Hong Kong Rings in New Year's 2013 With a Bang

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Category: World / Dec 31, 2012 11:54AM EDT
Fireworks splashed above Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour once the clock struck midnight on January 1 (Tuesday). The eight-minute pyrotechnic show was launched from both land and sea, surrounding the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre where Britain handed over the city's sovereignty to China in 1997. Thousands watched the New Year fireworks on both sides of the harbour, despite a Cold Weather Warning with temperatures dropping to seven degrees Celsius (44 Fahrenheit). The show was touted as the largest January 1 fireworks in six-years. The city usually holds its most spectacular fireworks that last for 20 minutes on Chinese New Year, Hong Kong handover anniversary and Chinese National Day. The eight-minute pyrotechnic show was launched from both land and sea, surrounding the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre where Britain handed over the city's sovereignty to China in 1997. Thousands watched the New Year fireworks on both sides of the harbour, despite a Cold Weather Warning with temperatures dropping to seven degrees Celsius (44 Fahrenheit). The show was touted as the largest January 1 fireworks in six-years. The city usually holds its most spectacular fireworks that last for 20 minutes on Chinese New Year, Hong Kong handover anniversary and Chinese National Day.