Hong Kong welcomes the New Year

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THE NEW YEAR Countdown Celebration at Hong Kong has become one of the biggest and most remarkable countdowns across Asia. Organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), the Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations 2018 will be launched at the Victoria Harbour on New Year’s Eve. This year’s Musical Fireworks event will be grander and even more impressive with new effects displayed from award-winning fireworks.

Two key highlights of this year’s Countdown Celebrations include a musical fireworks display over the Victoria Harbour, and performances that take place at the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier. Presented in an unprecedented scale, the 10-minute pyrotechnic extravaganza will feature a rainbow of fireworks cascading from various heights around the Victoria Harbour.

Fireworks by an award-winning European fireworks maker will be used for the first time to create a breathtaking visual effect in which Hong Kong’s skyline will be illuminated by “Magical Star Dusts” inspired by dancing fairies scattering magical star dust over Victoria Harbour, signifying New Year’s blessings to the city.

A performance from Australian group Strange Fruit will be presented starting at 10 p.m. at the Tsim Sha Tsui Pier. The performers will sway and dance on gigantic (two meters in diameter) orbs on five-meter poles, delivering an exotic feat incorporating theatrical and circus entertainments.

The audience will also get a chance to “make a wish” upon the pyrotechnic “shooting stars” presented in four different colors, which symbolize love, health, happiness, and wealth. The sparkling stars will be launched every 15 minutes from 11 p.m. onwards from the rooftops of five participating buildings on Hong Kong Island: the CITIC Tower, Harbour Centre, Harcourt House, the Queensway Government Offices, and Revenue Tower.

The Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations can be viewed from a number of spots across Hong Kong and Kowloon. The best vantage points in Tsim Sha Tsui are the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Open Piazza. The best vantage points on Hong Kong side are the Central Harbourfront, Central Piers 9 and 10, and Bauhinia Square in Wanchai.