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On Top of Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak is the mountain rising up above the fancy part of town – Hong Kong Island – and coincidentally offers the best view of Hong Kong from above. To get this famous view, it is best to walk along the road making a circuit around the mountain range, which takes about an hour to complete. If you’re wearing somewhat appropriate shoes that is.

Seriously, you female hikers in 10-inch high heels – how do you do it?

On the city side of the trail (the other side only offers views of nothing but lush backcountry forests), there are plenty of great viewpoints from where you can photograph the skyline from different angles. Victoria Peak is obviously a huge tourist attraction, but most of the visitors show up in said high heels and either decide or are forced to stick around the extremely crowded tram station. The trails, on the other hand, are surprisingly calm and empty.

Allegedly, you can get a great shot from the roof of the peak tram station, but it costs a fair amount of money and there’s usually a huge crowd up there – not ideal for long exposures and trying to set up a tripod. I found a great alternative at the little pagoda to the left of the station, which offers basically the same view for free and isn’t nearly as packed. I also immensely enjoyed taking shots at the different viewpoints along Lugard Road.

Photo from Victoria Peak

This photo was taken at the pagoda next to the tram station.

Photo from Victoria Peak

And here’s a shot from one of the viewpoints along Lugard Road.

Photo from Victoria Peak

It’s fun to pick out some details in the skyline. Everyone tries to get the whole impressive city into one shot, but don’t forget to take a closer look and zoom in.

Along the Avenue of Stars

Apart from Victoria Peak, the Avenue of Stars is probably the most popular spot to photograph the Hong Kong skyline. The path along the water is modeled after the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and therefore attracts plenty of tourists wanting to pose next to the handprints of their favourite Asian movie star or to get a selfie with the statue of Bruce Lee. Fact is though, that everyone visiting Hong Kong eventually ends up there and a lot of visitors are also trying to get that famous shot of the skyline. Therefore, if you plan on shooting during the blue hour and don’t want to stand on the sidelines behind the masts of several junk boats, show up 30-60 minutes early to get the spot you want.

The Avenue of Stars is located at the Victoria Harbour along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. The ferry terminal is right next door and due to the constant traffic on the water, getting the perfect long exposure shot can sometimes be a bit challenging. However, if you time it right, the light trails from the boats crisscrossing the harbour make for some awesome photos.

Skyline from the Avenue of Stars

The constant ferry and boat traffic on the water creates light trails. These trails are often chaotic and erratic and can therefore easily ruin a photo. Here I was trying to cut out as much of the water as possible and instead concentrated on the beautiful sky.

Skyline from the Avenue of Stars

Another approach is to simply accept the light trails and work with them.

At the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

While the Avenue of Stars is absolutely packed at all times of the day, nobody ever thinks of taking the ferry the short distance across the water to the Convention and Exhibition Centre. The building is worth a shot by itself, but the walkway going around the building offers some of the best angles of Hong Kong Island, as well as the Kowloon side of town. Apart from a few couples on their evening stroll, it is usually completely deserted.

Shot from the convention centre.

It was a very misty evening and the top of the skyscrapers were hidden in the clouds.

Shot from the convention centre.

The walkway around the Convention Centre offers some amazing clean views of both Hong Kong Island, as well as the Kowloon side of town.

About The Author

Tiffany is a Swiss travel writer, digital nomad, and photographer, who, after a fateful journey through Africa, has decided to get her passport renewed, sell all her junk, and live out of a suitcase in various corners of the world, as well as share the experiences with other travel enthusiasts. This blog is intended to inspire you to pack your bags, leave everything behind for a while, and make you go discover the world. Check her out on .

12 Responses

  1. Alex

    What a great article Tiffany! I couldn’t agree more with your choices but would also add the upper deck of the Star Ferry (which is my favourite place from which to view the harbour). For a slightly different vantage point the Typhoon Shelter in Causeway Bay (Noon Gun) is also stunning, with some luck some traditional boats will be in the water and the superimposition of old and new makes for a great story.

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    • Tiffany

      Great additions Alex, thanks a lot. I loved the view from the Star Ferry, and I’ll definitely have to check out that Typhoon Shelter next time I’m there. Happy travels!

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  2. Charlie

    Glorious photos, Tiffany! We went up to Victoria Peak, but our night time photography skills and unfortunately not so great. The view was amazing though.

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  3. Dean

    Fantastic images of the Hong Kong skyline. What lens did you use? Would you recommend a ultra wide angle lens such as the 11-24mm or 14-24mm lens to take the images?

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