Top 5 Places in Hong Kong to Take Photos

Things to Do, Travel Tips — By Shirley Yau on May 11, 2011 at 8:00 am

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


Ancient rows of houses built above the water give off a strangely nostalgic fishing village sentiment.

4. Big Buddha
The giant bronze Buddha Statue at Po Lin Monastery is the biggest seated, outdoor image of its kind in the world. The number one attraction on Lantau Island.

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)


Big Buddha is also known as the Tian Tan Buddha, crafted with 202 pieces of copper plates, resting above the 268 flights of stairs and the lotus seat.

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


You can walk down either side of Nathan Road to take photos, or get on any bus along Nathan Road.

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.

Best mode of transport: Tsim Sha Station exit A1, and walk down Haiphong Road until you hit Canton Road. Walk through Harbour City to get to the Star Ferry Pier.
When is the best time: Dawn


Star Ferry Pier is also the best place to take photos of the Symphony of Lights Show every night starting at 8pm.

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 Pagoda is the best place to take photos of the Hong Kong skyline on the Peak.

The top place in Hong Kong for a romantic and dizzying experience if you like to take photos from the Peak at night:


270 degree Hong Kong skyline makes Hong Kong one of the Asia's leading tourist destinations.

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