3 Ways to Enjoy the Hong Kong Skyline

Aug 30, 2014 - Julie

The Hong Kong skyline and harbour are world-famous for good reason. There is no other view like it. Here we discuss three different – but equally spectacular – ways of viewing the Hong Kong skyline and harbour.

Sky100

On the 100th floor of the International Commerce Center (ICC) is a 360-degree observation deck named Sky100. It is the highest observation deck in Hong Kong, at 363m above sea level. The elevator goes from the 2nd floor to the 100th floor in 60 seconds.

The ICC building viewed from Hong Kong Island.
The ICC building viewed from Hong Kong Island.

What makes the view from Sky100 unique is that you feel like you’re part of the skyline, looking at the other buildings surrounding you. Because ICC is situated west on the Kowloon side of the harbour, there are full views of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, Victoria Harbour, and the ocean. We regret not staying to see the night view.

Victoria Harbour view from Sky100.
Victoria Harbour view from Sky100.
Hong Kong Island skyline from Sky100.
Hong Kong Island skyline from Sky100.

The Peak

The Peak is one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong, with views of Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Island, and a bit of Kowloon in the distance. What makes the view from the Peak unique is that you feel like you’re above and away from the skyline, looking down into the buildings and the harbour.

The Peak Tower.
The Peak Tower.

There are multiple ways to get up to the peak – peak tram, bus, taxi (and apparently you can walk up as well, which sounds ridiculous). The most economic is by bus (cheap and minimal wait time), though the peak tram is its own experience (expect a really long line).

View from the Peak during the day.
View from the Peak during the day.

We have both visited the Peak before in our previous visits to Hong Kong, but this is the first time that we arrived while it’s light out and stayed through the sunset. I highly recommend this for those who have time to do so. Not only do you get to claim a good spot before all the tourists come at night, you get slowly changing views from day, twilight, to night as the sun sets and the buildings light up.

View from the Peak at night.
View from the Peak at night.

Besides the paid view from the Peak Tower, visitors can get a free view from the third floor of the Peak Galleria. This is the best place for a large group to get pictures together because the Peak Tower is packed.

Julie at the free viewpoint in the Peak Galleria.
Julie at the free viewpoint in the Peak Galleria.

Avenue of Stars

A promenade along the Victoria Harbour waterfront on the Kowloon side in TST is known as the Avenue of Stars, modeled after the Hollywood Walk of Fame. What makes the view from the Avenue of Stars unique is that you get an upclose view of the buildings directly across the harbour in Hong Kong Island, which are the best parts of the entire skyline. Plus you can walk along the entire harbour at your own pace to enjoy the views for free, whenever you want.

Victoria Harbour from Avenue of Stars during the day.
Victoria Harbour from Avenue of Stars during the day.

There is also a light show – A Symphony of Lights – every night at 8pm. Buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour display lights synchronized to music for the world’s largest permanent light and music show. Go early for a good seat!

Right side of Hong Kong Island skyline at night from Avenue of Stars.
Right side of Hong Kong Island skyline at night from Avenue of Stars.
Left side of Hong Kong Island skyline at night from Avenue of Stars.
Left side of Hong Kong Island skyline at night from Avenue of Stars.

It’s difficult to pick a favorite because all three locations offer unique takes on the Hong Kong skyline and harbour. They were all worth the visit!