Most people congregate at the Avenue of Stars solely to watch The Symphony of Lights show held nightly at 8pm (see my separate review) and finding an uncrowded spot to view the show can sometimes be difficult. During the day however, this nicely laid out promenade can be enjoyed in a much more relaxed way.
The Avenue of Stars is part of the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront Promenade and was constructed by a private company with the support of the Hong Kong Tourism Board. At its opening in 2004 the promenade was handed over to the Hong Kong goverment . Today the Avenue is a public throughfare holding many musical performances throughout the year. Stars of the Hong Kong film industry are honoured in a similar way to the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame. The plaques and statues are well spread out but unless you are a cinema fan you wont recognise many stars. Bruce Lee is easy to pick out though as he is honoured with a large bronze sculpture.
The Avenue of Stars is a really good place to take panoramic photos of the Hong Kong Island skyline especially on a clear day.
The Avenue of Stars has become one of the famous tourist attractions in Hong Kong. It is built to pay tribute to the contribution of stars in the Hong Kong Film Industry. Hong Kong has the third largest film industry in the World after Hollywood and Bollywood. Due to the growth of the middle class in China, the Hong Kong Films have a bigger market to the mainland and continue to make outstanding films with the corporation from mainland China. Other than mainlands China, its film exports to all over the world with mostly Chinese audiences including Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan being their important markets.
The Avenue of Stars is built along the viewing deck onTsim Sha Tsui Promenade. It is also one of the great spots to see the Victoria Harbor. Along the avenue, it is designed like the Walk of Fame in the Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blv in L.A with celebrity handprints, footprints, and autographs in the concrete. My favorite celebrities are Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Michael Hui, Sam Hui and Jet Li. Check out my Travelogue of Avenue of Stars.
For more information, please check out the official website.
You can't leave Hong Kong without seeing Victoria Harbor. It is simply one of the best city views in the World, and it is free!
I have visited Victoria Harbor many times in my life, and I never get bored of it because it looks different every time I see it either from the Tsim Sha Tsui side or Hong Kong Island side. There are many viewing spots to see the harbor including:
@ Kowloon Public Pier
@ Viewing Deck Near HK Museum Of Art
@ Avenue of Stars
@ Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
Hong Kong Island
@ Wan Chai Promenade
During New Year Eve Countdown, it is best to get a good spot at Viewing Deck Near HK Museum of Art or Avenue of Stars. You need to get a spot as early as possible because the massive crowd will cause the closure of the venues at around 8:00pm.
A Symphony of Lights is a spectacular lighting show at Victoria Harbor at 8:00pm daily. The show is presented by the HK Tourism Board to the visitors to Hong Kong. You can check out the official website for more information.
You can also visit SKY 100 Observation Deck to have a good view of Victoria Harbor and 360 degree views of the city.
The view of Victoria Harbor is not as stunning as you thought from The Peak. The view of the The Peak is more of the City Skyscrapers rather than focusing on the harbor.
My favorite way to see the Victoria Harbor is riding the Star Ferry to cross the harbor. It is the best way to get close to the water and the views surrounding it. The Sunset from the star ferry can be amazing too with the great reflection of the water.
The Wan Chai Promenade is a waterfront walk in front of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. It has a beautiful view of Kowloon especially to see the HK Cultural Centre and the Clock Tower. The tall building on the left side of Kowloon is the Sky100 Observation Deck.
Instead of taking the MTR or Bus to come here, the easiest way to come here is by the Star Ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Terminal. The Wai Chai ferry terminal is just a short walk to Wan Chai Promenade. You can visit the HK Convention and Exhibition Centre, Golden Bauhinia Square , and the Reunification Monument in the area.
Good To Know: Free Wi-Fi in the area!
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade is the waterfront along Salisbury Road. Other than the great views from the waterfront, you can walk up to Tsim Sha Tsui East Waterfront Podium Garden for a wide angle view. The Podium Garden has a small cafe with seats where you can buy a drink and enjoy the view.
Don't miss the Dragon Head Fountain! It was built to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, International Races in 1985.
Viewing Deck is a pedestrian bridge built above the Kowloon Public Pier, allow visitors to get the best view of the Victoria Harbour. This bridge is operated between 7:00am to 11:00pm daily. It is quite amazing to see the view above ground, also prefect to have a romantic walk from here to Avenue of Stars and Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. The Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch is displayed here, and a short walk to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
Kowloon Public Pier is a public space next to the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Terminal, right by The Clock Tower and HK Cultural Centre. It is one of the best spots to see the Victoria Harbor from Kowloon to HK Island. During special occasions, there will be a public event hosted in this area.
This is a very pleasant thing to do on a warm, sunny and hopefully clear day!
The Aqua Luna does 45 minute harbour crossings on Tuesday and Friday afternoons and evening cruises daily including a 7.30pm depature to watch the Symphony of Lights show, but I did one of the trips to/from Stanley which operate on weekends departing Central Pier 9 at noon and Pier 1 on the Kowloon side at 12.15pm. The 90 minute trip to Stanley is very relaxing and shows the Hong Kong skyline from a wonderful new perspective. The return voyage departs at 3.30pm.
A one way trip is HK$210 and includes one drink (alcoholic if prefered)
http://www.aqua.com.hk/#/eng/global/hongKong/aquaLuna/concept gives prices and booking details for all cruises.
The Symphony of Lights in the Victoria Harbor is a must see in Hong Kong.
The show is a display of lights and lasers with the background of symphony music which is really amazing! I took a ride of the star ferry just for fun while watching the show and for the experience. The star ferry fare is around HK$2… as far as I can remember. At that time, I don’t want to go far from Tsim Sha Tsui (since it’s where I stay) so I decided to have a ride just to the next pier (pier 5)… then back again to TST (Tsim Sha Tsui). I think that’s the effect of traveling alone…???
The show starts at 8pm having the display of lights and lasers that comes from the country's famous buildings in the Victoria Harbor like the HSBC tower, Bank of China, etc. It’s a very nice thing actually especially when all you want is to relax.
The Duk Ling is available for private tours and charters but a couple of times a week the Hong Kong Tourism Board gives tourists the opportunity to cruise the harbour on this beautifully restored Chinese Junk. It is a few years since I was onboard, but the Duk Ling is still giving visitors the chance to step back in time, though for a fully authentic experience you have to imagine the harbour without so many skyscrapers.
Bookings for rides must be made in advance at the HKTB Kowloon Visitor Centre in the Star Ferry Terminal Concourse. The one hour sailings are only on Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Participation is on a first come first served basis and only 30 places are available for each ride. You are required to present your passport when registering at the TST Visitor Centre. If my memory serves me correctly rides on the Duk Ling used to be free of charge. Tickets are now HK$100 per person.
There is always something to watch and take your interest if you are chilling on Victoria Harbour, and one of my favourite things to do whilst on holidays is to "people watch" and there is no better place to do that than on the Harbour, especially on the Kowloon side. Whether it just be watching the people stroll by, or watching the Star Ferry go backwards and forwards non-stop, or the junks or barges going up and down or just staring in amazement at the size of some of the HK buildings .... there is always something to watch :)
The bay is the gem of Hong Kong, and with total justice: no matter in which side you are, either at low or high level, the views of the bay are always gorgeous.
Crossing the bay in a ferry is a mandatory experience, and no one misses the light show at night.
We felt sorry, because we saw it under several weather conditions, but never under a bright sun.
I think, there will be sun in Hong Kong… sometimes, but not for us.
Inspired in Hollywood hall of fame, between the New World Centre and Viactoria harbour waterfront there´s a pedestrian avenue celebrating cinema.
All local great stars are evoqued, with statues and inscryptions celebrating one century of movies. The avenue is one of the best places to see the symphony of lights show.
Victoria Harbour separates Hong Kong Island from Kowloon. It is a wonderful natural asset for Hong Kong but is gradually getting smaller and smaller due to land reclamation. There are three road tunnels under the harbour plus tunnels for the MTR lines. The best way to cross the harbour with a view is to cross it by Star Ferry. You can board the ferry at pier 7 Central and go to Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. It only takes a few minutes and costs next to nothing. There are two decks to the ferry: upper deck costs slightly more than lower deck. The star ferry was founded in1880 by Dorabjee Naorojee Mithaiwala a Parsee resident of Hong Kong. All the Star Ferries have star in their name such as Morning Star, Evening Star etc. The Star Ferry Company also does Harbour Tours.
Victoria Harbour is a naturally formed harbour situated between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula in Hong Kong. The harbour has deep and sheltered waters making it the ideal place for the British to build their trading post for that part of Asia. Both shorelines have changed over the years due to development and some reclamation but the harbour is still used as an international port.
The harbour is one of the best tourist attractions of Hong Kong giving an excellent viewpoint for the famous skyline on Hong Kong Island and the means of support for another major tourist attraction - the Star Ferry. The best view of Victoria Harbour is from Victoria Peak.
One of the best ways to enjoy the harbour is to take a Victoria Harbour cruise especially at night to view the Symphony of Lights