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Six fun facts about Hong Kong fireworks

As we gear up for the fireworks spectacular on New Year’s Eve, get to know some explosive facts and figures behind the pyrotechnic masterpieces

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Time Out Hong Kong
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The countdown to 2019 is officially on. Aside from all the brilliant New Year’s parties and dinners to look forward to on December 31, the highlight of the night is surely the annual fireworks spectacle. Even bigger, though, are the annual displays for Chinese New Year and National Day. Here are some interesting tidbits you might not know about the pyrotechnic displays that takes place in Victoria Harbour throughout the year. 

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Fun facts about Hong Kong fireworks

3 times

3 times

in a year there are annual fireworks displays in Hong Kong – on New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year and National Day. 

2,000

2,000

The approximate number of years since fireworks were invented during the Han Dynasty. 

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$12 million

$12 million

The cost of the fireworks display to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover. 29 fireworks were launched every second and 39,888 pyrotechnic shells were used in that display. 

1967

1967

The year of the Hong Kong leftist riots, when fireworks were banned. The ban was eventually lifted in 1975 and government-organised fireworks displays were legalised for special occasions. 

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5 tonnes

5 tonnes

of fireworks destroyed after the 2018 Lunar New Year fireworks were cancelled due to the Tai Po bus tragedy 

$5,460 million

$5,460 million

value of fireworks exported from China to the rest of the world since 2012. 

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