Hong Kong is a huge city which is full of wonderful view points and photogenic places. This is my guide for the best photo spots in Hong Kong and how you can find them.
QUARRY BAY BUILDING
Quarry Bay is a neighborhood in East Hong Kong which is known for its huge buildings. Especially the Fok Cheong Building which was built in the 1960s turned into a photographers hotspot.
Standing in the yard you will have different towers around you with tiny apartments in it.
Even so it’s indeed a very interesting photo motive you should always keep in mind that people are living here. So don’t be noisy or and respect the privacy of the locals while taking your photos.
note from february 2020: Currently both platforms to take photos in the middle of the courtyard are closed to put tourists of from taking pictures so that the neighborhood will be more quiet again… But I’m not sure about the current situation after the COVID-19 travel restrictions.
How to get there?
You can easily reach the building via the MTR till the Tai Koo station. Take Exit B and follow the King’s Road till the entry of the building.
The Victoria Peak is a place for one of THE most famous views over Hong Kong. You can either choose between the sky deck or one of the many view points around Victoria Peak.
We took the historical Peak Tram to drive up to the top which already offers an amazing view. The price for a return ticket in combination with the sky terrace is only 90 HKD (9 EUR) per Person.
STAR FERRY RIDE
The Star Ferry connects Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. During the ride you get an amazing view over both sides of Hong Kong. I especially loved the ride in the evening when all the buildings started to light up in different colors. Even so there is a modern tunnel nowadays to connect the two parts of the city, there are still a lot of people using the ferry from the 19th century. One ride only costs a few cents so its absolutely worth it
THE RITZ CARLTON HONG KONG
The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong is the highest hotel in the world! It even has the highest indoor swimming pool and bar… So you can imagine that this hotel is all about the great views
The Hotel is absolutely one of a kind and the number one address in Hong Kong. From the rooms, the pool and the lounge you have an incredible view over Hong Kong Island.
Even if you’re not staying in the hotel you can visit one of the restaurants or the popular Ozone Bar to enjoy the special feeling & views of the Ritz Carlton Both are open for visitors and offer some great photography spots.
BRAEMER HILL – SECRET VIEW POINT
During our third visit in Hong Kong we finally discovered the amazing viewpoint I always wanted to go! And I already got tons of questions about where it is!
It’s located at Braemer Hill very close to the Red Incense Burner Summit which is a famous point among photographers. The view from this spot over Victoria Harbour & Kowloon is spectacular during sunset but you probably wont find an empty seat since everything is covered with tripods.
BUT the spot we discovered offers the same view and was completely empty.
HOW TO FIND THE SECRET VIEW POINT?
The start of the short hike is at the End of Braemer Hill Road. We always took an Uber to get here but you can also take a Bus to the Braemer Hill station.
If you pass the school you will see a fence at the end of the road. On the left side you have to climb over another little fence and walk along the little path until you see a staircase.
At the end of it you have to keep right and follow until the next parting of the way. This is the most important spot! If you go right you will end up at Red Incense Burner Summit. If you follow the way to the left side you will reach the secret view point. You will probably walk around 10-15 Minutes until you see a little path leading up into the bushes on the left side! These are the last few steps until you reach the spot.
The coordinates are 22°16’42.4”N 114°11’52.2”E – type this into your google maps and you wont miss it
P.S. on the way you will already spot some other places which offer a great view on the right side but the secret rock is simply the BEST spot.
Lantau Island is home of the Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha) and the beautiful Po Lin monastery. The island is located in the West of Hong Kong and can be reached via the Ngong Ping cable car. The ride is a bit expensive (235 HKD/23,50 EUR for an adult) but offers incredible views over Hong Kong and the lush island.
First you “fly” over the sea and get closer and closer to the soft green hills of Lantau island. During the ride we spotted several waterfalls and of course the Big Buddha.
The Big Buddha on Lantau Island
The Buddha is 34 Meter high and you have to climb up 268 stairs to reach it. It is quite exhausting in the humid weather of Hong Kong but in the end absolutely worth it. The platform offers a panoramic view over the hills and the sea with all the little islands.
Po Lin monastery on Lantau Island
After visiting the Bid Buddha you shouldn’t miss the Po Lin monastery which is the most important Buddhist sanctuary in Hong Kong. Many wonderful details decorate the building and give the place a special charm.