Updated: Oct 21, 2019
I'm @thatwanderlustboho, or Hannah, and I'm here to take you sightseeing through Hong Kong!
Hong Kong, a country rich in culture and traditions. Home to the most sky scrapers in the world, head to a mountain peak and you will see the iconic skyline, the views are unbelievable. A country bursting with energy and colour. Hong Kong is a place for your bucket list.
Hong Kong is a photographer's dream, you can find photo opportunities everywhere. Here is a guide to some of the most famous photo spots on Instagram.
Note- Some of these places are residential areas. Please be respectful and mindful to those who live there.
Shek Kip Mei
Walk around Shek Kip Mei and be wowed by the sky scrapers that tower above you. What’s more amazing is that these high rise towers are residential buildings. Can you imagine the views from the top?
To get here, get off at Shek Kip Mei MTR station, head to the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, it’s about a 15-20 minutes walk. Catch the elevator and then take the stairs to the roof.
Choi Hung Basketball Court
This basketball court is hugely famous on IG and it’s not hard to see why. With its vibrant colours and energetic vibes, it’s a cool spot to hang out and people watch. Head there around 9am because the locals use the court for their morning exercise. Bare in mind that this court is very well used so please be respectful of the residents who live there. Did you know that ‘Choi Hung’ means rainbow in Cantonese? Pretty fitting 🌈
To get here catch the MTR to Choi Hung, follow the exit signs for C3 or C4 - these are the closest to the Choi Hung estate. Once you're at the estate, turn left and look for a multi storey car park (it’s only 2 levels, so not that high). The basketball court is on top of the car park. The estate is just off of Tse Wai Avenue.
Nam Lian Garden & Chi Lin Nunnery The Nam Lian gardens are of Classical Chinese style and are very beautiful to look at. Each hill, rock or lotus pond has been specifically placed following Tang Dynasty architecture. From the gardens you will see the sky scrapers in the distance, the views are incredible. It’s a definite reminder of how diverse Hong Kong is. Across the road is the nunnery, a retreat for Buddhist nuns. A very peaceful spot with its elegant wooden architecture, a serene place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
To get here you can either walk from Choi Hung estate or get off the MTR at Diamond Hill. Follow the signs for Nam Lian Gardens or route it on google maps. If you’re heading to Choi Hung then Nam Lian Garden & Chi Lin Nunnery is around a 15 minute walk from the estate.
Tai Koo Station Every station in Hong Kong is decorated in colourful tiles. Tai Koo was my favourite and I discovered this via @samishome.
The vibrant orangey/red tiles with the escalator & stairs and the perspective from the bottom of the stairs was so unique. A cool spot to take photos for sure.
To get here head to Tai Koo station, no need to leave as this is at the exit. If I remember correctly it’s exit B. Sorry I can’t be exact 🙈. Montane Mansion Another famous spot and not just on IG, this spot was mostly made famous by the Transformers: Age of Extinction movie starring Mark Wahlberg. The high rise flats tower above you with each flat uniquely stacked on top of the other. The symmetry here is unbelievable. Head to the courtyard in the centre for the perfect photo spot. Remember this is a residential area, you are allowed to take photos here but please be respectful. We went at 6:30am as not to disturb the peace, it gets incredibly busy throughout the day leading to people queueing for photos. Another great time is in the evening and this way you get a different perspective of this amazing structural building.
To get here head to Quarry Bay, it’s around a 20 minute walk from the station. It’s pinned on google maps so is pretty easy to find. Look around the area as there are many unique perspectives of the stacked apartment buildings. Jockey Club Innovation Tower Perhaps not the most well known spot in Hong Kong, the Jockey Club Innovation Tower is notable for its incredible architectural design. Designed by Zaha Hadid and home to Polytechnic Design students, this university is the most unusual I’ve ever seen