Welcome to the year of the horse! This weekend was the official start of the lunar new year and Hong Kong was buzzing in anticipation of the holiday.
A few years ago Chinese New Year used to shut down Hong Kong– restaurants & shops were all closed since traditionally, the Chinese spend the holiday with their families. Nowadays Hong Kong is full of expats and visitors from mainland China which means that many businesses stay open to diners and shoppers.
This was my first time celebrating Chinese New Year and to be honest, part of what really convinced me to come to Hong Kong in the first place was watching a YouTube video of the Chinese New Year fireworks show in Victoria Harbour.
I’m a big fan of fireworks. And the fireworks put on each year in Hong Kong to ring in the lunar new year are spectacular. How could I say no to seeing such an incredible show?
I had to head to Hong Kong.
Then to make the event even more special my friend, Peter, invited me to watch the fireworks from a chartered boat in Victoria Harbour with his parents and friends. That’s right. A front row view for the glorious pyrotechnics from a catered boat.
The boat set sail from a pier in Causeway Bay before heading off into the night for the show. And oh what a show it was.
The Hong Kong skyline at night is a famous site, but I couldn’t believe how gorgeous the view was from the harbour. With the fireworks exploding overhead, the dark harbour waters and the night sky were full of brilliant colours and lights. I was giddy with excitement and couldn’t stop squealing with joy.
After the fireworks were done, I had a bit of wine in my belly and a camera full of dozens of photos of the lit up skyline. Then the boat cruised to a small lagoon with calmer waters where our group could enjoy dinner on the water before a bit more wine and music and dancing.
If the rest of the year of the horse is as good as this, then I can’t complain one bit.
Are you a fan of fireworks? Do you love the Hong Kong skyline as much as I do?