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Fireworks

In Chinese New Year, Updates on February 5, 2011 by triotriotrio

One of the things I remember from history is that the Chinese invented gunpowder. Their intent was not for warfare, but fireworks. The New Year’s fireworks display lived up to the reputation that the Chinese have with pyrotechnic proficiency. The dazzling lights over the harbor were one of the best display that I have ever seen.

One of the things that made the display a step above the rest is how they used Harbor barges as a second launching pad. While the wonderful displays were high in the air, there was a low blanket of color also taking place. Four separate launching areas also contributed to to the dramatic effect. The harbor setting that also creates a bowl of display where the surrounding high-rises hold in all the powerful booms!

I also enjoy a variety of displays that I have never seen before. One of the most interesting was an explosion that spelled out, ” I ♥ HK” I also enjoyed a wide variety of explosions in the shape of flowers. The chrysanthemums were especially impressive.

The finale was unmistakable. It lasted a good five minutes and was a continuous outpouring of sound and color. The first set would be exploding when another was already taking place. The couplings were so impressive it was hard to believe that such a display could be sustained.

This year’s New Year celebration comes to a close. And I am glad that in my first month in Hong Kong that I was able to be a part of it.

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