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A Symphony of Lights Extravaganza

By HarryTuesday 18th June 2013

Symphony of Lights

Hong Kong’s skyline is one of the most stunning cityscapes in the world. With skyscrapers packed onto the island with dramatic effect, we think the urban landscape has even more impact when you view it from across the water in Kowloon, overlooking Victoria Harbour.

If that isn’t impressive enough, coloured laser lights beam from 44 towering buildings each night, synchronised to music, to create an impressive light and sound show. The Symphony of Lights has entered the Guinness World Records as the largest permanent light and sound show and we think it’s a must-see when you dock at Hong Kong on one of our Asia cruises.

What can I expect at a Symphony of Lights?

Each show follows 5 scenes that represent Hong Kong’s history and vibrancy. 1)  Awakening – Buildings light up in stages, symbolising the foundation and powerful growth of Hong Kong. Illuminating some of the tallest buildings in Hong Kong, including the IFC Towers, it’s an impressive sight. 2)  Energy - A kaleidoscope of colours and swooping beams of light represent Hong Kong’s energy. 3)  Heritage – Chinese musical instruments make up the soundtrack to showcase Hong Kong’s heritage and important buildings, such as the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Hong Kong Museum of Art, are put under the spotlight. 4)  Partnership – The show features buildings on Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon side. Beams of light sweep and scan Hong Kong’s skyline representing the partnership of both sides of the harbour. 5)  Celebration – The big finale includes patterns of light and colour and dancing beams combined. The show goes off with a bang on special occasions like Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year when fireworks are added to decorate the sky.

Where’s the best place to watch it?

Make sure you catch the English narration, introducing you to each building in the show. You can listen to English narration live on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront between the Avenue of Stars and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and also the promenade outside the Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai. It’s also broadcast live on the radio 103.4FM every night, along the harbour front.

Symphony of Lights, Hong Kong

We think the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront is the perfect spot to catch the Symphony of Lights, with a beautiful view across Victoria Harbour to Hong Kong Island. And the best part is - it’s completely free to watch so there’s no need to book tickets.

When is it?

The display starts at 8pm each night and lasts for about 14 minutes. The Symphony of Lights is one of the highlights of our Asia Cruises and there’s plenty more to discover in this fascinating continent. Visit the Avenue of Stars and watch the light show, followed by a spot of shopping on our Hong Kong Local Night Market shore excursion.  

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