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Hong Kong welcomes the New Year with grand countdown celebrations

Hong Kong 2013 countdownHong Kong's Symphony of Lights is year-round dazzling experience, but on December 31, 2012, the both sides of Victoria Harbour will be in a different, more special kind of glow when the city welcomes the New Year. For the very first time, Hong Kong's New Year countdown will be capped by a fireworks extravaganza that will journey across town, beginning at the sea and moving along Victoria Harbour to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

Organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), the Asia's World City's 2013 countdown celebrations is expected to draw big crowds of visitors and local residents to both sides of Victoria Harbour, where the largest-ever pyrotechnic show in the event’s history is slated to amaze and awe.

As the New Year approaches on the evening of December 31st, pyrotechnics will be launched in three layers, first from Victoria Harbour, then from the rooftop of the HKCEC, and finally from five other buildings in Wan Chai.

A huge LED screen will be installed on the facade of the HKCEC building where a numerical countdown to 2013 will be displayed. In the final 10 seconds, pyrotechnics in the shape of the numbers 10 to one will be launched from the other five buildings in Wan Chai.

When the clock strikes midnight, the 8-minute fireworks display will commence, complete with synchronized theme music. Simultaneously, lasers will be beamed from K11 in Tsim Sha Tsui in co-ordination with the pyrotechnics.

The HKTB is inviting visitors and local residents to enjoy the show from various parts of Hong Kong. The best places to view the action include the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, the promenade from the Avenue of Stars to Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the promenade at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai and the area near Central Pier.

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