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Lunar New Year fireworks display to be held at 8pm this Friday

The Lunar New Year fireworks display will light the sky over Victoria Harbour at 8pm this Friday (January 23).

Pyrotechnicians will fire off 16,688 shells from three barges in a 23-minute extravaganza consisting of 10 "scenes".

The display is sponsored by the Hong Kong New Territories Commercial & Industrial General Association Limited and co-ordinated by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The total sponsorship amount is over HK$5 million.

A lively, rhythmic display of peony and palm tree patterns, symbolising the energy and vitality of the city, will open the show.

In the first scene, hundreds of fireworks will burst simultaneously in midair, creating fascinating comet effects. The second scene, in synch with popular festive music, will create a shower of red stars and red hearts.

The seventh scene is a dream about Chinese heading for Mars, featuring a series of aquamarine bursts from the water and a display of red, blue, green and purple fireworks.

Silvery waterfalls cascading from the sky bring the show to a fast and rhythmic climax.

The display can be seen from many vantage points on both sides of the harbour, including the Mid-levels, Central District, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and Hung Hom. However, part of Tsimshatsui East will be closed due to construction work.

To increase their enjoyment, viewers are invited to tune to Radio Television Hong Kong Radio Four (FM 97.6-98.9) for synchronised music.

Everyone is urged to help keep public areas clean and to show respect for public property. Please show consideration in order to make the event a safe one.

Because of the fireworks display, the harbour light show "A Symphony of Lights" will not take place on Friday evening.

Ends/Monday, January 19, 2004
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