3D hearts and birthday cakes to light up Hong Kong sky as part of HK$13 million National Day fireworks display

October’s National Day fireworks showcase 3D designs for the first time, costing HK$13million in total, and celebrating three occasions in one.

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 September, 2017, 9:04am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 September, 2017, 9:31am

Heart shapes in unprecedented 3D designs and birthday cakes will light the sky over Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour during a 23-minute fireworks display for China’s National Day holiday, it was announced on Wednesday.

The organiser said the HK$13 million display was designed to mark three occasions in one: the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1; the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on July 1, and the Mid-Autumn Festival on October 4.

On October 1, starting at 9pm and lasting 23 minutes and nine seconds, all 31,888 fireworks will be set off from four barges floating on the harbour. The show will be made up of eight different scenes, each featuring an individual theme.

“Cooperation with the production company makes the scenes very spectacular”, said Dr Lo Kam-yam, chairman of both the sponsor, Hong Kong Commerce and Industry Associations, and of the fireworks display organising committee. “The production company invented some scenes that have not been seen before.”

The sixth scene will show the first ever 3D heart shape, to symbolise love for the city.

“It is a 2D heart shape with spherical, glittering stars filling all the hearts, forming a 3D effect”, said Wilson Mao Wai-Shing, chief executive of Pyro Magic Multimedia Productions, which also designed last year’s show.

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Each year new ideas and patterns must be used to “make it more interesting”, Mao said. Another fresh effect is 3D spirals in scene three.

Spectators can watch the HK$13 million show – HK$1million more expensive than the 20th anniversary celebratory display on July 1 – from areas along the waterfront which will be cordoned off for the occasion.

Other themes include scene four’s Journey which will symbolise the homecoming reunion celebrations of the Mid-Autumn Festival, and birthday cake patterns, for the founding of the PRC, in the final scene.

Hong Kong’s government began advertising for sponsors on April 12, and the Commerce and Industry Association has been planning the event since June. The association, incorporated in 1993, is made up of member organisations who are leaders of major trade, economic and industrial enterprises in Hong Kong.

The National Day fireworks were cancelled in 2013 due to the Lamma Ferry collision a year earlier, which killed 39 people. They were also cancelled in 2014 because of the Occupy protests.