One of the world’s most famous skylines, neon lights, and a beautiful harbour. There’s no doubt about it, Hong Kong is a visually stunning city and its many contrasts make it a photographer’s dream. Here are five popular locations which make up the top Instagram spots in the city. See if you recognise these local landmarks!
This image of looking up at a compact Hong Kong residential apartment block has replaced the old classic photo of planes landing at Kai Tak in Hong Kong as a perfect illustration of Hong Kong life. You’ll find a steady flow of people in the courtyard of this Quarry Bay apartment block snapping away to get this impressive perspective. (The area’s cameo in the 2014 Hollywood blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction has helped bring it to Instagrammers’ attention, too.) Get to the block by taking the MTR to Taikoo station and then walking about 5 minutes down King’s Road. Be aware it is a residential estate so be respectful. The ground floor courtyard has a number of businesses so you can even show your support.
This spot is a regular fixture on Instagram accounts, and even has its own account: @insta–pier. This pier in Sai Wan attracts keen photographers as it offers unfettered views across Victoria Harbour and the city. It is, however, not intended to be public space. It’s actually an active pier, the Western District Public Cargo Working Area, one of the six public cargo working areas managed by Hong Kong’s Marine Department. In recent times, the Marine Department has taken to issuing warnings to people on the pier that they face a hefty fine for trespassing.
Graham Street Mural
The bright mural on the wall of a Graham Street building is a drawcard for locals and tourists alike, making it one of the top Instagram spots in Hong Kong. The mural is found in Sheung Wan – and on a huge bunch of Instagram accounts! It’s one of the best-known examples of the city’s street art.
Lee Tung Avenue
Lee Tung Avenue may not be steeped in history, but this 200 metre retail walkway features heavily on Instagram thanks to the management’s canny habit of decking out the strip in themes to suit various calendar events throughout the year. Their lantern display for Chinese New Year each year always makes for great photos. They also have outdoor installations and other events which have resulted in this becoming one of the city’s top Instagram spots.
Chi Lin Nunnery
The Chi Lin Nunnery is a cluster of Buddhist temples built in the Tang Dynasty’s architectural style. The golden temple, as well as the adjoining Nam Lian Garden, make great subjects for a quintessentially Hong Kong photo, making it worthy of an entry in our list of top Instagram spots.