Victoria Harbour (Victoria Bay)

Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong
A Symphony of Lights
 Victoria Harbour Pictures

Situated between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula, Victoria Harbour, aka Victoria Bay, is the largest harbour in China and the third largest in the world, after San Francisco in the United States and Re de Janeiro in Brazil. It is home to most of the ports of Hong Kong, making the city one of the world's busiest ports. The harbour bustles day and night with all manner of watercraft – from the historic Star Ferries to cruise liners, cargo ships, and wooden fishing vessels.
 

Origin of the Name

The harbour was named after the British Queen Victoria, who was on the throne for 63 years (1837 - 1901), the longest in the history of the Great Britain. During her reign, the Great Britain enjoyed unprecedented cultural and economic prosperity. However, after she had been on the throne for only 3 years, in 1840, Great Britain waged the First Opium War with China. Following the war, the Nanjing Treaty was signed, as a result of which Hong Kong Island became a Concession of Britain. Later in 1860 after the Second Opium War, China was forced to sign the Peking Treaty, and in 1861 Kowloon Peninsula was also ceded to Britain. In April of that year, the bay between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula was named Victoria Harbour. As the natural center of the territory's dense urban region, the harbour has played host to many major public shows, including the annual fireworks and its promenades are popular gathering places for visitors and residents.

 

Best Sites for Grand Harbour View

Victoria Bay, Hong Kong
Victoria Harbour

Long famous for its stunning panoramic views, the harbour is a major attraction of Hong Kong. A myriad of lights twinkles at night from the skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula, making Hong Kong, together with Hakodate in Japan and Naples in Italy, included in the 'three best night scenes of the world'.
 

In 2004, the local Tourism Board introduced a show dubbed A Symphony of Lights, featuring nightly more than 40 skyscrapers in a stunning multimedia extravaganza. On Nov. 21, 2005, the show was listed in Guinness World Records as the world's largest permanent light and sound show.
 

At a height of 554m (1,818 feet), Victoria Peak is the highest mountain in Hong Kong. Victoria Tower on it can be counted as the best place to view the enchanting night view.
 

The Avenue of Stars, situated along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, allows for spectacular harbour views. It was built to honor the most illustrious people the local film industry has produced over the past decades.
 

Golden Bauhinia Square is located outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on the Wanchai waterfront. Surrounded by Victoria Bay on three sides, it rests at the center of the Harbour, making it a great site for harbour view.
 

As the highest indoor sightseeing deck in Hong Kong, Sky100 Observation Deck is located on the 100th floor of International Commerce Centre. One can view the whole Victoria Harbor and the Kowloon Peninsula from there. Besides, it is also one of the best places to watch Hong Kong Chinese New Year fireworks performance.

 

Victoria Harbour Cruise

Hong Kong Victoria Bay There is no better way to capture the magic of the harbour than by taking a cruise aboard a ferry.
 

Star Ferry is second to none for a Victoria Harbor cruise. It was once listed in the 50 places of a lifetime by National Geography. On top of the ferry service between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula, it also provides a two-hour nighttime cruise, during which visitors are able to enjoy the Symphony of Lights in a unique way.
 

Duk Ling

Duk Ling is a carefully-restored authentic Chinese fishing junk and has been used for harbour cruises in Hong Kong waters for about 150 years ago. Tourists can aboard the Duk Ling to transfer between the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Terminal and Hong Kong Island Central Pier 9.
 

Aqua Luna

Named after the most famous pirate in Hong Kong of the last century, Aqua Luna is possibly the last handcrafted traditional Chinese red-sail junk built with age-old designs and traditional materials. It plies between Tsim Sha Tsui Pier 4 and Central Queen’s Pier.

Star Ferry Harbour Cruise Service

It's a circular cruise around Victoria Harbour involving the three piers: Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier, Central Pier No.7 and Wanchai Pier. The duration is about 1h.
Service Months Service Hours Ticket Fare (HKD)
Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier Central Pier No. 7 Wanchai Pier Adult Discount Fare
Single Ride Day Round Trip Ticket Feb. - Sep. 11:55 - 17:55 12:15 - 17:15 12:30 - 15:30 105 95
Oct. - Jan. 11:55 - 16:55 12:15 - 16:15 100 90
Single Ride Night Round Trip Ticket Feb. - Sep. 18:55, 20:55  20:15 - 190 171
Oct. - Jan. 17:55, 18:55, 20:55 18:15, 20:15 180 162
A Symphony of Lights Harbour Cruise Feb. - Sep. 19:55 19:15 - 215 194
Oct. - Jan. 205 185

Note: 1. The interval of day time ferry is an hour. 
2. The discount fare is for children from 3 to 12 years old and seniors at or over 65 years old.
 

How to get to Victoria Harbour

Night Scene of Victoria Bay
Night Scene of Victoria Bay

Cross-harbour tunnels

Three cross-harbour tunnels: Cross Harbour Tunnel; Eastern Harbour Crossing; and Western Harbour Crossing
 

MTR routes

Three MTR routes with cross-harbour tunnels:
Tsuen Wan Line (connecting with MTR Central Station and Tsim Sha Tsui Station)
Tseung Kwan O Line (connecting with MTR Quarry Bay Station and Yau Tong Station)
Tung Chung Line and Airport Express (sharing the same pair of tracks in the tunnel and connecting MTR Station Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Station)
 

Ferry

Star Ferry Routes:
Central <=> Tsim Sha Tsui; Wanchai <=> Tsim Sha Tsui

First Ferry:
Central <=> Cheung Chau; Central <=> Mui Wo; Cheung Chau <=> Peng Chau; North Point <=> Hung Hong; North Point <=> Kowloon City

Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry:
Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry run four routes, two of which ply between urban Central and Lamma Island: Central <=> Yung Shue Wan (Lamma Island); Central <=> Sok Kwu Wan (Lamma Island)

Firework Performance Along Victoria Harbour

The performances are staged on Dec. 31st of each year for countdown celebration of the New Year, and on the second night of the Lunar New Year. To enjoy the best view, it is suggested to take a cruise floating on the harbor. In addition, there are some other recommended sites for a good experience of the fireworks, including Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade, New Central Harbourfront, Central Piers no. 9 and 10 and Golden Bauhinia Square.

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Questions & Answers on Victoria Harbour
Asked by Madhvi from INDIA | May. 15, 2018 04:33Reply
My flight reaches hongkong at 10 am I wish to take a ferry to shunde Pls let me know how I can reach
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Answered by Hudson from UKRAINE | May. 17, 2018 01:53
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Only HK China Ferry Terminal has ferries to Shunde. The ferry schedules are 08:30, 11:00, 13:30, 15:20 and 18:00.
Asked by Rufa Rizon from PHILIPPINES | Sep. 17, 2017 21:18Reply
Hi! My partner and I, staying in Tuen Mun Town centre, for 2days.
What is the best route we can take, directly to look on the panaromic view of Victoria Harbour only for daytime?
We hope for your proper guidance of convenience, since we are just visiting in your beautiful country, Hongkong!
Thank you in advance.
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Answered by Ellen from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 20, 2017 01:39
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Well, as I know, no direct bus is available, so you are suggested to charter a local car to Leshan, which may take CNY800.
38. You are suggested to take bus 962X from Tuen Mun Government Secondary School, Tuen Hing Rd, and then get off at Causeway Bay, Moreton Terrace. Walk north for about 10 minutes, you will get there.
Asked by Conor Fuller from NEW ZEALAND | Feb. 28, 2017 13:13Reply
I arrive into HK at 7:00am in the morning and leave again at 9:30 at night for my connecting flight.
And am wondering the best way to spend my time.
I really would love to see Victoria Harbour and The Peak also. What is the best way of getting to these places from HKIA and then back to the airport at the end of the day?

Thanks
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Answered by Joshua from SINGAPORE | Mar. 01, 2017 01:06
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Yes, you can tour around these scenic areas during the stopover. Upon landing, take shuttle bus no.A21 from Airport (Ground Transportation Centre) to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Salisbury Road. It takes around 70 mins with the ticket fare of 33 HKD per person. Then walk south along Nathan Road around 800 yards to see the Victoria Harbour.
After touring around, take Tsuen Wan Line from Tsim Sha Tsui Station to Central Station. Walk to the Lower Cable Car Terminus. Take the cable car to get to the peak. The return way is the same. From Tsim Sha Tsui Station to HKIA: Take bus no.A21 from Haiphong Road, Nathan Road to the terminal building directly.
Notably, remember to go back to the airport at least 2 hours in advance before the departure.
Asked by Vijayan from INDIA | Dec. 13, 2016 00:52Reply
Hi, I am in Shenzhen now and I have to catch flight to India on 19th dec 9pm at Hong Kong.
From my colleagues suggestions, I will go to Luohu metro station on Monday early morning and catch train for HK. Being my first visit to HK, I wish to go Victoria harbour , Victoria peak and near by places to spend time till 6 pm.

Could you pls tell me how to go there from Luohu Station? Pls suggest me which places can i visit and in order to avoid unnecessary confusion at that place.

Also, I would prefer to keep my luggage at some place to have comfortable visit.

Thanks in advance.
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Answered by Abbey from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 14, 2016 00:52
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After crossing the Luohu Port to HK, you may take MTR East Rail Line from Lo Wu Station to Hung Hom Station, and change to MTR West Rail Line to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station. Upon arrival, you can see the Tsim Sha Tsui area and Victoria Harbour.

Then, take a ferry to Central from Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Terminal. Afterwards, walk to Garden Road Peak Tram Terminus, and take the Peak Tram up to the Victoria Peak. After that, you may go to visit Causeway Bay or Stanley Market. Finally, you can take Airport Express train to HKIA.

You can store your luggage at Hung Hom Railway Station. May you have a wonderful time!
Answered by Vijayan from INDIA | Dec. 14, 2016 20:55
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Thank u so much for your clear idea..
Asked by Paul G. from CANADA | Nov. 10, 2016 09:56Reply
In Hong Kong, can we use American money in stores, restaurants, bars, sightseeing?
Thanks for your reply and attention.
Paul G.
Canada
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Answered by Paco from SPAIN | Nov. 11, 2016 01:32
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Well, US dollars is applicable at some places in the city, like upscale restaurants and hotels. You are advised to convert your money to HKD for your convenience. :)
Answered by Paul G. from CANADA | Nov. 11, 2016 10:57
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Thanks a lot Paco from Spain.
Have a great day.
Paul G.
Canada.
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