Hong Kong (Island) has arguably one of the most spectacular city skylines in the world. The high density of skyscrapers crammed into a small strip of land on the northern edge of Hong Kong Island (map) is a phenomenal sight. The Hong Kong skyline is truly a remarkable sight, especially at night with its dazzling lights. Admiring the skyline is definitely one of my favourite things to do in Hong Kong.
There are many ways to enjoy the views of the skyline. My favourite way is to take the wonderfully quaint funicular railway on the island that takes visitors up to Victoria Peak, the island’s highest point.
Choose a clear day, take the funicular to the top just before sunset and head straight for the viewing platform at The Peak (and skip the other tacky tourist activities). The view is simply mind-blowing!
If your timing is right, you’ll get to see the skyline and harbour just as the sun bathes all the gleaming skyscrapers in a rich red-orangy glow, then the lights come on and the city turns into a dazzling fairyland. Look out for The Center, a 73-story skyscraper which has an amazing hightech lighting system on its external face that creates a dynamic display of lights in a multitude of colours and patterns.
Another way is to head for Kowloon, on the stretch of mainland that faces Hong Kong Island, to get a full panorama of the skyline. You can enjoy the skyline from the harbourfront. Another great place in Kowloon from which to enjoy the Hong Kong skyline and harbour is from the 100th floor of the ICC (International Commerce Centre), at 484m, the tallest building in Hong Kong. The Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck offers phenomenal views and dining options. The Sky100 is perhaps the best vantage point from which to truly appreciate the skyscrapers on the opposite side of the harbour on Hong Kong Island.
Every evening at 8pm, the magnificent skyline celebrates itself with a spectacular light and laser show. The best place to view this ‘Symphony of Lights‘ (recognised by the Guinness World Records as the ‘largest permanent light and sound show’) is from the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront in Kowloon. Even better is to have a romantic dinner at the Peninsula Hotel while the Hong Kong skyline performs its dazzling show for you.