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Views from Star Ferry
The Star Ferry is a quick and different way to travel between Kowloon and Hong Kong island, and the views are just totally breathtaking... those skyscrapers are huuuge, and there are loads of them.
Its also very cheap to make the quick crossing, and if you have a Octopus Card, they accept that for travel.
The star ferry has 2 levels, first and second class. First class is on the upper deck and second class on the lower deck.
As its very cheap, you can just as well go first class, enjoy the views!!
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Avenue of Stars
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
The Avenue of Stars got its idea from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where you'll find the hand prints and names of the famous Hong Kong actors, actresses, directors and other famous personalities. Many of the names are unknown to me, as they are from the old black-and-white era. But you'll find stars of today such as Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung, etc.
Even if you don't care about the movie industry, the promanade is located by the harbour on the Kowloon side, where you'll get an excellent view of the skyline of Hong Kong Island. It is also a great place to watch the sunset, as well as the light and sound show every night at 8 o'clock.
Enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of HK Island!
Apart from the Peak, the promenade outside Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui is another nice place to see the harbour as well as the tall buildings queuing from the west to the east on the Hong Kong Island.
This promenade is really a good place, if you feel tired after a whole day shopping in Tsim Sha Tsui, come here and take a look at the view, you'll forget your tiredness!!!
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Sunset from Harbour City.
Harbour City is not just for shopping.
There is a balcony next to Starbucks (it's a counter not a big shop) where you can view the harbour from a different angle.
Go there in the late afternoon and see the sunset. It's lovely.
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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.
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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
Fire Work over Victoria Harbour
Victoria Harbour is always the most beautiful place in Hong Kong. With the decoration of large-scaled fire works, Victoria Harbour becomes fabulous!!! In Hong Kong, fire work shows are always organised on the second day of Chinese New Year and on National Day (1 October ).
If you wanna have an unforgettable Chinese New Year in Hong Kong, you must see the fire work show!!! The best locations include the Peak, the promenade outside Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and that in Tsim Sha Tsui East.
Sail on the Duk Ling
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.
Watch Victoria Harbour lights up!
Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour brings new meaning to the words "light up". Take the MTR to Tsim Tsa Chui MTR and walk towards the Harbour, opposite the opulent Peninsula Hotel. Grab a seat as night slowly descends and day creeps away. The harbour put on a show like no other place as buildings one by one lit up for the night and not before long, you will have a galaxy of stars shimmering right before your eyes against the fabric of night. Great spot for photography!! The lights for Christmas and New Year are even more spectacular but that also means you have to fight your way among the jostling crowd. But what's the best thing of it all? It's free!
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Let there be light!
Every evening at 8 o'clock, Hong Kong shows a brighter side.
The light show is a symphony of music and lights on buildings on Hong Kong island and Kowloon surrounding Victoria harbour. The best vantage point is from the Kowloon side, by the Avenue of Stars and in front of the Cultural Centre.
it is fun to watch at least once for adults, most kids will like it too.
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I have seen these very pretty pink flower along the Victoria Harbour at the very early morning when we went there wandering with hubby as it's one of the best time to go there. The park is not packed with lotsa' people if you will go there early so, took this one here in there with a drop of water!
No visit is complete without visiting this harbour. Or you can just sit down in there and wait for the sunset and then the lights of the glittering skycrappers across of the skyline of HongKong will be watched out! There are alot of people going in there and most of them are my kababayan's- Filipinos who are most are working as domestic helpers..I was very happy to see them! Infact, I'm proud of them..as they are the ones too who give our government a high percentage of $$$..they just sat there and wait for the Sunday to be over..
I've seen a band playing right next to the Globe style dome which is the Space Museum which is in the Salisbury Road. And you can see the pretty Clock Tower..Most of the local meets in this place if they want to meet up near the area..
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The Avenue of Stars @ Tsim Sha Tsui
Visiting the Avenue of Stars tops my list as one of the best free things to do in Hong Kong. It is a promenade built along the Victoria Harbour waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui. Modelled on the Hollywoods Walk of Fame it is to pay tribute to the outstanding contributions of Hong Kong's film professionals and stars to the industry. There are name plaques of film stars, past and present, placed on the pavement. While plaques of the deceased celebrities and film professionals only contain their names, those of the living celebrities and professionals have their hand prints and autographs on them. Besides the plaques there are various movie related icons and sculptures such as that of the Kungfu legend Bruce Lee and a sculpture depicting a movie making process.
This place seems to attract visitors both during the day for a fantastic view of the harbour as well as in the evenings for the laser display. The nightly laser display known as the Symphony of Lights offers visitors a breathtaking view of the skyline with buildings being illuminated on both sides of the harbour. The laser show is based on various themes displaying the history and life of Hong Kong.
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Aqua Luna Junk Cruise
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.
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