Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations
The Fragrant Harbour is home to one of the most jaw-dropper skylines in the world – all futuristic skyscrapers framed by rugged, emerald peaks. In fact, the vista is so close to perfection that there’s only one thing that can improve it – fireworks!
And that’s exactly how Hong Kong celebrates the advent of the New Year, with a prodigious pyrotechnic spectacle that takes off from the water at 11.45pm.
As one of the most anticipated events of the year, front-row seats can be hard to come by. But there are better options than jostling elbow-to-nip with the masses, sipping warm fizz from plastic cups for cramped, barrier-side views – here’s our roundup of the best spots from which to wave “hallo” to 2016.
For elevated modern European saucery to rival the spectacle outside there can only be one contender, Felix. Reigning 28 floors above the city below, The Peninsula’s Philippe Starck-struck, glass-fronted aerie is the ideal setting in which to spend a spectacular evening, with drinks, dancing, and of course dinner, courtesy of chef Yoshiharu Kaji.
Alternatively, for an imaginative taste of Chinese cuisine within a swank, stylised setting that’s reminiscent of old Beijing but with Hong Kong’s stagger aspect, try the 28th-floor Hutong, just a skip along the TST waterfront.
Or, if you wish to reap the spoils of the sea while admiring the briney outlook from double-height floor-to-ceiling windows, Nanhai No. 1 serves classic Cantonese dock-to-dish fresh fish with a twist, and a killer backdrop. Commence the countdown!
Felix / 28/F / The Peninsula / Salisbury Rd / Tsim Sha Tsui / +852 2696 6778 / 5.30pm-1.30am daily / peninsula.com
Hutong / 28/F / One Peking / 1 Peking Rd / Tsim Sha Tsui / +852 3428 8342 / noon-2.30pm & 6pm-late daily / hutong.com.hk
Nanhai No. 1 / 30/F / iSquare / 63 Nathan Rd / Tsim Sha Tsui / +852 2487 3688 / 11.30am-2.30pm & 6pm-late daily / elite-concepts.com