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Hong Kong is often referred to as Asia’s world city, known as an important East Asian connecting hub for the world’s biggest cities. Packed with an international flare, a rich colonial past and deep Chinese history, Hong Kong is teeming with many incredibly unique, photogenic locations and backdrops. From iconic architecture, beautiful landscapes to vibrant street art graffiti, you’ll find it all here. If you’re ever in Hong Kong, here are 10 iconic Hong Kong spots you should definitely check out.
Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
If you’re a tourist, “The Peak” probably requires no introduction. From The Peak, you’ll have a mountain top view of what is often rated one of the best skylines in the world. Featuring the world’s largest collection of buildings over 500 feet packed together densely, it’s not hard to understand why once you’re up there.
Instagram Pier, Kennedy Town
You know it’s certified instagrammable when locals have officially dubbed it Instagram Pier. While not “officially” open to the public, as long as you’re not causing trouble, there’s always something to snap in this location. Be prepared to capture the breathtaking ocean view, colorful shipping crates, piles of bamboo shipped to the dock for construction, or simply, the locals fishing.
Choi Hung Estate, Choi Hung
Choi Hung Estate is one of the oldest public housing estates in Hong Kong. Built in 1962, it was rumoured that the government painted it a rainbow of colours in an attempt to make the people living there happier. Aside from awesome feel-good vibes, the estate has a couple of design awards to its name. In the 60s, this was a regular stop for dignitaries, including Richard Nixon, Princess Margaret and Princess Alexandra. These days you’re more apt to find Hong Kong biggest basketball fans playing a game of pickup on Choi Hung Estate’s colourful courts!
Tian Tan Buddha, Ngong Ping
Tucked away in the remote Po Lin Monastery, the Tian Tan Buddha (informally known as the Big Buddha) is one of the five largest and most important Buddha statues located in Hong Kong and China. Fact time – the statue is 112 feet tall and weighs over 250 metric tons. Visitors have to climb the 268 steps to reach the massive Buddha, but those looking to get in touch with their spiritual side will find the view and presence of the calming Buddha well worth it.
Graham Street Graffiti, Sheung Wan
If you’re taking some shots, you can’t go wrong with the graffiti art found in myriad locations in Sheung Wan and Soho. A handful of great artists like Invader, Rukkit Kuanhawate, Okuda, Hopare, and Kelsey Montague painted these walls with beautiful murals, which made the streets popular with locals and tourists alike. Besides a few great shots, exploring the neighbourhood for hidden graffiti is a fantastic way to spend a slow afternoon.
Montane Mansion, Quarry Bay
A lack of space and a large population means everything in Hong Kong is built as high and as packed as possible to conserve precious space. Montane Mansion is the perfect example of this. The residential apartment is incredibly symmetrical and looks as if someone stacked a bunch of colourful lego squares together to achieve a very surreal, architectural look. If the location looks familiar, that’s because you may have seen it featured in Transformers: Age of Extinction.
Star Ferry Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui
Hong Kong actually means “fragrant harbour” in Chinese, signifying how important the harbour is to the city and its people. The Star Ferry has been running in one form or another since the 1890s. From the pier, you get a front row view of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline, all while the harbour ebbs and flows with life from incoming and outgoing ships, boats, ferries, and sampans.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University Innovation Tower, Hung Hom
Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Innovation Tower is a striking sight to behold both inside and out. Its bold design is quite fitting considering it houses PolyU’s exceptional faculty of design and is meant to also represent the new driving force of Hong Kong as a design hub in Asia. The building was designed by the famed late architect Zaha Hadid and is meant to evoke a sense of fluidity and unity with its surroundings. Once inside, you’ll be treated to impressive ivory-coloured twists and turns that lend to a very minimal, modern and futuristic aesthetic.
Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei
It has been referred to as “Hong Kong’s poor man’s night club” for its electric atmosphere and instagrammable street bustle. Once you get there you’ll see why it’s such a popular must-visit destination in Hong Kong. Temple Street is one of the last bastions of true Hong Kong life and everything can be found on this long, picturesque street. Serving as the location of the busiest flea market in Hong Kong, you have to head here to pick up great bargains on electronics, clothing, trinkets and accessories. Be sure to brush up on your bargaining skills so you can bag an awesome deal here! Hungry from all the shopping? Temple street also hosts some of the most incredible local restaurants that show what Hong Kong foodie life is really all about.
Nu Tung Chai Waterfall, Tai Mo Shan Country Park
Hong Kong is not all tall buildings and skyscrapers! Venture out to the New Territories and you’ll be treated to lush, unspoiled mountain forests. You’ll also find some of the most impressive hiking locations and country parks in the world. At an elevation of 957 metres, Tai Mo Shan is one of the tallest peaks in Hong Kong. Those who dare to venture out to Tai Mo Shan to make the popular yet challenging hike can take a quick dip and see the stunning, 4-stage Nu Tung Chai Waterfall. Who says you shouldn’t go chasing waterfalls?