On the 1st of October 2011 Hong Kong celebrates the annual China’s National Holiday with a spectacular fireworks program again. In order to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong will have an amazing fireworks display over Victoria Harbor. Four barges will launch more than four tons of fireworks into the sky – illuminating Hong Kong’s beautiful skyline. The whole firework show will last about 23 minutes and consist of 9 nine scenes with 31888 fireworks this year. The fireworks will reach its climax at the last scene, which will fill the sky with red, yellow, green and purple patterns for about 52 seconds this year. The complete show has an estimated cost of about HK$ 8 million. Giving these facts you can be sure that this firework show will be one of a kind and will enchant everyone!
Make sure not to miss this spectacular event and mark down this date in your calendar. For many locals this is one of the biggest events of the year and the best at last: it is for free!
So when does the fireworks takes place?
It starts at 21:00 (9:00 pm) on October 1st, 2011. Fireworks will be discharged from barges moored in Central Victoria Harbour off Wan Chai.
Where are the best spots to enjoy the fireworks over Victoria Harbor?
We can recommend the following viewing points:
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
and even in
1. Causeway Bay
the fireworks can be seen and enjoyed.
The following hotels might be worthwhile to take into your consideration to enjoy the firework show (including restaurants, bars etc.). But make sure to reserve your seats/rooms quick since this is one of the hottest events in the years:
1. Harbour Plaza Metropolis 都會海逸酒店
2. Inter-Continental 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. Hotel Nikko Hong Kong 香港日航酒店
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. 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. J W 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
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.
(Note: All the photos were taken on 2010 China’s National Day Hong Kong)