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Hong Kong ready to ring in 2018


Hong Kong ready to ring in 2018

Hong Kong will mark 20 years of independence in a big way this New Year’s Eve, when the Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations 2018 take place on Victoria Harbour.

The city's largest-ever New Year's Eve celebration will be the grand finale of a year's worth of festivities in honour of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, featuring a fireworks display plus a performing arts and pyrotechnic show.

The newly-enhanced show will span across a 35 per cent wider display area, set to a vibrant soundtrack produced and composed by Asia's renowned music director Chiu Tsang Hei. Prior to the fireworks extravaganza, Australian performing arts group Strange Fruit will greet Hong Kong with a performance spectacle at the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier. The award-winning group has performed at various events worldwide, including the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Additionally, pyrotechnic ‘shooting stars’ will be launched skyward every 15 minutes from 11 p.m. onwards. The stars will be presented in four different colors, symbolizing love, health, happiness and wealth, and will be projected off of five participating buildings on Hong Kong Island.

"Hong Kong's New Year Countdown Celebrations have become one of the most anticipated countdown events in the world," said HKTB US Director Bill Flora. "This year, the pyrotechnic event will be expanded in scale, exhibiting new effects, patterns and complexities. The addition of a performing arts show will round out a truly exceptional New Years Eve experience on Victoria Harbour."

For more information about the Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations 2018, visit www.discoverhongkong.com/countdown.

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