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Be A Social Media Star

Take iconic and idiosyncratic pictures of Hong Kong and be a big star on Social Media!

Among today’s travellers, especially millennials, posting pictures on social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and WeChat has become ubiquitous. It has transformed how tourism destinations market themselves and helped create a new class of social media stars, especially on Instagram, in which a popular poster – an instagrammer – can gain fame, and yes, even fortune, by putting up cool and unique pictures of the places they visit, attracting hundreds of thousands or even millions of followers.

For some, capturing the coolest pictures that can earn accolades and “likes” has become the raison d’etre of travelling. And they are willing to go to a lot of effort to capture just that magical photo that can earn them bragging rights among their friends and peers.

Well, welcome to Hong Kong, a veritable treasure trove for instagrammers. With our unparalleled cityscape, natural habitat, colourful and stunning buildings, bustling streets and crowds, you’ve come to just the right city to help catapult you on social media. Hong Kong has so many fascinating spots to explore, no list can do it justice. Still, we have picked out ten outdoor and indoor spots that you might not have thought of but which reflect Hong Kong’s uniqueness in ways your friends will love. Enjoy exploring!


Lai Tak Tsuen

Hong Kong’s public housing estates accommodate over 40 percent of the city’s population and are, by necessity, high-rise buildings on a grand scale, creating fascinating geometric imagery for you to capture in a frame. Lai Tak Tsuen, a housing estate on Tai Hang Road is unassuming on the outside, but its circular staircases inside the building make for a mesmerising photo spot.

2-38 Lai Tak Tsuen Road, Tai Hang, Hong Kong


Lok Wah South Estate Garage

Lok Wah South Estate Garage: A series of concrete concentric circles sitting atop the parking garage of this public housing estate in Kowloon East has become an Instagram mecca. The circular structures offer plenty of creative camera angles to frame yourself and this fascinating structure. Check out the colourful children’s playground nearby for some extra cool shots.

70 Chun Wah Rd, Ngau Tau Kok, Kowloon


China Hong Kong City

Hong Kong’s busiest ferry terminal, in Tsim Sha Tsui, is a photographer’s haven as well. The golden curtain walls of the office towers atop the podium line up cleanly when viewed from below, especially during sunset when the shimmering sunlight adds a magical iridescent glow. Check out its trendy shopping mall while you’re there.

33, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon


Yum Cha

Yum Cha restaurant serves nouvelle Cantonese cuisine, including colourful and fun-looking dim sum that have becoming a hit among instagrammers. The dim sum dishes mimic animals and objects, and invariably, the camera gets the first bite, as the saying goes. The food is good both on the eye and in the mouth.

2/F, Nan Fung Tower, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Rd Central


The Grand Buffet

A trip to The Grand Buffet, located at the top of Hopewell Building in Wanchai, is literally a visual feast. In the formerly tallest building in the city, Grand Buffet is Hong Kong’s only revolving restaurant and commands a spectacular 360-degree view of the city. It’s the perfect place to marvel at and capture the city’s spectacular sights and landmarks – the buffet itself is excellent and its layout artfully decorated.

62/F, Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong


Big Bang Don

How about hearty bowls of Japanese rice lavishly loaded with sea urchin, salmon roe or sweet shrimps? This popular Japanese outlet has become a hit not only for foodies but also for instagrammers. The phrase “let the camera take the first bite” was never truer than here.

Shop 8, G/F, 50 Soy Street, Mongkok, Kowloon


Neon Lights in Kowloon

Hong Kong’s iconic brightly colourful neon lighting displays are not so common these days, replaced by the more glaring but less energy-intensive LED lights. However, Hong Kong still preserves enough of them for you to find. Check them out along Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan Road in Yau Ma Tei or, if you’re looking for a real neon-fest, the intersection of Mongkok Road and Tung Choi street in the heart of Mongkok.


Aqua Luna

This iconic red-sailed junk cruising the famed Victoria Harbour has been a top tourist attraction for years. The boat, when lit in the evenings and framed against the glorious harbour, makes a stunning image. And, once aboard the boat, visitors can take spectacular pictures of the harbour from so many cool vantage points.

Pick-up at various public piers. Call 2116 8821 for bookings.


% Arabica

A minimalist coffee shop offering stylistically simple but elegant photo-ops. This little outlet, tucked away at the Star Ferry terminal building in Tsim Sha Tsui, is the perfect place to relax and enjoy your favourite cup of Joe (only four coffee options are served: Espresso, Macchiato, Latte and Americano) while clicking away at the shop’s logo, its coffee cups, and its aesthetically pleasing décor.

Shop KP41, 1/F, Star Ferry Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon


Flamingo Bloom

Or maybe you are into drinking invigorating tea instead of coffee? This recently opened shop makes healthy tea drinks using high-altitude Taiwanese tea. The shop’s flamingo logo and its flamingo shaped containers adds the magic touch, making it an instagrammer’s delight.

Shop B, G/F, World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley Street, Central




(Edited on 1 Feb 2018)


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