For anyone who’s looking to celebrate the last day of the year with a bang, we’ve rounded up the best spots to catch the New Year’s Eve fireworks.
1. Fei Ngo Shan
Overlooking both the Hong Kong and Kowloon skylines, Kowloon Peak is a great alternate vantage point. It can be easily reached by car but traffic tends to start getting crazy hours before the fireworks begin.
You can also hike up to the viewing point – take minibus 1A from Choi Hung or Sai Kung and get off at the junction of Fei Ngo Shan Road and Clearwater Bay Road. The trail has a few steep slopes – remember to wear sensible shoes and appropriate gear. Find out more about the trail here.
2. Jardine’s Lookout
You don’t have to travel far for a great view. The short trail overlooking Causeway Bay and Kowloon is perfect for watching the last sunset of 2017 and fireworks.
Take bus 6, 61, 63 or 76 and get off at Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Road and follow signs to Hong Kong Parkview. From there, follow the Hong Kong trail for a short hike up to Jardine’s Lookout. For more detailed instructions, visit Walk on Hill’s route map.
3. Ocean Terminal Deck
The newly opened observatory deck boasts a 270-degree panoramic view of Victoria Harbour. The best part? It has a huge lawn on the ground floor – a rarity in Hong Kong. Make the most of it while it’s still a fairly well-kept secret! Find out more here.
4. The Peak
The Peak Galleria may be the most iconic vantage point but Lugard Road and Bowen Road are where the best views are. We suggest beating the long queue at the tram station by going on a short hike from the University of Hong Kong. Make your way up a few hours in advance to nab a good spot. More detailed instructions can be found here.
5. ifc Mall
The rooftop area offers an unobstructed view of the harbour. While you’re there, don’t forget to swing by Red Bar + Restaurants for a drink and bid farewell to the long-time establishment. Don’t worry if you can’t make your way into Red, c!tysuper on the ground floor is great for stocking up on booze and snacks. The public-seating area is quite small, so make sure you get there early.
6. Tamar Park
The large lawn overlooking the harbour is the perfect place to take in the jaw-dropping display. Arrive early and have your snacks, booze and a mat ready for a picnic to remember.
7. West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade
It’s a bit of a walk but that’s what makes it a great spot to escape the crowds. Opening hours of Nursery Park will be extended to 1 am on January 1. Take exit E4 or E5 at Kowloon Station, walk through Nga Cheung Road and cross the footbridge. You’ll reach the West Kowloon Cultural District in 10 minutes. For more detailed directions, visit westkowloon.hk/en/visit/visit-west-kowloon
8. Your living room
For the lucky ones who live along the skyline, there’s no better place to catch the display than in the comfort of your own home. Or if you’d much rather spend the last day of the year quietly at home, the fireworks are also broadcasted live on TVB or TVB Pearl.
Things to note
- Take public transport to avoid traffic and road diversion on the day. The MTR will be working around the clock on December 31 and January 1, a number of bus routes will also be extending their hours.
- Bundle up and stay warm (especially if you’re going to Jardine’s Lookout or Kowloon Peak)
- Bring appropriate gear and stock up on food and water if you’re planning to go on a hike