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One of the finest city skylines in the world has to be that of Hong Kong Island, and the promenade here is one of the best ways to get an uninterrupted view. It’s a lovely place to stroll around during the day, but it really comes into its own in the evening, during the nightly Symphony of Lights, a spectacular sound-and-light show involving dozens of buildings on the Hong Kong Island skyline.
All or most of the promenade is closed for renovation until 2019. After that, visitors can expect an updated Avenue of the Stars, which pays homage to the Hong Kong film industry and its stars, with handprints and sculptures.
The promenade starts just west of the underconstruction Victoria Dockside parallel to Salisbury Rd, an ambitious 3-million-sq-ft development of offices, retail, art galleries and the forthcoming ultraluxe Rosewood Hotel. It then carries on eastwards almost all the way to the Hong Kong Coliseum and Hung Hom train station.
It gets especially crowded during the Chinese New Year fireworks displays in late January/early February and in June during the Dragon Boat Festival.