At the heart of Hong Kong, Asia’s fast-moving, forward thinking global city, is Victoria Harbour. The stretch of water separates Hong Kong Island from Kowloon and offers views of Hong Kong’s famous skyline. Throughout the day, the waterway is a constant parade of Chinese junk boats, modern ferries and fishing vessels passing back and forth. While the metro is unarguably the fastest method of transportation between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, you should cross the harbor by ferry at least once during your stay in Hong Kong.
To see the harbor from all angles, start with a trip up to the top of Victoria Peak, Hong Kong Island’s highest mountain. From the Peak Tower, you can look down on the harbor and across to Kowloon. Back in Kowloon, start your walking tour of the harbor at the Harbour City megamall, home to more than 700 retail outlets selling almost anything you could want. Once outside again, stroll down the promenade toward the Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong’s Hollywood-like tribute to the city’s rich and famous film stars.
It’s from the Kowloon side of the harbor that you’ll have the best skyline views, as Hong Kong Island’s forest of skyscrapers line up in front of a backdrop of mountains. If you’re going to take a harbor cruise, evening is the time to do it. Head out on a boat to watch the sunset over the water, or after dark, watch as the buildings on both sides come alive in the Symphony of Lights, a nightly synchronized multimedia display set to music. Combine the sunset with the light show by embarking on a dinner cruise around Victoria Harbor.