Hong Kong is a bustling city with the most skyscrapers in the world due to its dense population. We love venturing to Hong Kong not just for the tasty cuisine and great shopping, but the depth and complexity that this vibrant city exudes in every street and corner.
The generic touristy spots aside, Hong Kong has so much more to offer besides just Victoria Peak, Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Disneyland. If you ever have friends who reside in Hong Kong, let them bring you around to the more “underground” and less-explored places. Our best times in Hong Kong were spent in these less-populated and off-the-beaten-track places.
Some times, all it takes is just to pause for a minute, take a deep breath and appreciate everything around you. It is then, that you will see the true beauty of the place. And because these days, we love documenting our holidays with pictures, here are the Top 5 Underrated Photo Spots in Hong Kong For Your Perfect Instagram Moment.
#1 CENTRAL PIER
The Central Pier/Tamar Park area is so remarkably beautiful that we could not stop snapping photos of our 360 degree view, because everywhere our view finder landed on, they turned out to be amazing photos for keepsake.
Tamar Park is easily accessible via a short walk from Admiralty station, via an overhead bridge. Catch a glimpse of the Ferris Wheel, occasional low-flying planes and helicopters, a lovely unblocked view of the skyscrapers and the lively park. In the warmer months, you can even pick a spot to have a picnic here.
#2 ROOFTOPS IN WAN CHAI OR MONGKOK
These rooftops are open to public and are absolutely safe. However, it is best to pick either a shopping mall or a hotel with a viewing gallery on the rooftop or a public area. The buildings in Hong Kong are generally tall; beyond 70 or 80 storeys even. If you are more daring, you can always find a public rooftop in one of these.
We had locals bring us up a hotel building in Wan Chai that is open to public and had a very captivating view of Hong Kong from 33 storeys high. However, do note that the higher up the building is, the higher chance that they will not be open to public.
#3 STREETS & ALLEYS IN CENTRAL
The nightlife in Hong Kong is phenomenal. And when the night falls, the streets and alleyways come alive with LED signboards in various colours; the entire city is illuminated. If you have a good camera, grab an OOTD (Outfit of The Day photo) in the middle of these streets, with these colourful lights bokeh-ed in your background.
Even if you are visiting these streets in the day, the vibrance of the streets remain. Just be careful not to get pushed or kicked by people because these streets can get pretty packed!
#4 WITHIN SKYSCRAPERS IN ADMIRALTY
Admiralty is one of the more business-y districts in Hong Kong with towering skyscrapers everywhere. Because these skyscrapers are so close to one another, they are perfect to snap a cool “look-up” shot. Or simply stand in the middle and picture yourself against these tall giants.
You know what they say about “being in the midst of a concrete jungle”, yes?
#5 ‘GOLD’ BUILDINGS
We spotted quite a few “gold” buildings in Hong Kong that stood out amongst the more silver/metallic-looking buildings in Admiralty and Central. From afar, they look like giant gold bars. Pose in front of it, take a far shot, or anything at all – trust us, the photo is going to look amazing.
There is something about the gold reflective windows on these buildings that makes it glow. One of these buildings is the Far East Financial Centre and it is located within Admiralty.