Visit The Top Instagrammable Places In Hong Kong For Just 450 PHP!

From picturesque cityscapes perfected by the high rise unique buildings, breathtaking landscapes, vibrant one-off street art graffiti and notorious architectures, you can never go wrong with Hong Kong when it comes to picture-perfect places. Almost every corner in this city is uniquely appealing! It’s true, Hong Kong is definitely a dreamland for photographers.

Generally speaking, I don’t actually encourage people to travel just for that perfect Instagram shot. I am a strong believer that experiences are way more valuable than having photos to be uploaded in your Facebook. But of course, it would also be such a waste if you haven’t been to Hong Kong’s most instagrammable places. Hence, I’ve rounded up a list of the best (personally speaking) photo spots within the city that actually can be explored in just a day. What’s more is that all of these are FREE, meaning there is no entrance fee required.

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Travel Checklist

  • MTR Tourist Day Pass- The secret for you to be able to save cost during your trip in Hong Kong. This is very useful mainly if you will be using their MTR Train System, as it provides you unlimited train rides for a day.
  • 4G Wifi: To keep you connected at all times- especially if you need to access google maps for directions.

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How To Use The MTR System

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The MTR System of Hong Kong is the fastest way to get around the city, and gives you easy access to hotels, sightseeing destinations and shopping areas. It consists of 155 stations, 87 railway stations and 68 light rail stops taking up over nine main MTR lines which takes you to Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories.

  • Fast and efficient: It can already take you from point A to point B in just a few minutes! Moreover, their trains schedule is always on time and delays are very occasional to happen. You also don’t have to wait long on line as trains arrive every two minutes during peak hours, and between three and six minutes at other times.
  • Free Wi-fi in all MTR Stations
  • Clean and well maintained: Every train in its MTR system is at its best condition as it is constantly conserved and regularly renewed. Doors, seats and floors are neat and clean, and air-conditioning is available at all times.

How to use the MTR System?

Utilizing the MTR System is not a hassle as it has very little complexity. It may seem overwhelming at first considering the large number of stations, countless exit platforms, and the huge train stations. But once you try and test it, you’ll easily get use to it! Here are the things you need to take note for your MTR journey:

  • Get a map
    • This is the most important thing for you to have. This will save you from being confused on what MTR line to take, what station to ride and where to go to switch lines, as it provides you a fuller picture the whole MTR network.
  • Take note of what Train Platform to take
    • Locating your platform is pretty straight-forward. There are a lot of signs posted around the station guiding you to the correct platform. Pay attention of (1) what line you will be taking and (2) the direction of the train – through locating the name of the end station of that line.
  • Know what station to get off
    • Your map will be useful for you to keep an eye of how many station will pass through before the station where you need to get off.
    • The next station is always announced inside the train and there are also big labels of the station’s name that can be glanced the moment train arrives in every station.
  • Always be mindful of what EXIT to take
    • Several attractions can be accessed from the train stations. However, you have to be aware of what exit to take since taking the wrong exit might let you walk further from the usual. Hence, it is best to know what closest exit to take to where you need to go.
    • There are posts/ big signs showing available on each station that shows the list of attractions nearby the station and what is the ideal exit to take. You can also ask the customer service staff to help you out.

 

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Top Instagrammable Places

(1 Day Itinerary)

The places below are pretty much the most instagrammable places in the city. And as said earlier, it can be covered in just a day. But just a heads up, this one day itinerary involves a lot of walking, so make sure you’re physically ready and you have your water bottle and umbrella with you at all times. Moreover, time management is very important here for you to be able to visit all the places below. Start the earliest possible and always track your time. We actually left our hotel at around 6:AM and proceeded to our first destination.

However if you’re not into a jampacked itinerary, you can spread these places into 2 days instead. Do take note that the itinerary below are organized in a chronological order.

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1st Stop: Choi Hung Estate

 

When you search for the top instagrammable places in Hong Kong, Choi Hung Estate will always be in the list. I couldn’t blame the public, this place is indeed photogenic! The symmetrical pastel colored building with the colorful basketball court in front of it, with a tropical touch of the planted coconut trees are just the perfect combo of one perfect instagrammable shot.

What to expect?

  • Choi Hung Estate is basically just a rectangular colorful court, with the pastel building surrounding it. From the eyes’ perspective, some may see this as plain and ordinary- but the magic actually happens behind the lens of the camera. Also, do expect a number of people taking their own photos around.

Photography Tip:

  • The colors of the place are more highlighted when there is no direct sunlight. Hence, early morning or late afternoon are the best time to visit.
  • A wider lens, anything above 35mm, as prime lens can be a little to tight.

How to get there?

  • Take the MTR and drop off at Choi Hung station on the Kwun Tong line.
  • Take exits C3 or C4
  • Locate Choi Hung Estate on google maps, and you will arrive in the entrance of a complex of buildings.
  • Search for the Parking Lot and take the stairs up- the colorful basketball court is above this area.

 

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2nd Stop: Nan Lian Garden

An exquisite garden peacefully lying in the middle of the tall skyscrapers of Hong Kong city.  No matter how this place is surrounded by the busyness of the city, there is a sense of serenity, stillness and tranquility once you enter Nan Lian Garden. Aside from this being a relaxing place, Nan Lian Garden is also a perfect photo-spot for your instagram, especially that orange bridge towards the temple.

What to expect?

  • Place isn’t that jam packed with people. It is really indeed a peaceful area with a lot of plants and trees everywhere. There are a lot of photo spots to take in this area! Enjoy! 🙂

How to get there?

  • (From Choi Hung Station) Take the MTR and drop off Diamond Hill MTR station on the Kwun Tong Line).
  • Exit C2
  • Then follow the signs.

 

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3rd Stop: Chi Lin Nunnery

Just on the opposite side of Nan Lian Gardens is Chi Lin Nunnery which is equally peaceful and beautiful as Nan Lian Gardens. This place is a large temple complex consisting of 16 halls, a library, a school, a pagoda, a bell tower and a drum tower covering 33,000 square meters. The place is huge enough for you to be satisfied during your visit!

What to expect?

  • Place isn’t that jam packed with people as well. You can definitely get a flawless shot in no time!

How to get there?

  • Note: This is just on the opposite side of Nan Lian Gardens. But if you prefer to vsiit this place first, here’s the instructions:
    • Take the MTR and drop off Diamond Hill MTR station on the Kwun Tong Line.
    • Exit C2
    • Then follow the signs.

 

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4th stop: Nam Shan Estate

Holding 30 years of history, you wouldn’t expect that this old public house estate has a hidden gem inside the corners of its buildings. Lying above the wet market, rests a square space surrounded by buildings on its three sides with different shades of color green which is so pleasing to the eyes. Supplemented by the old playground facilities on both end, making it a sought-after spot for instagrammers!

What to expect?

  • Just like Choi Hung Estate, the vacant space is just very plain and simple. What makes it unique is the colors of the buildings around.
  • Make sure to give respect and courtesy  to the residents as well as you are entering their neighborhood.

Photography Tips:

  • Wide Angle lenses are recommended to get a nice shot. Make sure you are standing in the middle to get that perfect symmetry in your photos.
  • Duting the night, Nam Shan Estate has its different vibes, as it provides a touch of night glamour as lights of the buildings light up.

How to get there?

  • (From Diamond Hill MTR station) Take the MTR and drop off Shek Kip Mei MTR station on the Kwun Tong Line.
  • Exit B2
  • Locate Nam Shan Estate Parking on Google Maps. You have to walk at around 5 minutes to get there.
  • Enter the building, and search for the wet market and take the stairs up. The old playground area is located above it.

 

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5th stop: Man Fung Building

This must be my favorite one! However I have to warn you, having this shot and accessing the building is not for the faint-hearted ones. Well because basically, you have to sneak in the building on the opposite side of the yellow one and climbed up the 10th floor to access the rooftop. But the easing part here is that everyone is doing it after all.  But personally speaking, I don’t really suggest you to do this unless you have a local with you!

What to expect?

  • The rooftop of this building is quite small and is already unmaintained. The floor is dirty and there are construction stuff everywhere.
  • There is also no guards around to keep you safe, since in essence, rooftops are dangerous.
  • You will spot numerous photographers taking their own instagrammable shot as well.

Photography tips:

  • Wide lens is a must!

How to get there?

  • (From Shek Kip Mei MTR Station) Take the MTR and drop off MTR Sham Shui Po Station on Tsuen Wan line.
  • Exit A2
  • You have to walk at around 10 minutes to reach the building. Better search Man Fung Building on google maps for you to be guided.

 

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6th Stop: Royal Pacific Hotel And Towers

This is actually not a usual destination in Hong Kong for tourists except if they are into having a staycation in the city. But, if you take a look of the aesthetics of the two parallel buildings, you can get a perfect instagrammable symmetrical shot in no time! The gold color of the buildings reflecting the light from the sun are just too pleasing to the eyes. Moreover, there is also this photo spot just near the escalator where as if you were in a spaceship from the camera lens’ perspective. You can also get a perfect sunset shot in front of the pier!

What to expect?

  • Place is not just instagrammable but has this relaxing vibe. Hence, aside from taking photos, you can also relax and have yourself a drink in the available restaurants around.

How to get there?

  • (From MTR Sham Shui Po Station) Take the MTR and drop off Tsim Sha Tsui station on Tsuen Wan line.
  • Take Exit A1 and head over Canton Road
  • You can search Royal Pacific Hotel And Towers on google for easier navigation.
  • From the entrance of the building, go to the nearest escalator and proceed to the 2nd floor.

 

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7th stop: Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong Cultural Centre and TST Promenade

The highlight of your day trip can be this one- which is one of Hong Kong’s iconic attractions: Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong Cultural Centre and TST Promenade. All these are just in one area and are free of access. It offers the most breathtaking view of Hong Kong skyline and the Victoria Harbour and is a great place for taking landscape photos. Aside from being a photography haven, the area is also ideal for those who wants to relax and unwind after a day of adventure.

What to expect:

  • The place especially the TST Promenade usually gets jampacked with people during sunset hours and at night time as well, since this is the spot where the Symphony of Lights happen.

Photography Tips:

  • Be creative with your angles. There are a lot of photo spots around the area.

How to get there?

  • From Royal Pacific Hotel And Towers, you can just walk to this area. Better search Hong Kong Cultural Centre on Google Maps to guide you. But if you prefer to skip Royal Pacific Hotel And Towers, here’s the direction:
    • Ride the MTR and get off Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station.
    • Take Exit E and cross the road.
    • Follow the signs

 

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8th Stop: Central Street Art

When going to the Man Mo Temple (next instagrammable place,) you will pass by more instagrammable spots around the district. There are a lot of colorful street grafittis on the corners, where some of them were actually masterpiece by world famous artists and/or worth 200 million USD.  You can also pass by ‘the lanes of Central’ called Li Yuen Street which is an uphill market jampacked with a lot of clothing and accessory stores.

How to get there?

  • (From Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station) Take the MTR and drop off Central Station on Tsuen Wan line.
  • Exit D2 and turn right to Theatre Lane. Walk along Queen’s Road Central towards The Center. Then take the Central- Mid-Levels Escalator to Hollywood Road (This is going to the Man Mo Temple)

 

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9th Day: Man Mo Temple

Adding a bit of Chinese history in your photography journey here in Hong Kong, Man Mo Temple, which is one of the oldest one in the city, is the ideal place to be. This picturesque temple serves as a tribute to the gods of literature (‘Man’), and of war (‘Mo’) and is usually the temple to pray for education success. Its exotic interior supplemented by the effect of the smoke and the sunlight beams across the hall makes this place a photo-haven for photographers.

What to expect:

  • There’s not much to see in this temple. It’s not as grand as the other iconic ones in the city. The temple is small, but is reach with interiors. However, the smell of the burning incense is intense which can make you uncomfortable, but is actually one of the factors that adds aura to the whole temple.

Photography Tips:

  • Visit the temple at around 3:00PM where the sun is beaming across the hall. Moreover, a 35mm is the ideal lens to shoot portraits in the temple.

How to get there?

Option 1 (what we did):

  • (From Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station) Take the MTR and drop off Central Station on Tsuen Wan line.
  • Exit D2 and turn right to Theatre Lane. Walk along Queen’s Road Central towards The Center. Then take the Central- Mid-Levels Escalator to Hollywood Road.

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10th Day: Montane Mansion

 

You shouldn’t miss the Montane Mansion, especially if you’re a Transformers fan! This location was used as a filming venue on their Transformers: Age of Extinction movie way back 2014. From then on, as it aggressively grew its popularity, tourists started to add this place in their Hong Kong bucket list.

This place compromises 5 tall buildings, Montane Mansion being one of them, forming an E-shaped complex, which makes it a photography haven. Moreover, when you look up, these stacked apartments make up an incredible sight as it resembles a concrete jungle or a walled city.

What to expect?

  • Upon entering the complex, remind yourself that you are entering a private property where several residents are peacefully living there. Hence, as a visitor of this foreign area, be respectful in every action you take.

Photography Tips:

  • This place is best photographed at night due to the how magical the lights of the buildings are.
  • Make sure to bring a tripod for long exposure. Shoot it in raw if you can for you to play with the shadows, highlights and colors more.
  • Use the widest lens you have as this area has a lot to take in.

How to get there?

  • (From Central Station) Take the MTR and drop off Quarry Bay Station on the Island Line or Tseung Kwan O line.
  • Take Exit A
  • Walk for around 2-3 minutes along King’s Road towards Tai Ko. Once you pass by the junction to Mount Parker, you will already see the entrance of Montane Mansion.

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