31st December 2023 – (Hong Kong) The highly-anticipated New Year’s Eve fireworks are set to illuminate the skies above Victoria Harbour, marking the grandest celebration the city has ever witnessed. As eager spectators, both locals and tourists alike, prepare to gather in anticipation, we bring you a curated list of the top 8 non-mainstream vantage points that offer a unique and unforgettable experience without the hassle of overcrowded areas.
China Hong Kong City – A Perfect Blend of Festivities and Sustainability
For those seeking a vantage point that combines the magic of fireworks with the last day of the inaugural Christmas Car Boot Market, look no further than China Hong Kong City. Inspired by the boot fairs in the U.K., this market offers a delightful array of creative products, handmade crafts, delectable food, and exciting game stalls. The market’s emphasis on sustainable living is evident through its encouragement of car owners to sell pre-loved and upcycled items. Additionally, the eco-friendly Christmas tree and recycled decorations reflect the market’s commitment to environmental consciousness. This non-mainstream location promises a truly memorable experience with its picturesque backdrop of Victoria Harbour. China Hong Kong City Dolphin Square, Podium Level, China Hong Kong City, 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon will open its doors at 5pm today, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the festive atmosphere until after midnight to enjoy the fireworks.
Ocean Terminal Deck – A Panoramic View of Victoria Harbour
Overlooking Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, the Ocean Terminal Deck offers a breathtaking 270-degree panoramic view of Victoria Harbour. From the historic clock tower on the southern shore of Tsim Sha Tsui to the maze of skyscrapers on the other side, this vantage point captures the essence of the city’s skyline. Situated in the heart of the Kowloon Peninsula and conveniently located near a shopping paradise, the Ocean Terminal Deck provides the perfect spot to soak up the festive atmosphere.
Kai Tak Sky Garden – A unique aerial garden
Located atop Shing Fung Road, Kai Tak Sky Garden is a unique aerial garden built on a wave-shaped sound barrier. Spanning approximately 1.4 kilometres and adorned with lush greenery, this garden is a fresh addition to the Kai Tak Development Area.
Cha Kwo Ling Promenade – A Romantic Escape
For a romantic and less crowded experience, consider visiting the recently completed Cha Kwo Ling Promenade. Although relatively unknown to many, this hidden gem offers pristine facilities and picturesque views. The promenade’s charm lies in its serene ambiance and the opportunity to escape the bustling city. As one visitor expressed, “Cha Kwo Ling Promenade is more romantic. I would take my partner there!” Alternatively, the popular Kwun Tong Promenade is also favored by young people seeking a less crowded experience. With its comfortable grassy areas and fewer crowds, it provides a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Kowloon Peak – Adventure and Spectacular Views
If you’re an adventurous soul and up for a hike, Kowloon Peak, also known as Fei Ngo Shan, offers stunning views of the city’s skyscrapers lighting up the harbor at night. While the fireworks may be partially obstructed by the surrounding buildings, this vantage point provides a unique perspective against the glittering lights of Hong Kong. The hike via Fei Ngo Shan Road is of moderate difficulty, taking approximately 25 to 35 minutes along a paved road with a steep rocky path towards the end.
Braemar Hill – A Photographer’s Paradise
Braemar Hill, particularly the Mount Butler viewpoint, is a popular spot among photographers aiming to capture the perfect sunset over Hong Kong. With its west-facing views of the harbor, it offers a secluded and scenic location to witness the fireworks against the backdrop of Victoria Harbour. To reach Braemar Hill, make your way to Tin Hau Station on the Island Line and embark on a short hike through Tin Hau Temple Road, Cloud View Road, and Braemar Hill Road.
Hung Hom Bypass – A Unique Perspective
Despite being one of the busiest streets in Hong Kong, the Hung Hom Bypass provides a unique vantage point for fireworks enthusiasts. This section of the thoroughfare is usually closed to traffic during fireworks shows, allowing spectators to enjoy the display at a slightly elevated position. The closure of sections of the bypass from 6 pm onwards creates a vibrant street-party atmosphere in an area typically bustling with cars. To access the Hung Hom Bypass, take the East Rail Line to Hung Hom MTR Station and exit via Exit D4. From there, it’s a pleasant 15-20 minute walk down to the promenade.
East Coast Park Precinct – A Promising Vantage Point
While slightly further out than the central areas of Hong Kong, the East Coast Park Precinct offers a promising vantage point for those seeking a different perspective. Located near the eastern end of Hong Kong Island, this area provides a tranquil setting away from the crowds. The park features a long promenade that stretches along the coastline, offering unobstructed views of Victoria Harbour. Visitors can relax on the grassy areas, enjoy a picnic, or take a leisurely stroll while awaiting the fireworks display.
Remember to plan your visit in advance, as some of these non-mainstream vantage points may have limited capacity or specific access requirements. Additionally, always prioritize safety and adhere to any guidelines or regulations set by local authorities. Enjoy the fireworks and have a wonderful New Year’s Eve celebration!