The Hong Kong Celebration Association revealed that this year’s Lunar New Year fireworks display will be a 23-minute-long show with 23,888 fireworks launched from Victoria Harbour. The display, which will return to the city’s event calendar for the first time in five years, will take place on February 11, and start at 8pm.

The show will take place on the second day of Chinese New Year, and will feature eight acts. Each of the eight scenes of fireworks has its own characteristics. The opening scene, entitled “The Year of the Dragon”, will start off with a magnificent showcase of silver lightning and thunder to usher in the New Year.

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Fireworks on Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong (Hong Kong Government)

The second scene features the lucky number “8” in different forms and colours that symbolise wealth and abundance. “Five-coloured Cosmic Balls”, introduced, signify the boundless sky and earth, wishing citizens a bright future with endless possibilities. In the sixth scene, fireworks of “Smiling Faces” and “Double Red Hearts” will be launched in the hope that citizens will find beauty in life with a positive, enthusiastic attitude. The final scene “Harvest Drums” will bring the event to its climax as fireworks of “Mega-sized Brocade Crowns” will be discharged intensively to wish Hong Kong prosperity and peace in the year to come.

There will be three barges in front of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai that will launch the fireworks, covering a distance of 850 metres. The display can be seen from many vantage points on both sides of the harbour including Tsim Sha Tsui, Mid-Levels, Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and Hung Hom Bypass.

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Members of the public are advised to note that some parts of the green lawns, passageways and viewing platforms of Tamar Park and the Central and Western District Promenade (Central Section) have been temporarily closed in preparation for the large-scale outdoor art installation exhibition “teamLab: Continuous” to be launched in March. They may consider proceeding to other places as far as practicable to avoid overcrowding or not being able to enter the venue due to limited space.

Hong Kong last had a Chinese New Year fireworks show in 2019, as the event was cancelled every year since 2020 due to the city’s Covid-19 restrictions that prohibited large crowd gatherings. The city revived its annual fireworks shows for National Day and New Year’s Eve last year, and even had special weekend displays during the Harbour Chill Carnival over the summer and the Hong Kong WinterFest

Header image credits: Hong Kong Government

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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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