Today Hong Kong Harbour, or Victoria Harbour as it is properly known, is all but retired as a maritime motorway but it does remain one of Hong Kong’s major tourist attractions. Squeezed between the mountains of Kowloon and the soaring skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island, its shimmering waters, reflecting the neon skyscrapers that bank it, are one of Hong Kong’s most iconic images. Below are our five picks of the five locations to get the best angle on the harbour and, don't forget, each night at 8pm the harbour and skyscrapers are host to the spectacular Symphony of Lights show. So you can consider it for your China tour deals.
1. The Avenue of Stars Promenade
The Avenue of Stars offers outstanding and unobstructed views over Hong Kong Island’s prime piece of real estate, the skyscrapers of Central, and a swathe of Hong Kong Harbor. You can stroll along the sea front promenade, from the Star Ferry Pier to the Intercontinental Hotel, enjoying premium Kodak moments along the way. Most of the jaw dropping photos you see of the Hong Kong Harbor and skyline splashed across coffee table books were taken here.
2. The Top Deck of the Star Ferry
What better way to enjoy the water than floating on it. The Star Ferry is a Hong Kong icon and has been plying the route between Tsim Sha Tsui and Central for over 100 years. Rides across the harbour take around 10 minutes, during which time you can watch the water and the skyline unfold before you.
3. From the Pinnacle of Victoria Peak
Highly recommended for those who want to see the shiny crowns of Hong Kong’s skyscraper city, the Peak also affords excellent views over the Harbour and Kowloon, and, well just about all of Hong Kong. Walk around the path that circles the Peak to see the whole of Hong Kong (a hot tourist destination for top 10 China tours) and the South China Sea spread out before you.
4. From the Noon Day Gun
Believe it or not Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour was once a bustling fishing port, clogged by trawlers, junks and just about anything else that could float. Today, titanic sized tankers and city sized ocean liners rule the harbour’s waves, but for a taste of the traditional buzz that surrounded the harbour, try the Causeway Bay Typhoo Shelter around the Noon Day Gun where you can have popular China tours. Here the water is swamped by a forest of masts from the nearby Hong Kong yacht club and you can watch small sampan’s weave their way through the crowded waters to sell freshly caught fish to passers by.
5. While Sipping a Cocktail in the Lobby Lounge
If all of the above sounds a little too active, try a cocktail at the Intercontinental’s Lobby Lounge and have the view laid out for you in widescreen. Perched on an upper floor of the hotel, the panorama’s from the Lobby Lounge are nothing short of spectacular. Cocktails come in at a budget threatening $10 or more (that’s US dollars), but the view is, as the saying goes, priceless. If you fancy a room with a view, Hong Kong's hotels are only too happy to help out, with several properties stationed on the water's edge. Check out our Top Five Hong Kong Hotels with a Harbour View for some of the most breathtaking views in the city without ever taking off your dressing gown.
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Top Five Places to View Hong Kong Harbor