Hong Kong’s iconic National Day Fireworks Show is back for the first time since 2019. This year’s 23-minute-long display at Victoria Harbour will kick off at 9pm, and will feature eight scenes and a multi-coloured hydrangea for the first time. So if you want in on the action, we bring you our picks of the best places in Hong Kong to watch the night sky light up on October 1. Remember that many of these areas get crowded pretty quickly, so get there early — preferably with loads of drinks and snacks!

Avenue of Stars — Tsim Sha Tsui

a view of the avenue of stars in hong kong. the promenade is on the right and victoria harbour is on the left, with a view of hong kong island in the background.
The Hong Kong Island-facing Avenue of Stars is the most popular place in the territory to watch a fireworks display (© Hong Kong Tourism Board)

This is the definitive place to watch any fireworks display in the 852 as spectators get to view the show against the iconic backdrop of Hong Kong Island. This area gets crowded pretty quickly, and you’ll barely have any standing room, so get there well before 9pm to get your front-row seat to the spectacular nighttime event. If you aren’t able to get a coveted spot there, walk east along the harbour and pick a place on the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

Golden Bauhinia Square — Wan Chai

golden bauhinia square against the backdrop of hong kong skyscrapers.
This tourist spot may not be as crowded as some of the more popular places in the city to watch the fireworks (© RainerHK via Canva)

While this is a popular tourist spot and easy to find, it isn’t a prime fireworks viewing area. And drinks and snacks are usually not easy to come by here. But this should be the place to go if you don’t want to be in the midst of a heaving crowd while watching the fireworks. 

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Tamar Park — Admiralty

the grassy expanse at tamar park surrounded by government buildings in hong kong
Tamar Park is a great place for the entire family to watch a fireworks display in Hong Kong (© seaonweb via Canva)

Bring a blanket, food, and drinks and make this year’s fireworks show a picnic experience at this wide, grassy expanse, which will give you a great harbourside view of the event. It’s an easy walk from the Admiralty MTR station, and is a great place to bring kids.

Central Piers — Central

An overhead view of the star ferry pier at central and the neighbouring central pier 8. the hong kong observation wheel is on the right and the skyline of eastern hong kong island is in the background.
Spectators can gather at the Star Ferry Pier at Central or the neighbouring Central Pier 8 to catch the action (© CHUNYIP WONG via Canva)

The best place along the Central side of the harbour is near the Star Ferry Terminal or Central Pier 8 as you will get an unobstructed view of the fireworks show. If you want an aerial view of the event from this area, you could even book a seat on the Hong Kong Observation Wheel.

Wan Chai Waterfront Promenade — Wan Chai

a couple stands in front of a board at the wan chai promenade over looking victoria harbour in hong kong. they can see the kowloon skyline across the harbour as a ferry passes by.
The promenade at Wan Chai is one of the new additions to the city’s fireworks-viewing spots (© Architectural Services Department)

This is said to be the longest promenade along Victoria Harbour, so you’re bound to find a place to catch the fireworks here. And as a bonus, you’ll definitely get something to sip and munch on at the Waterfront Carnival, which is on during the long holiday weekend for Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day.

West Kowloon Art Park — Kowloon

two people sit on foldable seats at art park in west kowloon art park and look at the hong kong island side of the harbour
The Art Park at West Kowloon Cultural District is a relatively relaxed spot to watch a fireworks show in Hong Kong (© West Kowloon Art Park)

If you’re looking for a chilled-out spot to take in the fireworks on the Kowloon side of the Harbour, head to this wide open space. Feel free to pack a stool, pitch a tent, or even bring your pets — if crowds and loud noises don’t scare them too easily, that is.

Lugard Road — The Peak

a view of the fireworks in hong kong from the peak. the hong kong island skyscrapers are in the foreground and the kowloon skyline is in the background.
Photography enthusiasts often flock to Lugard Road on The Peak to capture the fireworks (© pat138241 via Canva)

This is the place to be if you want a bird’s-eye view of the fireworks display. Hike up to The Peak, or head up there via bus or tram. While you’ll have to pay for a ticket to check out the action from Sky Terrace 428, we suggest going to Lugard Road for a free-of-charge view. This is a photographer-favourite spot, though, so you’d do well to get here early.

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Kowloon Peak — Ma On Shan

get stunning views of the city's skyscrapers lighting up the harbour by night from kowloon peak
Get stunning views of the city’s skyscrapers lighting up the harbour by night from Kowloon Peak (© Daniel Tam via Flickr)

If you decide to head up to Kowloon Peak, also known as Fei Ngo Shan, you will get sweeping views of Hong Kong, but the fireworks will be obstructed by skyscrapers. However, if you’re a hiking enthusiast, this is one of the more adventurous ways to check out the display against the twinkling lights of the city.

East Coast Park Precinct — North Point

The breakwater at the east coast park precinct has great west-facing views
The breakwater at the East Coast Park Precinct has great west-facing views (© Raymond Ling via Flickr)

This is a bit further out than most people venture for a Hong Kong fireworks show — and it’s smaller than the other spots we’ve mentioned — but it’s also generally not as crowded as the other more popular spaces. Grab a place along the 100-metre-long breakwater that extends into the harbour and try to get a north- or west-facing view.

IFC — Central

a collage showing two images. the one on the right shows a view of victoria harbour as seen from the rooftop of two ifc. the one on the right shows two people sitting on the rooftop and looking at the harbour.
Spectators who head to the rooftop of Two IFC can get great views of the harbour (© Candy Chan via Google)

This has the advantage of being a wide open space on a rooftop bang in the heart of the city. You can order quick bite from Shake Shack, or even make a run to the supermarket downstairs to get snacks and drinks to enjoy as you watch the show.

Ocean Terminal Deck — Tsim Sha Tsui

a view of the fireworks show from ocean terminal deck at harbour city
The Ocean Terminal Deck at Harbour City is a popular spot to watch fireworks shows
(© Harbour City)

Many photography enthusiasts flock to the rooftop of this five-storey extension building of Harbour City to get the best click of the fireworks as it boasts a 270-degree view of the city’s skyline. The mall will also open the Ocean Terminal Rooftop Car park to the public, which they can access if they redeem a charity admission ticket.

Braemar Hill — Eastern District

a view of victoria harbour by sunset from braemar hill
Braemar Hill provides stunning west-facing views of Victoria Harbour (© Brian H.Y via Flickr)

Braemar Hill is popular among photographers who want to capture a picture-perfect Hong Kong sunset, especially from the Mount Butler viewpoint. It has great west-facing views of the harbour and tends to be secluded if you hike up there, which makes it a great vantage point for a view of the fireworks against the backdrop of Victoria Harbour.

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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