Today Hong Kong Harbour, or Victoria Harbour as it is properly known, is all but retired as a maritime motorway but it does remain one of Hong Kong’s major tourist attractions. Squeezed between the mountains of Kowloon and the soaring skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island, its shimmering waters, reflecting the neon skyscrapers that bank it, are one of Hong Kong’s most iconic images. Below are our five picks of the five locations to get the best angle on the harbour and, don't forget, each night at 8pm the harbour and skyscrapers are host to the spectacular Symphony of Lights show.
The Avenue of Stars offers outstanding and unobstructed views over Hong Kong Island’s prime piece of real estate, the skyscrapers of Central, and a swathe of Hong Kong Harbor. You can stroll along the sea front promenade, from the Star Ferry Pier to the Intercontinental Hotel, enjoying premium Kodak moments along the way. Most of the jaw dropping photos you see of the Hong Kong Harbor and skyline splashed across coffee table books were taken here.
What better way to enjoy the water than floating on it. The Star Ferry is a Hong Kong icon and has been plying the route between Tsim Sha Tsui and Central for over 100 years. Rides across the harbour take around 10 minutes, during which time you can watch the water and the skyline unfold before you.
Highly recommended for those who want to see the shiny crowns of Hong Kong’s skyscraper city, the Peak also affords excellent views over the Harbour and Kowloon, and, well just about all of Hong Kong. Walk around the path that circles the Peak to see the whole of Hong Kong and the South China Sea spread out before you.
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