Hong Kong’s fusion of East and West cultures, incredible city skyline and surrounding mountains, makes this city one of the most photogenic places. It’s a bustling, vibrant city with so much to offer. Even amongst the crowds there are still places to retreat and find some small escapes.If you are in Hong Kong for a quick trip and want to capture the essence of Hong Kong, here are my top five locations to shoot:
1. The Peak
Travel to the highest point on Hong Kong Island via the Peak Tram. The tram runs every 10 to 15 minutes from 7am to midnight. There is a free observation deck that you can access whilst waiting for The Sky Terrace 428 to open at 10am weekdays or 8am on weekends and public holidays. It’s worth to pay the extra to get 360° panoramic views from The Peak Tower.
It’s generally quiet early mornings so there won’t be a queue for the Peak Tram. The most popular times to go are late afternoon / early evening.
2. The Hong Kong Observation Wheel
The Observation Wheel offers stunning views of Victoria Harbour and the skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island. The wheel itself is quite photogenic – especially at night. The wheel is located close to the Star Ferry Pier in Central, right in front of piers 9 and 10.
From the piers you can also photograph Victoria Harbour and the skyscrapers across at Kowloon. The harbour is never quiet with giant cruise ships, ferries, and traditional Chinese junks sailing by.
3. Mid-Levels Escalator
If you want to capture some street photography, enjoy the café scene, and explore the street art then this is the place to be! It’s such a unique way to explore the city. The covered walkway system covers over 800 metres in distance and elevates over 135 metres from the bottom to the top. You can hop off the escalators at different levels and explore the shops and streets adjacent to it.
4. Stanley and Repulse Bay
The long coastline along the south of Hong Kong Island features the iconic Repulse Bay and the quaint village of Stanley. If you want to capture sunset shots then head over to Repulse Bay. Pick your timing as the beaches are packed on the weekends in summer.
There are many points of interest in Stanley including the popular Stanley Market, the waterfront promenade, Murray House and Blake Pier.
5. Tsim Tsa Tsui East Promenade
If you enjoy night photography then it wouldn’t be right to visit Hong Kong without a visit to Tsim Tsa Tsui – the south of Kowloon. From here, every evening, you can watch the Symphony of Lights show which commences at 8pm. The show lasts for about 13 minutes so get there early to set up your tripod.
There are many other notable locations to shoot in Hong Kong including the Temple Street night markets, Man Mo Temple, the flower and bird markets in Kowloon, Ngong Ping Plateau (Tian Tan Buddha), and Lamma Island.
What other locations would you add to this list?