I finally settled on The Promontory which is a waterfront overlooking the Central Business District and the Floating Platform where the main event took place. On the evening of that day, I set forth to the venue at 4:45 p.m. and arrived at 5:15 p.m. I thought I was early but I was really surprised to find that the whole stretch of The Promontory's guard rails was already full of people and tripods!
I didn't give up immediately but walked around trying to find a tiny space to squeeze in my tripod. I finally found a small gap in between a man and a tripod, and without hesitation, I started setting up my gear. The Chinese man with the tripod actually marked that small gap for his friend to sit on and he disallowed me to set up my gear there, so I had to set it a little further back.
When the clock hit 7:25 p.m., some teaser shots were fired.