Breathtaking panoramic views, precisely maintained gardens, extreme urban architecture with amazing geometrical details or busy streets lit up with the typical neon sign boards. All that makes Hong Kong one of the most photogenic cities in the World. Read through my top 10 most instagrammable places in Hong Kong to find its most iconic photo spots.
Hong Kong is a city with the highest number of skyscrapers in the World, one the World’s densest areas, split into two by a busy harbor and wrapped around by beautiful mountains with the amazing natural scenery. Such an amazing set up simply makes it a heaven for travel photographers. Despite having many obvious photo spots, you can find a lot of hidden gems that can bring your Instagram game to another level. I put together my list of 10 most instagrammable places in Hong Kong to lead you to the best ones, some of them hard to be found in traditional tourist guidebooks.
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10 most instagrammable places in Hong Kong
Narrowing down the list just to 10 places in a city like Hong Kong is not an easy task. You can basically find a great spot asking for a shot on almost every corner. Nevertheless, here come my 10 personal favorites:
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Hong Kong Skyline
You cannot and you do not want to leave Hong Kong without a photo of its skyline. And there is no better place to take it than over the Victoria harbor from the Tsim Tsa Tsui promenade. Be sure to include some of the Starr Ferries or even better one of the reds-sailed junk boats cruising the harbor.
Address: Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Hongkong
➯ Katie’s tip: Hop on a harbor cruise to get a different angle for your shot of the skyline. Save up to 15 % of the price if you book it online with Klook and 3.2 USD more if you register via this link.
It might be touristy as hell, but that does not make it any less impressive. The Victoria Peak still offers one of the most beautiful views of the Victoria harbor, no matter whether during the day or after dark. Due to huge crowds, it might be a bit difficult to get a wider shot with you in it. But try to do your best, as it simply looks so much better than a close-up.
A little problem might be actually getting up the hill, as the lines for the Peak tram can get even a few hours long during the peak hours (between 4 pm and 7 pm). Basically, to get the most out of your time, you won’t get up the hill around 5-6pm, to catch the views of the harbor both during the daylight and beautifully lit after dark. So plan well, as you might not make it up on time due to the huge lines and you may miss the last glimpses of sunlight as it happened to us.
Address: Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
➯ Katie’s tip: Get a combo ticket for the Peak tram and the Sky Terrace 428. It will not only help you skip the lines, but the sky view will provide you with a higher viewpoint with fewer people.
Tired of the neverending hordes of tourists and the hundred times seen shots from the Victoria Peak? How about going a bit more adventurous and trying the amazing looks from the other side of the city from the Kowloon peak? Just watch out when taking the shots, you don’t want to discover the depth of the view from too close.
Address: Kowloon peak, Hong Kong
Yik Cheong Building (Montane Mansion)
Probably the most iconic from the “non-touristy” most instagrammable places in Hong Kong. Famous even from movies as Transformers: Age of Extinction or Ghost in the Shell, the cluttered apartments of the Yik Cheong building are the best example of the cities extreme urban architecture. Go low as much as you can to evoke the best claustrophobic feeling of your shot.
Address: 1046, King’s Rd, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
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Choi Hung Estate
Another extremely popular example of Hong Kong’s photogenic residential architecture. Meaning literally “the rainbow mansion in Chinese”, the rainbow-colored Choi Hung Estate and the basketball court in front of it stand in opposition to the mostly dark and gray feeling of Hong Kong’s buildings. When trying to find the place, remember the court is located above the car park.
Address: 2 Tse Wai Ave, Ngau Chi Wan, Hong Kong
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Last but not least, possibly one of the most photographed places in Hong Kong! Rumour is that it was painted this way to help raise the spirits of people who lived in housing estates. What is the most “Instafamous” spot where you live? 🌈🇭🇰 P.S. I’ve written up some of the most rainbow-riffic places in Hong Kong – up on Yogawinetravel.com now! Link in bio 😘 #yogawinetravel #colorhunters #thecolorproject #instacolor #theprettycities •••••••••••• 💻 More photos, destination guides, yoga content and travel tips available on Yogawinetravel.com 🙋🏻 Facebook: @yogawinetravel 🐤 Twitter: @yogawinetravel 📌 Pinterest: @yogawinetravel
The Tian Tan Buddha
The largest sitting outdoor bronze Buddha statue in the World, but more importantly a great dominant in an awesome natural set up. Sitting on a peaceful mountain range, it feels completely majestic and mystical, especially when walking up the hill towards him on the 268 steps. Even better, getting to the Buddha means taking one of the Worlds most breathtaking cable cars offering crazy views over the bay and green mountains. The only downfall is the huge waiting lines for the cable car which literally can eat up several hours of your time.
Address: Ngong Ping Rd, Lantau Island, Hongkong
➯ Katie’s tip: You can easily skip the lines and even save up to 37 % of the price of the tickets by buying them online with Klook. Klook has its own ticket counter on the spot, so picking up the tickets is really easy. Moreover, register to Klook via this link and get another 3.2 USD discount.
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Such an incredibly humbling place, all of sudden I felt so far from home and so tiny. Seeing this part of the world and experiencing the worlds oldest culture was a truly remarkable experience. My parents lived in China for four years and visited this same spot decades ago – which made it even more special #theglamandglittertravels #hongkong
Nan Lian Garden
In the city of glass, steel, and concrete, the green beauty of the Nan Lian Garden feels like an oasis from a different world. Filled with precisely cultivated plants and flowers blending with traditional wooden buildings and waterfalls, it offers a never-ending source of photo opportunities for everyone tired of skyscrapers. For the most iconic shot, make use of the beautiful Golden Pavilion in its middle. A great bonus of the Garden is that just across the road, you can find another amazing relaxation and photo spot in the Chu Lin Nunery. Both places are comfortably connected by a bridge leading over the road.
Address: 60 Fung Tak Rd, Ha Yuen Leng, Hongkong
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The beautiful #nanliangarden, so calm and relaxed, almost like an oasis in the middle of busy Hong Kong. I feel a similar way here in Chiang Mai, so calm and chill compared to rest of Thailand. What is your favorite place in the World for finding peace and relax? *** #postcardfromhongkong
Lok Wah Estate
A great example of how playful and creative Hong Kong’s architecture can get. The Lok Wah Estate can easily cause you vertigo due to its illusion of infinite loops. Be sure to come when the Sun is in the right position, as the shadows from the bars can spice up your shot with some cool artsy effects.
Address: Lok Wah Estate, 70 Chun Wah Rd, Ngau Tau
Lai Tak Tsuen
As you have probably already noticed, Hong Kong’s urban architecture can be pretty playful, especially when it comes to geometric patterns. The Lai Tak Tsuen is another great example that will trap your eyes into a neverending loop of circles made by its spiral galleries.
Address: 38 Lai Tak Tsuen Road, Tai Hang, Wan Chai District, Hong Kong
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Temple Street Market
Extremely lively and photogenic market, as they come in Hong Kong. Full of rush, colorful stands with food and clothes and the typical Hong Kong’s signboards, the Temple Street Market looks great from the ground and even better from the above. In order to get the iconic high ground pictures, head to the Yau Ma Tea Parking Lot and aim for the top floor.
Address: Temple St, Yau Ma Tei, Hongkong
Let me hear from you
So these were my 10 most instagrammable places in Hong Kong. I tried to prepare a well-balanced mix of traditional tourist spots, with some cool places completely out of typical routes. Which one of them is your personal favorite and is there some which you are actually missing? Let me know in the comments section!
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