6,000kg of fireworks arrive in Hong Kong, ready to light up Victoria Harbour

2013 Lunar New Year fireworks display over the Victoria Harbour to celebrate the "Year of the Snake", viewed from Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui. Photo: Nora Tam/SCMP

They’ll certainly go out with a bang, but the 6,000kg of fireworks that will light up the city to celebrate the Lunar New Year made an altogether quieter entrance to Victoria Harbour, the man in charge of the annual display revealed.

Wednesday, 29 January, 2014, 3:55pm 2 comments

Is it time to scrap National Day fireworks for good?

Is it time to scrap National Day fireworks for good?

The government's decision to cancel the National Day fireworks has alarmed some in the tourism trade while also sparking a debate over whether the display should ever take place again.

1 May 2013 - 7:54am 2 comments

Our celebrations need not always go off with a bang

The sponsorship search for this year's National Day fireworks show just six months after the Lamma ferry tragedy has sparked criticism.

It is supposed to be a day of celebration. But last year, National Day turned to tragedy in Hong Kong when two ferries collided, claiming the lives of 39 people - including eight children.

22 Apr 2013 - 4:52am

Letters to the Editor, March 18, 2013

People watch fireworks in a Beijing street. Photo: AFP

After studying how the topic has been discussed over the last 20 plus years, I realise that, like what the experts say about grief over a lost loved one, there are five stages Hongkongers have experienced in their thinking on universal suffrage, although some have occurred simultaneously and not necessarily always in the following order.

18 Mar 2013 - 1:41am 7 comments

Hundreds of thousands turn out for Lunar New Year fireworks

Young cancer patients get a front-row seat at the yacht club in Causeway Bay for the Lunar New Year fireworks. Photo: Felix Wong

The Year of the Snake hit the city with a bang last night with 4.5 tonnes of explosives fired off in the fireworks display above Victoria Harbour. About 340,000 people watched the fireworks at the peak of the display, police said, most of them on the Kowloon side.

12 Feb 2013 - 11:33am

Briefs, February 12, 2013

Former table tennis world champion Zhuang Zedong

Tibetans in the region around Xiahe, Gansu province, which has been a focus of self-immolation protests against Beijing's rule, marked a low-key Tibetan New Year yesterday, with many saying celebrations were inappropriate while the burnings continued. 

12 Feb 2013 - 6:09am

China Digest, February 12, 2013

Travel agencies in Jiangsu say their business has suffered after the central government waived highway tolls during the Lunar New Year holiday.

12 Feb 2013 - 6:09am

Asia greets Year of Snake with raucous celebrations

Folk artists perform Haicheng stilt dancing in Qingdao, Shandong province. Photo: EPA

A billion-plus Asians ushered in the Year of the Snake on Sunday with a cacophony of fireworks, after a Chinese televised gala featuring megastars including Celine Dion kicked off a week of festivities.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Briefs, February 8, 2013

Xi Jinping urged members to speak truthfully. Photo: Xinhua

The high-profile Beihai "four lawyers" perjury case came to an end on Wednesday as prosecutors dropped the charge against the last defendant, Guangxi lawyer Yang Zaixin, Caixin magazine reported.

8 Feb 2013 - 5:01am

Parade to offer all singing, all dancing hello to Year of the Snake

The Lunar New Year Fireworks display will draw oohs and aahs next Monday night.

Thirty-six floats and performing groups from 14 countries will take part in the Chinese New Year Night Parade in Tsim Sha Tsui next Sunday.

3 Feb 2013 - 5:36am

Illegal fireworks blamed for deadly blast

Rescuers work at the disaster scene where eight vehicles fell off a bridge, after an explosion of fireworks on a truck in Mianchi county, in central China's Henan province. Photo: EPA

Chinese authorities say a truck that exploded and caused an elevated stretch of highway to collapse, killing 10 people, was loaded with holiday fireworks that were illegally produced and transported.

2 Feb 2013 - 8:54pm

26 killed in bridge collapse after fireworks truck explodes on Henan highway

Rescuers sift through rubble beside an up-turned truck under the highway bridge. Photo: Weibo

At least 26 people were killed when a truck carrying fireworks exploded and destroyed part of an elevated highway in central China's Henan province, state media reported on Friday.

Rescue crews are working frantically to find survivors who may have been trapped under more than a dozen vehicles that crashed off the bridge. 

1 Feb 2013 - 3:19pm 6 comments

Flare incident at Bundesliga match renews security debate in Germany

Joachim Loew, head coach of the German national football team. Photo: AFP

After hooligans forced a Bundesliga game to be delayed by throwing lit flares at the weekend, Germany coach Joachim Loew is leading the call for tighter security measures in stadiums.

Last Saturday, hooligans in the Eintracht Frankfurt fan block forced their team's 3-1 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen to be delayed by six minutes after lighting flares and setting off fireworks.

24 Jan 2013 - 3:09am

Safety the priority as we celebrate the new year

Safety first as we see in new year

Hong Kong ushers in the new year with spectacular fireworks and street parties tonight. Like elsewhere in the world, hundreds of thousands of revellers will be taking to the streets for various countdown activities. With the town bustling with celebrations and everyone overwhelmed with joy, it is easy to lower one's guard and put fun ahead of personal safety.

31 Dec 2012 - 3:23am

New rules, more inspections for boats in Victoria Harbour during NYE fireworks

New rules, more inspections for boats in Victoria Harbour during NYE fireworks

Coxswains must keep a passenger list and ensure all children aboard are wearing lifejackets on boats sailing to Victoria Harbour for the New Year's Eve fireworks display - or face prosecution.

21 Dec 2012 - 3:55am