Launched in 2004 and described by the Guinness World Records as the largest permanent light and sound show on the planet, the Hong Kong Symphony of Lights show is being upgraded.
Since the light show first launched, it has been free for general viewing at 8 p.m. every evening. With laser beams and lights installed on top of the city’s numerous skyscrapers, the light show became a favourite to watch among both visitors and locals.
The Hong Kong Tourism Board, which promotes the show, said the attraction peaked at 1.8 million attendees in 2011. However, figures have since fallen to 1.45 million in 2015, calling for new enhancements to be introduced.
From December 1, 2017, the reimagined light show, free to the public, will commence at 8 p.m. (HK) each evening with an uplifting new musical score set against innovative lighting effects for what organisers hope will be a spectacular sound-and-light experience.
Since light pollution has been an ongoing concern in the city, organisers claim that the new show, which is four minutes shorter than the original, will consume less energy than the previous version. The show will also make use of LED lights, described as being more energy-efficient than their predecessors.
For the first time, the ten-minute multimedia show will feature coloured searchlights and laser and beam lights sent out in rhythm from more than 40 buildings and sites on both sides of the Victoria Harbour. LED panels on harbourside buildings will display interactive images and messages to encourage audience participation, while accompanying music from the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Asia’s leading classical orchestra, plays concurrently with the light show.
Travellers can enjoy the show free of charge from recommended viewing spots, including the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront outside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and the promenade outside the Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai. Harbour cruises, like those organised by Aqua Luna, are also available to book and offer dramatic viewpoints of the colourful show from the famous Victoria Harbour.
The celebrated light show operates daily (weather permitting) beginning at 8 p.m., with each show running for ten minutes.