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Five ways of enjoying the Hong Kong skyline

March 12, 2012

One of the things I look for when visiting an urban destination is the skyline. Paris, New York, and Singapore are just few of my favourite ones.

And after my short visit to Hong Kong last November, I’m adding its skyline on my list. I loved it so much that I spent an entire afternoon savouring the view.

And what I like about Hong Kong is that there are many ways to enjoy their awesome skyline. Here are my top picks on where it’s best to enjoy it:

Tsim Sha Tsui

The skyline of Hong Kong island can be seen beautifully and conveniently from the neighboring Kowloon and the Tsim Sha Tsui’s harbor is the most scenic place to enjoy a great view of the skyline.

Hong Kong Skyline - at day

And I spent almost an entire afternoon at the harbor walking around and enjoying the view.

For starters, walk along the Avenue of the Stars – equivalent to Hollywood’s walk of fame. And along the way, there are quirky statues that any cam-loving person will enjoy.

The most famous is the Bruce Lee statue , with both the statue and people posing for photos  attractions in their own right. I’m more of an observer and pretty much took photos of other people doing it – much more fun if you ask me.

Bruce Lee and Bruce Lee

And if you just want to sit down, there’s a bunch of cafes and restaurant along. I spent my afternoon mainly at the corner Starbucks – I got a great view and coffee at the same time. Nothing beats that!

Tsim Sha Tsui (at night)

Okay, but the awesomeness doesn’t stop in daylight. Stay a bit further to witness the skyline transform into a bright and colourful display. I tell you that at night is the best time to enjoy the skyline.

Hong Kong skyline - at night

And if you wait further until around 8PM – Hong Kong’s famous Symphony of Light starts – a light and laser display featuring 44 buildings on both sides of the harbour!  The best place to view it at the Avenue of Stars and on the ferries. It’s a tourist draw – but still worth seeing if you ask me.

Victoria Peak

Okay, if there’s one thing I regret most not doing is going to Victoria Peak.  It was on my list of things to do – but plans changed and weather as always, didn’t cooperate. Don’t make the same mistake as I did or else you’ll miss this amazing view.

The Star Ferry

Aside from being a convenient way to move from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon, the Star Ferry is also one of the good place to snap on some photos of the HK skyline. It takes a mere 15 minutes to cross to the other end – which is enough to look out and enjoy the view! It also costs a few Hong Kong dollars for a single ride – a definite treat if you ask me.

Hong Kong skyline - at night

Me and my friend Tina used this often simply because we can’t get enough of the view. 🙂

From downtown itself

The view of the skyline from afar is notable– but it’s also worth it to view the skyscrapers from bottom looking up. There’s the International Finance Centre buildings, which if you are geek like me, would know was where Batman in the Dark Knight jumped from tower 1 to tower 2.

There’s also the Bank of China tower – which looks like a bamboo shoot from afar.  Hong Kong has 19 of the 200 tallest buildings in the world. A pretty amazing feat if you ask me.

What’s the city that has  the best skyline for you? Share them on the comment box below!

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  • Reply Blog Me Travel July 29, 2012 at 18:43

    You had me at Bruce Lee! Because I’m half Chinese, he is completely synonymous with my youth, when I’d spend hours imitating his moves whilst watching Enter the Dragon! Hong Kong at night looks sensational…
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  • Reply dissertation editors June 25, 2012 at 12:02

    I’m very glad to know about the article that is very much effective on skyline.
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  • Reply Christina June 24, 2012 at 22:08

    I love Hong Kong, and you’ve hit the nail on the head with the suggestion of the Star Ferry – love that view. But my favourite skyline is definitely the one of Vancouver – as seen from Kitsilano Beach: you see the sand in front of you, the sea by your side, and you look towards the beautiful highrises in the West End, next to Stanley Park, and in the backdrop the snow-capped mountains!
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  • Reply limon April 5, 2012 at 16:35

    Really skyline photos are wonderful and awesome! I also like Hong Kong skyline especially when it is seen from Victoria’s peak.
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  • Reply Bama March 27, 2012 at 12:58

    Last January I went to Hong Kong and I agree with you, it has one of the best skylines ever! By the way, since you didn’t manage to go to Victoria Peak, when you visit Hong Kong again in the future I suggest you to walk a little further once you’ve reached the terminus of the Peak tram. Look for Lugard Road and you’ll be rewarded with a much better view of the city below.
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    • Reply Jerick April 21, 2012 at 01:50

      thanks for the tip – I’ve never been up to Victoria Peak – but definitely, my next trip to HK I won’t miss it!

  • Reply Kenneth March 26, 2012 at 17:52

    I really loved your post! I’ll be pinning this on pinterest!
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  • Reply Tom March 22, 2012 at 16:59

    Hong Kong – yet another place I need to go and visit!!

    Definitely need a picture next to that Bruce Lee statue haha.
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    • Reply Jerick April 21, 2012 at 01:53

      add it on the list now Tom!

  • Reply Rain March 13, 2012 at 15:17

    Agree, HK’s skyline is one of the best, especially if it’s seen from Victoria’s Peak. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is also at the Peak, another reason for you to go there. 🙂
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    • Reply Jerick March 14, 2012 at 10:22

      Yeah, I’ve missed out on Victoria Peak when I was there – one of my biggest travel regrets!

  • Reply Tash March 13, 2012 at 13:43

    Those skyline photos are amazing!

    I have never heard of HK’s statues on Avenue of the Stars.

    My home town of Melbourne’s skyline is one I love, but also the iconic NYC and Tokyo is hard to go past too!
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    • Reply Jerick March 14, 2012 at 10:23

      Yeah, the statues are there which gives some touristic flair. Will definitely check out Melbourne’s & Tokyo’s skyline!

  • Reply Neil March 13, 2012 at 10:03

    Victoria Peak was the one for me, amazing views! … Looks even more amazing at night!
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    • Reply Jerick March 14, 2012 at 10:23

      Everyone is saying the same thing, really feel bad for missing it!

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