Hong Kong has one of the most striking skylines in the world. Although it may not be very large in size, especially when compared to other major metropolitan cities, the city is packed with skyscrapers. The skyline, which is quite impressive by day, is simply spectacular at night when all the buildings are lit up. As if that were not enough, the buildings are also part of a permanent light and sound display that has been crowned the largest in the world. The shows take place every night and all tourists visiting this Chinese island should try to catch it.
The Symphony of Lights is a massive light and sound show that involves forty four of the city’s most iconic skyscrapers. The dazzling display utilises powerful searchlights, laser beams, and coloured lights to create a visual spectacle that is simply breathtaking. The show follows five major themes: Awakening, which is the start; Partnership; Energy; Heritage; and Celebration, which is the finale. While the show is held seven days a week, English narratives are only available on certain days so one should check in advance before going out to see the show.
Naturally, the best place to view the show is from the sea. There are many cruise ships that circle the island, offering those on board a 360 degree view of the entire show. On land, the best place to view the dramatic light show is over at Kowloon. The Avenue of Stars not only offers a terrific vantage point, it also broadcasts the music and narrative that accompanies the show. Keep in mind that most people come to the Avenue of Stars to view the show and those who want a less crowded option can head over to the Ocean Terminal pier.
For travellers who want to explore China, Hong Kong is the ideal starting point. Its westernised nature will help foreigners ease into the Oriental culture. It is a highly popular tourist destination and one should book accommodation well in advance. The Cosmo Hotel, a premier Hong Kong boutique hotel, is a good place to try. The lovely 4 star hotel Hong Kong enjoys a central location and offers a myriad of facilities.
Umanga Kahandawaarachchi is a passionate travel writer who writes under the pen name, Maggie Tulliver. Her field of writing covers a wide array of content and articles related to travel and hospitality industry. Google+