual National Day Fireworks Celebration (the 1st of October 2014) this year again.
The National Day Fireworks Celebration was cancelled last year as a mark of respect for the victims of the tragic ferry crash in Victoria Harbour (39 people lost their lives when two boats collided). For a long time it was unclear if this National Day tradition would be canceled for good.
For the last 16 years since the handover in 1997, Hong Kong has been celebrating the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1 every year with a stunning fireworks display, special flag raising ceremony as well as a special horse-racing event. The National Day Fireworks Celebration has been the highlight of all the celebrations.
Hong Kong’s 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.
Hong Kong usually will have fireworks on the Chinese New Year, National Day as well as the Anniversary of HKSAR Establishment (the 1st of July). It always attracts several hundred thousands of spectators.
What can you see from the 2014 National Day Fireworks Display?
To celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China this year, Hong Kong will celebrate this special day with a spectacular fireworks program again. The amazing fireworks will take place at 8:00pm in Victoria Harbour this year.
Be prepared for a 23 minute stunning fireworks show. Four barges are positioned in the middle of Victoria Harbour shooting up fireworks. In the past, the National Day Fireworks Celebration consisted of different scenes highlighting e.g. Chinese characters for China, October 1st or other national symbols such as flowers.
Since the fireworks are launched from the middle of Victoria Harbour, you can enjoy the amazing show from almost anywhere along Victoria Harbour – be it on the Kowloon side or from Hong Kong Island. We compiled a short list of the best vantage points to enjoy the fireworks display in Hong Kong below.
Where are the best places to watch the National Day Fireworks Celebration 2014?
The best free viewing points to enjoy the National Fay Fireworks Celebration in Hong Kong are:
1. Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
2. Tsim Sha Tsui Avenue of Stars
3. Hung Hom Bypass (the highway is closed during this event and a one of a kind opportunity to walk on one of Hong Kong’s busiest streets without cars)
4. West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade
Hong Kong Island Side
1. Central Ferry Piers
2. Golden Bauhinia Square at Wan Chai
3. Causeway Bay
Hong Kong’s popular attraction the Sky100 Observation Deck offers special 2014 National Day Fireworks Display Tickets. Soaring 393 meters above Hong Kong you can enjoy the spectacular fireworks from an unobstructed location. Tickets can be purchased for HK$ 208 during the early-bird promotion (September 1 – 21) or HK$ 228 afterwards. In case you would like to enjoy the 2014 National Day Fireworks Display from the Sky100 you should act fast. In previous years, tickets sold out literally within minutes.
From hotels and restaurants to enjoy the 2014 National Day Fireworks Display
In case you would like to enjoy the National Fay Fireworks Celebrations 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/book the hotels.
1. Harbour Plaza Metropolis 都會海逸酒店
2. InterContinental 香港洲際酒店
3. InterContinental Grand Stanford 海景嘉福酒店
4. Kowloon Shangri-la Hotel 九龍香格里拉大酒店
5. Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel 馬可孛羅香港酒店
6. New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel 千禧新世界香港酒店
7. The Peninsula, Hong Kong 半島酒店
8. Sheraton Hotel, Hong Kong 香港喜來登酒店
9. Last but not least: the newly opened Ritz-Carlton (ICC Tower)
Hong Kong Island Side:
1. Conrad Hong Kong 香港港麗酒店
2. The Excelsior Hotel 怡東酒店
3. Four Seasons Hotel 四季酒店
4. Grand Hyatt 君悅酒店
5. Island Shangri-La Hotel 港島香格里拉大酒店
6. JW Marriott 香港萬豪酒店
7. Mandarin Oriental Hotel 香港文華東方酒店
8. Renaissance Harbour View 萬麗海景酒店
Enjoying the National Day Fireworks from a boat:
The National Day Fireworks can also be enjoyed on board of the many Harbour Cruises. In the past this has been one of the most popular choice by many visitors and an early booking has been a must to secure a seat on these special harbor cruises during Chinese National Day. However, due to last year’s tragic event it is uncertain how many tour operators will offer special National Day Fireworks Harbour Cruise packages.
One last piece of advice: Make sure to travel to the event way ahead of the scheduled time. Special transport and traffic arrangement will be in place for the National Day. This includes closure of roads as well as exits of MTR stations. So double-check with your hotel concierge, the official Transport Department Website and/or the police officers on the street.
In the past years, people arrived at the most popular sight-seeing spots hours ahead of the scheduled start of the fireworks. In order to prevent possible overfilling’s Police will close entrance as soon as these spots maximum spectators. So make sure to plan enough time to get a decent spot to watch and enjoy. In addition, make sure to keep an eye on your belongings. Believe us…the places will be packed with people.
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October 1, 2014