The annual global WWF event Earth Hour 2014 is coming up on March 29th, 2014 (Saturday). During the Earth Hour 2014, Hong Kong and its people will participate in this global environmental initiative and will switch off its lights. At 8:30pm individuals, businesses, government institutions and community organizations will turn off all non-essential lights for one hour.

The Sleeping Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong Earth Hour 2013

The Sleeping Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong Earth Hour 2013

The Sleeping Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong Earth Hour 2013

The Sleeping Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong Earth Hour 2013

The Earth Hour does not only rise the awareness of light consumption and light pollution, but also provides visitors a chance to experience Hong Kong from a different side. Landmark buildings including the International Commerce Centre (ICC), International Finance Centre (IFC), Bank of China (BoC), Heritage 1881, HSBC building, Wan Chai’s Convention Centre as well as the Tsing Ma Bridge will switch off its light to support this global initiative.

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The Sleeping Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong Earth Hour 2013

The Sleeping Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong Earth Hour 2013

This year’s Earth Hour theme is “Don’t give up, give something up!” and rises the question and awareness what we can give up to make tomorrow better. The “world’s largest campaign for the planet” began in Sydney (Australia) in 2007. Last year, the Earth Hour event involved hundreds of millions of people in over 7,000 cities and 152 countries across the world.

Hong Kong joined the global Earth Hour initiative since 2009. In order to support the Earth Hour 2014, the popular “A Symphony of Lights” Show in Victoria Harbour will be suspended on March 29th, 2014. The lights and laser show will resume normal on the following day (March 30th, 2013).

Insider Tip: In past years, the Earth Hour event attracted countless visitors to Victoria Harbor. Since this will be the only night of the year where you can experience Victoria Harbor and Hong Kong from an unusual “dark side” and even can see the stars from the sky over the harbor, we recommend arriving at least one hour prior the scheduled event. Popular gathering places for astronomy fans, photographers and videographers include the Avenue of Stars as well as in front of the Hong Kong Cultural Center.