Victoria Harbor, … errr, excuse me, Harbour, is Hong Kong’s famous body of water, a 42-square kilometre division between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula. From majestic towers to historic transports, this natural wonder provides plenty of things to see for visitors and is a must-visit for any traveler in the region.
Here are seven things to see in and around Victoria Harbour:
The Hong Kong Skyline
Dominating the view of Victoria Harbor are the numerous skyscrapers all huddled together on Hong Kong Island, a symbol of the regionâ€™s vast financial wealth and economic might. The standout buildings here are the ICC Tower, the tallest building in the city; Two International Finance Centre, previous title-holder for the cityâ€™s tallest structure; and the Bank of China Tower, a triangular-framework skyscraper designed by the renowned architect I. M. Pei.
The Avenue of Stars
Following the Kowloon shore line in Tsim Sha Tsui, the Avenue of Stars celebrates Hong Kong cinema, from awesome martial arts epics to quintessential Chinese drama.
For more details about the Avenue of Stars, click on this link.
The Symphony of Lights
Itâ€™s not enough that the Hong Kong skyline is spectacularly lit up at night. The Hong Kong Tourism Board actually sponsors a nightly light show involving key skyscrapers in the city. Every night at 8:00 p.m., 33 buildings erupt in colorful lights and lasers that is best viewed from the Kowloon side of the harbour. Music is played across the viewing deck and the radio which chimes in with the wondrous display.
To find out more about The Symphony of Lights, read this article.
The Star Ferry
An icon of Victoria Harbour long before the others arrived, the Star Ferry used to be the principal means of transportation between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island before the Tsing Ma Bridge and the MTR system was constructed. Today, the Star Ferry is still a wonderful, affordable way to view the Harbour, letting passengers witness the majesty of the island as they draw closer.
To find out more about the Star Ferry, click on this link.
New Year Festival Fireworks
Hong Kong celebrates every Chinese New Year with a glorious fireworks display over the harbour. While spectators in Causeway bay, Central District and Mid-Levels have a clear view of the night show, those who wait for it along the harbourfront will have a memorable sight of hundreds of fireworks blossoming in an array of colors. The harbour also plays host to other major events throughout the year, allowing local residents and foreign visitors to congregate for a few hours of fun and amazement.
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
This major exhibition venue located on Wan Chai North on Hong Kong Island is clearly visible across the harbour and is near a landing point for the Star Ferry. Several annual events make their home here, including Anicom (a pop culture convention) and several fashion shows.
Victoria Harbour continues to play an important role in Hong Kong commerce, with tugboats, cargo ships, garbage vessels, cruise liners and ferries all crisscrossing the water surface.
The best way to enjoy Victoria Harbour is by climbing Victoria’s Peak and admiring a view of Kowloon from the back of the skyscrapers. You can also board the Star Ferry for an affordable trip across the harbour or join the cruise along the harbour. Several hotels also provide a breathtaking view of the harbour, such as the Intercontinental Hong Kong, Grand Hyatt Hotel and Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel.