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. The uni is an urban space with inception style staircases that will leave you feeling disoriented.
To get here dismount at Jordan MTR and walk roughly 30mins to the Tower. It is a complicated find as you must go through the subways, under the road and then walk along the left side of the campus.
You need to walk towards this entrance here. Kowloon Peak A steep hike with a view to remember, Kowloon Peak has some of the best city views. Seeing Hong Kong’s impeccable skyline 603m high as the sunsets through the haziness of the city smog was a remarkable sight.
To get here take the MTR to Choi Hung station then grab a taxi (it’s on the meter so doesn’t cost much) to Fei Ngo Shan Road. The path for Kowloon Peak starts at the bottom of this road. Look for a road sign for the road at the bottom. Turn left on this road and follow the road/path way.
Once you are on the trail it’ll lead you to a cross roads in the path. Take the path on the LEFT, it has red ribbons to point you the correct way. The path on the right is extremely steep and dangerous. We took this path by mistake. Continue on the path for around 15-20mins and you will see the Peak on your approach. Note - if you’re not steady on your feet or scared of heights then walking onto the Peak is not recommended. The ground is uneven and dangerous.
Blue House Wan Chai Set on one of the most colourful streets in Hong Kong, Blue House stands out due to its bright blue colour and history. Named because of it’s blue exterior, the blue house is a grade one historic building and was recently given an award of excellence by UNESCO for cultural heritage conservation. Blue house is one of the only examples of tong lau left in Hong Kong. Tong lau is a style of residential building with balconies built in the late 19th century with a mix of Chinese and western architecture.
To get here catch the MTR to Wan Chai and walk around 15 minutes. Look for Stone Nullah Lane on your map. Take the path through the local park for a more scenic route. Victoria Peak Another incredible viewpoint to see Hong Kong’s city skyline and beautiful harbour below. The highest peak on Hong Kong island at 552m and one of the most popular tourist spots on this island. Why not hop on one of the worlds oldest and most famous tram ways to enjoy the views on the way to the peak.
To get here take the MTR to Central station and grab a taxi to the peak (if I remember correctly it shouldn’t cost more than $100 HKD). There is the option of walking and it would take at least an hour. It’s all incline so be prepared for a steep trek. Mong Kok A shopping hot spot in Hong Kong with so much to see and do. Exploring Mongkok is like an intense maze bursting with energy which seems to really come alive after dark when the neon lights vibrantly light the streets.
To get here hop off at Mong Kok station and wander the busy streets. You’ll be sure to find that perfect instagrammable spot! Temple Street Not far from the hustle and bustle of Mong Kok, Temple Street is again bursting with energy. At the temple street market you will find a bit of everything. Gadgets to antiques, food stalls to fortune tellers, temple street has something for everyone.
Go shopping at anytime from 4pm- midnight.
To get here is walking distance from Mong Kok or a 5 minute walk from Jordan station. Look for a high rise car park to get the best views of the colourful market below.
Thank you for coming on this Hong Kong adventure with me!
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