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Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong

One of the most impressive skylines in one of the largest harbours in the world.

You haven't really been to Hong Kong if you haven't looked at least once at its marvellous skyline from the Kowloon side of the Victoria Harbour, a natural harbour named after the British Queen Victoria dividing Hong Kong Island from the Kowloon peninsula, or taken one of its many cruises.

On the Kowloon side of the harbour, next to the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry terminal, there is a clocktower that indicated the final stop for all trains coming from the continent - even the Orient Express that came from London. The tower is the only remnant of that railway terminus that has been moved elsewhere.

Among the many ferry boats you can choose to cruise the harbour, the Aqua Luna is a nice option. It seems to be the last handcrafted traditional Chinese junk built with traditional materials - more about this on a coming post...


 The harbour is beautiful any time of the day, but it is really special by night, when the Symphony of Lights takes place. The Symphony of Lights is a spectacular lights show that takes place every evening at 8 pm in the Victoria Harbour, featuring 40 buildings on both sides of the harbour.

The Symphony of Lights was named the 'World's Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show' by the Guinness World Records. You can listen to the show's music along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront between the Avenue of Stars and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, on radio (103.4FM) or from the many ferry cruises that fill the harbour every night for the show.