Wondering where to watch the fireworks in Hong Kong? Here are places you can celebrate with a bang!
Fireworks and Hong Kong go hand in hand, with the biggest and best displays each year taking place on National Day, Chinese New Year and Establishment Day. On those days, literally hundreds of thousands of folks line both sides of Victoria Harbour to take it all in. Looking to hit the streets to watch the spectacle? As the fireworks are shot off from boats in Wan Chai, the best place to see them is along the shores of Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, Admiralty and Wan Chai. Here are some of our top firework viewing spots:
- Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade – the perfect spot to nab a great photo, this will be one of the busiest areas as the (arguably) best views of the fireworks can be seen here!
- Harbour City Rooftop Car Park – is a great option as you can head over early, do a spot of shopping, nab an early dinner then head up to catch the view!
- Avenue of the Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui – watch the fireworks amongst “stars” from this quintessential HK landmark. Expect crowds.
- Hung Hom Bypass – the highway is closed to cars during the event, making this a rare chance to walk on one of HK’s busiest streets.
- West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade – with its easy access from Kowloon MTR Station/Elements Mall, this makes for a night out a much simpler one.
- Kowloon Peak (Fei Ngo Shan) – for the more adventurous, this is a great vantage point that also adds a spot of hiking and exercise! Night hike, anyone?
- Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck – watch the fireworks from the 100th floor of the tallest building in Hong Kong, perfect for drizzly weather
- BLT Steak in Harbour City – check out the National Day Fireworks Buffet, and watch the show from the outdoor terrace.
- Nobu at Intercontinental Hotel – for a fancier occasion, book yourself a table window-side and indulge in delectable dishes.
- Aqualuna Harbour Cruise – Wine and dine on the river as you watch the display with Aqualuna’s special fireworks display dinner. Spots sell out fast!
- Regal Hotel Cruise and Dinner – enjoy the view from the river with a special menu
- Spasso – book a table for dinner so that you can enjoy both the mini a-la-carte menu and the fireworks that night.
Hong Kong Island Side:
- Tamar Park – pack a picnic and set up a tent, and watch the sky light up!
- Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai – with the Convention Centre in the background and the fireworks in the foreground (sky!) this is a great spot on the island to watch!
- ifc Mall – head upstairs to the top of the mall and hang out near Dear Lilly to catch the views… what’s more, the space outside is a public free-seating area and you can head over early to grab a burger and cheesy chips from Shake Shack.
- The Peak – no doubt the Peak will have one of the best views on the island, it will also be quite packed. Make sure to go early to grab a spot on one of the many viewing areas.
- Certain parts of Bowen Drive (just past the intersection of Bowen Rd and Bowen Drive) also offer great views.
- Gia Trattoria on Fenwick Pier in Admiralty offers a super view and a delicious dinner to boot.
- The Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre – has a number of restaurants, each of which should have a special firework-watching menu or buffet.
- Central Ferry Pier – a great place to view the fireworks which is why it will also be very popular. Go early and save your spot!
- Wherever you’re going, get there early. We know you know this, but note that once spots reach a max capacity the police will close them off. So leave earlier than you think you need to #earlybirdgetstheworm.
- Expect mega crowds. Literally thousands upon thousands of people will be jostling for a spot.
- Plan your route. There will be road closures and other traffic arrangements – plus some MTR exits are often closed. So be prepared to take a detour to your destination… think of it as the scenic route!
- Keep an eye on your stuff! With such crowds you’ll want to keep a tight grip on your valuables
If you’re not up for the crowds (we hear ya!), the best viewing spot may just be the most convenient: your living room, as these extravaganzas are televised on the local Hong Kong channels, TVB and Jade.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2016, and was updated in September 2018