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5 Ways to Celebrate Hong Kong National Day 2016

By Sophie Pettit 26 September 2016
It's time to finish off those lingering mooncakes, because Hong Kong is moving swiftly onto the next celebration - National Day. With the most anticipated fireworks display of the year, a colourful afternoon of horse racing, and a patriotic flag ceremony to choose from, you won't be short of action this October 1. [pro_ad_display_adzone id="73367"]

1. The National Day Fireworks Display

It's a well known fact that Hong Kong likes to go all in with the National Day firework celebrations. Catch 23 minutes of dazzling action as more than 23,000 fireworks light up the sky over Victoria Harbour. You can also listen to synchronised music playing from the speakers along the waterfront, or tune in to Radio FM 97.6 - 98.9 to hear it. Where To Watch Whether you perch along the waterfront, or up high in a skyscraper, make sure you arrive early to ensure you bag a prime position. Here are a few top spots to catch all the action:
  • Along the Central Waterfront Promenade
  • Around the Hong Kong Convention Centre in Wan Chai
  • Along the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade
  • The West Kowloon Waterfront promenade
  • One of the lookout points in Victoria Peak
  • The Hung Hom Bypass between Salisbury Road and Hung Hom Road
When: October 1, (9pm) Where: Victoria Harbour How Much: Free Click here for more information.

2. Flag Raising Ceremony

ceremony Early birds can celebrate National Day by watching Hong Kong police officers conduct the flag raising ceremony. Set against the backdrop of the Forever Blooming Bauhinia Sculpture (the emblem of Hong Kong) outside the Hong Kong Convention Centre, the ceremony includes a rendition of the national anthem by the Police Band followed by a 10-minute musical performance. When: October 1, (7.45am - 8.15am) Where: Golden Bauhinia Square, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai How much: Free Click here for more information

3. National Day Horse Racing

National Day Horse Racing Sha Tin Hong Kong Feeling lucky? Join thousands of hopeful Hong Kongers and place your bets at this racing calendar highlight. Enjoy a full programme of unique cultural and entertainment performances and find out if your lucky stallion will help you win your fortune and scoop the National Day Cup. Don't miss the world-famous Tianjin Acrobatic Troupe present their thrilling "Group Foot Juggling Act" too. When: October 1, (noon - 6pm; gates open at 11am) Where: Sha Tin Race Course How Much: $10 standard; Free for tourists (must bring passport); $130 for Members' Enclosure with Tourist Badge Click here for more information

4. The 2016 Macao International Fireworks Contest

macau Hop on a ferry and head over to Macau to watch Romania and China battle it out in a pyrotechnic contest for the best fireworks display. Aptly named 'Celebration in the Sky', this is one spectacular show you don't want to miss. You can catch the action just about anywhere in Macau, preferably where the Macau Tower is in full view. When: October 1, (9pm and 9.40pm) Where: Sea Area in front of the Macau Tower. How much: Free Click here for more information

5. Go Island Hopping

island What better opportunity than a public holiday to escape the metropolis and lap up some nature on one of Hong Kong's beautiful outlying islands? Hop on a ferry and find your own adventure with our Island Series guides to Cheung Chau, Lamma, Peng Chau, Lantau, Ma Wan and Tung Ping Chau, as well as some secret Sai Kung getaways - just don't miss the last boat home! Happy holidays Hong Kong!
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Sophie Pettit


Sophie is always on the lookout for a great story and her next big adventure and loves nothing more than discovering the city’s hidden gems—and most delicious cocktails. When she’s not exploring new places, she’s off travelling and ticking countries off her bucket list.