Jul 072012
 

Victoria Harbour is the most happening place of Hong Kong. Without any doubt, A Symphony of Lights is the biggest attractions here , but a person can easily spend one or two days exploring the vicinity of this harbour. This harbour is the link between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Island. The financial district of Hong Kong is situated on the Hong Kong Island side and famous for its sky-scrappers. In the Kowloon Island side, there are major tourist attractions of Hong Kong within 5 minutes to 15 minutes walk from the harbour (Assuming the Clock Tower a reference point). This post is about those major attractions of Kowloon Island, which can easily covered on foot from Victoria Harbour.The detailed description of each attractions will be available in future posts.

1. A Symphony of Lights: The world’s “Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show” by Guinness World Records. This nightly spectacle combines interactive lights of 45 key buildings on both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon with musical effects to showcase the vibrancy and glamorous night vista of Victoria Harbour.

Opening Hours:  Show starts exactly at 20:00 PM daily for 14 minutes. Enjoy this show from any convenient location along the harbour.
Admission: Free of Cost
Time Requirements:  14-minutes show.

A Spectacular View of Symphony of Lights

A Spectacular View of Symphony of Lights

2.  Tsim Sha Tshui Promenade:This promenade is the best ways to get an uninterrupted view of one of the finest city skylines in the world. Always full of shutterbugs and love birds, it spreads from Star Ferry Pier to Intercontinental Hotel along the harbour.

Opening Hours: 24 Hours
Admission: Free of cost
Time Requirements: From Star Ferry Pier to Intercontinental Hotel, spend at least two hour gazing the skylines of Hong Kong Island.

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

Hong Kong Island Skylines from Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

Hong Kong Island Skylines from Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade in the night

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade in the night

3. Avenue of Stars: 3 minutes walk from the Clock Tower. It is a promenade along the waterfront at Victoria Harbour.The promenade commands a stunning panoramic view across Victoria Harbour. In the evening, it is a popular viewing place for the Symphony of Lights display. It is a good place to go to see the glamorous stars of Hong Kong.The Avenue of Stars is a salute to eminent Hong Kong film workers for their devoted contribution to local and world theaters.

Opening Hours: Always, but major performances in the evening between 17:00 PM to 21:00 PM.
Entrance Tickets: Free of Cost
Time Requirements: Depends on the performance in that evening.May take from 30 minutes to 2 hours.

A Statue at Avenue of Stars

A Statue at Avenue of Stars

Performance Place at Avenue of Stars

Performance Place at Avenue of Stars

 4. Hong Kong Museum of Art:  Five minutes walk from Victoria Harbour on Salisbury Road. Established in 1962, but moved to present location in 1991. Its collections now number in excess of 15,700 art objects, including Chinese paintings and calligraphy works, antique Chinese treasures, paintings of historical significance as well as creations by local artists. The highlights of the collections are on display in the exhibition galleries.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 AM to 18:00 PM, Saturdays 10:00 AM to 20:00 PM, Closed on Thursdays (except Public Holidays), Closed on the first two days of the Chinese New Year
Entrance Tickets: Free admission on Wednesdays except the special exhibitions, which may requires a ticket of HKD 10. On other days, standard ticket cost HKD 10 for entry in museum.
Time Requirements: At least 2 hours in exhibition galleries.

Hong Kong Museum of Art

Hong Kong Museum of Art

5. Hong Kong Space Museum: Adjacent to the  Museum of Art on Salisbury Road. Commissioned in 1980, this museum has two thematic exhibition halls: the Hall of Space Science and the Hall of Astronomy on the ground and first floors respectively. The exhibits, predominantly interactive, enable visitors to learn through a series of entertaining and educational experiences.You can experience the moon walk, glider flying, rocket launching  etc inside the museum. Stanley Ho Space Centre of the museum is a 3D Dome theater and shows movies(popularly known as Omnimax and Sky shows) on various astronomical and scientific subjects from Solar System to  Cosmic Collisions to Extreme Planets.

Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday : 13:00 PM – 21:00 PM, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday : 10:00 AM – 21:00 PM,  Closed on Thursdays and Public Holidays, Closed on the first two days of the Chinese New Year

Entrance Tickets: HKD 10 for exhibition halls, HKD 24 ( Front Stalls) and HKD 32 (Stalls) for Stanley Ho Space Centre (Dome Theater), Concession is applicable to full-time students, people with disability (and one accompanying minder) and senior citizens aged 60 or above. Price will be half, wherever concession is applicable.Free admission on Wednesdays for exhibition halls only, not for theater.

Tickets can also be bought by the On-line Internet Booking : www.urbtix.hk
Time Requirements: 3 hours in exhibition halls and one hour at 3D dome theater.

Hong Kong Space Museum

Hong Kong Space Museum

6. Hong Kong Cultural Center: Adjacent to Clock Tower on Victoria Harbour. Openned in 1989, this center is a multipurpose performance facility. To cater for performing arts of all variety, the center is designed to house three major performing halls, namely the Concert Hall,  the Grand Theater and the Studio Theater. There is also an Exhibition Gallery and four foyer exhibition areas. Other ancillary facilities include eleven rehearsal and practice rooms and two conference rooms.

Opening hours: 9 AM – 11 PM daily, Box office Service hours: 10 AM – 21:30 PM daily

Entrance Tickets: Entrance is free of cost. However, for the events you have to buy the tickets from the ticket counter located inside.

Tickets can also be bought by the On-line Internet Booking : www.urbtix.hk
Time Requirements: Depends on the shows and performances

Honk Kong Cultural Center

Honk Kong Cultural Center

7. Hotel Intercontinental:  This is a 5-star hotel located on Salisbury Road,100 meters away from the Museum of Art facing Victoria Harbour waterfront. It offers amazing views of Victoria Harbour, A Symphony of Lights and Skyscrappers of the oppsite Hong Kong Island. It features a spa, a large infinity pool which overlooks Victoria Harbour and 2 celebrity restaurants which offer 24-hour in-room dining.

Hotel Intercontinental

Hotel Intercontinental

8. Clock Tower: It is the only remnant of the original site of the former Kowloon Station on the Kowloon-Canton Railway. Built out of red bricks and granite, the Clock Tower peaks at 44 metres, and is topped by a 7-metre lightning rod. The top of the tower can be reached by a wooden staircase located within. The interior of Clock Tower had previously been open for visit, but is currently closed for maintenance. The tower has been listed as a declared monument in Hong Kong since 1990.

Opening Hours:  Interior is currently closed for visit. From outside, you can visit it anytime.
Entrance Tickets: Free of Cost
Time Requirements: 15-30 miuntes

The Clock Tower

The Clock Tower

Victoria Harbour near Tsim Sha Tsui

Victoria Harbour near Tsim Sha Tsui

9. Harbour City Mall: 2 minutes walk from the Clock Tower.Harbour City, largest of the Hong Kong shopping megamalls, stretches for more than half a mile along Canton Road. The massive mall offers everything like clothing, accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, antiques, electronic goods, furniture, housewares, toys, arts and crafts, confectionery shops, restaurants, cinemas and much more. It comprises about 700 shops, including 50 restaurants.

Opening Hours: 24 Hours
Admission:  Free of Cost
Time Requirements: Depends at your shopping capacity. May take 30 minutes to 3 hours.

Near The Harbour City Mall

Near The Harbour City Mall

Extension of Harbour City Mall

Extension of Harbour City Mall

Here is the end of the first part of this post. This list will be continue in the second part.

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  5 Responses to “Places of Interest near Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Part 1/2”

  1. Good site. I have seen many places in the world including Hong Kong. If you give approval I can republish some of your article in my site with source and Link for this I need your approval. Without confirmation G mail I can not do that
    Kind wishes

  2. hey the pics are spectacular. A great post!

  3. wow!! that’s more information than wiki can provide!! looking at the first image i thought you just re-posted your ‘symphony of lights’ post.

    that moonwalk sounds cool, must be an amazing experience and the pictures are just BRILLIANT!!!!! waiting for part 2!

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