The world’s largest light show, once in a lifetime sunrise, magical Disney characters, world’s second-largest statue of Buddha, the most scenic hike in Asia, and quirky street graffiti. These are just some of the amazing things that you can capture for a lifetime in Hong Kong.
Autumn and winter months are the best to try your hand on outdoor photography in Hong Kong as the skies are clear and you can be outside for long periods without the uncomfortable humidity. Be sure to carry your camera equipment, change of batteries, and sun protection while you scout for your beautiful subject. The locals are friendly who will happily guide you to the best spots for the most memorable pictures.
Here are the 10 picture-perfect spots in Hong Kong for outdoor photography:
1. Get the Best Landscape Captures at Tuen Mun
The appeal of the city of Tuen Mun, located in the northwest of Northern Territories, lies in its pristine & diverse coastal landscape dotted by Castle Peak & Tai Lam mountain ranges, Pearl River, and beautiful beachfront.
Highlights of the place: Photography enthusiasts are in for a visual treat at this erstwhile charming fishing town. The summit of the Castle Peak offers 360-degree views of the city, Shenzhen Deep Bay, and Yuen Long Pak Nai. Capture exotic flowers, plants and rock formations as you walk on the rugged trails and soak in the natural beauty of the place.
When to go for Photography tour: The best time for this tour is from2: 30 pm to 7: 30 pm so that you can capture the beautiful sunset.
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2. Capture Picture-Postcard Panoramas of Hong Kong at Sky Terrace 428, The Peak
Sky Terrace 428 is the highest viewing platform in Hong Kong located atop The Peak Tower on Victoria Peak. This wok shaped deck offers brilliant uninterrupted views of the beautiful natural landscape and man-made wonders.
Highlights of the place: Some of the most iconic photographs of Hong Kong have been taken from Sky Terrace 428. Capture pictures of the Victoria Harbour, the city’s skyline, Lantau Island, Cheung Chau Island, and Aberdeen backdropped by lush hills. Shoot the perfect panorama of the skyline and the giant heart-shaped wishing corner on the Sky Terrace.
When to go for Photography tour: Evening time to catch the setting sun casting brilliant colors on the city and to capture the iconic Symphony of Lights Show
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3. Click ‘Once in a Lifetime’ Sunrise at Lantau Peak
Lantau Peak is the second-highest peak in Hong Kong and the highest point on Lantau Island. It is reachable after a moderate level hike of around 2 hours.
Highlights of the place: Towering at 924 metres, no wonder the Lantau Peak offers breathtaking views of the sunrise. Don’t miss to photograph the majestic South China Sea and panoramic views of Lantau Island. The trail to the top is full of vegetation, perfect for nature photography. Capture landscape pictures of the surrounding hills and beaches from the trail.
When to go for Photography tour: Start at 4:00 am from Ngong Ping to reach the summit for the 6:00 am sunrise. The clearest views can be captured between December-February when the cloud cover is the thinnest.
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4. The Only Aerial Perspective of Big Buddha, Ngong Ping Cable Car
Tian Tan (Big Buddha) is the second-largest sitting Buddha statue in the world standing at a height of 34 metres. Located at Ngong Ping at Lantau Island, the statue is one of the most photographed iconic attractions in Hong Kong.
Highlights of the place: Ngong Ping cable car’s crystal cabins with glass bottoms offer uninterrupted beautiful views of the Tian Tan Buddha Statue. This is the best vantage point to capture aerial views of the stark contrasts between bronze-hued Buddha set against brilliant blue skies.
When to go for Photography tour: The best for the tour is between 3:00-6:00 pm when the sun’s harsh light begins to fade and you can capture the dusk in various hues cast by the setting sun.
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5. Portrait the Playground of Nature on the Tai Mo Shan Waterfall Hike
Standing tall at 957 metres, Tai Mo Shan is the highest peak of Hong Kong and is one of the best places to try your hand capturing the great outdoors!
Highlights of the place: Tai Mo Shan hike is dotted not one or two, but five waterfalls. This hike lets you capture Ng Chung Chai Falls, the tallest waterfall in Hong Kong. Click the most scenic Instagramable pictures of the milky white waters enveloped in the lush foliage of bamboo forests, creeping vines, and the silver grass-covered trails.
When to go for Photography tour: To capture the waterfalls at their scenic best, go after the rains in April-June.
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6. Capture the Most Scenic Landscape in Asia, Dragon’s Back Trail
Dragon’s Back is named so due to its meandering serpentine trail from Tei Wan to the Big Wave Bay. This is a 4-hour long trail that offers spectacular views of the Hong Kong coastline and the skyline of Chai Wan.
Highlights of the place: You can be assured of only the best Instagrammable pictures when you are on TIME Magazine’s ‘one of the best urban hikes in Asia’. The forested trails open on to the forested hills, pristine Shek O Beach and its brilliant blue waters framed by contrasting hues of cloudy skies.
When to go for Photography tour: Start early around 7:00 am so that you can play around with the soft natural light. Avoid the harsh sunlight to get the best pictures.
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7. Capture the Stunning Graham Street Graffiti
Graham Street houses one of the oldest street markets in Hong Kong, dating back to around 160 years. It is famous for its kitschy street art near the Hollywood Street crossing that leaves one with unforgettable imprints of Hong Kong.
Highlights of the place: More than shopping, the street is famous for an iconic wall with colourful drawings of buildings from Hong Kong of the yesteryears. Tourists flock to capture this graffiti in rich and vibrant colours that give their pictures a gritty look. It is a very interesting backdrop for self-portraits
When to go for Photography tour: This street art looks the best in pictures when captured in the early morning or the smoky hues of streetlights.
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8. Capture the Magic of Victoria Harbour Cruise, Hong Kong
Victoria Harbour Cruise is not only one of the most popular cruises in the world, but also the best way to capture the most brilliant Instagramable pictures of the iconic attractions of Hong Kong.
Highlights of the place: You are assured of the best pictures when your subject is the world’s most dazzling light show i.e. Symphony of Lights Show. Picture 40 key buildings and the skyline reflecting the brilliant lights in the water.
When to go for Photography tour: The best time is during the evening around 8:00 pm when the lights show starts.
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9. Why Sit Still When You Can Kayak to Click Pictures, Cheung Chau Island
Cheung Chau is an island located around 10 kilometers away from Hong Kong is famous for bustling street life and adventure sports.
Highlights of the place: One of the best experiences for adventure-photography enthusiasts to click pictures while kayaking. Capture the most unique shots of the dramatic rise of hills against the skies. Don’t miss to shoot the night landscape of the nearby Aberdeen and Lamma Island. Kayaking lets you take dynamic pictures from various spots instead of a single location.
When to go for Photography tour: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm is the best time to capture the beautiful sunset. See the setting sun cast beautiful hues in the sky and the waters.
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10. Frame Your Dreams at Disneyland
Without this iconic landmark, your picture album is incomplete. The famed theme park is famous for bringing Alice the magical Disney characters.
Highlights of the place: Capture unforgettable pictures of childhood wonders like Goofy, Mickey & Minnie, Donald & Daisy Duck, Tinker Bell, etc. You can capture amazing moments like hugging your favourite character, freezing the first moment of introduction, and panoramas of the colourful place. Selfie sticks are not allowed inside Disneyland.
When to go for Photography tour: Morning and early afternoon is the best time to meet the characters as they greet all guests entering the park.
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