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Victoria Harbour

Location:Between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.
MTR Trains:If you are coming from the airport, take the Airport Express MTR and get off at Hong Kong Station in Central. If you are coming from the border, you can get off at Tsim Sha Tsui station and enjoy the short walk through the crowded multicultural streets of Tsim Sha Tsui. During your walk you can maybe see faces from a hundred countries along the way.
Best Time to Visit:There is a lot of rain in the summer, but if there isn't a storm, the weather is generally warm and pleasant. Hong Kong is still fairly warm and is drier in October and November. The Symphony of Lights starts at 8 pm if weather permits.

Origin of the Name

The harbour 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 Harbour. As the natural center of the territory's dense urban region, the harbour 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 visitors and residents.

History

The Treaty of Nanking between China and Britain in 1843 stipulated that Hong Kong was a part of the British Empire. Victoria Harbor gradually became a major port because it was close to Canton and along the major shipping lines between Japan and Singapore.

  • According to records, in 1844 only 538 ships docked there.
  • From these small beginnings, by 1931 over 42,000,000 tons of cargo was shipped through.
  • During the 1950s and the 1960s, Hong Kong flourished as a manufacturing center.
  • In the1970s, containerized shipping allowed much faster throughput of manufactured products.

Reclamation projects have changed the look of the harbor. Now there is a major reclamation and construction project going on in Central next to the ferry piers. Tourist attractions are planned for the new venue beside the IFC Towers.

Features

  • Among the world's most beautiful skylines with a backdrop of Victoria Peak.
  • Hong Kong has the tallest skyline in the world with two of the twenty tallest buildings in the world all in a small area around the bay.
  • The very cheap ride (25 US cents) on Star Ferry across the harbor is fun and is like a poignant mini-tour of Hong Kong. For kids with little experience on boats in the ocean, the ride on boats in the harbor is a thrill.
  • Wonderful and stunning views of the city and harbor area can be had in the observation decks of the tallest buildings and from Victoria Peak. During the Symphony of Lights most evenings, the view is beautiful and memorable.

The harbor is quite beautiful and is worth seeing in a tour of Hong Kong. It is a strategic location and was an important part of the British Empire. Now it plays an important part in China's foreign trade and for Hong Kong's tourism.

Nearby Attractions

Victoria Harbor is a major visitor attraction for millions of people from all over the world who visit Hong Kong each year.

Both sides of Victoria Harbor have interesting tourist attractions. Enjoy the sea breeze and tour the attractions around the harbor including great museums, free public parks, zoos and amusement areas, outstanding architecture, hiking and beautiful scenery.

Most of the favorite tourist sites are around the harbor in the Kowloon area, Hong Kong Island and Lantau. Tsim Sha Tsui has four good museums and the Hong Kong Cultural Center and can be toured in a day's tour with a guide map.

Maps and tourist information are available for free at the Star Ferry Hong Kong Tourism Board's office at the Star Ferry in TST. Without a map, the area is confusing to walk around in.

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