At 8 pm every night Hong Kong Tourism Commission produces a Symphony of Lights! Winner of a Guinness World record for the largest permanent light and sound show, it is a spectacle of lights, laser beams and music. There are other vantage points but my personal favorite is the Aqua luna, The Aqua luna is a luxurious, old-fashioned Junk boat owned and managed by the Aqua restaurant group. Pre-bookings are essential and although you can get on either at the Central Pier or TST, I recommend TST in order to get the best spots on the boat. Options include upper deck banquettes or ottomans on the bow, both of which are comfortable but I find the view from the bow is the best.
One of the things that makes the Aqua luna special is that there are speakers set up playing the symphony, which gives you the full effect of the synchronized show. The buildings are announced along with the music, which helps you understand where to look when.
The music is also played on the Avenue of the Stars in TST and at Golden Bauhinia Square, but the crowds there almost always obscure the sound. It is also played on the radio or via mobile phones. The soundtrack is in English Monday, Wednesday and Friday; in Putonghua Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; and in Cantonese on Sunday. The show lasts thirteen minutes and 47 buildings participate. The show is spectacular from these vantage points also, but it is hard to see buildings on both sides of the harbor when standing on one or the other.
The Aqua luna enhances the experience by being in the center of the harbor you are able to see the buildings on Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. The boat ride lasts 45 – 60 minutes and boat tickets include the price of one drink. There is also a small snack menu but we have always been too mesmerized by the view to partake. We usually get on at TST and off at central to extend the trip. The Aqua luna does other rides, to Stanley and afternoon harbor cruises but the Symphony of Lights cruise is by far my favorite.
Details: Aqua luna, 852 2116 8821, http://www.aqua.com.hk/experience, Adults: $275 HK dollars, Children: $220 HK dollars