Victoria Harbour, which might be the world's finest, separates Hong Kong Island from the Kowloon Peninsula.Its deep waters were instrumental in the establishment of a British colony in the early 19th century here and its presence has served to greatly shape the evolution of modern day Hong Kong.
Today, vast numbers of skyscrapers line its shores while traditional junks, ferries, cruise ships and even tankers ply its waters,day and night.
Victoria Harbour also hosts world-class fireworks displays,the most famous being the annual 23-minute display held during Chinese New Year.It is illuminates the skyline at night,allowing lasting memories and excellent photos to be made of one of the world’s finest harbours.
Hong Kong Skyline (Often Considered the World’s Best)
The prominent feature of Victoria Harbour is the fantastic Hong Kong Skyline is not something easily missed as it dominated much of what you can see from the popular areas where you will likely spent much of your time sightseeing in Hong Kong.
There are many places to view Hong Kong's lovely skyline. The best being the TST Promenade and Avenue of Stars, looking over Victoria Harbour directly at the Hong Kong Island skyline. This image is beautiful in the morning and when the sun is at your back, allowing you to see the skyline with a blue sky behind Victoria Peak. However, the very best time to see the fantastic Hong Kong skyline is at night when the buildings are lit up and reflecting off of the harbour.
Where to see Victoria Harbor?Enjoying Victoria Harbour from Up High and on the WaterView from The Peak (HK Island – Best View of Harbour)
The location of the‘classic postcard’ shot of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong.The world famous Victoria Peak is the best location for viewing Victoria Harbour while on HK Island.From this vantage point, visitors can appreciate the vast size of the harbour while admiring its formation, water traffic and beauty.Best pictures are made on clear sky days with the sun at your back or pretty much every night when the skyline is lit up against the darkness of night.
Traditionally,the favourite means for visiting Victoria Peak is by taking the equally famous and historically important Peak Tram found at the Peak Tram Terminus in the Central District of Hong Kong Island.
Sky 100 (Kowloon, 100th/fl of the ICC building)
New York City has the Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Centre for bird’s eye views of the city.Now Hong Kong has the International Commerce Centre (ICC) and its 100th floor Observation Decks, called Sky 100.This relatively new attraction, allows visitors a chance to view Victoria Harbour from up in the clouds on the Kowloon side of the harbour.Sky 100 can be found in the ICC building, near the Kowloon MTR station.
Historic Star Ferry (Best View on the water)
Taking a harbour cross or even just making a single crossing is a favourite way to visit Victoria Harbour and there is no better way to do this then by taking a ride on the historic and iconic Star Ferry which ferries passengers between TST (Kowloon)and Central(HK Island) and Wan Chai (HK Island) for the pocket change price of HK$2.50 (US$0.32) per adult, HK$1.50 (US$0.19) per child. Or you can book a tourist (HK$34) that is good for four days, allowing lots of time, day and night for crossing Victoria Harbour.
It can be said that this might be the best US$1.00 you might ever spend for a family of four.
For longer harbour cruises, visitors can book tickets on the evening harbor cruise and the hop-on/hop-off afternoon services available with Star Ferry. The boats allocated for these services leave every hour from the three major piers; including Wan Chai (HK Island) and make a slow circular route around Victoria Harbor, allowing much more time on the water to admire the harbour.
Aqua Luna (traditional “junk” harbour cruise)
An alternative to the ferry-boat harbour cruise offered by the Star Ferry company, visitors can also cruise the harbour in a traditional junk-boat on the Aqua Luna ship.This recently famous ship with the bright red sails, offers a more comfortable and atmospheric environment yet comes at a noticeably higher price.
You board the Aqua Luna in both TST and Central but most passengers load at the TST embarkation point, which is on the promenade past the Avenue of Stars towards the Clock Tower.The sailing is approximately 45 minutes and ticket comes with one beverage.
Enjoying Victoria Harbour from KowloonTsim Sha Tsui Promenade
This is the second spot for ‘classic postcard’ views and picture taking of the Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Skyline. At ground level, there are no better place to spend time on Victoria Harbour than the Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) Promenade in Kowloon.The TST Promenade hosts large crowds during the annual Chinese New Year fireworks display and other events during the year.It is routinely crowded with tourist groups seeking views of the harbour.Best viewing is at night when the Hong Kong Skyline illuminates off the harbour waters.
For more peaceful visits, you might want to visit first thing in the morning before the majority of visitors arrive.If you go early enough, you can have the entire promenade to yourself and the few morning joggers that take to its path.
Avenue of Stars
An area within the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, identified as the Avenue of Stars, is a Hollywood like area where famous Hong Kong Stars have left hand imprints.A popular Bruce Lee statue and more outstanding views of the harbour and skyline can be seen here.
This particular area gets very busy during much of the day and can be less enjoyable than other areas of the TST Promenade.
Symphony of Lights
Some love the Symphony of Lights while others hate it.Rightly or wrongly this nightly show is heavily promoted and on most everyone’s to do list in Hong Kong.Its free and takes place at night, which is one of the very best times to see the harbour.