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Hong Kong is by far the most popular city for tourism in the world, and Victoria Harbour is the most popular area of Hong Kong. Victoria Harbour may be the most tourist-popular area in the world.
People enjoy seeing the skyline, riding the Star Ferry, and visiting attractions around it including the museums, malls, and high buildings.
In the 2010s, a lot of construction has been finished, and major projects such as the high-speed rail station are being finished. The harbor also has some new tourist attractions and facilities. 
The Avenue of Stars promenade is being renovated and set to open in 2019. The Symphony of Lights has been improved and modernized. On the Central side, there is a new park along the shore that has a giant Ferris wheel.
These new highlights as well as the annual firework shows and dragon boat races continue to draw tens of millions of tourists to the most popular area of Hong Kong.
Victoria Harbour features on our list of The Top 10 Attractions in China.
The natural harbor is quite big and long and is divided into three parts: east, west and central. The part most visitors see includes the area between Tsim Sha Tsui and Hong Kong Island in the central part
The Star Ferry Terminal is located on the Tsim Sha Tsui side next to the promenade called the Avenue of Stars. Tall buildings are clustered around this part of the Harbor. The Star Ferry’s pier is only about a kilometer away from Hong Kong Island. The Central Star Ferry Terminal is on the Hong Kong Island side.
The Kai Tak giant cruise ship terminal is two miles to the east of the Star Ferry. It can handle two of the largest cruise vessels at a time and has an MTR station.
The Kwai Tsing Container Port is the world's 6th busiest container port (2018) and is in the northwestern part of the harbor. That is where much of the export wealth of Hong Kong is funneled through, and it is one of the most important ports for China. The container port area is amazing to see if you haven't seen big ports before.
The Treaty of Nanking between China and Britain in 1843 stipulated that Hong Kong was a part of the British Empire. Victoria Harbour gradually became a major port because it was close to Canton and along the major shipping lines between Japan and Singapore.
Reclamation projects have changed the look of the harbor. Now there is a major reclamation and construction project going on in Central next to the ferry piers. Tourist attractions are planned for the new venue beside the IFC Towers.
Five places to go for a special view of the harbor are the ICC Tower, the Avenue of Stars, Central Plaza, Victoria Peak and the giant Ferris wheel.
The 108-story International Commerce Center with its observation deck overlooks the harbor from astounding heights. It was finished in 2011. Its Sky100 Deck is a local tourist highlight.
The Avenue of Stars is a special promenade with benches. Handprints of famous greats of the Hong Kong movie industry are inlaid. It fronts the harbor between the Star Ferry Terminal and the Hong Kong Museum of Art. It passes by the Hong Kong Cultural Center and the interesting egg-shaped dome of the Space Museum with a mockup of the front end of the Space Shuttle.
With all these facilities, the promenade needed a refurbishment since it is one of Hong Kong's most visited areas. In 2019, the famous walkway should be reopened.
From the Avenue of Stars at dusk, you can watch the Symphony of Lights spectacle of the buildings lit up above the harbor in concert with the audio playing on the speakers behind you. No other city in the world is lit up in a concerted light and sound spectacle almost every night with lasers and skylights playing on the bottom of the clouds and colors reflecting off the wavy water.
The giant Ferris wheel is 60 meters tall and can serve about 400 people at time. It is in front of a park area near the Central Star Ferry terminal.
Central Plaza is the third-tallest building in the city at 374 meters (1,227 feet) tall with 78 stories. The Hong Kong City Church meets at the top. It is known as the highest church in the world located inside a skyscraper. The chapel at the top of the building has glass walls on all sides and during services in the mornings, visitors can admire the view of both Victoria Peak and the ships passing below their feet accompanied by the great music for free.
Victoria Peak may be the most memorable place to view the harbor, especially after a half hour or hour walk through the city park above Mid-levels. If you are thirsty or hungry there is a big mall with restaurants, refreshment places and a Starbucks. The Peak Tram also goes up there. City buses and taxis ascend as well.
Victoria Harbour is a major visitor attraction for millions of people from all over the world who visit Hong Kong each year.
Both sides of Victoria Harbour have interesting tourist attractions near them.
The Bank of China Tower is one of Hong Kong's most striking skyscrapers, and it was designed by the famous architect I.M. Pei. It is like a crystal in the sky. It was once the tallest building outside the US before the skyscraper boom began around the world in the 1990s.
Maps and tourist information are available for free at the Star Ferry Hong Kong Tourism Board’s office atop Victoria Peak.
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