Date
24 July 2017
Fireworks shoot up into the night sky in a Tai Po nature reserve as part of an elaborate wedding proposal. Green groups are not impressed. Photos: Facebook
Fireworks shoot up into the night sky in a Tai Po nature reserve as part of an elaborate wedding proposal. Green groups are not impressed. Photos: Facebook

Greens torch wedding proposal over fireworks in bird sanctuary

It was the wedding proposal of a lifetime, complete with dozens of red-roses, a video documentary, a banquet — and fireworks.

The latter has moved from the ceremony to social media where the prospective groom, surnamed Tsang, is being torched by netizens who accuse him of endangering the environment.

Tsang, 30, said he spent HK$60,000 (US$7,735) to stage the proposal in a restaurant in the Kerry Lake Egret Nature Park in Tai Po, Headline Daily reports.

The package included 99 red roses, a video screening of him and his girlfriend and a banquet topped off by a spectacular fireworks display.

Environmental groups are not impressed.

Green Sense chief executive Roy Tam said the pyrotechnics display was near a mangrove and could have upended its delicate balance.

The fireworks could have endangered the egrets and irreversibly damaged their habitat, he said.

The restaurant manager said the birds usually come out during daytime and would have gone elsewhere at night.

However, he said there are government restrictions on the use of fireworks in the reserve.

Tsang said he decided to break his wallet — he was HKS$20,000 overbudget — after watching similarly elaborate proposals.

It took two months to get his own act down to the last detail.  

Wedding Planner DF Wedding said it is not often Hong Kong people propose with fireworks but added it had the necessary government permits for Tsang’s tour de force.

It said low-temperature, smokeless pyrotechnics were used, so the impact on the environment would have been minimal.

Tai Po district councilor Chan Siu-kuen said he has yet to receive any complaints from residents near the restaurant in question.

However, he said prior consultation should have been made given the site is near a residential area.

By the way, Tsang’s girlfriend said yes. 

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