Chinese New Year Fireworks

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.

Chinese New Year Fireworks - photos of the display in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour

view of Kowloon from 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.

Chinese New Year Fireworks - photos of the display in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour

on the boat before the fireworks

Chinese New Year Fireworks - photos of the display in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour

The boat set sail from a pier in Causeway Bay before heading off into the night for the show.ย And oh what a show it was.

Chinese New Year Fireworks - photos of the display in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour

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.

Chinese New Year Fireworks - photos of the display in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour Chinese New Year Fireworks - photos of the display in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour

Chinese New Year Fireworks - photos of the display in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour

 

After the fireworks were done, I had a bit of wine in my belly and a camera full ofย 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.

Chinese New Year Fireworks - photos of the display in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour

If the rest of the year of the horse is as good as this, then I can’t complain one bit.

Chinese New Year Fireworks - photos of the display in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour

Are you a fan of fireworks? Do you love the Hong Kong skyline as much as I do?

 

  • Dee

    Wow, what a glorious experience! Huge fan of fireworks here. Happy CNY!

    • Happy Chinese New Year to you too!

  • Wow! I bet this was such a treat!!! I love fireworks. =0)
    The pictures look amazing.

    • Thank you! It was definitely an awesome and unique experience.

  • What a fun way to see the fireworks! I am a big fan of fireworks and I have never seen anything like the New Years firework show in Iceland, it was the most fireworks I have ever seen it was amazing!

    • Wow! Glad to hear you’re a fan too. Where in Iceland were you watching the show?

  • You really did have good seats! I love fireworks, they make me so happy ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy New Year! x

  • Awesome! SL doesn’t have the 4th of July show near our house anymore, which is a bummer. We’re going to watch a fireworks show at DW, so I’m excited about that. P.S. I like what you’ve done with your blog.

    • Booo! Where do they do the fireworks now? What’s DW? Thanks!

  • Looks like an *amazing* way to start off the New Year!! Having the skyline in the background just makes it even more WOW ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It was AWESOME. I never got tired of seeing the skyline on the boat

  • What a great way to start the Chinese New Year. I love fireworks too.

    • Thanks! Hope you enjoyed the photos.

  • What a fun experience! I love watching fireworks on a boat! Something magical about it! Thanks for linking up with TravelTuesday!

    • Happy to have linked up. This was my first time watching fireworks from a boat and I loved it! Thanks for stopping by

  • You got some amazing firework photographs and I love how you got to see it from the boat. that is very beautiful and magical! I love it! Thank you for linking up Pristine for Travel Tuesday! A pleasure as always. x

    • Happy to have linked up! I’m surprised with how well the photographs turned out without a tripod and on a rocky boat. Glad you enjoyed ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I’m half-chinese, but I’ve never actually celebrated Chinese New Year! Probably because my parents have never made a fuss about it, but I would love to experience celebrations like this one day! ๐Ÿ™‚ The fireworks look great!

    • I’m a 1/4 Chinese and never celebrated before either. It was lots of fun getting into the festivities

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