Hong Kong’s skyline is among the most iconic sights in the world. If you’re putting plans together for a tailor-made Hong Kong holiday, a trip to Victoria Harbour is a must. Joining Kowloon Peninsula to Hong Kong Island, this beautiful watery landmark is the third largest harbour in the world. It’s also one of the best spots on the planet to appreciate modern architecture and watch the city lights twinkling in the blackened night skies. If you’re visiting Hong Kong, here is some useful information about Victoria Harbour and the magical experiences it offers.
Victoria Harbour: planning your visit
Victoria Harbour was named after the British monarch who ruled at the time when Hong Kong became a British territory, Queen Victoria. It is a bustling port, but it’s also an area of outstanding beauty. There’s nothing better than enjoying a drink on the roof terrace of a luxury hotel overlooking the bay and watching the ships drift in and the lights glimmer at dusk. The views are spectacular at any time of day, but there’s something special about the harbour at sunset. As the skies darken, the city seems to come alive, as the skyscrapers and neon lights of the city illuminate the rippling waters.
The best way to explore the harbour and see it in all its glory is by boat. You can charter boats for a private tour or join group trips, which will take you out into the water and treat you to the best views. There are tours operating throughout the day, but a sunset trip comes highly recommended, especially if you’re travelling with your partner and you’re looking for a romantic experience. Another highlight is the night time cruise, which offers you the chance to enjoy the mesmerising display known as the Symphony of Lights. This dramatic, energetic light show, which is set to music, involves more than 40 buildings on the waterfronts of both sides of the harbour, and it’s not to be missed during your stay in Hong Kong. If you’re lucky enough to visit on a public holiday or during the Christmas period, you’ll be greeted with an even more spectacular show. The show focuses on five main themes and you can learn more about it at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. The themes are awakening, energy, heritage, partnership and celebration.
Back on dry land, there are plenty more highlights to enjoy, including the Clock Tower, the Avenue of Stars and the Hong Kong Space Museum on the Kowloon side. There are also numerous restaurants, bars and shopping malls in the area, so you can enjoy a well-earned drink with a view once you’ve shopped up a storm and toured the attractions. Rooftops bars tend to be very popular, especially during the warmer months, and if you want to eat or you’re in a large group, it’s a good idea to make reservations.
If you’re making plans for your Hong Kong trip, don’t forget to devote a couple of days to discovering the splendour of Victoria Harbour. You won’t be disappointed!