5. Tai O
Tai O, located on Lantau Island, is nicknamed the “Venice of Hong Kong.” The near-derelict fishing village is divided by a river into a Y shape and the main mode of transport are still the man powered ferry crossings and villagers rely on small boats to get to places. Its secluded location has allowed it to preserve its traditional face. The small hamlet is made up of clusters of houses built on stilts and less than 5,500 Hakka clan live here today.
Best mode of transport: Take the Ferry to Mui Wo from the Central Ferry Pier and once you get off take bus number 1 to Tai O
When is the best time: Make it a day trip so get to Tai O by 2pm
Best mode of transport: 10 minute walk from Tung Chung Station, take the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, with views of the Chek Lap Kok Airport, South China Sea and Lantau Island Country Park along the way
When is the best time: By 3pm (avoid weekends)
3. Nathan Road outside Yue Hwa Emporium at Jordan.
The main artery of Kowloon Peninsula, a must go for tourists. Crowds and shops both brimming with business. Tall commercial buildings, large and small shops, malls and you’ll find more jewellery brands, fashion clothing stores and restaurants along Nathan Road.
Best mode of transport: Jordan Station Exit A
When is the best time: 10pm
2. Star Ferry Pier
Star Ferry rides to and from Wanchai to Tsim Sha Tsui, and Central to and from Tsim Sha Tsui depart from the Star Ferry Pier. At the same time, Gaze up at Hong Kong’s majestic skyline, which is an erratic stretch of skyscrapers, hotels and apartment blocks lined along Victoria Harbour.
1. The Peak
The top of Victoria Peak on Hong Kong Island is the most iconic tourist landmark in Hong Kong. The spectacular views of Victoria Harbour and the panorama of Kowloon Peninsula is what gives Hong Kong the name of “Pearl of the Orient.” The Peak pagoda or the viewing terrace on top of the Peak Tower are the two best spots to take photos. Of course if you walk around the Peak starting at Luard Road then you’ll get even better photos.
Best mode of transport: The Peak Tram
When is the best time: If you arrive in the afternoon then you get to take photos of both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula. (Check for haze though, some days the visibility can be real bad)
The top place in Hong Kong for a romantic and dizzying experience if you like to take photos from the Peak at night: