On our recent visit to Hong Kong with kids this past summer, we did it in a way that many probably scoff at especially if they used to the fast pace of visiting multiple tourist attractions in one day.
After some research and looking at what to do in Hong Kong with kids, we decided to have a rough plan but also allow for some flexibility if we get too tired.
Our first day in Hong Kong we only had a few items on our to-do list (like visiting the Nan Lian garden) but after an early morning flight from Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok, we decided to just forget it and took a quick nap in our room at the Citadines Ashley and headed out at night.
And we were in for a big surprise. As we walked out of our hotel and headed toward Nathan street, we noticed several detour signs and lot of polices. I vaguely remembered at our check-in that our hotel reception mentioned something about firework. Hmm.. It was hard to pay attention when you were sleepy. With the street closure that allowed us to be able to walk the street that typically fills with cars and buses. When would we be able to take this shot in the middle of the street in Hong Kong?
Asking around we found out that it was the Hong Kong Independence Day. The Hong Kong Independence day is July 1 which is the day that Hong Kong was transferred back to China. As a special administrative region (SAR) of China, Hong Kong has a different political system from China and for family planning to visit Hong Kong from the USA it means one good news. No need for Chinese VISA which can cost upward to $200-$300 for your family.
There was a firework celebration planned at the Victoria harbor where we headed anyway. So we went with the crowd and headed to the Victoria harbor.
We didn’t realize how big of the event was until the start of the fireworks show. It was amazing and they pulled out all the fancy fireworks to celebrate the national day. One down side though it kinda ruin our experience with the Symphony of Lights the next night.
With the amount of people who came out to watch the firework, it was surprisingly orderly and safe. We saw the policemen everywhere directing the human traffic as we moved along the Salisbury road. With a few detour, we were back on Nathan road and headed back toward our hotel.
Less than 30 minutes after the final firework was fired to the sky, the street was clear and back to normal business. It was a fun night out for all of us to participate in the celebration of Hong Kong Independence day.
Now most of you probably wonder where are the pictures of the firework. Well, being an amateur photographer and yet want to use manual mode, I managed to capture zero good picture for the firework. However, thanks to our resident videographer, Mr. Rojo, we will put up the video later.