Breathtaking Views in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan marvel. A global financial center, longtime trading hub and a gateway between the East and the West. This city boasts incredible food for every palate and awe-inspiring architecture. Known for its iconic skyscrapers, historic temples and mountainous islands, the region is a gem to behold. Whether you are looking for a thrilling hike or a relaxed cocktail hour, read on for my picks on where to explore in Asia’s World City.
High Views Atop the Peak
Hong Kong Island’s highest mountain, Victoria Peak, is featured on almost every Hong Kong travel guide – with good reason. The Peak, as it is known locally, offers a heart-pounding tram ride up its steep slope to stunning 360-degree views. Gaze upon Hong Kong Island’s verdant parks and buzzing cityscape across the blue-green South China Sea and over to the Kowloon Peninsula.
Don’t want to wait for the Peak Tram ride back down? MTR city bus route 15 is a fast, affordable and scenic way to get back into Central and continue your Hong Kong adventure.
Can’t get enough of the Perfume Harbour’s vistas? Hong Kong is teeming with mountainous hiking trails, towering skyscrapers and serene beaches with impressive views for the adventurous outdoor athlete and the happy hour goer alike. My favorite beach is Shek O, with its soft sand, island views, local eateries and easy access from the whole city.
Rooftop at IFC Shopping Centre (Central)
Amidst the hustle and bustle of Central Hong Kong Island is a semi-hidden gem – the rooftop garden on IFC shopping center. This terrace showcases stylish bars, restaurants, and ample seating for the public. It is mere levels above Hong Kong Station and looks over the Central Ferry Piers toward the Kowloon Peninsula. Swing by the citysuper gourmet market in the shopping mall – or, better yet, the legendary Tim Ho Wan dim sum restaurant in Hong Kong Station below – and purchase some takeaway snacks and drinks. I always enjoy ordering the famous sweet and savory barbecued pork buns, or char siu bao, and the steamed brown sugar cake.
Catch the lift up to the rooftop garden and you’ll find a great place for an affordable picnic, after work drink or break from sightseeing. As the sun sets, the terrace turns into a lively nightlife scene with people of every stripe slipping out of the office to gaze across Victoria Harbour. Relax, socialize, and watch the nightly Symphony of Lights show at 8:00 PM.
Dragon’s Back to Big Wave Bay (South Island)
As one of the most densely populated places in the world, it’s easy to forget that Hong Kong is only 25% developed. Much of the Special Administrative Region is designated as country parks and beaches. Hiking is one of the Hongkongers’ favorite pastimes and Dragon’s Back is an MTR-accessible trail suited to all ages. Less than 11 kilometers from jam-packed East Hong Kong Island, a quick bus ride will have you climbing over Shek O Peak and rolling, lush, green hills.
Dragon’s Back rewards hikers with stunning views of South Island’s tony beach communities, scads of Hong Kong’s 200+ islands and ends at Big Wave Bay, a popular surfing, and picnicking spot. Take a dip into the cool water, fuel up at a cha chaan teng, and enjoy a bit of subtropical serenity and then hop the red minibus or a taxi back to the busy city.
Eyebar (Tsim Sha Tsui)
While Hong Kong’s ritzy aqua and Sevva lounges get a ton of hype for their cocktails and panoramic views, this Kowloon-side bar has flown under the radar as a spot for locals in the know. Eyebar is a sprawling, chic watering hole hidden on the 30th floor of iSQUARE shopping center above Tsim Sha Tsui’s heaving crowds. A quick walk from the Star Ferry and Nathan Road’s shopping and dining district, this modern spot boasts an incredible happy hour, including free appetizers and stunning vistas from Victoria Harbour to the Central Harbourfront, and west toward the new West Kowloon Cultural District.
Whether you’re a nature lover, a dedicated partygoer, or somewhere in-between, Hong Kong has the food, shopping, hiking, transit options and the breathtaking views for you. Where’s your favorite place to enjoy Hong Kong’s beautiful views?