The South China Morning Post wishes all our readers a happy and prosperous Year of the Pig A HK$4 million display of pyrotechnics lit up a cloudy and drizzling sky last night as about 330,000 people converged on Victoria Harbour to celebrate the start of the Year of the Pig. Police had expected up to half a million people to flock to the waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui and Wan Chai for the fireworks display. Crowds began gathering early in the day along the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre piazza, but with light rain and mist threatening to dampen the display, numbers fell short of expectations. But most who turned out were not disappointed. 'I've never seen anything like it, anywhere - it's spectacular!' said Ian Wylie, 59, from Newcastle, England, who came with his wife, Sue, to spend Lunar New Year in Hong Kong. Mrs Wylie added: 'Only the Chinese know how to do fireworks displays.' This was the couple's second visit to the city and they secured a good spot at Golden Bauhinia Square from which to watch the show. Despite the unco-operative weather, this year's 23-minute display appeared to dazzle the crowd. The show kicked off at 8pm with fireworks meant to resemble gold ingots, a pink pig's snout and the Chinese character for 'luck' in red. It was the first time in history that a Chinese character has been displayed in fireworks. Organisers said 23,888 fireworks were used, some exploding 300 metres above the harbour.