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Best places to watch Chinese New Year fireworks for free

Pop along to these excellent vantage spots where you can catch the Lunar New Year fireworks without splurging on a fancy meal
Fireworks in Victoria Harbour
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Love it or loathe it, the Chinese New Year fireworks in Hong Kong are a spectacular affair. It’s the biggest fanfare of the year, putting the annual New Year’s Eve and National Day pyrotechnics the shame. As per tradition, the celebrations will be taking place over Victoria Harbour on the second day of the Lunar New Year on February 6 at 8pm. Bringing out the big guns, the fireworks will last a whopping 23 minutes and feature festive patterns including Saturn’s rings and adorable pig noses to mark the Year of the Pig. So there’s plenty of time to snap some awesome IG shots if you’ve bagged yourself a primo location with a great view of Victoria Harbour. But what if you haven’t already locked in your dinner-with-a-view or booked your spot on a rooftop bar catch the fireworks? Well, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. 

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Best places to see the fireworks in Hong Kong

Attractions

Avenue of Stars

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Finally re-opened after nearly four years of renovation, Avenue of Stars – think of it as Hong Kong’s version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame – provides the best front row seats to the pyrotechnic display. There’s also an added bonus of getting a selfie with cinematic icons likes Bruce Lee and Anita Mui (in statue form). The entire waterfront stretch in Tsim Sha Tsui will be heaving come the fireworks so getting there early is key. Though the atmosphere there is phenomenal and expect plenty of oohs and ahhs.

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Bauhinia Square

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Right next to the Convention Centre is an excellent spot to gather to see the fireworks. Yes, it’s a bit of a dead zone around HKCEC – it’s definitely somewhere you need to bring your own booze and snacks with you – the plus side is it’s usually less crowded than both Central or TST while still being close to the water with a damn fine view of the pyrotechnics.

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Central Ferry pier

Central Ferry Piers

Even though there’s a ton of space along the front, this will probably be one of the busiest places in Hong Kong during the Chinese New Year fireworks. The vantage points are ace, so get there early if you want even a sniff of the water.

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IFC

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One for those who want a more aerial view of the fireworks. Grab a spot somewhere on the IFC rooftop area outside Shake Shack. Since the fireworks start at 8pm, you can fuel up at the burger joint before the festivities kick off. But if you’re keen to grab your primo spot overlooking the water, being early is key. There’s plenty of space in the vicinity as well as other revellers to keep the party going. BOYB is key to keeping the party going after the fireworks end.

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The Peak

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You can’t get much higher than The Peak when it comes to finding a great spot to look down on the fireworks. Get on a bus (okay, that’s not exactly free) and get up there early if you want to experience a true bird's eye view of the fireworks, and maybe squeeze in a calorie-burning stroll with an easy hike along the Peak Circle Walk while you’re there. 

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Tamar Park

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A great spot for seeing the action. This massive public park sits adjacent to the Central Government Offices and the Legislative Council Complex and sports plenty of harbourside spots that you can grab early on. The vast space is a simple walk from Admiralty MTR Station. Take advantage of the sprawling grassy lawn by packing some food and drinks (and a blanket) for a super chilled out evening. Why not grab a couple of selfies at the International Light Display along the promenade while you’re there? 

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Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade

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With Avenue of Stars just re-opened, most Hongkongers and tourists are likely to all be clambering there to catch the fireworks, meaning there will (relatively) more space to enjoy the pyrotechnics from TST East. Yeah, you may be craning your neck to the right a lot but it’s easier to grab a spot the further down the promenade you venture. There are acres of space along the waterside to chill after the show ends or opt for the many bars and restaurants nearby.

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