Best Views of Victoria Harbor
The lighting of vast Hong Kong skyscrapers is so in tune that it creates the most impressive light-show in the world on the hour. It really does matter where you watch this spectacle from and from which point of view you observe the irreplaceable skyline surrounding Victoria Harbour.
In my opinion, Hong Kong is the most entertaining city in the world. The streets of this city are equally alive in the morning, afternoon, night and at 3 past midnight, while the people you meet are pleasant, cheerful, pretty and prepared to have a good time with you. The city is always packing with foreigners: tourists as well as businessmen, from all corners of the Earth. Because of this and because Hong Kong has just recently been decolonialized and returned to China (although it functions as an independent administrative state, with its own laws, borders, currency and visa regime), you can smell multiculturalism at every corner here.
You cannot not have a good time here. Hong Kong has thousands of diners with cuisines from all parts of the world, thousands of cocktail bars, thousands of craftsmanship stores, numerous cinemas, theatres, concert halls, contents for ‘relaxation’… You will experience something new here every time, without trying. Still, I advise you to do something in Hong Kong that all tour guides warn you of – take a look at the city’s skyline.
There are plenty of cities with a spectacular skyline; however, the one visible in Hong Kong cannot be topped. Irrelevant of the fact if you are studying the Victoria Harbour and endless skyscrapers surrounding it in the daytime or at night, you will be faced with a breath-taking scene. You will find many places in the city which supposedly provide the best view of the skyline, but I will reveal the truly best ones.
The point which you must not miss in Hong Kong is Victoria Peak. This mountain is situated in the West of the Hong Kong Island and peaks at 554 meters (1818 feet). A 15-minute drive will take you there or – if you are feeling brave – a five-minute drive with the steepest cable car in the world.
The cable car drive to Victoria Peak is much more fun, of course. Still, bear in mind that you often have to wait in a long line just to get into the cable car. It’s well worth it.
This is the view that will greet you if you find yourselves here at night. Stop, be quiet and take a breath. You’ll get goose bumps. However, do keep in mind that the monsoon season is somewhere from the end of May until the start of November in Hong Kong, which means the bad weather and fog spoil the view. As well as the relentless humidity and heat.
There is a huge shopping mall in Victoria Peak, with plenty of bars and restaurants providing a view of Victoria Harbour. Book a table by the window at a restaurant called Cafe Deco. It is expensive, but you will never regret spending any kind of money after trying the Jerusalem artichoke soup and grilled Argentinean angus with this view.
Once you get off Victoria Peak, you ought to check out the skyline from down below. Many cruises are offered across Victoria Harbour, but choose the one which includes sitting in the famous Aqua Luna, i.e. comfortable seats with wine and a music background to the biggest light show in the world.
The light show commences once Aqua Luna gets to the center of Victoria Harbour. The facades of skyscrapers, lasers, headlights, hundreds of colored light bulbs will turn on and off and dance to the beat of the music being played on Aqua Luna. An out-of-this-world experience! If you get a chance, book a seat on this boat on New Year’s Eve and you will witness the biggest fireworks in the world. The skyscrapers start with the preparations for this occasion in October.
Let’s go back up. The best view from a skyscraper is at the Ritz-Carlton five-star hotel, which occupies floors 102 through 118 at the International Commerce Center in the West side of the Kowloon Island. This is the tallest hotel in the world, with the highest bar and swimming pool in the world, situated on the 118th floor. Come for a dinner or a swim, you don’t have to be a guest of the hotel for this experience…
You can have breakfast with the best view in the world at the 102nd floor (again, you don’t have to spend a night at The Ritz-Carlton for this). Apart from the view, the food is also impressive – I recommend a classic – the club sandwich.
A glass of fresh orange juice on the 102nd floor of the ICC in Hong Kong with my dear friend Ana. Could there be a better way to start the day?
Before returning to the street jungle of Hong Kong, take another look at the morning above Victoria Harbour. The Hong Kong Island and Victoria Peak are across – this is where you started your sightseeing tour…