2012 year of the dragon. Here is a visual journey of the new year's celebrations in Hongkong.
Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour on the day after the Chinese New Year day. It coincides with the record-setting Symphony of Lights.
The harbor roars with a giant 25 minute fireworks display with lasers and choreographed building lights on the dozens of participating buildings.
Extra-loud booming detonations that are intended, according to Chinese tradition, to scare away the evil spirits from the whole area.
Tv ads are on to make sure nobody will miss the event.
The day after temples are packed with people offering incenses and performing personal rituals.
Street performances include well coreographed Shaolin dances.
Vantage Point on Hong Kong Island. Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai is a place to watch. It's sometimes equipped with loudspeakers for narration and music. The IFC Tower is a good vantage point too.
Its definitely a chit-chat occasion not to miss.
There are also cruises boats scheduled for the fireworks hour. Perhaps you'll be able to enjoy the spectacular fireworks performance as you float and dine below the extravaganza.
Read about Barongsai, the Lion dance
Wiki on Chinese New Year