Victoria Harbour
Victoria Harbour
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Neighbourhood: Tsim Sha Tsui
Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the major tourist and shopping areas of Hong Kong. With a high concentration of hotels, retail shops and commercial offices – it’s a busy and bustling neighbourhood that never sleeps. On the surface, Tsim Sha Tsui seems to only feature an abundant number of high-end retail stores selling designer brands and jewelry, owing to its popularity with high-budget shopping tours. However, it also contains a diverse range of attractions for the entire family. Whether taking a walk in Kowloon Park, exploring museums, going shopping or grabbing a bite to eat – Tsim Sha Tsui has something for everyone.
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  • East Tsim Sha Tsui • 4 min walk
  • Tsim Sha Tsui • 7 min walk
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  • Sophia
    Malmö, Sweden20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must
    Gorgeous harbor that's pretty both day and night! The light show is on every night at 20:00 and lasts for about 10 minutes. A little disappointed by it as I thought it was gonna be more lights but definatly something to see if you're by the harbour at that time as it's free.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Olivia Duits
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking
    Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong is an absolute showstopper! The view of the iconic skyline against the shimmering water is just breathtaking. Watching the Symphony of Lights illuminate the cityscape at night is like being in a sci-fi movie. Taking a leisurely stroll along the promenade and feeling the cool breeze off the water is pure bliss. However, it can get insanely crowded, especially during peak tourist times. Finding a quiet spot to soak in the view can be a bit of a challenge, and you might have to deal with elbow-to-elbow crowds. But honestly, that's a small price to pay for the spectacle that is Victoria Harbour.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 11 September 2023
  • 1dragonlady
    Flat Rock, North Carolina238 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply Gorgeous!
    Victoria Harbor is breathtaking beautiful. Be sure to ride the Star Ferry across the harbor to see the skyline of both Hong Kong and Kowloon. I wasn't impressed with the 8-minute Symphony of Lights show this time (daily at 8 pm) as I thought the show was more spectacular 10 years ago.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 September 2023
  • Dan L
    Bunbury, Australia8,395 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Named for Queen Victoria.
    Didn't have enough time to cross the harbour and visit HK island but still enjoyed the views from Kowloon Peninsula and Tsim Sha Tsui. Changed from our first visit in 1982 and subsequent visits, the water is much cleaner and without the residue of inhabitants fouling everywhere. Rightly regarded as one of the world's best and foremost natural harbours, the sight from the Northern shores is spectacular with the HK skyline to the South and the amazing nightly laser show. Surprised to see so few boats in the harbour. No visit to Hong Kong is complete without a visit to Victoria Harbour.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 December 2023
  • latifah
    Brisbane, Australia4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Romantic escape from my hectic schedule
    The bustling atmosphere and vibrant energy of the city came alive at this iconic waterfront location. The skyline views were simply breathtaking, especially at night when the city lit up with a warm glow. I found myself enchanted by the bustling boats and ferries that crisscrossed the harbor, adding to the romantic charm of the scene. Victoria Harbour is truly a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the heart and soul of Hong Kong.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written 10 March 2024
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,628 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots to see and do here!
    There are many things to see and do here. I started my walk from the Star Ferry Port until I reached the Statue of Bruce Lee. Along the way, I saw the high rise buildings across the water. Other attractions noted during my walk are the old Clock Tower, female statue related to movies, handmarks of famous Hongkong people on the railings, another statue, Starbucks plus toilet facilities, ferry boats, small gardens, etc. There are also museums to visit here. After visiting Bruce Lee Statue, I crossed the overpass and went to the other side. There are malls, restaurants, and shops here. Metro Stations are located near here.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 May 2024
  • Timothy S
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice habour
    It's a nice habour. There are the celebrities' hand prints at Avenue of Stars like Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Sammo Hung, Stephen Chow and others; the Bruce Lee statue is on the east end; the west end has the clock tower, Garden of Stars is in the middle. Lot of hotels and malls there. The symphony of light isn't that good. There are art, history, and cultural centre, space museums, restaurants, ferries. There are mtr stations
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 June 2024
  • Jatin
    Mumbai, India32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views
    The harbour view is one of the muse see attractions of Hong Kong. Walking along the harbour on the promenade is a great experience. Ample sitting space too. Best time to walk is evening, before and after sunset. There is a light show daily, which is average, and can be missed. There are beautiful malls alongside the promenade. The harbour can be very windy and chilly during winter.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 June 2024
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,943 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
You can’t leave Hong Kong without spending some time around or on Victoria Harbour. It’s true that the harbour has been subjected to rampant development over the years and that land reclamation has reshaped and shrunk its shores, but it is still a beautiful, colourful and exciting harbour. Even if you have limited time in Hong Kong, I’d recommend taking the Star Ferry across the harbour. As far as transport goes, it’s as iconic as a gondola in Venice, a San Francisco tram or a London double-decker.
Recently the waterfront promenades along both sides of the harbour have been upgraded and are now beautiful, open walkways along the harbour front.
On one side, the Central Promenade runs from the Star Ferry piers to Wan Chai and is a wide, flat path with several viewing decks, art installations, landscaped parkland and seating areas. Opposite, on the TST side, another promenade allows you to walk from the Star Ferry, along the Avenue of the Stars. It’s hard to say which walk is better but keep in mind that from the TST side, you get to look across at the famous Hong Kong city skyline. In the evening, it’s the best spot to watch the Symphony of Lights play out across the Hong Kong buildings.
Written 6 September 2021
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,735 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2020
It was from within these waters that Hong Kong came into possession fo the British and grew into the city we all know today. The harbour is nearly 42 square km in size and 43 metres at its deepest point.

You can watch thousands of boats of all size ply its waters day and night. Interestingly, there are no bridges that connect Hong Kong Island to the south with Kowloon to the north of Victoria Harbour. However, there are underground road tunnels, MTR metro service as well as our beloved and iconic Star Ferry passenger vessels which slowly transport city residents and tourists back and forth across the harbour - this is one of Nat Geo's 50 experiences everyone should do at least once during their lifetime.

There are other harbour ferry companies offering hour or longer boat trips around Victoria Harbour. Otherwise, you can enjoy it from the promenade waterfronts that line both HK Island and TST on the Kowloon Peninsula. The views of the Hong Kong Skyline, Victoria Harbour and Victoria Peak in the background, as seen from the TST promenade on the Kowloon side can be incredible when sky conditions are favourable. Both day and night views and photos are great from this location.

Higher vantage point views of Victoria Harbour can be had at restaurants and sky bars on the upper floors of many skyscrapers on both sides. For a view from the clouds, Sky 100 Observation Deck is your place. Views of the harbour to the north, from Victoria Peak are breathtaking as well. This is where you find the classic postcard pictures of Hong Kong.
Written 23 April 2020
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,735 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Hong Kong's stunning Victoria Harbour is a geographical highlight for pretty much all visitors to the city. It is where the British first arrived and developed the modern city we have today, directly upon her shores and there are numerous ways to enjoy time on and around this magnificent body of water.

Numerous hotels, restaurants, a handful of bars and even our Museum of Art offer excellent views of Victoria Harbour. There are nicely developed promenades and leisure parks on both sides of the harbour in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island as well, from which you can enjoy mornings, afternoons and evenings admiring the views of the water and skylines on both sides. Visitors can also enjoy short rides across the harbour on the historic Star Ferry as well as longer, slower rides around the harbour with Star Ferry and other companies.

In the end, there are many ways to enjoy Victoria Harbour. As locals we do so regularly, as a visitor to Hong Kong, you will want to as well.
Written 30 July 2021
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latifah
Brisbane, Australia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Business
The bustling atmosphere and vibrant energy of the city came alive at this iconic waterfront location. The skyline views were simply breathtaking, especially at night when the city lit up with a warm glow. I found myself enchanted by the bustling boats and ferries that crisscrossed the harbor, adding to the romantic charm of the scene. Victoria Harbour is truly a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the heart and soul of Hong Kong.
Written 10 March 2024
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notperfectalas2
california353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
With all the land fill (reclamation) going on, Victoria Harbor is truly getting smaller each year. It has shrunk to less than 40% of its original width of over 2300 meters due to the incessant land fill projects to create more usable land. Still, it is still a majestic harbor, best viewed from Victoria Peak and enjoyed cheaply by a crossing on the Star Ferry.
Written 1 February 2020
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Olivia Duits
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong is an absolute showstopper! The view of the iconic skyline against the shimmering water is just breathtaking. Watching the Symphony of Lights illuminate the cityscape at night is like being in a sci-fi movie. Taking a leisurely stroll along the promenade and feeling the cool breeze off the water is pure bliss. However, it can get insanely crowded, especially during peak tourist times. Finding a quiet spot to soak in the view can be a bit of a challenge, and you might have to deal with elbow-to-elbow crowds. But honestly, that's a small price to pay for the spectacle that is Victoria Harbour.
Written 11 September 2023
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1dragonlady
Flat Rock, NC238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Victoria Harbor is breathtaking beautiful. Be sure to ride the Star Ferry across the harbor to see the skyline of both Hong Kong and Kowloon. I wasn't impressed with the 8-minute Symphony of Lights show this time (daily at 8 pm) as I thought the show was more spectacular 10 years ago.
Written 30 September 2023
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Ray
Staines, UK798 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Everyone talks about the views but Hong Kong takes mass transportation to whole another level.

There are small wooden boats to huge cruise ships, tunnels, bridges, ferries, cargo ships, trains criss crossing under water and 20 years ago there was an airport too. Right in the middle of all this.

And it all runs systemically like a clock without colliding with one another. Victoria Harbour is not only delight for your eyes but efficiently smooth as well.
Written 19 January 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,448 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Hong Kong has one of the world's best landformed natural harbors. Victoria Harbour is a spectacular sight, especially at night. In daylight, you can walk along the water or take the Star Ferry. For a few cents, you can take the Star Ferry between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon -- it's one of the world's great bargains. When the British colonized Hong Kong in 1841, this magnificent harbor was one of the main attractions. The harbor remained the center of business and commerce in Hong Kong for many years.
Written 29 April 2023
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Timothy S
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It's a nice habour. There are the celebrities' hand prints at Avenue of Stars like Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Sammo Hung, Stephen Chow and others; the Bruce Lee statue is on the east end; the west end has the clock tower, Garden of Stars is in the middle. Lot of hotels and malls there. The symphony of light isn't that good. There are art, history, and cultural centre, space museums, restaurants, ferries. There are mtr stations
Written 1 June 2024
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