Shooting stars and smiley faces to light up New Year's Eve show
The city's upcoming New Year's Eve celebrations are set to be the biggest yet and will feature "shooting star" pyrotechnics as well as fireworks for the first time.
Mason Hung Chung-hing, director of event and product development at the Tourism Board, said the spectacle will span 1.5 kilometres from Causeway Bay to Central and reach heights of 250 metres. Some 400,000 spectators are expected to line the Kowloon and Hong Kong waterfronts to watch the display, up from 380,000 last year.
The celebrations will begin at 11pm with a pyrotechnic display of "shooting stars" in silver, green, gold and red launching from the rooftops of nearby buildings at 15-minute intervals.
At midnight, an eight-minute pyrotechnic, firework and light show accompanied by music will start on the water and move landwards to the Convention and Exhibition Centre at Victoria Harbour.
Hung said the pyrotechnics would be launched in six layers, both skywards and from Tsim Sha Tsui towards the other side of the harbour, while hearts and smiley faces made of fireworks will light up the night sky.
The music was arranged by local composer Chiu Tsang-hei and is a medley of Scottish ballad Auld Lang Syne, Singaporean violinist Vanessa Mae's Happy Valley and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.
The best spots to view the show will be the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, new Central harbourfront, central piers nine and 10, Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai or aboard one of the countdown cruise ships in Victoria Harbour. The event will be broadcast live on TVB Jade.
Hung said the event cost HK$13 million, but did not reveal how much was given by sponsors New World Development.