Does Hong Kong's New Years Celebration Trump New York?

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Look out New York: For the fourth year in a row, Hong Kong will countdown to the new year with one of the largest and most dazzling light and firework shows in the world.

Forty-four skyscrapers and landmarks in the Victoria Harbour will ring in the New Year with a light dance that features fireworks, lasers, and lots of twinkling lights. The entire show will be synchronized to music and last for a few minutes into 2011.

The show is an extension of the "Symphony of Lights," one of Hong Kong's largest-drawing tourist attractions that lights up the sky every night at 8 p.m. The 14-minute spectacle, presented by the Hong Kong Tourism Commission, has reportedly brought millions of people to the area.

Watch the New Year's countdown from 2010:


The multimedia display has been named the "World's Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show" by Guinness World Records. It is narrated in English on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

In previous New Years countdowns, thousands of spectators gathered along the harbor to see a 60-second numerical countdown that included LED lights and pyrotechnic displays light up Two International Finance Centre, the second tallest building in Hong Kong.

Watch a time lapse of the nightly Symphony of Lights spectacle:


The premiere vantage points for the show include the "Avenue of Stars" on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront or on one of several sightseeing ferries that glide across the Victoria Harbour.

Next year, visitors might be able to ring in the New Year from the highest point in the city: the soon-to-be-opened rooftop pool at the Ritz-Carlton.

Photo, DoNotLick, flickr.

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