Hong Kong Views: 6 Viewpoints Not To Miss
Planning a Hong Kong trip? Don’t miss out on these Hong Kong views!
Planning a trip to Hong Kong? I wanted to share some stunning Hong Kong views that I love. Even though these places are popular and touristy, they still provide incredible views of this great looking cosmopolitan city.
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Hong Kong View #1 – Sky100
One morning on this last trip, I went to visit Sky100. It’s a 360-degree observation deck on the 100th floor at the International Commerce Centre or better known as ICC. It’s located in West Kowloon and is 118 stories high and is the world’s eighth tallest building in height. I took their high-speed elevator up 100 floors which took only 60 seconds (Chew that gum, my ears popped!). From the deck, you get amazing Hong Kong views of Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula and the mountains beyond. If you want to hang out a bit longer, there’s a cafe and restaurant. The day I went, one section was sectioned off for a wedding. It was also quite hazy the morning I went. You can book your tickets ahead to go up which I did but I recommend seeing what the weather will be like first rather than taking a chance.
Check the website for more information by clicking here. Tickets for adults are $168 HKD.
Elevator selfie inside the high-speed elevator
Kowloon side view
Interior. Photo courtesy of Sky100
Harbour View. Photo courtesy of Sky100
A Kowloon cityscape. Photo courtesy of Sky100
Hong Kong’s ICC. Photo courtesy of Sky100
Hong Kong View #2: Victoria Peak
Of course, there’s the popular Victoria peak which gives you an incredible view from the Hong Kong Island side both day and night. I went in the evening and loved the view. I took the funicular up to the top but you can walk up there too. Every time I’ve been to HK, it’s been insanely hot and humid so that is a factor to consider even if you are physically fit. I’d love to go back and go during the day or perhaps during golden hour to see the view.
View of Victoria Harbour from Victoria Peak at night
Hong Kong View #3 From The Tian Tan Buddha
My friends and I ventured to Lantau Island on this most recent trip. We went over to Tai O fishing village first and then over to see the Tian Tan Buddha. While the journey is another post in itself, I wanted to share a couple of photos of the view from the top where the Buddha sits. I loved seeing another side of Hong Kong, a great contrast to the cosmopolitan city.
A view from the Tian Tan Buddha
Another view from the Tian Tan Buddha
Seeing the Tian Tan Buddha is a must in Hong Kong
Hong Kong View #4: Avenue of Stars
A must see viewpoint is from the Avenue of Stars along the Kowloon side to see Victoria Harbour looking towards Hong Kong Island. It’s walking distance to many things and easy to get to even if you are not staying nearby. I stayed at the Shangri-La Kowloon so it was right across the street (I also had an incredible view from my suite which was facing the harbor).
A cloudy first morning at Victoria Harbour
A sunny morning at Victoria Harbour
Hong Kong View #5: From Star Ferry
Of course, you can also get a great view day or night from the Star Ferry, which I highly recommend doing. It’s not very expensive and you get one of the best views of both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. I loved riding it at night to see many of the towers with their lights on.
Excuse the blurry shot from the Star Ferry
Hong Kong View #6: A Bar with A View
One evening after going to the night markets, my friend and I went to Aqua Spirit. It’s a bar and the view is fantastic. It spans two floors and is located on the penthouse floor of One Peking Road building. I didn’t have a camera with me and the photos from my phone were not very good so the photo above is from Flickr. This place is quite spendy. I spent about $100 on 2 drinks and 2 appetizers so it’s definitely a splurge spot. I am sure there are more budgets to see the view while having a drink but we thought we’d splurge one night. Next visit, I would love to check out Ozone at the Ritz Carlton which is the highest bar in Asia.
Symphony of Lights from Aqua. Photo credit: Flickr
I know there are more great Hong Kong views but these are the handful that I’ve personally experienced and can recommend to you. I’m keen to add more to this list as I do more return trips.
Where are your Hong Kong views? Please leave them in the comments.
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**Disclaimer: Many thanks to Sky100 for the complimentary visit to their observation deck. As always, all opinions are my own.**