Symphony of Lights – A Guide to Hong Kong’s Dazzling Harbour Spectacle

I must admit that when I was in Hong Kong last time, I hadn’t done much research and I hadn’t heard of the Symphony of Lights. Therefore, when Lee told me that we had to head down to the harbour at 8pm to see a “lightshow”, I really wasn’t expecting much. I thought there might a few fun flashing lights to music – but boy was I ever surprised to see a glittering light spectacle the size of the entire city!

Hong Kong Symphony of Lights
Hong Kong Symphony of Lights

“A Symphony of Lights” is a synchronized light and laser multimedia display, which features 45 skyscrapers on both sides of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. The show is accompanied by music and is held every night for 10 minutes. It has been seen by more than four million visitors so far and it has made the record for the world’s largest permanent light and sound show by the Guinness Book of World Records.

The show is put together by the Hong Kong Tourism Board and it is displayed every night at 8pm. It consists of 14 minutes of laser light displays, pyrotechnic fireworks, music, decoration lights and laser light displays.

If you are in Hong Kong, even if just for a day, it is worth seeing. There is nothing quite like the stunning spectacle of watching the entire skyline of this enormous and futuristic city come to life in dazzling light and colour. Best of all, it is a free attraction in what can be quite an expensive city.

Tips for Watching a Symphony of Lights

Here are some tips to keep in mind when watching the show:

  • The best place to get a good view is the Avenue of Stars on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. Also, you can see the show very well from the Golden Bauhinia Square which is located in Wan Chai or on the sightseeing ferries that travel through the Victoria Harbour.
  • It is also possible to hire one of the traditional Chinese Junk ships that sail through the harbour, so that you can watch the show from the water in style. The price will usually be around 240HK for a 45 minute cruise.
  • If you would like the English narration, watch the show on a Monday, Wednesday or a Friday. On the other days it will be in Cantonese or Mandarin.
  • Remember, this is not a pyrotechnic show – it is a light show. If you want to see fireworks light up the Hong Kong skyline, you should plan your visit on New Year’s Eve or Chinese New Year.
  • Although there is no need to buy tickets because the show is free, you should get there as early as you can so that you can find a good spot to take photographs.
  • Make sure that you figure out the “Night” settings on your camera, or even set up a tripod if you can, so that you can capture the lights without everything looking blurry.

Have fun and enjoy this Hong Kong spectacle!

About Kelly Dunning


A Canadian freelance writer with a love of art, culture, literature and adventure, Kelly loves exploring foreign lands and expressing her experiences through the power of the written word. She and her English boyfriend Lee run, packed full with travel guides, stories and inspiration for those who dream of travel. They have been location independent and travelling the world digital-nomad style for the last three years, with no address, no car and no fixed schedule.

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