By: Sarah Richard
National Day is celebrated every year on October 1, marking the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1st, 1949. It is celebrated throughout Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau. The festivities include a host of activities such as Flag Raising Ceremonies and Parades, but the main attraction without a doubt is the fireworks display in Victoria Harbour.
2015’s National Day fireworks will consist of nine parts, with the theme to celebrate 70 years of ‘victory in the War of Resistance’ against Japan occupation lasting 23.5 minutes, firing over 23,000 fireworks from Victoria Harbour starting at 9 pm. Such a special performance is not to be missed, especially as we all have the day off work in honour of National Day.
So, will you be watching the display on a rooftop bar, at home, on a junk boat or a restaurant? Still not decided? Here’re some of our recommendations
Free places to watch National Day fireworks in Hong Kong
1. Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
2. Tsim Sha Tsui Avenue of Stars
3. Hung Hom Bypass (The bypass will be closed to traffic from 6:00 p.m. between Salisbury Road and Hung Hom Road on the 1st October)
4. West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade
Hong Kong Island
1. Central Ferry Piers
2. Golden Bauhinia Square at Wan Chai
3. Causeway Bay
Al Molo Fireworks Buffet
Shop G63, G/F, Ocean Terminal Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Picture yourself sitting out on the deck in front of Ocean Terminal, your eyes on the Hong Kong skyline, watching those 23,000 fireworks go off while feasting on a dinner buffet. Yeah, we think we can picture this. Al Molo is offering a dinner buffet for $638 per person including a chilled seafood bar, roast meats, cheese boards, vegetables, desserts and much more!
Mandarin Oriental Hotel’s restaurants
5 Connaught Rd, Central
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong offers some of the city’s best viewpoints for the spectacular National Day fireworks display. Rather than joining crowds on the streets to watch this illuminating show, guests can celebrate in luxury, high above Hong Kong in the hotel’s top-floor restaurants. Boasting outstanding views over Victoria Harbour from the 25th floor, both Pierre and Man Wah provide tempting menus for diners to enjoy whilst they admire the fireworks display. If guests wish to watch the action while enjoying a glass of chilled champagne or crafted cocktails, the stylish M Bar is the ideal location or for family gatherings. Clipper Lounge also offers a feast to celebrate the festivities.
Perched atop One Peking with commanding views of Victoria Harbour and the fabulous Hong Kong skyline, aqua and Hutong are the perfect places to enjoy the annual fireworks display in celebration of October 1st National Day. At aqua, diners will be treated to a five-course menu featuring the restaurant’s contemporary Italian and Japanese cuisines. National Day celebration menus are served on the evening of October 1st at a price of $1888 +10% per person. Early reservations are recommended by calling aqua on 3427 2288 and Hutong on 3428 8342.
Level 21 The ONE, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Located on the top floor of ONE shopping centre in TST, you will be sure to get a cocktail with a view this National Day. The HK$350 Entrance Fee gives you 2 drinks at the lounge& terrace bar or try out their special 5-Course Set Dinner especially for the fireworks at HK$1,200 per person.
Cé La Vi Sky Bar
25/F, California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar St, Lan Kwai Fong, Central
Taking up the top three floors of the new California Tower in Lan Kwai Fong Ce La Vi is the newly opened ‘hottest’ bars in town. The SkyBar is an open rooftop with tropical gardens, a water feature and a 360-degree view of the beautiful Hong Kong. This is the place to be, but don’t expect to be the only one there.
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, Level 118, International Commerce Ctr.1 Austin Road West,Kowloon
The ‘highest bar in the world’ is the ultimate choice for watching the celebrations in style. 118 floors up amongst the clouds, and for one night only; the fireworks. Quite frankly this is a bar you need to go to at least once while you are in Hong Kong. Why not make it the 1st October?