Victoria Harbour

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Victoria Harbour
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Neighborhood: 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 neighborhood 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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duck8to
Montville, NJ6,714 contributions
Jun 2020
Victoria Harbor was first referenced in Zheng He's sailing maps of the Chinese coast in 1426 but it was not until 1810 that the East India Company drew detailed maps of the harbor. Victoria harbor is 16.17 square miles is both deep and sheltered Because of it's strategic location it became a primary trading center and supported British colonization of South East Asia. Even today Victoria Harbor is used by thousands of international vessels each year despite increasing use of Singapore harbors.

The best views of the harbor are from the Pearl tower atop Victoria Peak or at the Cultural Center of Tsim Sha on the Kewloon side of the harbor. Fireworks are part of Victoria Harbors draw and are a grand sight. The Chinese New Year festivities are spectacular and highlighted with a large production called the "Symphony of Lights".

Where once there were many small business owners along the harbor and promenade, today many have been driven out by high rents and replaced by large corporate interests like Samsung. Land reclamation and pollution have further deteriorated the harbor. Despite these changes, tourists and locals alike still swarm to the harbor for recreation and shopping.

There are three cross-harbor road tunnels, three mass transit railway routes, the Star Ferry and First Ferry, all capable of getting you cross the harbor or to other nearby islands.
Written April 6, 2021
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom5,237 contributions
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 September 6, 2021
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JoeBenevides
Fresno, CA340 contributions
Feb 2020
The Star Ferry is a great way to experience Victoria Harbour. We used it twice as a quick and convenient way to get to where we wanted to be on the other side of Victoria Harbour, and it only cost about 25¢ each way with our Octopus MTR cards. Also experience it at night from the Avenue of Stars on the Kowloon side of the Harbour. At 8PM each evening 42 building put on the world's largest light show.
Written February 18, 2020
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China142,031 contributions
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 July 30, 2021
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Mmarymomm
Pleasanton, CA1,738 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
Our ship was docked across the harbor from where the nightly light show is put on. We were able to have dinner and look out the window and enjoy it. During the day the harbor was abuzz with ferries and ships coming and going, an interesting show on its own.
Written January 6, 2020
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China142,031 contributions
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 April 23, 2020
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notperfectalas2
california374 contributions
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 February 1, 2020
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Ray
Staines, UK773 contributions
Sep 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 January 19, 2021
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J Steiner
Hong Kong, China201 contributions
Aug 2020
Victoria Harbour is one of the best ways to see the HK skyline up close. Whether it is clear skies or overcast, there is always character to appreciate.

The water is choppier over the years as a result of the development and the water is probably polluted but whether by Star Ferry, Junk or Private Boat, the experience is different every time.
Written September 23, 2020
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JayRae1
Glasgow, UK1,543 contributions
Jun 2020
My wife and I visited Victoria Harbour in the daytime and also at night. We had found it to be quite ordinary in the daytime, but returned a couple of nights later, as we had been told not to miss the Laser Show. I wish we hadn't bothered, as it is ordinary at best. A few lasers, located on a handful of buildings dotted around the harbour, wave back and forth for around 10 minutes and that's it. Not something I would recommend making any great effort to see.
Written June 28, 2020
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