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Hong Kong’s Glorious Symphony Of Lights

February 4th, 2011 by

In Hong Kong, people who find themselves somewhere along Tsim Sha Tsui Harbour at exactly 8:00 p.m. each night get to watch the highly acclaimed Symphony of Lights.  While waiting for the show to start, visitors usually browse through the different high-end boutiques at Harbour City Mall.  There are also superb Hong Kong hotels in the area, like the Marco Polo, that offer fantastic buffet dinner spreads.

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Throngs of tourists head to the heart of the action to witness how music is beautifully synchronized with spectacular lights originating from over 40 key buildings in both Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. It is truly a stunning show that is set against Hong Kong’s gorgeous glowing skyline.

The show itself is made up of 5 main parts. The first part, referred to as the “Awakening,” opens with impressive bursts of colours that light up the different buildings. This signifies the dominance of Hong Kong and its outstanding development through the years. The second part, called “Energy,” is characterized by exceptional colour demonstrations complemented by scorching lasers fired against the dark sky.  This shows Hong Kong’s pulsating force and power. The third scene is called “Heritage.” In this part, the colours red and gold dominate the show to symbolize the city’s valuable traditions and rich culture. The next part, called “Partnership,” features lasers that skim the water from one end to another. This is said to represent the unification of the two sides of the harbour. The last scene is aptly called the “Celebration”. It features dancing lights that create wild patterns shown across the bay. It sends a message that Hong Kong has so much more to offer the world in the future.

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A number of spots are known to be ideal places to view this free show.  Some prefer the Tsim Sha Tsui pier which is right in the middle of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the Avenue of the Stars.  To get here, hop on the MTR and disembark at Tsim Sha Tsui. Exit the station through Exit J and follow the directional signs leading to the Avenue of the Stars at the waterfront.

Others choose a nice corner somewhere at the Golden Bauhinia Square boardwalk in Wan Chai.  It is likewise easy to find one’s way here. Take the MTR and disembark at Wan Chai then exit the station through Exit A5.  Go along the footbridge that leads directly to the lobby of Central Plaza.  Follow the connecting suspended walkway then proceed to the ground level.  After about 15 minutes, the golden structure will come into view.

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Victoria Peak, another popular tourist attraction in Hong Kong, is also a cool spot to watch the show since it is the highest point in Hong Kong, at 552 metres above sea level. The view is breathtaking as long as the night is clear and not too foggy. The preferred mode of transportation here is the Peak Tram. One can access the Peak Tram by going to the Peak Tram Terminus on Garden Road which is a few minutes walk away from the Central MTR Station.  After disembarking from the train, take the J2 exit then turn right to pass through Chater Garden. From here, one has to cross Queen’s Road Central to reach Garden Road.

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A highly recommended spot by the locals is on board any ferry or Harbour Cruise crossing Victoria Harbour. This guarantees a panoramic and amazing view of the Symphony of Lights. They say that this is a lot more romantic than simply staying on the sidelines to witness the show.  It is an experience worth having, most especially on Valentine’s Day!

All in all, the Symphony of Lights is the perfect celebration of Hong Kong’s energy, character, and uniqueness. It is surely an event that must not be missed when visiting this vibrant city.

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