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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!