Hong Kong Tourism Board

Hong Kong Tourism Board

December 29, 2010 10:01 ET

Hong Kong's New Year Countdown Celebrations

Set to Turn Global Spotlight onto Hong Kong on New Year's Eve

Attention: News Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor, World News Editor, Transportation Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - Dec. 29, 2010) - The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) will once again stage the Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations on 31 December. To ensure global audiences can share the excitement in Hong Kong, the HKTB will provide satellite feed of the entire event for use by television broadcasters worldwide.

This year, the HKTB will bring in new visual effects to the pyrotechnic display, including numeric patterns for the countdown. The combination of colourful patterns and movements atop the buildings will symbolise a soaring dragon, which is set to light up the spectacular, world-famous Victoria Harbour.

In the last 10 seconds preceding 2011, pyrotechnics carrying the patterns of numbers 10 to 1 will be launched one by one atop Two ifc and nine selected buildings on Hong Kong Island to lead spectators in a citywide countdown. As the clock strikes midnight, a four-minute choreographed musical pyrotechnical show will commence. During the show, pyrotechnics will be ignited on both sides and atop Two ifc, as well as the top of the other nine buildings. As well as special visual treats, the display will symbolise a colourful dragon soaring up the sky above Victoria Harbour to stand for further progress of Hong Kong's economy in 2011.

The following are details of the event rundown and satellite feed:

1. Event Rundown for the Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations:

Date: 31 Dec 2010
Time: 11:59 pm (EST 10:59 am)
Activity: Officiating Ceremony begins
Gigantic numerical pyrotechnic countdown display on the rooftop of Two ifc and nine other designated
buildings on Hong Kong Island.

Date: 1 Jan 2011
Time: 12 midnight (EST 11:00 am)
Activity: Ceremony performed by the Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR and other officiating guests
"2011" appears on the façade of Two ifc, followed by a four-minute pyrotechnical show.

2. Satellite Live Feed Details:

Countdown Highlight (31/12/2010 HK Time 2345 - 2410)

Via IS-9 24C Slot B (Covering America, South Americas)

* Programme name: 2011 Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations
* On-air date & time: 31/12/2010 (HK time: 2350 - 2405) - Free to air signal
* Download link: 4155.5 MHz H
* Symbol rate: 6.1113MS/s
* FEC:3/4
* System: NTSC
* Encryption System: Free to air signal
/For further information: Please contact the Hong Kong Tourism Board, 9 Temperance Street, Ground Floor, Toronto, ontario M5H 1Y6, www.DiscoverHongKong.com/canada./ IN: INTERNATIONAL, TRANSPORT, TRAVEL

Contact Information

  • Karisa Lui, Assistant Manager, Marketing, Hong Kong Tourism Board
    Primary Phone: 416-366-2389 ext. 24
    Toll-Free: 800-563-4582
    E-mail: karisa.lui@hktb.com