Symphony of Lights Overview

Hong Kong as a city is full of contrasts. Where on one hand you can get to explore awe inspiring cityscapes and bustling city life, on the other hand you can experience the wild side of it through its adventurous mountain trails, beautiful beaches, and spell bounding sightseeing attractions. After all, not for anything is the city known as the “Pearl of the Orient”.

Avenue of Stars:

Considered to be Hong Kong’s version of Hollywood ‘Walk of Fame’, this place offers a stunning view of the city’s glorious skyline, making the Avenue of Stars a must visit for any movie buff. The place pays tribute to the Hong Kong film industry through its celebrity handprints, commemorative plaques, movie memorabilia, and descriptive milestones in addition to a life size statue of the king of action—Bruce Lee—all set against captivating view of Victoria Harbor. The place is always alive with some kind of musical, dancing, and drama performances at all time. In fact, this place offers the best point to witness “Symphony of Lights”, the nightly multimedia show of the city.

 

Symphony of Lights:

Termed as the “Largest Permanent Sound and Light show of the World” by The Guinness Book of World Records, this show involves more than forty buildings on both the harbor sides. There are five main themes on which the show is based—awakening, energy, partnership, heritage and the finale, celebration. It is a beautiful all round spectacle involving various searchlights, colored lights and laser beams, all dancing to the narration and music that celebrates the spirit and energy of the city, and leaves an unforgettable mark on your minds.

The Clock Tower:

Standing at a height of 44 meters, The Clock Tower is a formidable reminder of the long gone Age of Steam. Originally erected in 1915 as part Kowloon – Canton railway station, the tower is a memorable witness to all the Chinese immigrants who have passed the terminus to start a new life in various parts of the world.

The Peak:

It is said that if you have time for just one place in Hong Kong, choose to go to the Peak. If there is time to do many more things, still don’t you dare miss the Peak. Considered to be one of the most exclusive city neighborhoods, the place is the highest point of the Hong Kong island, thus offering some of the most riveting and beautiful cityscapes on display. If you stretch your eyes, you can catch sparkling skyscrapers along with the beautiful Victoria Harbor going all the way up to the sloping hills of the New Territories. Keep on listening while watching, for as you do so you will feel the hum of the city below; the evening brings a multitude of panoramic galaxy of lights alive right in front of your eyes.

The Peak Tram:

The peak tram offers an experience of its own, what with the glittering city skyscrapers passing you at odd angles as you make your ascent towards The Peak on one of the historic funicular railway trams of the city. The tram even has its own gallery where its 120 year old history can be relived through the photos and other memorabilia on display.

Man Mo temple:

Built in the early 1800s during the rise of the British colonial rule, the temple has been a proud witness to the city’s history. Still maintaining its original outer appearance, the place has been remodeled quite a few times, while still keeping its essence intact. There are huge incense coils that are always hanging from the ceiling, whose smoke along with the sunbeams add a mystical element to the temple. It also indicates health, happiness, and fortune for all.

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade:

Starting from the Clock Tower, take a walk along this beautiful stretch that offers you various visual delights such as the Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong cultural center, Hong Kong Museum of Art and The Avenue of Stars. For the shutterbug maniacs, it’s the dramatic architectural and topographical spectacle that presents itself to all over this promenade that will draw the eye.

The Big Buddha:

Also known as the Tian Tian Buddha, this majestic bronze statue, sitting 34 meters high, is a popular pilgrimage place for pilgrims all over Asia. Sitting atop a lotus throne, it took over twelve years to complete and was erected in the year 1993. Facing Mainland China, the poise and the incline of the head together give a humbling experience to all the travelers, whichever faith they may belong to. For the sightseeing junkies, climb over the 268 steps to get a closer look at the statue and enjoy beautiful seascapes and mountain views.

The Po Lin Monastery:

Just opposite to the Big Buddha, visit one of the most important Buddhist sanctums, namely the Po Lin Monastery. Also dubbed as the “Buddhist World of South”, the place is home to many spiritual monks and is always alive with delightful flowery scents and beautiful bird songs.

Hong Kong Observation Desk:

Located on the 100th floor of the tallest building of Hong Kong, International Commerce Center, this highest indoor observation deck offers a 360-degree view of the city. Ride a high speed lift to the deck that takes you 100 floors in a matter of seconds. You can explore the state-of-the-art interactive exhibition that offers a fascinating multimedia tour of the history and culture of Hong Kong city.

Star Ferries:

Rated as one of the top “50 Places to be in a lifetime” by National Geographic, these charming boats date way back to 1888 when they were started to carry passengers to and from Kowloon island and Hong Kong island. Today, even though the two sides are now connected through both the railway and road systems, millions still use this humble means of transport. Both locals and tourists have favored this means of transport to get an up close and personal look of one of the most photographed harbors of the world, The Victoria Harbor.

Happy Valley Horse Racecourse:

The racing season that commences from September and goes on until June brings exciting entertainment in its wake. Though the race takes place bi-weekly on two race courses—Shatin in New Territories and Happy valley near Causeway Bay station—visit Happy Valley race course to feel the grandeur and energy of the race. Horse racing is considered to be a religion in Hong Kong. You will understand the seriousness of this statement only when you actually experience the quiet throbbing of every betting person’s pulse during those one to two minutes of the race.

The Golden Bauhinia Square:

Gifted by the central government during the Handover ceremony of 1997, the forever blooming Golden Bauhinia is the emblem of Hong Kong. It is because of this ever present icon in front of the Hong Kong Expo Promenade that the place came to be known as the Golden Bauhinia Square. Enjoy the flavor of the city’s pride by witnessing the pomp and splendor of the daily flag raising ceremony done with Victoria Harbor as the backdrop.

Madame Tussauds Hong Kong:

Located in the Peak Tower, gawk at some of the most famous people of the world. Categorized according six main themes—Glamour, Music, The champions, World Premiere, National and historical heroes, and the special Scream theme—the gallery offers a celebrity experience to all visitors. You can pose with Barak Obama, experience red carpet glamour with Nicole Kidman, dance alongside Lady Gaga, enjoy some kicks with David Beckham, or even get clicked with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. One of the special attractions of the gallery involves the Scream section that is set against an abandoned mental asylum. Then, through various wax works and live models, it draws onto the fear of the visitors and gives them a chilling experience that will leave an indelible mark on every visitor’s mind. Complete your visit by visiting the souvenir shop which features a range of gifts such as mini figurines, personalized wax hands, 3D glass cubes, and various other gifts.

Ma Wan Park:

Having the only full size replica in the world of the Noah’s Ark, this park is famous with both local as well as international tourists. The place offers both entertainment as well as an educational experience for the whole family. The place has several activities and exhibits that offer wholesome entertainment such as the beautiful Nature Garden, comfortable Noah’s resort, interactive Ark Life education house, the amazing multimedia Ark expo, the treasure house, exciting Noah adventure land games, life sized animal sculptures in Ark Garden, Special ark exhibition as will the learning adventure at Solar Tower.

Ocean Park Hong Kong:

Ocean Park is a thrilling marine life based theme park that features various thrilling rides, real looking animal exhibits, as well as various engaging shows. Established in 1977, this park became the winner of one of the most prestigious awards of the theme park industry in 2012—the biannual Applause award. Various attractions of the park include the aqua city, the thrill mountain, rainforest, old Hong Kong, as well as the Polar Adventure. Also, during festive seasons, the park also organizes special events such as Halloween bashes, Summer Splash parties and others.

Hong Kong Disneyland:

Ocean Park is a thrilling marine life based theme park that features various thrilling rides, real looking animal exhibits, as well as various engaging shows. Established in 1977, this park became the winner of one of the most prestigious awards of the theme park industry in 2012—the biannual Applause award. Various attractions of the park include the aqua city, the thrill mountain, rainforest, old Hong Kong, as well as the Polar Adventure. Also, during festive seasons, the park also organizes special events such as Halloween bashes, Summer Splash parties and others.

Harbor Cruises:

Go right into the heart of the city by hopping aboard a harbor cruise. Having everything from hop-on and hop-off afternoon tours to beautiful sunset tours, catch the city in its very essence by touring this symbolic city center that has connected Hong Kong to the rest of the world for over 160 long years.

Lantau Island:

In addition to offering a peaceful place to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the place is heaven for those looking for spending some precious moments with their loved ones without any disturbance. Go on and explore secluded beaches, take a mountain bike trail to explore, visit open countryside, and pray in monasteries. However, do not forget to go and see the Chinese white dolphins living in the wilderness of the island. These dolphins are naturally pink in color and are found just of the waters of Tung Chung.

In addition to the above attractions, there are various hiking trails and spellbinding beaches that will just steal your breath. These include the award winning Dragon’s Back mountain trail, big wave bay beach where surfing and archaeology meet, feng shui woods, glimpses of city parks that offer a quick fix of greenery amidst all the concrete and traffic as well as the beautiful outlying islands where life moves at a snail’s pace amidst the glistening sea and rugged coastlines. Come Visit Hong Kong—Asia’s very own world city where you will revel among the contrasts.

 

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