Happy New Year from Hong Kong! Last night I watched the countdown from Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade (everyone just refers to it as the Harbour) in southern Kowloon – saw a light show and fireworks.
The crowd was stoked for New Year’s Eve! Coming from New York City, I used to take this as a given, but it’s really not. Many countries celebrate NYE, but don’t really care about the actual countdown to the precise moment that it’s the new year. The countdown is such a silly tradition but I love it! HK definitely made it a big deal, following their daily light show over the skyline with fireworks (which were very cool but brief).
It was the 2nd time I’ve seen New Year’s Eve fireworks come from the sides of a building (last year’s NYE celebration from Taiwan’s Tapei 101 being the first). Both were impressive.