National Day fireworks draw thousands to harbour
Fireworks celebrating National Day drew some 250,000 locals and tourists to both sides of the Victoria Harbour on Monday night.
Starting at 9pm, the 23-minute extravaganza launched a total of 23,888 fireworks into the sky, telling the story of a young man from birth to maturity in eight scenes. The tale symbolised the growth of the nation.
The show began with simplified Chinese characters for “China” and a gold star – symbolising the national flag. Both patterns sparkled 10 times over the harbour.
Circles were also a pervasive theme, representing a full moon and the Mid-Autumn Festival that also fell on this weekend.
This year, crowds packed the lawn at the new government headquarters at Tamar, Admiralty, which offers a panorama of the harbour, as well as the usual sites such as the Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui.
The HK$6 million show costs less than last year’s, at more than HK$8 million, and is sponsored by the Association of the Hong Kong Members of Guangdong’s Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Committees.