Hong Kong lights up for the festive season

The steel art installation Xtree celebrates Christmas in an environmentally responsible way.
The steel art installation Xtree celebrates Christmas in an environmentally responsible way.

Heralding the start of the city's festive season, the newly launched Pulse Light Festival in Hong Kong promises to enchant travellers with the spirt of the festive holiday season through dazzling light installations at Central Harbourfront.


Running until Feb 24, the festival features international artists from 11 countries - Belgium, France, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore and the USA - who join Hong Kong artists in creating the 18 art installations.

Representing themes such as Technology and Communications, Childhood's Dream, and Connect and Romance, the arresting photogenic installations become alive at night.

Among the light show's highlights are three interactive installations. At Lightbattle X, jump on a bicycle, get pedalling, and see if you can push the resulting beams of light higher than your competitors. Kleurbleur (LightPiano), by a Dutch artist, allows visitors to try their hand at the piano and produce a light performance, while Never Ends features an illuminated blue and white horse that changes colour when you ride it.

The city's iconic Status Square Christmas tree will once again be decorated in lights. But in the spirit of a more sustainable Christmas, a steel art installation called Xtree will be the centrepiece, celebrating the festive holiday without killing a tree. 

The popular Symphony of Lights show at the Harbourfront has also been enhanced for a spectacular Christmas showcase, complete with pyrotechnic effects, on select days in December.



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