Chinese New Year Fireworks are a big deal in Hong Kong and thousands of people gather to watch them. People get very excited and don’t mind queuing for hours at the popular vantage points. Restaurants, cruises and bars with best views take reservations long before the event and usually are sold out weeks in advance. The display usually last about 25minutes (very long compared to New Year Fireworks: 8minutes) and people say that it is spectacular (to be truthful I don’t get too excited over fireworks).
This year it was my first time watching Chinese New Year Fireworks. I went with my friend Ruth and her adorable baby Lina for my favourite hike. We started at 6:30 at Quarry Bay MTR, made our way up Mt Parker Road, up to Mt Butler and stopped a few minutes before 8pm when we found a perfect spot. There were only several people around. I expected hundreds! We watched colorful display and listened to very loud detonations (to scare the evil spirits – Chinese tradition) coming all the way from Central. It was cold but we kept warm with hot tea, snacked on sweets and crisps and sipped Polish cherry vodka.
Lovely company, nice sight, good location, no crowds. I would do it again.
Just before 8pm.
Start of 25minutes show.
On the way back we passed one of a Hong Kong Hiking Meetup groups (over 60 people) coming back from watching fireworks around Sir Cecil’s Ride. It is an option if you are not sure where is the best spot for watching fireworks.