Hong Kong’s most Instagrammable places – from the classics to the underrated

Hong Kong’s most Instagrammable places – from the classics to the underrated
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With Hong Kong’s incredible architecture and picturesque scenery, you will undoublety find something unique and fascinating to photograph at every corner. It would almost be cruel not to share some of the most energetic locations you capture with the world on Instagram. Luckily, we’ve got some places that will help liven up your Instagram feed. From the classics like Choi Hung Estate, to underrated hidden restaurants, here are Hong Kong’s most Instagrammable places.

Choi Hung Estate, Choi Hung

Surely, you’ve heard tales of this paradisiacal palace hidden within Kowloon. Well, at the end of the rainbow you will find Choi Hung Estate. This colorful and vibrant property radiates a fairytale atmosphere, just begging you to take photos. This list just wouldn’t be complete without it. Appropriately nicknamed the Rainbow Village, it attracts tourists and locals alike to witness this unique building. The basketball court placed directly in the center unifies all the buildings, making it a pleasant little community.

You won’t have to worry about getting lost because traveling there couldn’t be any easier. From Choi Hung MTR Station, exit C3 or C4 will take you directly there.

Yik Cheong Building, Quarry Bay

We bring you another classic, which is just as popular as Choi Hung Estate. Although almost as colorful, the Yik Cheong Building possesses the opposite atmosphere with its tight center and towering windows. This is a great location to play around with your photography as you can create astonishing images, from erie to surrealist. Yik Cheong Building, also known as the Monster Building, is a highly dense community that has been featured in Hollywood films like “Transformers.” Understandably, the tenants don’t care so much for its popularity, so photography has been banned. This doesn’t stop people though. However, it is important to be respectful of the residences if you do choose to visit.

To get there, simply take the MTR to Tai Koo Station and walk down (west direction) Kings Road.

Sai Kung Fishing Port/Market

In Sai Kung, the first thing you probably think of is the fishing community and markets. The popular fishing port has been used for generations and as a tradition in Hong Kong culture. Even today, standing at the edge of the port, you’ll see local fishermen arriving in their tiny boats with multicolored buckets filled with fresh seafood ready to be sold at the local markets.

You’re probably thinking – what’s so picturesque about a market? Don’t be fooled, because the tanks with lobsters, fish, mollusks and more make for an incredibly vibrant photo while also capturing a glimpse of Hong Kong tradition and culture. After a full day of pictures, enjoy the night at one of the many seafood restaurants just to get a taste of all Sai Kung has to offer.

There are several ways to get there, and depending on where you are coming from, some may be more convenient than others. The most popular way to get there is taking the MTR to Choi Hung Station followed by a Green Minibus 1A. This should take you to the Harbour, where the fishing markets and restaurants can easily be located.

Cape D’Aguilar

Cape D’Aguilar is where you will find some of Hong Kong’s most enchanting natural attractions and scenery. Especially for those who love the outdoors, Cape D’Aguilar is the perfect place to go hiking, kayaking or just to explore and experience the ocean air. You will have to remember to clear your camera roll beforehand – the breathtaking arcs formed by mounting rigid rock and mysterious caves mean you’re going to want all the space you can get.

Unlike our other recommendations, Cape D’Aguilar is a little more difficult to get to. From Shau Kei Wan MTR Station, exit at A3 to the bus terminus. From there, take the Shek O bound, No. 9 bus and alight at the Cape D’Aguilar bus stop.

Kopitiam Bagus Bagus, Sham Shui Po

Hidden in the bustling streets of Sham Shui Po, Bagus Bagus is a quaint little restaurant with a charming atmosphere. Before entering, you are already greeted with a piece of history via the classic saloon doors. Not only will you devour cheap yet delicious Malaysian food here, but you’ll be reminded of the past with its classic interior.

Vintage photographs plastered on the walls give you something to admire while waiting for your meal to arrive. If the interior wasn’t Instagrammable enough for you, the food presentation will have your jaw on the floor. Meals are served on a wooden woven plate, with side dishes gathered around with colorful flavored rice.

Take the MTR to Sham Shui Po and use exit A2. Once you are on the street, walk straight until the first left turn to Yu Chau Street. Keep your eye on the left side, and you won’t miss it.

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