There is no attraction in Hong Kong that is more iconic than the skyline of Victoria Harbour. In fact, one can say that the harbour was the very birthplace of the city itself. The deep waters between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula are why a collection of fishing villages grew to become an international centre of trade. Today, the harbour is still the city’s throbbing heart and its iconic skyline is also one of the world’s most stunning urban landscapes. With such a skyline, it deserves to been seen at more than one angle.
Here are eight ways to let the beauty of Victoria Harbour stun your senses.
The most classic view of the harbour is from the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. Here you can stand right in front of the harbour and not only marvel at the topological and architectural spectacle of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline, but also admire how the colourful lights from across the harbour dance on the waves. While you’re at the waterfront, head toward Tsim Sha Tsui East to check out the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade, Avenue of Stars, colonial Clock Tower, Hong Kong Cultural Centre and enjoy A Symphony of Lights in the evening.
What could make the skyline of Victoria Harbour even more stunning? A multimedia light show! Every night at 8pm, iconic buildings from both sides of the harbour unite to form a harmonious canvas for a sensational multimedia extravaganza, with a myriad of searchlights, lasers, LED screens and lighting working in symphony to put together a nightly spectacle that transforms the Hong Kong skyline into an outdoor audiovisual feast.
As one of the oldest forms of transportation in Hong Kong, thehas been faithfully carrying passengers across the harbour for more than a century. Although cross-harbour road and rail tunnels now connect both sides of the harbour, the Star Ferry still holds a dear place in locals’ hearts, providing a scenic way to cross the harbour that provides an up-close view of our iconic skyline, and an experience that is reminiscent of the charms of old Hong Kong.
Located on the rooftop of Ocean Terminal’s five-storey extension building, opened in 2017,is an observatory deck surrounded by the sea that offers a 270-degree panorama of Victoria Harbour as well as breathtaking views of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. It is one of the best venues to enjoy Hong Kong’s sunset and evening views, while being close to the many shopping and dining options of Harbour City.
Finding a unique vantage point to see the Hong Kong skyline from a different perspective? Look no further than. Located on the 100th floor of the tallest building in Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, it is the highest indoor observation deck offering a 360° panoramic view of Hong Kong and its famous Victoria Harbour. Aside from the spectacular views, sky100 also offers a variety of sky-high experiences, including a VR Time Travel experience in the Sky-High Tech Zone that brings you back to old Hong Kong, sky100’s Tales of Hong Kong, a 28-metre-long multimedia story wall showcasing fascinating local tales and anecdotes, “Love is in the Sky” Light Show with Victoria Harbour’s famed nightscape as the backdrop, creating an unprecedented visual treat and Café 100 by The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong offering a range of delectable delicacies to go along with the stunning view. And more fun awaits you at sky100!
As the highest point on Hong Kong Island,has been Hong Kong’s most exclusive neighbourhood since colonial times and is also home to the city’s rich and famous today. But it is the view that makes The Peak one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong. By day, your eyes stretch across sparkling skyscrapers and Victoria Harbour all the way to the green hills of the New Territories. In early evening, this panorama melts into pink and orange before reincarnating as a dazzling galaxy of light, shimmering beneath you. And if you listen carefully enough, you can hear Asia’s world city humming below.
For those who would like to experience Victoria Harbour with a taste of history, then theis a must visit! The bauhinia is the emblem of Hong Kong; the Forever Blooming Bauhinia Sculpture that sits on the promenade was a gift from the Central Government to mark the 1997 handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China. Every day from 7:50–8:03am (except the first day of each month) is a flag-raising ceremony performed by Hong Kong police officers, which is a nice way to start a day by the harbour.
Located on the Central Harbourfront is Hong Kong’s own Ferris wheel – the. At 60 metres high, it offers spectacular day and night-time views of Victoria Harbour. The wheel has 42 luxurious gondolas that can comfortably seat eight passengers. Be sure to keep an eye out for events, drinks and snacks on the surrounding plaza.