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Victoria Harbour, which might be the worlds finest, separates Hong Kong Island from the Kowloon Peninsula. Today, it is framed with massive skyscrapers on both sides and bustles with activity - traditional junk boats, ferries, cruise ships and even tankers plying its waters, day and night.
Many visitors to Hong Kong spend time on the harbour taking in her views from one of our famous viewpoints. Others choose to spend time on her shores or waters, enjoying some of the great number of attractions we have around Victoria Harbour.
The list below describes the best locations on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon for views of the Harbour, popular ferry and harbour cruises, the enjoyable TST promenade, its minor attractions and places to enjoy a meal, afternoon tea or drink while enjoying the Victoria Harbour and its views.
What to do around Victoria Harbour
1.) Best Views around Victoria Harbor A.) TST Promenade (Views of world HK Skyline and Victoria Harbour) B.) New Central Waterfront Promenade (HK Island) B.) Victoria Peak (HK Island) C.) Sky 100 Observation Deck (Kowloon)
2.) Best ways to spend time on the water A.) Star Ferry Ride B.) Aqua Luna
3.) What to do on the TST Promenade (Kowloon) A.) Avenue of Stars B.) Bruce Lee Statue C.) Clock Tower D.) Hong Kong Museum of Art (new Art Square*) E.) Star Ferry Pier
4.) Dining and Drinks on Victoria Harbour A.) Peking Garden (Star House Building - Kowloon) B.) Aqua Bar & Aqua Roma (One Peking Road - Kowloon) C.) Felix Bar (Peninsula Hotel - Kowloon) D.) Ozone Bar (ICC Building - Kowloon)
5.) Afternoon High Tea near the Harbour A.) Peninsula Lobby (Kowloon) B.) Intercontinental Lobby (Kowloon) C.) Four Seasons Lobby Lounge (HK Island) D.) Starbucks on the Promenade (Kowloon) E.) Deck N Beer (Kowloon)
Shopping around Victoria Harbour A.) Harbour City (Kowloon) B.) 1881 Heritage (Kowloon D.) 2 IFC Shopping Mall (HK Island)
We have written reviews for most of the attractions, restaurants and bars listed above. These reviews (w/pictures) can be viewed below if useful.
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Click the link above to read one of our review for Victoria Harbour, which we consider to be one of the finest in the world.
Victoria Harbour separates Hong Kong Island from the Kowloon Peninsula. Its deep waters were instrumental in the establishment of a British colony in the early 19th century and its presence has served to greatly shape the evolution of modern day Hong Kong.
Today, vast numbers of skyscrapers line its shores while traditional junks, ferries, cruise ships and even tankers ply its waters, day and night. Victoria Harbour also hosts world-class fireworks displays, the most famous being the annual 23-minute display held during Chinese New Year. It is illuminates the skyline at night, allowing lasting memories and excellent photos to be made of one of the world?s finest harbours.
2. TST Promenade - Views of the Hong Kong Skyline (It Never Grows Old)
In its 2010 online publication of the worlds best 20 skylines, Hong Kong topped New York City as having the best skyline in the world, CNN saying that Hong Kong makes the picture-perfect two-dimensional skyline both during the day and night. With iconic buildings set before the majestic Victoria Peak in the background
Click the link above to read our review of the newly opened Central Waterfront Promenade.
The long anticipated Central Waterfront Promenade officially opened to the public towards the end of 2012. The stretch of the promenade near the Star Ferry Pier and eastward is now larger and able to hold many people for large scale events like the Hong Kong Rubgy Sevens Fan Zone (March 2014).
The new promenade is also a feature place to watch fireworks displays over Victoria Harbour, being a prime location during the Chinese New Year fireworks display as well as those held on National Day and calendar new year.
4. Victoria Peak (Best View of Victoria Harbor from HK Island)
Click the link above to read our review of Victoria Peak, one of the best places in the city to view the entire harbour as well as the city skylines
The location of our 'classic postcard' shot of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong. The world famous Victoria Peak is the best location for viewing Victoria Harbour while on HK Island. From this vantage point, visitors can appreciate the vast size of the harbour while admiring its formation, water traffic and beauty.
Best pictures are made on clear sky days with the sun at your back or pretty much every night when the skyline is lit up against the darkness of night. Traditionally, the favourite means for visiting Victoria Peak is by taking the equally famous and historically important Peak Tram found at the Peak Tram Terminus in the Central District of Hong Kong Island.
5. Sky 100 Observation Decks (Views from the 100th/fl of the ICC building)
Click the link above to read our review of the Sky 100 Observation Deck
New York City has the Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Centre for bird's eye views of the city. Now Hong Kong has the International Commerce Centre (ICC) and its 100th floor Observation Decks, called Sky 100. This relatively new attraction, allows visitors a chance to view Victoria Harbour from up in the clouds on the Kowloon side of the harbour.
Sky 100 can be found in the ICC building, near the Kowloon MTR station.
6. Historic Star Ferry (Best Way to See Victoria Harbour on the Water)
Click the link above to read one of our review for the famous Star Ferry.
Taking a harbour cross or even just making a single crossing is a favourite way to visit Victoria Harbour and there is no better way to do this then by taking a ride on the historic and iconic Star Ferry which ferries passengers between TST (Kowloon) and Central (HK Island) and Wan Chai (HK Island) for the pocket change price of HK$2.50 (US$0.32) per adult, HK$1.50 (US$0.19) per child. It can be said that this might be the best US$1.00 you might ever spend for a family of four.
For longer harbour cruises, visitors can book tickets on the evening harbor cruise and the hop-on/hop-off afternoon services available with Star Ferry. The boats allocated for these services leave every hour from the three major piers; including Wan Chai (HK Island) and make a slow circular route around Victoria Harbor, allowing much more time on the water to admire the harbour.
Click the link above to read our review of the Aqua Luna ferry boat ride experience.
An alternative to the ferry-boat harbour cruise offered by the Star Ferry company, visitors can also cruise the harbour in a traditional junk-boat on the Aqua Luna ship. This recently famous ship with the bright red sails, offers a more comfortable and atmospheric environment yet comes at a noticeably higher price.
You board the Aqua Luna in both TST and Central but most passengers load at the TST embarkation point, which is on the promenade past the Avenue of Stars towards the Clock Tower. The sailing is approximately 45 minutes and ticket comes with one beverage.
8. Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade (Classic Post Card Spot)
Click the link above to read one of our reviews for the TST Promenade in Kowloon
This is the best spot in Hong Kong to view the world class view of Victoria Habour in front of the iconic Hong Kong Skyline, and there are three times of the day when we most enjoy views from the location. Read the above review for details.
Overall, the TST Promenade is one of the few places that we recommend to all visitors that plan to visit Hong Kong, regardless of their intended length of stay, and we usually suggest visiting at least twice during your trip, once during the day and again at night.
Click the link above to read one of our reviews for the Avenue of Stars, a famous stretch of the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.
An area within the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, identified as the Avenue of Stars, is a Hollywood like area where famous Hong Kong Stars have left hand imprints. A popular Bruce Lee statue and more outstanding views of the harbour and skyline can be seen here.
This particular area gets very busy during much of the day and can be less enjoyable than other areas of the TST Promenade.
Click the link above to read one of our reviews for the Bruce Lee Statue found along the Avenue of Stars.
This is a 2.5 meter bronze statue erected in 2005 which serves as a memorial to the late martial arts film star. The statue shows Bruce Lee in his signature 'ready to strike' pose, made famous from his role in the 1973 Kung Fu classic 'Fists of Fury'
This is one of the most popular spots for tourists to take a picture, with Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong Skyline in the background.
Click the link above to read one of our reviews for Peking Garden, one of the best tourist friendly restaurants in Kowloon.
A popular and conventional Chinese restaurant for visitors, ride across from the Star Ferry Pier in TST. Peking Garden serves not only the traditional Peking Duck and the popular Beggar's Chicken dish (must order 24 hours in advance) but they also have traditional duck carving, noodle making demonstrations and diners are asked to crack their own Beggar's Chicken mud shell before being served. This is very fun for families with children in particular and can make a memorable dining experience in Hong Kong.
Hint: Ask for a window view table when you make reservations. If your party is 5+ they usually oblige.
13. Aqua Spirit Bar (30th floor - One Peking Building)
Click the link above to read our review of Aqua Spirit Bar located in the One Peking building.
From Kowloon, visitors can a handful of bars which offer views of Victoria Harbor. Perhaps the most popular on the Kowloon side being Aqua Spirit, located on the 30th floor at One Peking Road. Not known for the food and drink so much as the view, this place is regularly frequented by visitors and locals alike.
14. Felix Bar (28th floor of Peninsula Hotel)
This 28th floor bar at the Peninsula rivals Aqua Bar for top place to go for views of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong Skyline.
From way up and the clouds, you can see an impressive viewing of both the Kowloon and Hong Kong Skylines as well as the entire length of Victoria Harbor from the Ozone Bar at the ICC building. Unfortunately, air pollution and clouds can play a factor in making this bar worth your time or not. Fortunately, when conditions are good, views are superb.
16. Peninsula Hotel (Famous Spot for Afternoon Tea)
Click the link above to read our review for the Afternoon Tea experience at the Peninsula Hotel Lobby in TST.
While walking along the TST Promenade, visitors can cross Salisbury Road and visit the historic Peninsula Hotel. Many enjoy the elegant interior but the real reason for paying visit to the Peninsula is for the popular activity of taking Afternoon Tea.
This popular attraction is available for visitors between 2.30-6.30pm each afternoon, no reservations are possible so best to arrive 30 minutes earlier than you want to be seated as there is almost always a queue for tea here.
17. Lobby Lounge at Intercontinental (Afternoon Tea with the Best View)
Click the link above to read our review of the Afternoon Tea experience at Lobby Lounge along the TST Promenade.
Less iconic and traditional, but with harbour views, better price and what many locals suggest to be better tea snacks, the Lobby Lounge at the Intercontinental Hotel on the Promenade offers a very good alternative to taking Afternoon Tea at the nearby Peninsula Hotel.
Needless to say the views of Victoria Harbor and the Hong Kong Skyline are outstanding.
18. Lobby Lounge at Four Seasons (Very nice Afternoon Tea)
Click the link above to read our review of the Afternoon Tea experience at Lobby Lounge at Four Seasons in Central.
Not such a great view of Victoria Harbor but perhaps the best Afternoon Tea available on the HK Island side of the city if not the entire city. Expect a wait at the Four Seasons as reservations are only available for hotel guests and they always fill up the Lobby Lounge prior to Afternoon Tea seating.
Waiting for at least 30 minutes for a table is reasonable at Four Seasons. You will be rewarded with very good tea snacks and very good tea, no great views of the harbour.
Click the link above to read our review for the Starbucks along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, which perhaps has one of the best locations of any Starbucks in the world.
For those less interested in a pricey Afternoon Tea experience, there is an excellently located Starbucks on the TST Promenade, with two floors of outdoor seating, affording visitors excellent views of Victoria Harbour.
Click the link above to read our review of Deck N Beer.
Interestingly, Deck N Beer is the only open-air bar directly on the TST Promenade in Kowloon. It is found at the end of the Avenue of Stars section of the promenade, next to and below the large Starbucks franchise which it shares this prime location
Click the link above to read one of our reviews for 1881 Heritage shopping mall in TST.
1881 Heritage is an outdoor, cultural and shopping landmark in Tsim Sha Tsui that offers visitors a unique experience of looking into Hong Kong's history while being able to enjoy some luxury brand shopping.
A visit during the Christmas season will be enjoyed as 1881 Heritage has put up some of the very best decorations in the city over the past couple of years.
At the Star Ferry Pier in Tsim Sha Tsui, you can find a Hong Kong Tourism Board booth. Here you can acquire talk with a representative of the HKTB about attractions near Victoria Harbour and the rest of Hong Kong. You can also pick up free maps.
The best source of information for visitors to Hong Kong is also provided by the Hong Kong Tourism Board and can be accessed online at the Discover Hong Kong Website.
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