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The Symphony of Lights: Hong Kong

The Symphony of Lights: Hong Kong

Few things in the world can generate that instant sense of beauty that mesmerizes you and simply bowls you over. The sunrise sunset and the colours of the sky have captured human eye since for ever. It is simply impossible to expect mankind to not imitate this play of light and colour. Human make errors in tons but when they get it right they give you ecstatic display. The Symphony of lights is one such wonder that man has got just right! If you think Victoria Bay is panoramic cityscape in itself, think again for sound and light can give a spin to beautiful and make it breath taking.


So Whats the Symphony of lights anyway? It is a rhythmic show of music and light jumping off 45 buildings surrounding the Victoria Harbour. The Australian firm Laservision developed this particular attraction which was brought by the country for 44 Million Hong Kong Dollars.  Till date there have been over 4 million spectators for this marvel. Hong Kong lights up and dances for 10 minutes every day with the visitors becoming a part of the country every night.

This show has managed to ace it every night since its inception seven years ago, i.e. in 2007, thus prompting the Guinness world records to name it as the world’s largest light and sound show. The show is systematic with light and sound playing their parts flawlessly to say the least. The song and narration is in English thrice a week i.e. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. This is for the wide tourists that make up the big chunk of spectators. It’s in Mandarin on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Sundays are reserved for Cantonese. Thus the show carters to a wide range of people making everyone very happy.


Be warned, my friends for the show may be cancelled due to emergencies, without prior notice. When Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No.3 or above or the Red/Black Rainstorm Warning Signal is issued at or after 3pm on the day, the show will be suspended. No show will be staged even if the signal is removed before 8pm on that day. Check with the meteorological dept. to confirm clear skies.

There are stupendous fireworks from the decided buildings on special occasions like Chinese New Year and Christmas.  One can even catch the show on radio, sans the light of course. On New Year’s be ready for special treat. At 11:40 the show begins with the trademark display of lights. In the last 20 seconds of the year, fireworks decorate the sky with countdown. However the 20 seconds firework is from two trademark buildings alone. As soon as the clock strikes midnight, sixteen more buildings join in the celebration, decorating the sky. The world watches the live telecast since 2007.


There are 44 buildings that participate in this show with lasers or LEDs or even simple lights. The show has propelled the city as one tasty tourist destination. For the lights can be enjoyed from the Victoria Bay cruise as well. The other popular vantage points are Star Avenue to the coast beside the Hong Kong. Cultural Centre and the waterfront promenade on Wan Chai Golden Bauhinia Square. The best said place to watch the display is Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront between the Avenue of Stars and the Hong Kong cultural Centre. Do not worry for display is totally free of cost from the best location.


Here is one added advantage for those who take the cruise. The stated is the Skyscraper symphony. The add ones are 1.5-hour evening sightseeing cruise, Music and commentary, Stunning evening views of Hong Kong and the harbor. The best for last, unlimited drinks served from the open bar during the cruise. I can see the twinkle now!

Now moving on to the meat of the subject, the show has five themes which take you through the energy and spirit of Hong Kong. The five steps are awakening which starts of the show and gives life to the buildings with dancing lights of rainbow colours. The next step is the energy which spreads out the light all over the city in form of beams signifying the vibrancy of it all. The next step is Heritage which uses the two traditionally lucky red and gold colours. Here the display is to the tunes of Chinese Musical instruments symbolizing the rich and diverse culture of Hong Kong.


The fourth theme of the display is Partnership. This one is stupendous for its send out searchlights across the harbour to show a connection to the opposite side. The harmony, on all levels, is simply gorgeous. And the last theme of everyday is Celebration. This one reminds everyone of a Kaleidoscope. The patterns and swirls are all a part of grand celebration which shows Hong Kong as Asia’s world city.

One can’t deny that the vision is worth your time in the city. It is deeply ingrained part of every visitor and local that binds them together. It is not uncommon for the visitors to bid goodbye to Hong Kong with this lavish show. So dig in your heels and find the safe spot to let the lights dazzle you.

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