Top Five Places to Take Photos in Hong Kong

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.

Top Five Places to Take Photos in Hong Kong

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 7 am to midnight.  There is a free observation deck that you can access whilst you are waiting for The Sky Terrace 428 to open at 10 am weekdays or 8 am 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.

Top Five Places to Take Photos in Hong Kong

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.

Top Five Places to Take Photos in Hong Kong

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.

Top Five Places to Take Photos in Hong Kong

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.

Top Five Places to Take Photos in Hong Kong

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 8 pm.  The show lasts for about 13 minutes so get there early to set up your tripod.

Top 5 Hong Kong Photo Locations

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?

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