Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee said that the annual National Day fireworks display usually held over Victoria Harbour will take place on October 1 after being cancelled every year since 2019. The 23-minute-long display will begin at 9pm, and feature eight scenes and a multi-colour hydrangea for the first time.

Speaking at a press briefing on Tuesday morning, Lee said, “On October 1, we will have a spectacular fireworks show on Victoria Harbour to celebrate the 74th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. There will [also] be a series of activities and concessions to bring vibrancy to the city’s nightlife.”

The National Day fireworks were cancelled in 2019 due to the social unrest in the city at the time, and were not held from 2020 to 2022 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The city’s iconic New Year fireworks show has also not been held since 2018. In 2022, an enhanced version of the Symphony of Lights was held instead.

Lee also said that he will announce details about the government’s plans to revitalise the city’s nightlife. “Many malls will extend their shopping hours and provide various concessions and coupons to bring vibrancy to our night economy. There will be actives held in different districts,” said Lee, adding that he aims to reveal more details next week.

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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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