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Hong Kong: a city of celebration


From world-famous light shows to magical Chinese New Year parties, there’s always a reason to revel in Hong Kong

The brightly lit Hong Kong skyline


A metropolitan harbour city with a skyscraper skyline, Hong Kong is one of the world’s most exciting destinations, where 5,000 years of history are mixed with the buzz of modern life.


A must-see attraction is the famous Symphony of Lights – the world’s largest permanent light and sound show. Every night at 8pm, the harbour comes alive in a kaleidoscope of colours, as lasers and searchlights flash across more than 40 buildings to celebrate the energy and spirit of Hong Kong. Pick a spot along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront or the promenade at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wanchai for the best view. Alternatively, hop on a sightseeing ferry in Victoria Harbour.


A special New Year

Hong Kong is also home to vibrant Chinese New Year celebrations. Ventura’s Captain Charlie Carr remembers his visit: ‘In my mind, Hong Kong is a great example of where East meets West, where ancient Chinese barges butt up against one another in front of futuristic skyscrapers, making it an absolute melting pot of cultures.


‘It will always have a special place in my heart because it’s where I took over captaining Oriana. That was in February 2006, around Chinese New Year, and my wife Karen was with me, which made it very special indeed. Hong Kong is a dramatic port to sail into at any time of year, but Chinese New Year is extra special because all the skyscrapers are wonderfully lit up. It is Hong Kong’s biggest annual festival and nothing really matches the colour, vibrancy and spectacle of the celebrations and decorations. Festive flower markets and incense-filled temples are set against utterly spectacular fireworks.’


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