Hong Kong's A Symphony of Lights

Costel Sandu,Anthony Costello,Mars El Brogy
Saturday 05 May 2018 20:58 BST
Symphony of Lights Hong Kong

Staged every night at 8pm, A Symphony of Lights is a free multimedia show, which sets Victoria Harbour ablaze and is recognised as one of the world’s most spectacular light shows.

A Symphony of Lights has become a signature icon for Hong Kong, showcasing the city's vibrant and glamorous nightlife.

A new version of A Symphony of Lights, unveiled on 1 December, features dynamic rays of light sent out in rhythm from 40 buildings and locations on both sides of the Victoria Harbour. The new show incorporates a variety of exciting lighting effects such as coloured searchlights, lasers, and all-new beam lights sent out like a special fan-shaped lighting effect from the roof of the Central Government Offices and the Revenue Tower.

Ten LED panels on a number of harbourside buildings are for the first time joining the multi-media show, displaying images and messages to encourage audience participation.

The show is complemented by music from Asia’s leading classical orchestra the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, providing visitors with a thrilling and unforgettable sound-and-light experience. The music combines traditional Chinese flutes and string bowed instruments such as the Erhu, creating a truly distinctive sound. The nightly 10-minute show begins at 8pm.

Immediately after A Symphony of Lights, the winter version of Hong Kong Pulse Light Show begins at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Spectators can view it from the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza. The 3D projection show begins with a snowstorm which covers the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in snow and ice and blows away the numbers on the Clock Tower, stopping time just before Christmas arrives.

Winter version of Hong Kong Pulse Light Show brightens up the city's Christmas (Keith Tsuji/Getty Images for Hong Kong Tourism Board)

An ingenious dragon then sets out to find the missing numbers which are scattered across Hong Kong landmarks. The dragon eventually finds them and restarts time to save Christmas. During the show, the piazza is decorated with snowing effect along with glowing LED balls and a giant crystal ball. The eight-minute performance runs until 28 December.

Buildings on both sides of the harbour unite to form a harmonious canvas for a spectacular multimedia extravaganza featuring an array of searchlights, lasers, LED screens and lighting working in symphony to put together a nightly spectacle that transforms the Hong Kong skyline into an outdoor audiovisual feast.

An outdoor audiovisual feast (Discover Hong Kong)

Where are the best viewing locations? According to the Hong Kong Tourism Board, the vantage points are:

  • Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade outside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre: MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit L6. Follow the signs and walk for around five minutes
  • Golden Bauhinia Square: MTR Wan Chai Station, Exit A5. Follow the signs, take the skybridge to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and head for the Golden Bauhinia Square
  • From a boat on the harbour. Check out harbour cruises for ideas

The show’s music is broadcast nightly at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront outside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the promenade at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai.

Symphony of Lights, buildings on both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, Hong Kong

For more information on Hong Kong visit: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/uk/.

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