The Chinese New Year fireworks for 2015 are a big event in Hong Kong. The fireworks are exploded on the second day of the three day Spring Festival holidays. Most people have the three days off, so large crowds gather to enjoy the event. The fireworks display in conjunction with the Symphony of Lights and the Hong Kong Pulse 3D Light Show are a main attraction to enjoy in Hong Kong on February 20, 2015.
Fireworks: It has become a Hong Kong tradition that fireworks are displayed over Victoria Harbor on the day after the Chinese New Year day. It coincides with the record-setting Symphony of Lights. The harbor is scheduled to roar with a giant half-hour long fireworks display with lasers and choreographed building lights on the dozens of participating buildings.
The skyscrapers go through their paces while the tens of thousands of spectators listen to the orchestrated music and narration played on loudspeakers for the event. This display is bigger and longer than the regular New Year's fireworks at midnight on January 1st.
You'll probably hear extra-loud booming detonations that are intended (according to Chinese tradition) to scare away the evil spirits from the whole area. This is hoped to make the Year of the Goat a fortunate one.
Hong Kong makes this a grand event. It is the most important holiday for families, and more than 300,000 people watched the fireworks in the Year of the Snake, 2013 when 23,888 fireworks went aloft. Eight is a lucky number.
The fireworks are set aloft in conjunction with the regular Symphony of Lights show. Every night during the season, there is a free holiday light show. The show expands and gets flashier every year.
Visitors sit along the shore at the pedestrian walk called Avenue of Stars or have a meal on a restaurant boat.
Loudspeakers broadcast music and the accompanying narrative. A lot of buildings put up special New Year light displays to complement the visual effects of the architectural choreography.
New event: A new feature for the holidays is the Hong Kong Pulse 3D Light Show. Started in 2014, this laser light show is actually drawing more attention than the Symphony of Lights. It is quite a vivid and dynamic scene. Lasers light up the crowds on the plaza and the side of the Hong Kong Cultural Center that now doubles as a giant screen portraying cartoons, animations, and video.
This high tech laser audiovisual display is best seen around the plaza of the clock tower near the Star Ferry in Tsim Sha Tsui and along the Avenue of Stars. It is astounding, but expect this venue to be crowded.
3D show dates: 14 February to March 5, 2015. Throughout the 15-day Spring Festival Season except for Chinese New Year Day when the big Chinese New Year parade is scheduled for Feb 19, 2015.
Time: 8:30pm, 9pm, 9:30pm and 10pm nightly (Starting after the Symphony of Lights, about 15 minutes per session)
The Avenue of Stars is the best public viewpoint, and while there, you can also see the handprints and statues that commemorate Hong Kong's actors and the 3D laser animation show. There are permanent viewing stands there from which you can hear the accompanying music and dialogue. Try to get to the best viewing sites early.
People can watch the fireworks from both sides of the harbor. The best places to watch are along the north shore. A long pedestrian promenade extends eastwards from the Avenue of Stars about one kilometer. This promenade gives a view of Victoria Peak and the stunning skyline of brightly-lit skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island.
Boats: There are also cruises scheduled for that hour. Perhaps you'll be able to enjoy the spectacular fireworks performance from a boat in Victoria Harbor as you float and dine leisurely below the extravaganza.
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