Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong is one of the top tourist spots in the world. You can enjoy spectacular views of Hong Kong’s skyline. Previously, it was known as Hong Kong Harbour. Hong Kong harbor was renamed to Victoria harbor after the British Queen Victoria when Great Britain defeated China in the First and Second Opium War. Victoria harbor became one of the busiest ports in the world because of its unique and strategic location. Also, the water in the harbor is deep enough for big trading vessels, container ships, and cruise ships. Take some time out of your busy schedule and enjoy the breathtaking views and watch different boats, cruise ships and cargo ships pass by Victoria Harbour.
Best Sites for Victoria Harbour View
Famous for its extraordinary panoramic views, Victoria harbor is situated between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula. You can see a myriad of light at night twinkling from huge skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Island. It is even included in the “three best night scenes in the world” along with Hakodate (Japan) and Naples (Italy).
1. TST Waterfront: You can get magnificent views from TST in Kowloon side. Other sightseeing attractions such as Avenue of Stars, Clock Tower, and Hong Kong Museum are in walking distance from TST Waterfront.
2. Clock Tower: It was a part of the former Kowloon-Canton Railway Station and is now one of the attractions in Hong Kong. Beside the clock tower, there is an observation platform where you can relax and enjoy the “A Symphony of Lights” show.
3. Avenue of Stars: Located along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, it offers breathtaking views of the harbor. Avenue of Stars was built in honor of the most admired people of the local film industry.
4. Golden Bauhinia Square: Golden Bauhinia Square is situated outside the Hong Kong Convention. It is one of the great sites for harbor view as it is surrounded by the Victoria Bay on three sides.
5. Sky100 Observation Deck: Housed on the 100th floor of International Commerce Centre, it is the highest indoor sightseeing deck in Hong Kong. The whole Kowloon Peninsula and Victoria Harbor can be seen from there.
What you Shouldn’t Miss?
Apart from stunning panoramic views, Victoria Harbour is also a place to enjoy a ride in cruise ships, watch a musical light show, and to ride junk boats.
1. A Symphony of Lights: A Symphony of Lights has found its place in the Guinness Book of World Record as World’s Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show. It features more than 40 different skyscrapers and buildings on both sides of the harbor in a stunning multimedia extravaganza. The lights syncing with beautifully composed music can take your breath away for sure. It starts every day at 8 PM.
2. Star Ferry: Listed in 50 places of a lifetime by National Geographic, Star Ferry service provides a ride in a cruise for around two hours during night time. The ferry has two decks, the lower and upper deck. You can walk around the edges and click some great pictures from the lower deck, however, the upper deck is a little more spacey and comfortable than the lower deck. You can enjoy “A Symphony of Lights” from Star Ferry.
3. Duk Ling: A Chinese Junk ship carefully restored, is used in Victoria harbor to travel from Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Terminal to Hong Kong Island Central Pier 9 and vice-versa. It has been in the water for about 150 years.
4. Aqua Luna: Built with traditional materials in the old design, Aqua Luna is named after the most famous pirate of the last century in Hong Kong. Tourists can travel from Tsim Sha Tsui Pier 4 to Central Queen’s Pier in the Aqua Luna.
Attractions Near Victoria Harbour
Hong Kong Cultural Centre: You can find Hong Kong cultural center behind the clock tower. It hosts famous cultural events and few important events throughout the year including the Hong Kong International Film festival and Cantonese Opera Performances.
Hong Kong Museum of Art: Established in 1962, museum of art is house to more than 16,000 art including antique Chinese treasures, paintings of historical significance, and calligraphy. The museum also features works by local artists. It is located opposite to Hong Kong Cultural Center.
Hong Kong Space Museum: Situated Just beside Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Space Museum is comprised of Stanley Ho Space Theatre, the Hall of the Cosmos, and the Hall of Space Exploration. You can explore the Omnimax and sky shows and astronomy exhibits which are available in multi-language and interactive systems.
Peninsula Hotel and Felix Bar: Even if you don’t drink, consider having a look inside the hotel and feel the history of the building.
Harbour City Shopping Mall: Located just a few meters away, Harbour City Shopping Mall houses many flagship International luxury brands and is also a popular viewpoint for special events that take place in Victoria Harbour.
How to Reach Victoria Harbour?
You can either take the MTR or the East Rail line to reach Tsim Sha Tsui station. You can also reach Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier by taking the ferry.
To reach to the Golden Bauhinia Square you can either take the ferry to Wan Chai Star Ferry Pier or MTR Subway to Wan Chai Station.
In order to reach to the Central Pier, you can either take the ferry to Central Star Ferry pier or MTR Subway to Central Station.
On the eve of 31st December, firework performances are staged for countdown celebration of the New Year. It is staged for the second time on the second night of the Lunar New Year. Taking a cruise floating on the harbor can give the best view of the fireworks.