A Symphony Of Lights

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A Symphony Of Lights Hong Kong Reviews

katzylicious katzylic…
8 reviews
pretty cool! Mar 23, 2012
It's daily and for free! It's every 8pm near the bay at one of the entrances of harbor city mall. You can just ask any staff where the dock/bay is located. You can stand/sit at the stands facing the bay.

the buildings make their lights dance around in time for the music. It's mostly orchestra music and there are different colors of the lights and different patterns and designs =)

if you have extra time plus a photographer and a music junkie like me, it's a pretty cool thing to watch. And it will just take a few minutes of your time and you don't even have to spend a dime =)
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katzylicious says:
haha. it was kinda my thing so i loved it. =) but then i've never seen anything else akin to it so that's probably why. haha
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012
mosted says:
Really? To me its a little overrated :D
Posted on: Mar 24, 2012
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victorxli victorxli
2 reviews
Hong Kong in 3 days May 16, 2012
Here are some highlights of Hong Kong that I would personally recommend if you are staying there for a few days. I lived in Hong Kong for a semester, and trust me, Hong Kong has a lot to offer.

Day 1


Hike up to the Peak (do not take the tram, it is not worth it, hiking gives you much better views). Once you get up there you can pay to go up to the sky lounge, which gives you marginally better views, but at 30hkd, it is not much, so I would give it a shot. Be aware that there will be no view if the day is foggy. Make sure it is sunny. Have lunch at one of the many hot pot places in Central.

Late Afternoon

Go to Mongkok to try the street food. When it becomes dark, go to Temple St to see all the little street shops selling souvenirs and such. Have dinner at one of the many Japanese Buffets at CTMA center off Nathan St. Arrive early so it is cheaper.


Take the subway to TST and either watch the Symphony of Lights at the Avenue of Stars or get on a ferry from TST to Central and watch it there. The light show happens everyday at 8pm.

Late Evening

There is a wonderful bar on top of hotel LKF called Azure that you must visit; it gives you best views of Hong Kong at night after the Ozone bar in Kowloon. After some casual drinks, you can go to LKF, the bar/club district in Central. Good recommendations of bars include The China Bar, where a lot of foreigners hang, and clubs include Shake Shack (cheap but good) and also Volar.

Day 2


This would depend on your preferences. There is basically a lot of good shopping, food and gambling. I would recommend the water show at the City of Dreams and also the church ruins where everybody goes to. Try the Portuguese style egg cupcakes, they are wonderful.

Day 3

Now you should focus on the hidden gems in Hong Kong.


Get up early in the morning and go to Tai-O, a fishing village. Try the seafood for lunch and then head to Citygate shopping outlet, where they have the cheapest clothes in the city. No sales tax!


Visit one of the many beaches in Hong Kong, including Repulse Bay, Deep Water Bay or Shek-o beach (this one is a bit far, but worth it).


Go back to Mongkok and have food at Mr Wong's! 50hkd for all you can eat and all you can drink. The food is traditional Hong Kong Da Pai Dong.
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nolan nolan
107 reviews
Unique show and it's free if you set aside the time Nov 13, 2012
The Symphony of Lights is a relatively free (as long as you don't pay for a tour on a boat which includes this) and amusing way to spend your evening if you don't go shopping or time your dinner at 8PM. It is a good deal for those whose hotel is in the Tsim Sha Tsui area since it will just take a few minutes walk to get to the place.

We watched this at least twice on different trips to HongKong, and every few years, another building is added to the list (last major one was the IFC2). They have improved this by adding narratives aside from the classical music.

I would suggest that if you are traveling in a large group, some of your members camp out early like 730PM to get a better viewpoint (note that some photographers are even there before sunset). A few minutes before the actual light show starts, you would already have lots of people jousting for prime seating location and some could be quite rude by just sitting in front of you with a large tripod and telephoto lens which will block your view (especially if you just use a point and shoot camera). As mentioned, some tour boats will also dock nearby and their large masts could block the view as well.

Seeing the show once is great, a second time still great, but after the third time it will get boring already. Plus more and more crowds keep on coming as time draws on.

Avoid the place during monsoon season (July till about November) unless you are prepared with all your rain gear.
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Nolan, brilliant night photos here. - Thanks for the congrats.
Posted on: May 10, 2014
Enigmaa Enigmaa
63 reviews
HK's absolute MUST-SEE! Jun 08, 2011
This is by far the best experience I had in HK. And nothing like I have ever seen before in any other great metropolis!

This well orchestred lightshow involves 44 buildings both side of the Victoria Habour, and music with a daily theme. Lights on the buildings, attached lasers and light beams lights up the habour in sync with music. HK has never looked more pretty than during these 30 mins.

Just sit on the habour and be amazed by the sync of the lightshow, the laser beams and the beautiful boats that to this light inferno!

Come a bit early to claim your spot if you want to take good pics. This place fills up fast as the clock approaches 8pm!
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d_rftn d_rftn
2 reviews
wow Jul 09, 2011
Wow this makes me think what the whole world should be like if we never had that little hiccup at the start of the 2000's. It is beautiful how the whole city feels as though its alive with its own pulse.

Best to get there early for a good view or if your smart and a cheapo maybe catch the cheap ferry and watch it from the river, save paying for a river cruise (not that's much anyway)..

Have fun with family,partner or just by your self.
Liselore_Verschuren Liselore…
252 reviews
Don't get into too much trouble... Nov 05, 2009
Every evening from 20.00 to 20.20, the Avenue of the Stars (subway station Tsim Sha Tsui) is packed with tourists.

The avenue itself has a walk of fame with celebrities from Hong Kong and the rest of Asia. Since western tourist rarely know the names of these stars, it is not that interesting. However, from here you have an excellent view at the best of Hong Kong's colourful skyline.

At 20.00 sharp, loudspeakers start playing classical music and the lights in some of the buildings in the skyline move according to the rythm of the music. It's called a touristic attraction and hundreds of people come and watch it every evening, but I wouldn't go out of my way to be there at 20.00 if I were you.

First of all, you have to be there quite early to occupy a decent spot. Second of all, if you have a fabulous spot, a huge boat with rich tourists may come by and block your complete view. Third of all, it's not that big of a deal. It's nice if you happen to be there at the right time, but the skyline is impressive enough without this tourist circus.
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sarahsan says:
I agree with you Liselore! It is absolutely not a must. If you have nothing else to do then fine.
Posted on: Feb 18, 2010
Dr_Seuss says:
Still sounds an interesting way to pass 20 minutes if your around that area :)
Posted on: Feb 18, 2010
Smurf0218 Smurf0218
2 reviews
Waste of Time Mar 11, 2008
The Symphony of Lights is absolutely free unless you pay for a tour that includes it as one of its stops. You need to be on the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour, facing Hong Kong Island. The best place to view them is on the Avenue of Stars which is similar to Hollywood Walk of Fame, but much smaller. You can find Jet Li's hand prints and there's a statue of Bruce Lee. Anyway, you want to be walking upward toward Star Ferry Terminal for the best view. There are lasers light connected to 60+ buildings on Hong Kong Island.

The reason I did not like the show was because all of the papers about it made it out to be spectacular. Only a few of the buildings light up at the same time and they don't even light up the whole building-it's just outlined of goes around the framing of the building. The way it was portrayed made it seem like the lights of Las Vegas times 100 because it's set to music. NOT THE CASE! If you have ever seen the lights of Las Vegas, you will think this is a joke.
mosted says:
Yep I think so too, overrated!
Posted on: Mar 24, 2012
mathieucalvet says:
Good to know, lol,
Posted on: Jun 20, 2009
o_mendfornd o_mendfo…
45 reviews
Nov 10, 2005
At 8pm every night there's a free light show on the Hong Kong skyline, and it's a fantastic spectacle. The skyline itself is a really majestic sight at night (one of the best panoramas I saw in a year travelling). On the southern tip of Kowloon you can stand looking across the harbour to Hong Kong island, where there's a laser and light show. There is music playing on the Kowloon side. It only lasts about 10 minutes. Definitely worth going to see if you're in Hong Kong.
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