If you’re looking to up your ‘gram game, don’t miss checking out these lesser-known picture perfect spots.
Amongst the crowds of urban explorers and casual photographers that can be found everywhere in Hong Kong are the Instagrammers, equipped with a checklist of trendy spaces to ‘gram. Our city’s chaotic neon signs, architectural highlights, bright pops of street art in Central and the rainbow skein of Choi Hung’s signature housing estate are frequently featured on the Insta feeds of locals and tourists alike. While no one can deny the appeal of these vetted and well-documented Instagram spots, there are so many more places to snap. Less explored and easy to overlook, we’ve rounded up some of the quieter corners of Instagram gold that can be found in Hong Kong. Not in hiding, just patiently waiting to satisfy your artistic aspirations, here are the best underrated Instagram spots in Hong Kong.
The white pedestrian bridge of Shelter Street, Causeway Bay
Level up your line of vision at this well-traversed passageway. Not only can you capture the vibrant trail of Hong Kong’s trams against the asphalt from a top-down angle, but the old time tunnel that’s full of sun and shadow is perfect for a unique setting.
The Olympics Bridge, Causeway Bay
Leap up the time-travelling stairs of this victory-coloured bridge and pose like a champion on top. Red, blue, green or yellow, choose your backdrop for the perfect snap.
Bridge linking Tonnochy Road and Sun Hung Kai Centre, Wan Chai
Cut across busy city traffic by staying atop this bridge – the perfect platform for a city postcard shot.
Cheung Kong Park, Central
Overshadowed by neighbouring Hong Kong Park is this rocky gem that offers up something concrete but dynamic.
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, Sheung Wan
Looking for a place with chameleon qualities? This park provides an all-in-one set; from the wind-in-hair harbour scene, grassy space for a lazy Sunday snap, gleaming chrome for the requisite cityscape capture, and a walkway with arched pillars for a touch of nostalgic glam.
TST East Park along Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui East
With a rest area of brick pavement, a luxurious arrow fountain and swirly pedestrian flyovers, this stretch along Chatham Road is a playground for creatives.
TST East Waterfront Podium Garden, Tsim Sha Tsui East
Start your afternoon with a shoot at the old film reel staircase before moving onto the waterfront podium at TST East.
Middle Road Children’s Playground, Tsim Sha Tsui East
The trees and metal structures of this peaceful area make excellent frames for a playful photoshoot.
Hong Kong Cultural Arts Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui East
On the flip side of the Cultural Arts Centre you’ll find fun geometrics to lean against, or hide behind – perfect for your grid.
MTR Bridge towards Shing Mun River, Fo Tan
Head down this funnel-like walkway towards Shing Mun River to capture a scene that’s set for an adventure.
Shing Mun River, Sha Tin
If the humidity puts you off your weekend hike, seek fresh air along the low-lying bicycle tracks along Shing Mun River as a ‘grammable alternative.
Sha Tin Park, Sha Tin
For a cultural sight that’s unique to Hong Kong head to this hidden nook of a classic Chinese garden.
Kowloon Walled City Park, Lok Fu
Hungry for more flowing water, elegant archways and traditional architecture? If you’re looking for beauty in history, Kowloon Walled City Park deals out plenty.
Back Alley Project, Kwun Tong
Explore the alleys running through Shing Yip Street, Hing Yip Street, Hung To Road and Hoi Yuen Road, where the distinctive prints of this street art series will offer a unique city backdrop.
Yau Ma Tei
From the red brick buildings of Man Ming Lane, to the colour-coded buildings along Hak Po Street, Yau Ma Tei is brimming with Instagram potential.
All images courtesy of Maple Ip.