Victoria Harbour

6,000kg of fireworks arrive in Hong Kong, ready to light up Victoria Harbour

2013 Lunar New Year fireworks display over the Victoria Harbour to celebrate the "Year of the Snake", viewed from Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui. Photo: Nora Tam/SCMP

They’ll certainly go out with a bang, but the 6,000kg of fireworks that will light up the city to celebrate the Lunar New Year made an altogether quieter entrance to Victoria Harbour, the man in charge of the annual display revealed.

Wednesday, 29 January, 2014, 3:55pm 2 comments

Hundreds pack waterfront to cheer Rubber Duck’s return

Pedestrians walk pass rubber ducks outside Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui as rainstorm hits the city on Tuesday. Photo: David Wong

Hong Kong on Tuesday joyfully welcomed the return of a giant inflatable rubber duck, which drew tens of thousands of visitors before it was abruptly deflated for maintenance for almost a week.

The city has taken the 16.5-metre-tall yellow inflatable duck, conceived by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, to its heart since it was towed into the harbour on May 2 to cheering crowds.

21 May 2013 - 9:27pm

Giant rubber duck has united the city

Giant rubber duck has united the city. Photo: Sam Tsang

Who would have thought a rubber duck would stir such a frenzy? From news reports to social media, the giant inflatable is the talk of the town, drawing children and adults alike to the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront where the seaborne artwork is moored.

12 May 2013 - 4:00am 2 comments

Florentijn Hofman, Rubber Duck artist, is man of principles

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Florentijn Hofman has a reputation as a man of principle. Behind the playful, outsized Rubber Duck floating in Victoria Harbour is an artist who takes his work seriously.

6 May 2013 - 5:00am

Inflatable duck causes social media stir in Hong Kong

One YouTube user even posted a video showing the duck exploding and sinking beneath the waves.

Tens of thousands flocked for a glimpse of the yellow inflatable sculpture over the weekend, but it has prompted ridicule among some internet users, and one even posted a video of it exploding, raising fears somebody could try to damage it.

6 May 2013 - 7:08am 1 comment

Rubber Duck floats Hong Kong's boats as thousands watch arrival

Rubber Duck is unveiled in Hong Kong on Thursday. Photo: Felix Wong

Yesterday was the coldest day in May in almost a century. But the sun came out and warmed up the city when the gigantic Rubber Duck finally graced Victoria Harbour, melting the hearts of more than a thousand spectators waiting in the cold all morning.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Rubber Duckie, we're awfully fond of you

'Rubber Duck' by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. Photo: Dickson Lee

While we fret about the deadly bird flu from up north, this giant ducky floating in our harbour has brought much-needed lighthearted relief. Our pressure cooker of a city certainly needs more laughter and humour, and less anger and confrontation. So thank you, Florentijn Hofman!

29 Apr 2013 - 2:06am 1 comment

Meet Florentijn Hofman, the man who's sent Hong Kong a little bit quackers

Rubber Duck creator Florentijn Hofman. Photo: May Tse

The 16.5-metre tall Rubber Duck that is taking up residence in Victoria Harbour next week will bring more than just love and joy to the city, says its creator. It will also change people's perspective of the iconic skyline.

26 Apr 2013 - 8:46am

Giant inflatable Rubber Duck set to sail into Victoria Harbour next week

The Rubber Duck in a Tsing Yi harbour on Thursday preparing for its entrance into Victoria Harbour next week. Photo: Dickson Lee

It will take about another week for the giant inflatable Rubber Duck to sail into Victoria Harbour, but its creator has made an early appearance to appease the city’s frenzied media.

25 Apr 2013 - 5:31pm

Hong Kong dims as it embraces Earth Hour

Hong Kong Island seen from Tsim Sha Tsui before city lights were turned off. Photo: David Wong

For the fifth year in a row, Hong Kong's famous skyline dimmed last night as residents embraced the green mantra of Earth Hour. But for one university professor who specialises in sustainable development, it was a chance to protest against what he called a gimmick that did more harm than good.

24 Mar 2013 - 5:40am 3 comments

Hong Kong needs to address its light pollution problem

Hong Kong Cultural Centre and most buildings of their lights switched off during Earth Hour in Victoria Harbour last year. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong's nighttime skyline is iconic, a megawatt cacophony of billboards, neon signs and video walls. Visitors find views of Victoria Harbour from The Peak breathtaking, but the dazzle and blitz of light from bustling streets after dark are what they most remember of our city.

23 Mar 2013 - 2:55am 3 comments

Chinese tourist jumps from casino ship after tough night of gambling

His escape plan was short-lived as he was quickly pulled out of the water by a boat passing by.

14 Mar 2013 - 2:05pm

Harbour protection pioneer warns of reclamation threat

Winston Chu at the Maritime Museum in Central. Photo: Dickson Lee

Winston Chu Ka-sun said while the current ordinance banning reclamation except in special circumstances offered some protection, the government would always be tempted to carry out further infill projects as it was the easy option.

17 Feb 2013 - 5:23am 1 comment

Hong Kong Maritime Museum ready for relaunch after facelift at Central pier

Diving helmets displays at Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Ferry Pier 8. Photo: David Wong

The museum, set up by private donors in 2004, moved last June from the ground floor of Murray House in Stanley to its new home - a prime four-deck waterfront location overlooking Victoria Harbour.

17 Feb 2013 - 5:23am

Hundreds of thousands turn out for Lunar New Year fireworks

Young cancer patients get a front-row seat at the yacht club in Causeway Bay for the Lunar New Year fireworks. Photo: Felix Wong

The Year of the Snake hit the city with a bang last night with 4.5 tonnes of explosives fired off in the fireworks display above Victoria Harbour. About 340,000 people watched the fireworks at the peak of the display, police said, most of them on the Kowloon side.

12 Feb 2013 - 11:33am