We’re Calling It: These Are The 5 Most Instagrammable Spots In Hong Kong
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If you haven’t scrolled longingly through Jason Charles Hill’s spectacular Instagram feed, then I have a couple of questions for you.
Firstly, do you even Instagram? And secondly, here’s what you’ve been missing your entire life. I’ll wait while you catch up.
So when Jason visited Hong Kong for the first time, a place famed for its bustling footpaths and teeming marketplaces, rather than the pine trees and mountaintops he regularly captures, we were interested to see what he’d make of it.
But, it turns out, Hong Kong is an Instagrammer’s dream in more ways than one, with diversity and surprises hiding around each corner. We spoke to Jason about what makes the city so photogenic, how it’s like nowhere else on earth and the five best places you’re guaranteed to catch a good ‘gram.
#1 Victoria Peak
According to Jason, the perfect Instagram shot is taken from an elevated view and shows a well-known attraction in a unique way. Making your way to the top of Victoria Peak, also known as Mount Austin, is one of Hong Kong’s must-do tourist attractions. So for your first Instagram shot of the city, it ticks both boxes.
“From the highest point you can see all of the buildings, almost over to Kowloon on the other side of the bay. It’s probably the easiest to get to and most stunning place to go to in the city,” says Jason.
The best way to reach Victoria Peak is by taking the Peak tram. Make sure to sit on the window side so you can view the city getting further away from you, and get the perfect photograph at the highest point.
#2 Victoria Harbour
Another way to score yourself an individual view of a city is to take a shot from somewhere completely different: shoot one from the very top, another from the water. Jason recommends taking a boat tour of the harbour to see the city in a completely different light.
If you’re going to go, he says to make sure you go at sunset. “You capture a golden light on the water and then witness the changing lights of the city. When the artificial light takes over from the sunlight, it’s quite beautiful. You really get a sense of how amazing the place is,” he says.
#3 The markets
Another tip Jason provides for taking an excellent photo is to always keep your wits about you. He says to pay attention to the little things that are always happening. Be curious. Look down unassuming side alleys. Notice things. Try to figure it all out.
As such, he says a great place to take authentic photographs is at the markets. And Hong Kong has some of the most wonderful ones you can find.
“The Cat Street Markets are full of unique antiques and artefacts. There’s also the Bird Market, which is full of wild birds and cages – it’s something you wouldn’t normally see anywhere else. There’s the Goldfish Market and the Flower Market, equally all spectacular in their own right,” says Jason.
#4 Lin Heung Tea House
The Lin Heung Tea House is a two-storey traditional eatery that has been serving up Chinese tea and dim sim to the people of Hong Kong for over 100 years. The place itself can serve up to 300 patrons and is always packed.
Jason says, “A lot of the locals go there. You walk in, sit down and a guy walks past with a tray for you to just pick what you want. It’s a really cool thing to see as it’s something you’ll never experience outside of Hong Kong.”
#5 Dragon’s Back hiking trail
And of course, making your way back to nature is always therapeutic after a few days in the bustling city. Lucky for visitors to Hong Kong, idyllic landscapes lie just outside the city limits.
Jason recommends seeking out some of the hiking trails that sit just 20 minutes out of the centre. “We did one called Dragon’s Back which took us over a high mountain ridge. You could see both sides of the island from the top. It’s something you wouldn’t usually associate with Hong Kong, which was fun.”
Bonus tip: slow down and pay attention
When travelling in a bustling metropolis like Hong Kong, it can be hard to take everything in – so slowing down and allowing yourself to really absorb the atmosphere is key.
“It’s an ever-changing kind of environment to be in. It’s really hard to take it all in, you do double-takes constantly because it’s out of control,” says Jason.
But Hong Kong is full of surprises, which is why spending a week or more in the city is ideal. He says, “There are little quiet spots I didn’t really expect –lots of beautiful parks and side streets you could just walk down for peace and quiet. Then you would come out the end of it and all of a sudden, it would just be pure Hong Kong in your face. It was sort of like organised chaos.”
Sounds like a good shot to us.
(Lead image: Jason Hill / supplied)