Nine alternative spots to view Hong Kong's Lunar New Year fireworks show
You've stuffed yourself at the Lunar New Year feast and collected all your lai see. Now it's time for the fireworks on Victoria Harbour. This year, go somewhere different to see them
You don't have to join the huge crowds lining the Victoria Harbour waterfront, or pay for a window seat in a bar or restaurant, to see the fireworks that will usher in the Year of the Rooster. We check out some other places you may not have thought of to catch the spectacle.
CHINA FERRY TERMINAL
Between the giant monstrosity that is Harbour City and the China Ferry Terminal, there is a small outdoor area from which you can see the fireworks. Walk through Harbour City or Kowloon Park to reach it.
Address: China Ferry Terminal, Gateway Boulevard, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Nearest MTR exit: Tsim Sha Tsui, A1 (Tsuen Wan Line)
HARBOUR CITY CAR PARK
The rooftop car park at the Tsim Sha Tsui mall is a great place to escape the crowds and get a nice unobstructed view.
Address: Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 7-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Nearest MTR exit: Tsim Sha Tsui A1 (Tsuen Wan Line)
Part of the Hung Hom Bypass between Salisbury Road and Hung Hom Road is closed to traffic, making it a great vantage point. The nearby Hung Hom promenade also gives great views of the harbour. The promenade is a 15-minute walk from the MTR.
Address: Hung Hom Promenade, Kin Wan Street, Kowloon
Nearest MTR exit: Hung Hom D4 (East Rail Line, West Rail Line)
KOWLOON PEAK (FEI NGO SHAN)
North of Kowloon Bay, Fei Ngo Shan offers great views of the harbour and both Hong Kong and Kowloon skylines, making it the perfect place for a late night fireworks picnic. Be warned however, traffic grinds to a halt long before the explosions start, the best way to get to the top is to hike up.
Address: Kowloon Peak, Ma On Shan Country Park, Kowloon
Nearest MTR exit: Choi Hung B (Kwun Tong Line); take minibus 1A to Fei Ngo Shan Road
Unlike its sister tower across the water, the IFC offers a free spot to watch the fireworks. While the fireworks can feel like explosions going off above your head, the roof of the IFC Mall is one of the best spots on Hong Kong island to catch the fireworks for cheap - especially with a supermarket downstairs at which to load up with food and booze beforehand.
Address: IFC, 8 Finance Street, Central
Nearest MTR exit: Hong Kong, F (Tung Chung Line, Airport Express)
CENTRAL FERRY PIERS
While ongoing land reclamation works don't exactly make this the most scenic part of Central, the waterfront next to the Hong Kong Observation Wheel is another good spot from which to see the fireworks.
Address: Central Piers, Man Kwong Street, Central
Nearest MTR exit: Hong Kong A2 (Tung Chung Line, Airport Express)
The large stretch of sloping lawn is an ideal place for a picnic overlooking the harbour. Go early and set up your tent at a nice spot for a more chilled out viewing.
Address: Harcourt Road, Admiralty
Nearest MTR exit: Admiralty A (Island Line)
GOLDEN BAUHINIA SQUARE
It’s a bit of a trek, but if you get there early, it’s probably one of the best spots to view the fireworks, according to Wilson Mao Wai-shing, who has the awesome job of setting off millions of dollars worth of pyrotechnics on Sunday. On your way there you can grab some takeaway from some fast food shops at Sun Hung Kai Centre.
Address: 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai
Nearest MTR exit: Wan Chai, A5 (take the footbridge through Immigration Tower and Central Plaza towards the Convention and Exhibition Centre)
Head up to The Peak early in the evening. Go by bus and avoid taking the peak tram as it will be mobbed by tourists. Once on the peak, head down to the lower parts of the mountain, where there are lookouts at Bowen Road Park.
Address: Victoria Peak, The Peak
Nearest MTR exit: Admiralty C (Island Line)
More tips for fireworks watchers
Weather: Obviously, fireworks are best seen in crystal-clear skies, but this is particularly the case for some viewpoints. Check the weather forecast beforehand.