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Harbour Cruise with Aqualuna
Aqualuna is said to be the last handicrafted junk boat in Hongkong. It offers a regular harbour cruise of 45 minutes. Specially in the evening there are stunning views onto the lights of Hongkong's skyline.
You can sit on comfortable "beds", have a nice drink and relax. I really enjoyed the time with a cold beer in one hand and my camera in the other. But it was much too dark.
It is also possible to hire the whole junk for special occasions like birthday party or wedding.
The sight of the red sails is very popular with fotografs.
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Hong Kong bay
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.
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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.
Victoria Harbor gives the city of Hong Kong much of its character and many of its picturesque images. The harbor is always busy with ferries, a few barges, and even an occasional sampan or two. The best views of the harbor are from Kowloon and Central, but nothing beat taking the Star Ferry between Kowloon and the island.
Sailing on the Duk Ling
The Duk Ling is the iconic red-sailed junk that appears on all the advertising posters and websites for Hong Kong. Last time we were in HK, we couldn’t get places on it, but we struck lucky this time.
It’s an hour’s sail up and down Victoria Harbour and at HK$50 each (£4) must be one of the best value tourist experiences going! You have to book it at one of the HKTB offices and don’t forget to take your passport (or a photocopy), because it’s only for tourists.
- Sailing and Boating
Avenue of the stars
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.
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This is the typical postcard image of Hong Kong that most tourists want photos of when they come. Victoria Harbour seperates Kowloon from Hong Kong Island and it's a great place to come at night to see the great skyline full of neon lights.
Don't miss the wonderful symphony of lights!
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.
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Bursts of sparking colours
Hong Kong harbour glistens with the most exciting and sparkling display of fireworks at every Chinese New Year celebration and special events. This year, 2003, on Nationa Day, there is a series of fireworks display over the harbour, featuring a multi-national entry on 3 weekends. Here show a glorious pattern of one of those magnificent fireworks.
Hong Kong International Fireworks Competition
There is nothing that gets the crowds roaring with appreciation than a fireworks show. This year it gets even more exciting with Hong Kong's first-ever international competition of fireworks synchronised to music. The October sky over Victoria Harbour will burst alive in a fury of sound and light. Teams from Hong Kong, Italy, Japan and the US will unleash their pyrotechnical wizardry in a thrilling show that is sure to please all.
Dates and times: 1 October
9pm - 9:15pm National Day fireworks display
9:15 - 9:23pm Preview by the four competing teams
8pm - 8:10pm First Team, Hong Kong
8:13pm - 8:23pm Second Team, Italy
8pm - 8:10pm Third Team, Japan
8:13 - 8:23pm Fourth Team, USA
followed by prize presentation ceremony
Venue: Victoria Harbour
Enquiries: +852 2508 1234
Just chilling around Victoria Harbour
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 :)
Harbour walk - Causeway Bay to Wan Chai
Victoria Harbour is the clear focal point of Hong Kong, and while most people head across to Tsim Sha Tsui and the Avenue of Stars to enjoy a stroll along the harbourside, an alternative, less-crowded option is to take the walk down the Wan Chai Harbour Prominade from Causeway Bay to Wan Chai, or vice versa.
Taking this route you get great views across to Kowloon and Hung Hom, as well as great views across Wan Chai and up to the Peak. Come just before sunset and the walkway will be filled with locals walking their dogs and people coming to take in the Symphony of Lights show. It's much more relaxed than the walk on the other side of the harbour, without the hawkers and the constant jostling for the best spots to view the skyline.
Another bonus of this route is you get to pass the Noon Day Gun, a cannon once fired by the Jardine company (one of the the oldest in Hong Kong) when one of their ships arrived in the harbour. The gun is still fired everyday at noon after a new Governor timed his arrival with that of one of Jardine's ships, and was so shocked by the sound of gunfire that he ordered it to be fired every day at 12pm as a punishment. The governor may be long dead, but they keep firing that gun!
Shoudl you take the walk from Causeway Bay towards Wan Chai, when you arrive at the ferry pier you can continue on to the Wan Chai Convention and Exhibition Centre, and Bauhinia Square to see the symbol of Hong Kong - the Golden Bauhinia - as well as more great views of Tsim Sha Tsui and Central.
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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.
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It's one of the most famous skylines in the world - the view from Kowloon across the harbour to Hong Kong Island. Day or night, the view is spectacular. And ever changing. Land reclamation or simple demolition/rebuild results in constantly shifting skylines.
But its night that the Harbour comes into its own and whether looking across from Tsim Sha Tsui or down upon it from the Peak, its a spectacular sight.
Victoria Harbour is one of the busiest in the world. The Star ferry constantly plows the waters between Kowloon and HK Island, but there's also international commercial ships, local fishing boats, any number of pleasure cruisers as well as more traditional boats simply 'getting on with their business'.
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