日本での一年間

May 25, 2011

The Hong Kong Skyline

Hong Kong is often cited as one of the most impressive skylines in the world, and considering how dense the city is, it’s no surprise that downtown Hong Kong is filled with skyscrapers. The tall buildings are most impressive at night, when the neon lights shine bright enough to block out the stars. But it’s not just in downtown. Even when I ventured to areas near the end of the MTR (Hong Kong’s metro)  line, I still saw high rise after high rise.

Hong Kong is proud of it’s skyline and they show every evening, 365 days a year, at 8 pm with a light show. My friend told me that sometimes the announcements that run during the show are in English, sometimes Mandarin and sometimes Cantonese. She isn’t sure why it changes or when. When I saw the light show, the announcements were in Mandarin, which is Greek to me, so if the announcements enhance the experience in any way, then I missed out.

The light show and the skyline is on Hong Kong island, in the Central district, but to get the best view you need to be across the bay. From Central, you can take the star ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui for just a few Hong Kong Dollars (less than 50 cents USD). While lounging on the steps outside of the Hong Kong Museum of Art and watching the show, you can also check your e-mail (if you have a WiFi deviece such as an iPhone). That area has free government WiFi. I wish there was free WiFi in the downtowns of more cities!

A junk boat passes in front of the Hong Kong skyline.

Skyline Light show

Many of those skyscrapers belong to big international banks such as HSBC and the Bank of China.

I was there over Easter, which is a public holiday. Hong Kong has an interesting mix of Christian and Buddhist holidays because of their heritage as a former British outpost.

Some star ferry boats still shuffling passengers across the bay

A little bit of old Hong Kong passing by the bright and shiny modern Hong Kong.

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4 Comments »

  1. It looks soooooooooooooo nice. Now、I want to go there because I saw your picture.

    Comment by rana — May 25, 2011 @ 7:35 am

    • Please do go sometime if you have a chance!

      Comment by myyearinjapan — May 25, 2011 @ 11:43 pm

  2. Loved the idea of a nightly “fireworks” display and hope to get to see it myself some day.

    Comment by Adrienne Lieberman — May 25, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    • I saw a bunch of postcards of the skyline with a fireworks display behind it, but they don’t actually have fireworks every night. I think fireworks would be much cooler than the light show they have! I actually got bored watching the same single lighting effect they had for 15 minutes. I may have enjoyed the show more if the announcements I were listening to were in English.
      But, the skyline itself is still impressive and worth seeing! And Hong Kong is a pretty easy city to get around. They have decent signage and many people speak English.

      Comment by myyearinjapan — May 25, 2011 @ 11:46 pm


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