A Symphony of Lights
This synchronized light show by buildings around the
Harbour, with lasers shooting out, lights flashing on
buildings, and skyscrapers forming giant LED screens, is
one of the greatest outdoor shows in the world, and it
runs free every night!
The Guinness Book of World Records has recognized the
Symphony of Lights as being the largest permanent
outdoor light and sound show, and today runs daily as
entertainment for the busy people of Hong Kong and for
tourists from around the world who gather on the
promenades, book pleasure boats to watch from the
harbour itself, or best of all get a wonderful surprise
as they walk back to their hotels from an evening out in
On some special occasions the display has included
additional special effects including fireworks shot off the buildings
themselves, however this no longer is used regularly due
to safety and budget concerns and
today the show is purely done with pulsing lights and
Many of the buildings that border Hong Kong's
Victoria Harbour are decorated with sophisticated
lighting systems that run all the time, not merely
illuminated highlights but synchronized and programmable
combinations of LED, laser and other light sources that
can be brought together into meaningful displays, often
which are updated for seasonable events.
But during the Symphony of Lights show all these
buildings combine as one giant display to surround the
entire harbour with a breathtaking display.
There are no fees to watch the show, it's open air
and in public for all to enjoy!
Starting at 8:00PM exactly each day the show runs for
about 10 minutes with all the buildings synchronizing
their displays to each other, and to the sound track.
But before and after many buildings are displaying their
own special effects so you'll also see things continuing
Music is broadcast from speakers along the
Tsimshatsui waterfront, but can also be heard on the
radio by turning to FM 103.4 MHz, or by dialing on your
telephone to the number 35-665-665.