Time to party here, so we decided to celebrate new year’s eve in the amazing city of Hong Kong!
This city is unique. No matter the day or season you fly in, no matter the weather or the time you have to spend here. It will always be special and unique, even in a foggy day during the typhoon season you can get this:
The thing here is that any celebration or public holiday implies rivers of people flowing through the old narrow alleys of the city, not speaking about the prices in the clubs, pubs, restaurants or any place selling booze, excepting the 7/11.
Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, so in addition to the usual residents, there are also hundreds of tourists coming from all over the world to take part in whatever event is going on.
For example, the area surrounding Lan Kwai Fong, the most well-known party district of the city, becomes impossible to walk in, with collapsed streets, and the pavement covered with a considerable layer of debris and shattered glass and people lying around, passed out. However, it is amazing.
Another crowded points to avoid in a New Year Eve celebration are the Avenue of the Stars, the area near the Star Ferry pier (Kowloon side) and around the International Commerce Centre, where the main fireworks starts.
I say to avoid for several reasons: first of all, the best places are taken by photographers and their tripods from the first hour of the morning. Secondly, those points have a huge public affluence, so if you really want a spot there, you will have to spend several hours taking positions to be ready for the firework… you don’t want to spend from 3 to 6 hours sitting in the same place just to be ready for 5 minutes of fireworks, so that…
The meh point of the night was that we were expecting more fireworks… well, honestly, we were expecting something like Flak artillery shooting indiscriminately in the air, but maybe they are saving the best for the Chinese New Year… At least, I hope so!
As you can see, there are multiple points of view of the fireworks. We found our place in the east side of Kowloon. Here’s the video of the countdown, in HD. Enjoy!
Best wishes for the new year, waiting for the Chinese one in few weeks!
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- Hong Kong’s Jade Market.