Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Hong Kong's Symphony of Lights

View from the Avenue of the Stars

At dusk, the sun settles over the western horizon. Buildings start to flicker and Hong Kong becomes more alive and more vibrant. Over the years of rapid developments, Hong Kong's population skyrocketed. Because land development is limited and expensive, there's no way but to go up, literally. This former British colony is tagged as one of the world's most vertical cities with numerous skyscrapers towering the islands of Hong Kong, New Territories, and Kowloon.

From Causeway Bay, we took a train to Central Station. From there, we walked to the Star Ferry Terminal that will ferry us to Kowloon. While strolling, we saw a lot of Filipino OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) doing their own businesses along the sidewalks. It's like watching a typical scene in school wherein you see a lot of groups loitering on hallways and corridors during breaks. I even overheard some of them talking about the latest in our country - politics, chismis, and if buntis na raw si Kathryn Bernardo (seriously). That's how they caught up with the latest, Hong Kong style!

It was quite a long walk but we managed to arrive at the Star Ferry Terminal on time. As we boarded the boat, I can no longer contain my excitement, albeit feeling quite nervous because duh, boat rides. From the station, we took another five-minute walk to the Avenue of the Stars. This is the best vantage point to watch Hong Kong's A Symphony of Lights.

And I quote Wikipedia:
The show is organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board and is displayed every night with good weather at 8 pm Hong Kong Time (UTC+8). An orchestration of music, decoration lights, laser light displays, and pyrotechnic fireworks, the multimedia light and sound show lasts for around 14 minutes and was conceptualised, created, and installed by Laservision
It is the world's largest permanent light and sound show according to Guinness World Records.
The show lasted for 15-20 minutes.

Here some photos I took during this event:

While sailing to Kowloon.

We were there minutes ago!

Skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island.

Star Ferry



Boat crossing the bay.

The crowd was crazy!

My photos could've been better if I brought my tripod with me, and if I used a wide angle lens. But overall, I still had a blast.

PS: Hindi naman sila galit sa kuryente no? 

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