Hong Kong has one of the most undeniably stunning skylines on earth, a fact that didn’t go unnoticed by the local tourism board. To highlight the dual skylines on either side of Victoria Harbour — those of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon — the Hong Kong Tourism Board organizes a nightly laser light and music show called the Symphony of Lights.
Planning a trip? Book a spot on the Symphony of Lights Hong Kong Harbor Night Cruise.
What it Is
Each night at 8pm, 44 buildings on each side of the harbor come to life with lasers, LED lights and pyrotechnics, all set to music and narration. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Symphony of Lights is the world’s largest permanent light and sound show. The 10 to 15 minute show is divided into five themes, Awakening, Energy, Heritage, Partnership and Celebration, and is free to the public.
Where to See It
While the waterfront along both sides of the harbor offer excellent views of the display, you’ll want to choose your location carefully if you want the benefit of English narration. The entire show is narrated in English in Tsim Sha Tsui along the waterfront promenade between the Avenue of Stars and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and on the Hong Kong side at the Golden Bauhinia Square promenade in Wan Chai. English narration is only available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays are in Mandarin and Sundays in Cantonese. For a real treat — unobstructed views of both sides of the harbor — consider booking an evening harbor dinner cruise.
Tips Before You Watch
- Get there early if you want a front row view. Tourists are known to start staking spots as early as 6pm.
- Eat dinner first. The scant food stalls in the area catering to Symphony of Lights viewers are overpriced for what they offer.
- Bring a tripod if you plan to take pictures. The Hong Kong skyline at night is nothing short of spectacular, but you won’t capture it with a shaky camera.