Popular Places for Taking Photos

Hong Kong is blessed with magnificent scenery, fascinating cultural artefacts and a whole range of opportunities for enthusiastic photographers. Here you will learn about the most popular spots for outdoor photography in Hong Kong.

Outdoor Photography in Hong Kong

Nature is woven through every part of Hong Kong, offering ample opportunities for taking spectacular photographs. The key to stunning outdoor photographs not only relies on the technique and choosing the right moment, but also in knowing the variety of scenes available. In Hong Kong you can photograph everything from gorgeous sunsets over fishponds to stunning beaches, busy temples and majestic harbour views. Many outdoor settings are also popular for wedding shots.

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Photography in Parks

The urban, country and nature parks spread throughout Hong Kong are popular spots for outdoor photography.

Urban Parks

The very popular Victoria Park in Causeway Bay is a hive of activity on weekends and will delight those interested in photographing people. In contrast, Hong Kong Park, nestled on a hillside above Admiralty and Central, includes the walk-through Edward Youde Aviary. Here you can capture shots of more than 600 birds from the Malesian region.

On Kowloon side, you can capture the subtle grace of the Jiangnan garden style of the early Qing dynasty at the Kowloon Walled City Park. In the New Territories, Ravine Garden in Yuen Long Park will offer you a perfect setting for contemplative photos featuring the 13-metre waterfall and ornamental lake.

List of urban parks

Country Parks

Hong Kong’s Country Parks captivate many avid photographers. Lion Rock Country Park, separating Kowloon Tong in Kowloon and Tai Wai in the New Territories, features flourishing flora on its northern slopes and scenic vistas both north and south.

On Hong Kong Island, you can visit Tai Tam Country Park to capture the majesty of soaring peaks, and a mixture of woods, streams and lakes. In the Clear Water Bay Country Park, you can snap stunning sunset and sunrise shots above beautiful peninsulas. Equally promising is High Island Reservoir in the Sai Kung East Country Park, where you can capture the moonrise during winter.

Further information on Country Parks

Nature Parks

Our nature parks will offer you the chance to photograph a full variety of ecosystems ranging from wetlands to marine parks and globally renowned geological landscapes.

The Hong Kong Global Geopark of China covers areas in the east and northeast parts of Hong Kong, taking in volcanic and sedimentary rock formations that allow powerful contrasts between the sea, earth and sky. The Hong Kong Wetland Park in Tin Shui Wai provides opportunities to photograph the abundant wildlife in the area. The Mai Po Nature Reserve in Yuen Long is also a favourite of wildlife photographers, attracting around two million migratory birds each year.

Yan Chau Tong Marine Park offers a contrast to these settings, featuring mangroves, seagrass beds, mudflats and rugged cliffs – all the elements of truly memorable nature photography.

Learn more about our nature parks

Photography on Trails

Hong Kong’s walking trails, including specifically designated heritage trails, provide many ideal spots to take photographs.

General Trails

Our general trails can take you to some unparalleled scenery. Particularly popular are the Dragon’s Back Trail in the Tai Tam Country Park, with its shear drops from the ridge to the sea and spectacular views of outlying islands, and the 100-kilometre MacLehose Trail covering much of the New Territories. You can walk along various stages of the trail, capturing the views from Hong Kong’s highest peaks.

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Heritage Trails

Heritage trails allow photographers to peek into Hong Kong’s past. The Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail will take you to the home of the Tang clan in Fanling, where traditional customs can still be observed. On the Ping Shan Heritage Trail in Yuen Long, you can photograph Hong Kong’s only ancient pagoda that remains and one of our largest ancestral halls. The Central and Western Heritage Trail will allow you to photograph the majestic buildings date back to the colonial era.

Heritage TrailsScenic self-guided walks

Harbour Views

With all these opportunities on the list, the Victoria Harbour that offers specular views of the city would still come to your mind. You can take a night cruise around the harbour and photograph the brilliant displays of neon lighting. Or you can visit the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui, where you can see the stunning skyline on the other side of the harbour and take the most iconic snapshot of Hong Kong.

Harbour highlights
Last revision date: November 2016