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Hong Kong Tour of Culture and History
Victoria Bay


     Situated between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula in Hong Kong, Victoria Bay is the largest harbor in China and the third largest in the world, after San Francisco in the United States and Re de Janeiro in Brazil. It is home to most of the ports of Hong Kong, making Hong Kong one of the world's busiest ports. The harbor bustles day and night with all manner of watercraft – from the historic Star Ferries to cruise liners, cargo ships, and wooden fishing vessels.

     Origin of the Name:

     The harbor was named after the British Queen Victoria, who was on the throne for 63 years (1837 - 1901), the longest in the history of the Great Britain. During her reign, the Great Britain enjoyed unprecedented cultural and economic prosperity. However, after he had been on the throne for only 3 years, in 1840, Great Britain waged the First Opium War with China. Following the war, the Nanjing Treaty was signed, as a result of which Hong Kong Island became a Concession of Britain. Later in 1860 after the Second Opium War, China was forced to sign the Peking Treaty, and in 1861 Kowloon Peninsula was also ceded to Britain. In April of that year, the bay between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula was named Victoria Harbor. As the natural center of the territory's dense urban region, the harbor has played host to many major public shows, including the annual fireworks staged on the second night of the Lunar New Year, and its promenades are popular gathering places for tourists and residents.

     Four Sites for Grand Harbour View:

     Long famous for its stunning panoramic views, the harbour is a major tourist attraction of Hong Kong. A myriad of lights twinkles at night from the skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula, making Hong Kong, together with Hakodate in Japan and Naples in Italy, included in the "three best night scenes of the world".

     Symphony of the Lights:

     In 2004, the Hong Kong Tourism Board introduced a show dubbed A Symphony of Lights, featuring nightly more than 40 Hong Kong's skyscrapers in a stunning multimedia extravaganza. On Nov. 21, 2005, the show was listed in Guinness World Records as the world's largest permanent light and sound show.

     Victoria Peak:

     At a height of 554m, Victoria Peak is the highest mountain in Hong Kong. Victoria Tower on the Victoria Peak can be counted as the best place to view the enchanting night view.

     Avenue of Stars:

     The Avenue of Stars, situated along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, allows for spectacular harbour views. It was built to honor the most illustrious people the Hong Kong film industry has produced over the past decades.
Golden Bauhinia Square:

     Golden Bauhinia Square is located outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on the Wan Chai waterfront. Surrounded by Victoria Harbor on three sides, it rests at the center of the Harbor, making it a great site for harbor view.

     Victoria Harbor Cruise:

     There is no better way to capture the magic of the harbor than by taking a cruise aboard a ferry.

     Star Ferry is second to none for a Victoria Harbor cruise. It was once listed in the top 50 places of a lifetime by National Geography. On top of the ferry service between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula, it also provides a two-hour nighttime cruise, during which visitors are able to enjoy the Symphony of Lights in a unique way.

     Duk Ling is a carefully restored authentic Chinese fishing junk and has been used for harbor cruises in Hong Kong waters for about 150 years ago. Tourists can aboard the Duk Ling to transfer between the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Terminal and Hong Kong Island Central Pier 9.

     Named after the most famous pirate in Hong Kong of the last century, Aqua Luna is possibly the last handcrafted traditional Chinese red-sail junk built with age-old designs and traditional materials. It plies between Tsim Sha Tsui Pier 4 and Central Queen’s Pier.

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