HONG KONG, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong's tourism promoting institution will launch the largest ever countdown extravaganza in the Victoria Harbor on Dec. 31 with unprecedented fireworks features.
The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) announced Tuesday that the annual countdown show will for the first time include fireworks, coupled with pyrotechnics, illumination and music, to orchestrate an eight minute-long musical.
Mason Hung, HKTB's General Manager of Event and Product Development, said the scale of the countdown show this year is the largest ever, and the backdrop of the display will be about one kilometer long, stretching from Wan Chai to Central.
The fireworks and pyrotechnics will be launched at six layers of different height, ranging from as low as 50 meters from the surface of the Victoria Harbor to 250 meters high.
Wilson Mao, the CEO of China Pyromedia Group, which is appointed to produce the show this year, said compared to pyrotechnics, fireworks can create more than one explosion after shooting, and escalate to a higher altitude.
Apart from the size of the display, new patterns such as heart and smile-shaped fireworks will also show up.
Same as the previous year, the iconic Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre will be the focal point, with a gigantic LED screen set up next to the building to display the numerals "2014" when the clock strikes midnight.
Peter Lam, Chairman of the HKTB, said the total production costs of the event is 13 million HK dollars this year. He expected there will be about 500,000 people to watch the show on both sides of the harbor, and share the cheerfulness of embracing a new year.
The fireworks extravaganza will bestride the years of 2013 and 2014. The pronunciation of "1314" is similar to that of "a life time" in Chinese. "Couples must come and join us to make the most promising commitment at the very moment," Hung said.