June 28, 2012
In Hong Kong this weekend? At 8pm on Sunday July 1st, the Hong Kong skyline will be lit by 50,000 fireworks to mark the 15th anniversary of the handover of the former British colony to China. An additional pyrotechnics display will bolster the main show, with nine skyscrapers taking part in a symbolic lightshow to commemorate the inauguration of a new government on the same day. Here’s our pick of the best spots to view the fireworks to ensure your evening goes off with a bang…
The most obvious – and inevitably most popular – place to watch the fireworks will be the promenade on Kowloon waterfront. It undoubtedly offers the most all-encompassing views but you’ll need to get here very early if you don’t want to jostle for position throughout the display.
For similar but altogether more relaxed viewing, secure yourself a window-side seat at the Intercontinental Hong Kong‘s Lobby Lounge on the edge of Victoria Harbour. For a cover charge of HK$450 (about £37) you can sit back in comfort with a signature ‘Nine Dragons’ cocktail, in the knowledge you’ve snagged one of the most desirable spots in town.
InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
For a bird-eye perspective, the view from Victoria Peak will probably be the second most sought-after if you don’t fancy elbowing with the masses at the waterfront. There’s bound to be an element of that here too of course, but if you wander down the pathways towards Mid-Levels, you’re more likely to find a less haggled-over vista point.
The International Finance Centre at Central waterfront is home to Hong Kong’s tallest tower and the four-storey IFC mall, on top of which sits Red Bar & Restaurant, which has a public garden outside where you’ll be right in the heart of the action. You can either purchase your drinks from Red – the cocktail menu here is one of the most extensive around – or bring your own from elsewhere. As it’s a public garden, you’re perfectly entitled to do so.
International Finance Centre, 8 Finance Street, Hong Kong
With a setting every bit as stupendous as the heartstopping close-up views, the rooftop terrace at SEVVA in Central is one of Hong Kong’s plushest venues. Make a full night of it by dining at the indoor, equally exquisite Taste Bar, Bankside or Harbourside restaurants.
SEVVA, Prince’s Building 25th Floor, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong Virgin Atlantic operates flights to Hong Kong from London Heathrow.