Before you pay a visit to Victoria Harbor, you may want to stop by at 1881 Heritage (about 5 mins walk). It is quite a historical sites which have some artifacts and some preserved old buildings. The site now has transformed into a shopping mall, a hotel and exhibition hall.
The Former Marine Police Headquarters Compound as after renovation, viewed from the entrance on Salisbury Road. The Hong Kong Marine Police used this site and buildings from 188s to 1996. The unique Victorian architecture and colonial style attract visitors to pause and take a few pictures.
Victoria Harbour is considered the most happening place in Hong Kong when the sky turns dark, travelers around the world fly in Hong Kong to check out this wonderful night view. You cannot miss out this one.
History of Victoria Harbour
Victoria Harbour was called “Hong Kong Harbour” at first but after China was defeated by Great Britain in the Opium War, Hong Kong became a colony of Britain and Victoria Harbour was named after the British Queen Victoria. This harbor, due to its location in the south, was favored by the British to be used as one of the largest ports for trade.
Best time to visit
People are attracted to the harbor because it offers a beautiful skyline of Hong Kong, especially in the evening when night starts to turn dark. Best time to visit is in the “golden hour” before sunset as it is the best timing for photography. Everything under this golden hour seems beautiful and dreamy.
“Symphony of Lights” show
Every night at 8 PM local time, you can view the “Symphony of Lights” show where synchronized lights and fireworks set the backdrop of Victoria Harbour alight. The “Avenue of Stars” on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront is the best place to watch this show. It is free but please do not have too high expectation on this show. Go only if you have extra time to kill.
Cruising is another popular activities to do here. Aqua Luna is one of the most popular harbor cruise operators. The total duration took about an hour.
It is a 60 meter tall Ferris Wheel was built on the north shore in Central Harbourfront Hong Kong. The ticket is cheap, less than SGD4.00 (USD 3.00) you get to enjoy spectacular views of Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Island, and Tsim Sha Tsui on top.
Clock Tower Hong Kong
The clock tower stands 44 meters tall and it is a relic of the days of the railway in the colonial period. It is a historical landmark located in Star Ferry terminal on Kowloon side. The clock tower is also called Tsim Sha Tsui Tower as it is very close to Tsim Sha Tsui Station.
Pac Man Street Art
The Pac Man Street Art is located at Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.
Hui Lau Shan Dessert
Hui Lau Shan is a chain of dessert shops based in Hong Kong and with over 300 stores internationally – China, Malaysia, South Korea, Macau, Canada, Taiwan, Paris, Vietnam, and Melbourne. There are a number of stores in Hong Kong and the one I visited is near Victoria Harbour Tsim Sha Tsui. We ordered their signature dessert – mango dessert but I won’t say it taste super great.
Chow Tai Fook
Chow Tai Fook is a famous jewelry chain shops in Hong Kong. They are very reputable and sell genuine gold of 24k. Chow Tai Fook Jewellery is considered the highest-ranking Asian brand for their gold jewelry. If you want something expensive and keep for investment, Chow Tai Fook gold jewelry is a great choice of souvenirs.
Street Art at Victoria Bay Harbour
A visit to Victoria Harbour is a must for any first-time traveler to Hong Kong. It is the gem and signature of Hong Kong.