The Symphony of Lights
- World’s biggest permanent sound and light show.
- Unique color, lights and atmosphere.
- One of Hong Hong’s most popular tourist attractions.
Its unique. It’s one of the things that sets Hong Kong apart from the rest of the world. Where else in the world can some of the world tallest business skyscrapers coordinate to perform a sound and light spectacle?
Though locals hardly notice, hundreds or thousands of tourists flock to the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui every evening in good weather. The harbor and the lights of Victoria Peak are a beautiful backdrop as the clouds stream overhead.
Then at 8 o’clock, the lasers start strafing the clouds, the background music and commentary begins welcoming the crowds to the show, and the lights on the buildings start to perform musically choreographed movements and patterns.
There is a seasonal Christmas display. Victoria Harbor is a dazzling sight especially when the HK government fireworks display bursts with the lights on New Years Eve at midnight. The December 31, 2012 display is expected to be the biggest in the history of the territory. Read more about the festive season in Hong Kong this year.
Now, about 47 buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbor participate. The ICC Tower, one of the newest participants, is the biggest building and has the most intricate and interesting lighting effects, though it is dressed up in only white light generally. It opened in 2011 in Kowloon. IFC Tower 2 participates with laser lights.
Each building is introduced one by one in the beginning, and then they perform a show. The show is getting bigger and more spectacular year by year. It is a place to relax, eat something, and have some fun for free.
The Symphony of Lights show (幻彩詠香江) was developed by the Hong Kong Tourism Board with the help on an Australian company called Laservision. It was part of the Avenue of Stars project, and performances begin on January 17, 2004.
It originally included about 17 buildings on the Hong Kong Island side, but many buildings have been added on the Kowloon side to balance the performance on both sides of the harbor.
The show cost about 5 or 6 million USD to develop. The Guinness Book of World Records included the show as a world record event in 2005.
- View Points: Avenue of Stars (best view) or Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai.
- Narration: On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in English; Mandarin on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; and Cantonese on Sundays. You can listen in English on 103.4 FM.
- Time: 8pm; but make sure you get there by about 7:30 for a top deck viewing seat on the promenade.
- Fee: Free.
- Transport: Transport is easy. Take the Star Ferry to TST, Bus 5 or 7 to the ferry terminal station, or get off at the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station and walk 10 minutes to the waterfront.
I updated this article on November 26, 2013
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