A city break in Hong Kong, in my humble opinion, is one of the best a traveler can have on this planet. The city is so free it’s somewhat chaotic. It’s exciting but still feels safe – despite the ongoing protests. (If not joining them, a tourist should be totally safe.) It has a little rough and run-down look as there are plenty of old skyscrapers showing decay among the ultra modern glistening ones. The skyscrapers are so plentiful – in fact, more than New York, and most in the world – and densely built that it makes a person and their worries feel small and insignificant. It’s a sensory overload that makes the heart beat faster and easily grow fonder – for big city lovers, this is it – as big and exhilarating as it can get. Needless to say it has it all. But instead of food, shopping, museums or nightlife, since these are the times we live in, I’ll share with you my five favorite instagram-worthy places of Hong Kong.
Jockey Club Innovation Tower
This futuristic building by architect superstar Zaha Hadid houses Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University and is free to visit. Wandering around its hallways and staircases you would expect to run into stormtroopers at any turn.
Tin Lung Heen wine storage
The Space Odyssey continues in this restaurant located in the Ritz-Carlton hotel in the International Commerce Center skyscraper. It’s in the 102nd floor of 108 in total, so if the sky is clear, the views can be breathtaking. When I visited the city was covered in thick smog so all you could see was gray. But the view was actually not what I came for, nor was it the food and drinks for that matter. It was the beautiful corridors with countless wine bottles stored on the walls and I couldn’t help thinking that’s exactly how I’d like my space station for long interplanetary journeys.
If the smog allows, from here you see Hong Kong in almost all its glory. Concrete jungle meets actual lush, green jungle on the edges and even in some parts of the city creating a stark contrast. Visit around sunset to see the city lights come to life. Prepare for crowds.
Choi Hung estate
This public housing estate built in the 60’s has colors to match its name – “choi hung” is Cantonese for “rainbow”. Its basketball court is the most popular and photogenic spot to capture the building’s colors as a backdrop.
Yik Cheong Building
Also known as the “Monster Building”, this residential complex of five interconnected buildings is a fine example of the density and scale of building in Hong Kong. The two narrow courtyard give an Inception (the movie)-like setting for photos with high walls of stacked flats surrounding you on three sides.