The year 2012 is coming to an end and like any other cities around the world Hong Kong will celebrate the arrival of the year 2013 with a unique New Year Countdown on New Year’s Eve, December 31st, 2012. This year’s Hong Kong New Year Countdown will the biggest in the event’s history. Spectacular HK$ 12 million are spent on the fireworks, which will be launched from both sea and land for the first time ever. Fireworks lovers will be thrilled to hear that this year’s firework will last eight minutes, which is twice as long as previous New Year Eve’s fireworks displays. In previous years the fireworks featured spectacular pyrotechnics from Two IFC (the building where Batman jumped from in the movie ‘The Dark Knight’) and other nine buildings on Hong Kong Island. This year’s fireworks display will begin on the harbour and move landwards in three layers culminating in a display from various buildings in Wan Chai with the iconic Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) as the focal point.
Where to enjoy the fireworks?
The fireworks can be enjoyed from the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, the promenade from the Avenue of Stars to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the promenade at the Golden Bauhinia Square or next to the Central piers. Please read are related article about the Hong Kong Fireworks Show for insider insights where the best vantage points are to enjoy the fireworks.
Insider Tips: Starting from 11:00, every 15 minutes, ‘shooting stars’ will be launched from the buildings along Victoria Harbour on Hong Kong Island. Don’t miss out to make a wish!
In order to enjoy the unique and splendid fireworks, be sure to be there early enough to get yourself a good viewing spot. Please be aware it will be over-crowded since not only Hong Kong citizens but many mainland Chinese visitors will join this big event.