Symphony of Lights

No one celebrates their skyline like Hong Kong does. For every evening, for 15 minutes, piercing lasers, sweeping searchlights, dancing LED lights, projection lights and decorative lights – and on special occasions, even fireworks and other pyrotechnics – bring the city’s iconic skyline alive. The show, called A Symphony of Lights, is synchronised to music and is accompanied by a narration in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. The dazzling display, which involves 47 buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour, is divided into to five themes that celebrate the energy, diversity and spirit of Hong Kong.

The show began in 2004 with just 18 buildings on the Kowloon side and was expanded in phases, both in scale and grandeur, to cover both the north and south shores. Billed as the ‘world’s largest sound and light show’ by The Guiness Book of World Records, the production has run into opposition from environmental groups who point to light pollution and the millions of dollars it takes to stage the show. But the Hong Kong administration has refused to give in and, as they say, the show goes on.

The best vantage point for A Symphony of Lights, both from the visual and audio perspective, is the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront on the Kowloon shore. It is here that the music and narration is broadcast but if you’re not keen on the audio, you can watch the spectacle while taking a ferry ride along the harbour.