A Symphony of Lights

A Symphony of Lights is a famous laser lights and music show in Hong Kong. It is presented by the Hong Kong Tourism Commission through organizing 44 skyscrapers and landmarks that lie on the sides of the Victoria Harbour. Through interactive lighting and music show, it shows the vibrancy and glamorous night view of the city. The local Tourism Commission initiated the project A Symphony of Lights in 2004, and it was formally included in the "Guinness Book of World Records'' as the world largest lighting and music show on Nov. 21, 2005.

The night view along the beaches of Victoria Harbour is a famous attraction. Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula are full of high-rise buildings so at night, the lights blaze so magnificently and so beautifully around the harbor. It is one of the top three night views in the world along with Hakodate, Japan, and Naples, Italy.

 

Themes of the Show

With its altogether five themes of the show, A Symphony of Lights shows the audience an energetic, vibrant and colorful metropolis through its bright and varied colors.
A Symphony of Lights, Hong Kong
A Symphony of Lights

 Scene one [Awakening]
Several lines of laser lights represent the wakening of the earth, then the colorful lights brighten the buildings that are involved in the show, showing the process of the birth and growth of the city.

 Scene Two [Energy]
Through a gradient effect shining from the bottom to the top, the color of the buildings changes and the laser and search lights' dancing in the sky show creativity and vibrancy.

 Scene Three [Heritage]
With the melodious accompaniment of Chinese music, with lucky red and golden lights shining on the buildings on the beaches of Victoria Harbour, traditional Chinese cultural features are paraded before the audiences.

 Scene Four [Partnership]
With laser and searchlights radiating toward each beach and the colorful lights on both of the beaches interacting, this scene mainly shows that Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula are working together to usher in a brilliant future.

 Finale [Celebration」
Turn on the light that rotates like a kaleidoscope accompanied by flying and shining light effects. It signifies everybody working together to create a brighter future for the Asian metropolis--Hong Kong.

 

Best Places to Appreciate the Show

1. the Avenue of Stars to the coast beside the Hong Kong Cultural Center.
2. the waterfront promenade on Wan Chai Golden Bauhinia Square.
3. on a Victoria Harbour cruise ship.

 Unfortunately, visitors are unable to appreciate A Symphony of Lights at the Star Avenue because it's closed for renovation until the end of 2018.

 

Schedule

20:00 everyday with a duration of 13 minutes
 

Music and Narration

A Symphony of Lights, Hong Kong The music and narration are aired alongside the Avenue of Stars to the seaside beside Hong Kong Cultural Center and Wan Chai Golden Bauhinia Square Seaside Gallery. The music and narration are sent in several languages: English on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Mandarin on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and on Sunday the music and narration are in Cantonese.

Audiences can also listen to the radio along the harbor: FM103.4 MHz (English), FM106.8 MHz (Cantonese), FM107.9 MHz (Mandarin) or listen through your cellphone: 35-665-665 (English), 35-665-668 (Mandarin). It is charged as an ordinary call.
 

How to get there

 1. to Golden Bauhinia Square:
Take MTR Island Line to Wan Chai Station and get out from Exit A5. Walk across the footbridge, walk east and pass through the lobby of the Central Plaza, go on walking across the linking overhead walkway, then get down to the ground level. Walk towards the waterfront, and you can see the bronze bauhinia statue and monument on the left. It is about a 15 minutes' walk.
 2. to Avenue of Stars:
Take MTR West Rail Line to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station and get out from Exit L6. Then follow the signs to the Avenue of Stars and Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront.
 

Other Activities

 Firework Show
On some special days, such as some holidays, the Hong Kong Tourism Board may arrange a firework show along with A Symphony of Lights.

 The New Year Countdown
From 2007, New Year Countdown is held every year in Victoria Harbour on Dec. 31. It starts from 23:40, after a light show on both of the beaches. In the last 20 seconds of the year, fireworks fly up to the sky around the landmark building–the Two International Financial Center–through the countdown. At the moment of the New Year, fireworks fly up from the other 16 skyscrapers beside the harbor. After the countdown, there is a firework show lasting for two minutes. A live show of the activity is on TV and Internet. 

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- Last modified on Nov. 28, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on A Symphony of Lights
Asked by Qing from MALAYSIA | Oct. 29, 2018 00:52Reply
Hong Kong Symphony of light
Hi . Avenue of star is under renovation, reopen on 2019. If we go on November, it is possible for us to watch the symphony of light ? Where to watch ?
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Answered by Tito from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 30, 2018 20:32
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Yes, you can watch that in November and the other good places for watching the show are the waterfront promenade on Wan Chai Golden Bauhinia Square and on a Victoria Harbour cruise ship.
Asked by Dzulkifle Mohd Bahari from MALAYSIA | Aug. 13, 2018 00:02Reply
What is the best location to enjoy the Symphony of Lights
I will be staying at Delta Hotel, Tsim Sha Tsui. What is the best location to enjoy the Symphony of Lights and how do I get there? At what time is the light show starts and how long is the show?
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Answered by Oven from GERMANY | Aug. 13, 2018 20:09
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Taking a cruise in Victoria Harbor will be a good option to enjoy the light show. It starts at 20:00 and lasts about a quarter.
Asked by Jessy from INDONESIA | Apr. 30, 2018 19:36Reply
How to see Hong Kong symphony of light from Jordan Road?
I heard that Avenue of the Stars closed so we can not watch from there.

Thank you
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Answered by Linda from CANADA | May. 02, 2018 03:40
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You can go to Golden Bauhinia Square to enjoy the show.
Take West Rail Line to East Tsim Sha Tsui and then take a ferry to Wan Chai Ferry Pier. After arrival, walk northwest foe 5 minutes to the square.
Asked by Alex from PHILIPPINES | Mar. 23, 2018 06:11Reply
How to get to symphony of lights from causeway bay hong kong?
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Answered by Jay from SINGAPORE | Mar. 25, 2018 21:24
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Well, you can walk northwest for about 20mins to the waterfront to enjoy the symphont of lights. Or take bus 25A to Wan Chai and then walk north for 3minutes to the waterfront.
Asked by Caitie from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 19, 2018 22:29Reply
How to get to Ladies Market after watching the Symphony of Light?
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Answered by Terra from SINGAPORE | Jan. 22, 2018 00:47
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Take bus 971 from West Island School, Victoria Rd to Shantung Street, Nathan Rd.
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