Hong Kong is a thrilling city. Some visit it for its mixed culture, some for its food or for its shopping... And once you're there, there is only one thing you want: to get the best view of the city In which building will you have to enter or which mountain will you have to climb to find the greatest view of the city? Let me share some insiders' tips here...
You can never get bored of the Hong Kong skyline. With its dramatic harbor setting, hilly terrain and dazzling vertical architecture, Hong Kong is nothing but unique. After more than two years in this wonderful city, I can still find myself as amazed as the first time, watching its beautiful lines.
From high-altitude bars and observation platforms to mountain peaks, here's where you can see 10 of Hong Kong's best views... Don't forget your camera!
1. THE VICTORIA PEAK
If there is one spot to admire Hong Kong's skyline, it has to be Victoria Peak. Go at sunset and don't forget your tripod (and your mosquito repellent). In the evening, this panorama melts into a colorful and dazzling galaxy of lights...
How to get there: Bus 15 from Central Bus Terminus, or the old-school Peak Tram for an even-better experience.
2. THE IFC TOWER'S 55TH FLOOR VIEWING PLATFORM
The IFC tower is one of Hong Kong's emblematic towers -the one we can spot on Dark Knight (Batman). In exchange of your ID, you can get a pass to go up to the 55th floor deck for a incredible view over the city center.
How to get there: MTR, Hong Kong Station - Open Monday to Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-1pm
3. HONG KONG PARK
The best way to realize the magnitude of Hong Kong's urban jungle might simply be to dive in, and for that, Hong Kong Park is the ideal option. Imagine yourself in a beautiful green park, surrounded by futuristic skyscrapers all around you...
How to get there: MTR, Admiralty Station Exit C1 - Open 6am-11pm
4. AN HOTEL WITH A VIEW
There are plenty of options to get a great views from your bedroom in Hong Kong. Watching the old airport, The East Hong Kong would be my favorite, with its jaw-dropping views and its artistic atmosphere.
How to get there: MTR, Tai Koo Station Exit D1
5. BOWEN ROAD FITNESS TRAIL
Hong Kong's got a big runners community, and there's a trail we've all taken at least one for a training with a view on the urban jungle, it's Bowen Road. A 4 kilometers oasis of flatness with lots of green and captivating views of the city.
How to get there: Walk up the hill from Queen's Road in Wan Chai or east from Robinson Rd in the Mid-Levels
6. THE HIGHEST BAR IN THE WORLD: THE OZONE BAR
At 1.608ft above sea level, the Ozone bar is the highest bar in the world. Located on the 118th floor of the ICC tower, it faces HK Island, offering an astonishing view. Be sure there's a clear sky when you go, otherwise the only thing you'll see will be clouds.
How to get there: MTR, Kowloon Station - Open Mon-Thurs 5pm-1am, Fri 5pm-3am, Sat 3pm-3am and Sun 12pm-12am
7. FROM THE SKY
Well that's the way to do it, right?! An alternative way to enjoy Hong Kong is from the sky... with an helicopter flight. No surprise: it was one of the most incredible experiences I've had so far in Hong Kong! A journey you won't forget.
Where to catch it: The Peninsula Hotel or Wan Chai Heliport, next to the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre and Golden Bauhinia Square. - Starting from 1.999HKD for a 15 minutes flight over Hong Kong Island. See Heliflight Services packages here.
8. THE LION ROCK
One of the most spectacular hike I've done in Hong Kong so far! The Lion Rock offers open views over Kowloon Peninsula and will make you feel very, very, very small. Go on a clear day and take plenty of water -the end of the track is steep.
How to get there: MTR, Won Tai Sin Station, Exit B3
9. the Bus n°6 scenic route
Taking the bus in Hong Kong might make you feel sick as bus drivers have a tendency to drive like rally pilots, but the bus n°6 is really worth it. It takes the most scenic route via Wan Chai, Stubbs Road, then climbs up through the hill to take you on the other side of Hong Kong island, to Stanley.
How to get there: Exchange Square Bus Terminus in Central (MTR Central Exit B)
10. THE STAR FERRY
Forget the crowds on the Avenue of Stars and hop on the old-school Star Ferry boat for the most beautiful cruise in Victoria Harbour. It costs only a few dollars, and it's part of the 'must-do' in Hong Kong. Ready for a trip back in time?
Where to catch it: Tsim Sha Tsui, Wan Chai or Central Star Ferry Pier