Hong Kong will transform into one huge party on December 31, 2010. If you want to celebrate in style on New Year’s Eve, read on.
Victoria Harbour Fireworks
The Hong Kong government will treat residents and visitors to a spectacular night display of pyrotechnics at Victoria Harbour at midnight. Crowds will form on the Kowloon side of the harbour at Tsim Sha Tsui, near the Avenue of the Stars. There are already viewing platforms constructed for the nightly Sympony of the Stars that will be used for viewing the fireworks. On the island side, spectators will congregate at Wan Chai around Golden Bauhina Square, as well as around the Central piers. Those who find a place on Victoria Peak can watch the sky erupt in color from their lofty viewpoint. Finally, a very good place to watch the fireworks is aboard a cruise ship passing along the harbour, as wine and tidbits are served to passengers. Besides the fireworks, the International Finance Centre will display a huge countdown clock so that everyone in attendance can ring in the New Year in unison.
Party in Lan Kwai Fong
The narrow streets of Lan Kwai Fong, Central feature a dense concentration of bars and nightclubs, incessantly popular with expats. Though establishments charge a pretty penny on New Year’s Eve, the scene is boisterous and feverish. Do beware, however, if you suffer from claustrophobia (21 people were trampled to death in a human stampede here on January 1, 1993). If you prefer to hang out with an older, mellow crowd, try the restaurants in the Soho entertainment zone. Finally, have a ball in Causeway Bay, Central and Times Square as you celebrate the New Year with thousands of others. Concierges at the best hotels in Hong Kong will help you navigate the action and make the best of the New Year’s scene.
New Year’s Restaurants
The top restaurants in Hong Kong book fast on New Yearâ€™s Eve. Upscale hotels in the city feature the best and most expensive tables but you must snag a reservation early if you want to sit back with a glass of wine when the fireworks explode.
Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Several musical and dance numbers will begin at 11 p.m. outside the awesome Hong Kong Cultural Centre on Salisbury Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. Relax under the historic Clock Tower and enjoy the performances before midnight.
Do not expect to move about freely from place to place on New Year’s Eve in Hong Kong. December 31 is one night where the city’s notorious population density is in full evidence. As a result, every major artery and pulse point will be jammed with celebrants for blocks upon blocks. The best advice is to have a plan and set location, stick to it and have fun. Whether you party on the harbourfront, on Victoria Peak, hop from club to club, dine in style or take a cruise, Hong Kong is a pre-eminent city for memorable New Year’s Eve fun.