Hong Kong’s New Year fireworks display will not be held for the fourth year in a row. Instead, visitors can watch a special version of the Symphony of Lights along Victoria Harbour.
As part of the 10-minute display, the buildings and landmarks on the Hong Kong Island side of the harbour will put on a pyrotechnic display with laser beams and dancing lights. The Star Ferry fleet will also be lit up for the event.
Other 2022 New Year’s Eve events include performances by pianist Niu Niu, the Hong Kong Rope Skipping Club, and local taiko drumming group Gekko. There will also be a countdown clock on the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre during the last 30 seconds of 2022.
These events will also be broadcast live and streamed online for viewers to watch at home.
The New Year’s fireworks display was first cancelled in 2019 due to social unrest, and then in 2020 and 2021 because of the Covid-19 situation in the city. This year’s Lunar New Year and National Day fireworks displays were also scrapped due to Hong Kong’s anti-epidemic measures.
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