Once a year the skies above Century Park in Pudong erupt with colour and sound as the Shanghai International Music & Fireworks Festival takes place. Organised around China’s National Day and as part of the Shanghai Tourism Festival, the ‘symphony of fire’ is considered by many to be the most notable fireworks display in all of Asia.
With specially scripted music for the event, the festival attracts pyrotechnic companies from across the globe, showcasing new technologies in fireworks and in sound and light displays.
Fireworks originated in China around 2000 years ago and were believed to be useful in getting rid of bad luck. And, as they do today, fireworks also added to the festivities whenever celebrations were called for. In modern times, intricate firework designs are coupled with famous film themes and pop classics to make the Shanghai Music & Fireworks Fest a night to remember.
While state media tends to concentrate on the elaborate celebrations taking place in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on National Day, you’re more likely to get a good view of things at the Shanghai International Music and Fireworks Festival – in previous years, those who aren’t specifically invited to Tiananmen Square have been encouraged to watch the celebrations on TV.
If your China tour dates coincide with the festival dates, pack yourself a picnic and head over to Century Park for a spectacular night of music and sound. The Shanghai International Music & Fireworks Festival takes place over several nights between September 30th and October 6th.