Normally we try and get these blogs out in chronological order but we do have to slip in the occasional season greeting. It would be utterly remiss of us to miss out the latest, and possibly greatest, seasonal treat that is currently occurring here in Hong Kong – that of the Lunar New Year Celebrations, welcoming in the Year of the Snake.
Hong Kong is famous for its spectacular firework displays. While we didn’t bother dragging ourselves out of the house for the parade on the first day of Chinese New Year (CNY), there was no way we were going to miss the fireworks on day two. So off we trudged with our friends in tow, to make the journey across to the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui to see if we could get a patch with a decent view. Keeping in mind that literally hundreds of thousands of people cram onto the waterfront to see these displays, we weren’t convinced that being there even four hours early was going to guarantee us a good spot.
We found a patch that looked okay, on some terraced stairs where not too many other people were gathered. Picnic laid out, it was time to sit, eat, relax and watch the crowds grow larger and larger while the day became duskier and duskier. And then, at 8pm as the fireworks erupted with a crash, we realised we were in fact RIGHT in front of the three barges where the 4.5 tonnes of fireworks were exploding from. Score!!! 23 minutes later of the most spectacular fireworks we have ever seen and it was all over. Four hours of waiting and fighting our way through the crowds to get home afterwards were totally worth it for the best view in the house! The atmosphere was electric, the fireworks beautiful and all in all we had a totally auspicious start to the Year of the Snake. We’re looking forward to seeing what else it may bring!Happy New Year, everyone!