Fireworks and tai chi highlights

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 September, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 September, 1999, 12:00am

Fine weather is expected for tomorrow's 50th anniversary celebrations, which will include a mass tai chi performance and a fireworks show.

In its third year since reverting to Chinese rule, the SAR will open its National Day flag-raising ceremony to the public on the Expo Promenade at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

Avout 3000 people will be allowed to attend the ceremony, which will start the celebrations at 8am.

The second major government-organised event will be a show starting at Hong kong Stadium at 5.30pm.

About 38,000 people will be treated to performances by Canto-pop stars Andy Lau Tak-wah, Alan Tam Wing-lun and Faye Wong, who will sing in a musical Joy to the New Millennium. PLA troops will also perform.

People will also be able to watch lion dances, exhibitions of Chinese history, sports carnivals and parades at venues in Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, Central and Tsim Sha Tsui.

About 1000 people will eprform tai chi at a carnival in Victoria Park and form a giant '50'.

At 11am, the Democratic Alliance fofr the Betterment of Hong Kong will lead a march of an estimate 2000 people along Nathan Road to the Cultural Centre. In the afternoon, a flotilla of boats will leave from Shau Kei Wan via North Point to Tsim Sha Tsui.

The fireworks display in Victoria Harbour, sponsored by four civic organisations, will start at 9.30pm and last 23 minutes. A total of 38,388 fireworks will be launched form six barges.

'The orchestrated fireworks display will brighten up the entire Victoria Harbour to symbolise Hong Kong's bright future in the new millennium,' a government spokesnman said.

The Obvservatory expected fine weather during the day but clouds to form in the evening.