As stunning as it is, sometimes I feel like it has been hyped up so much, people are sometimes disappointed by the display, maybe they expected more than what the short 15-minute show actually is.
Here I attempt to give you some facts about the show, how best to enjoy it and appreciate it for what it really is.
Hong Kong's Symphony of Lights as the name suggests, is a light and sound show together with a narrative recounting Hong Kong's history and culture. This is a free show offered by the city and it takes place every night at 8:00 p.m.. It lasts about 15 minutes.
The stage is the entire city, which is what makes it so unique, you can watch the lights from just about anywhere in the waterfront.
The lights and beams go in synch with the music (most of the time) but it really depends on where you are whether you will hear the music and narrative.
The music is in the Chinese /Oriental style and the broadcasts are limited to these places:
If you happen to be somewhere else and still would like to listen to the music, you can dial 35-665-665 on your mobile phone to access the soundrack, or see below for listening over the radio.
The Narrative will be in either English, Cantonese or Mandarin, depending on the day of the week, so if this is important to you, plan accordingly:
For the broadcast you can also tune in:
No doubt you have seen some gorgeous pictures of the entire Victoria Harbour lit up in lights and fireworks.
This I'm afraid is NOT what the Symphony of Lights is about on a normal day.
Fireworks and pyrothecnics are reserved and only performed during the main National Holidays like on National Day, New Year's Day countdown and Chinese New Year.
If you happen to be in Hong Kong during one of the major holidays, the spectacle is really a treat not to be missed.
The light show extends beyond the buildings and into the Harbour itself. The fireworks on their own are an awesome sight, coupled with the lit skyline in the background and the festive mood, it is just an indescribable experience.
I think some of the best experiences are to be had:
Watching from the Promenade is the easiest, there are no tickets to buy, no lines (although you might want to get there earlier and stake out your place for best photographs), the people watching opportunities and best of all, it doesn't cost a cent, just come out and enjoy!
Here is a short video taken from the promenade near the Star Ferry terminal:
A Victoria Harbour Cruise is truly an awesome experience. A relaxing atmosphere, wind blowing in your face, lights all around you, and being smack in the middle of one of the world's most stunning views.
You have the entire 360 view of the harbour with the lights on both the Kowloon and Hong Kong Island sides, as opposed to having to "pick one side" to view them.
There are several types of cruises and vessels, they all offer different perks ranging from free drinks and refreshments to full packages including dinner, etc.
Here are some of the most popular options:
There are simply no words to describe the views of stunning Victoria Harbour and the majestic Hong Kong skyline lit up at night, it's just one of those things you just have to see. This cruise brings you right to the middle of it, offering uninterrupted views of Hong Kong Island, Victoria Peak and the Kowloon skyline while the city's dazzling light show, the Symphony of Lights, unfolds all around you.
You will cruise Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour aboard a traditional Chinese sightseeing junk, on your 1.5-hour evening cruise you'll enjoy unlimited free drinks from the open bar.
The Symphony of Lights Cruise departs from:
The cruises are aboard the "Shinning Star" which is an air-conditioned double decker and also has a viewing platform.
The Star Ferry Symphony of Lights Cruise lasts two hours and departs from the Star Ferry Pier in Tsim Sha Tsui at 19:05. It is basically two circles around the Harbour. There are no departures from Central or Wanchai.
Price is HK160 for adults and HK144 for children (3-12) and seniors (+65)
The Aqua Luna, the gorgeous hand-crafted vessel with the red flashy sails, is one of the remaining traditional Chinese sampans in the territories. It offers daily Symphony of Lights sailings which depart every day from:
Prices for Adults HK275 (US$37.67) Children (4-11) HK220 (US$29.08)
The cruises last approximately 45 minutes and reservations are definitely recommended as they book up fast.
You can also see our Where to Enjoy the Best Views of Victoria Harbour page for additional places to experience the Symphony of Lights.
And here's more on Victoria Harbour Cruises.
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