Hong Kong is a metropolitan area and Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. Located on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea, Hong Kong has the largest number of skyscrapers of any city in the world, and its residents have some of the highest life expectancies. The territory is also an important global financial center.
Hong Kong is a popular destination in Asia, and a trip to the city for a holiday or business offers plenty of photo opportunities. There are several picturesque spots to fill your Instagram feed, from known tourist hotspots to more hidden places. However do pay attention as the residents like their privacy so sometimes it is best to ask permission before taking pictures. If you’re travelling to Hong Kong soon or want to know more about the top places to visit, here are 10 great Instagrammable spots.
1. Lok Wah South Estate
Lok Wah is a public housing estate located in Ngau Tau Kok. The Carpark Roof here has become an iconic spot for keen photographers and it is certainly one of the more famous Instagram spots in Hong Kong.
2. Choi Hung Estate
Choi Hung Estate is another public housing estate, this time located in Ngau Chi Wan. The name can be translated as ‘rainbow estate’ which is due to the many colors of the building, and the basketball court in front can be seen often on Instagram. The estate attracts many people who come to take pictures and share them on their social media.
3. Lai Tak Tsuen
Lai Tak Tsuen is also a public housing estate, located at 2 – 38 Lai Tak Tsuen Road in Tai Hang. Inside the circular building, the pastel pink and blue painted walls match perfectly together, giving a beautiful view from both above and down below which of course makes for awesome photos.
4. Yik Cheong Building
Yik Cheong Building or The Monster Building is a system of five interconnected buildings in Quarry Bay. The structure has appeared in several films, from Transformers: Age of Extinction to Ghost in the Shell, as well as a few music videos. It is a popular place with tourists, however locals have now placed warning signs stating it is forbidden to take photos, so it is important to ask their permission before taking any pictures here.
5. The Sai Wan Swimming Shed
The Sai Win Swimming Shed was built along the seashore and provided changing rooms and wooden piers for swimmers. Nowadays these types of swimming sheds are rare, and this is the most famous one that remains standing. People still come here to take pictures and there are incredible views out to sea, but be careful if there’s a storm!
6. Cape D’Aguilar
Cape D’Aguilar, or Hok Tsui, is a cape located in the south of Shek O and D’Aguilar Peak on southeastern Hong Kong Island. It may not be the easiest place to access given its location but once you are here you and your camera will love it. Offering a very different side to the city, here you can take all the amazing photos you want!
7. Yuen Long Green Tunnel
A hidden place and quite a distance from the city, the Yuen Long Green Tunnel in Yuen Long area is a must see, be sure to take a trip here to snap a few photos with the vibrant green backdrop.
8. Graham Street
Located in the center of Hong Kong, Graham Street is one of the oldest continuously operating street markets. The mural on the wall is made by local artist Alex Croft, and many tourists come to this street to snap some pictures before heading to the market on the corner to try some local food.
9. Avenue of Stars
Avenue of Stars is modeled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and honors celebrities of the Hong Kong film industry. Located along the Victoria Harbour waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsu, here you can see various plaques of Chinese celebrities and take some lovely photos. During the evening the harbour is even more impressive with all the light from the buildings bouncing off the water.
10. Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak is also known as Mount Austin, and locally as The Peak. From here you can see great views of the center, Victoria Harbour and Lamma Island, as well as the surrounding islands. The Peak is the perfect photo opportunity, and again is even more impressive at night.