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5 Ways to Spend National Day in Hong Kong

By Jenny Leung 28 September 2018
In a blink of an eye, we are already knocking on October's door, marked by National Day, which brings with it the most highly-anticipated fireworks display of the year, a colourful afternoon of horse racing, and a patriotic flag ceremony. However you feel about National Day, there's plenty to keep you entertained this October 1 – and if not, there's always Netflix!

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1. The National Day Fireworks Display

It's a well known fact that Hong Kong likes to go all in with its National Day firework celebrations. Catch 23 minutes of dazzling action as more than 31,000 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

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, (7.30am) Where: Golden Bauhinia Square, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai How much: Free Click here for more information
National Day Horse Racing Sha Tin Hong Kong

3. National Day Horse Racing

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 Shenzhen Fuyong Acrobatic Troupe with their impressive performance inspired by Chinese traditional paper-cutting. When: October 1 Where: Sha Tin Race Course How much: $10 standard / Free for tourists (must bring passport) Click here for more information

4. National Day Fireworks Dinner Cruise

If you want to totally avoid the crowds, then why not hop on a cruise and enjoy the mesmerising fireworks display from the comfort of a double-decker Bauhinia Cruise. There will also be a dinner buffet and live band performances on the cruise, so you can dig into some shrimp, tap your feet to live music, and watch in awe as the spectacular fireworks explode in the sky over Victoria Harbour. When: October 1, (7.45pm and 10.15pm) Where: North Point (East) Ferry Pier How much: $680 Click here for more information

5. Go Island Hopping

Want to escape the city altogether? What better opportunity than a public holiday to lap up some nature on one of Hong Kong's beautiful outlying islands. Hop on a ferry and find your own adventure on Cheung Chau, Lamma, Peng Chau, Lantau, Ma Wan and Tung Ping Chau, or find some secret Sai Kung getaways - just don't miss the last boat home! Happy holiday Hong Kong!
Read more! Find out what else is happening around Hong Kong in The Weekend Ahead.

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Jenny Leung

Senior editor

Born in Hong Kong and raised in the UK, Jenny grew up with the best of both worlds. She loves just about anything to do with music and doesn’t shy away from belting out a tune or two when it comes to karaoke. If she’s not out and about exploring the city and practising her photography skills, she’s probably tucked up in bed with a book or glued to her laptop doing her online shopping.