Hong Kong 2017 – 5 Off The Beaten Tracks You Should Explore

The one thing everyone search for other than food in Hong Kong would be places to take those instaworthy, pretty pictures that will wow their friends, followers and everyone else. Well, Hong Kong, for all of its architecture, we managed to find and capture some scenic, out of the city pictures, and also ventured to estates to picture moments of colored buildings and landscape.

I know there are many other places we have yet to explore, but will leave it for the next time. Here are 5 places i think would suit the lazy travelers like us.

1. Sai Wan Swimming Shed

Unfortunately we went to Sai Wan Swimming Shed on a hazy day but even so the view was quite breathtaking and environment so serene. Located on Hong Kong island, Sai Wan Swimming Shed is different from the clustered Hong Kong building vibes. Take steps into the sea on this old metal jetty while someone pictures you from above when you decend down to this jetty shore.

A note of caution though. You have to take a 3 minutes stairs down to the jetty and when you’re there, you’ll be greeted by an army of mozzies. We were caught unprepared and stayed for less than 10 minutes. SO PLEASE BRING YOUR REPELLENTS.

How to get there?

Take the MTR to Kennedy Town. Exit from Exit A and walk north to Belcher’s St. From there take Bus 54. Alight after four stops and the entrance to Sai Wan Swimming Shed will greet you.

2. Lai Tak Tsuen Estate

The tricky part at Lai Tak Tsuen Estate is to get into this private estate without being chased out by the security guards. We ventured into this 2 building compound in the mid afternoon. What’s cool here? – that circular top building. I used an iphone to capture the shot, but a better camera would have captured more details on the individual floors.

Take the lift up to the highest floor to capture top to bottom but as we approached the lift, we got found out and were asked to leave the place. Till another time den!

How to get there?

Take an MTR to Causeway Bay. Walk to the Pearl City bus-stop and take bus 25. Alright after two stops and you’ll see the building at the turn.

3. Yick Cheong Building

Another insta worthy place for your building shots in Hong Kong would be Yick Cheong Building. This time round, you don’t have to sneak in as it is open to public. Whats nice here? The hearsay building where Transformers was being filmed at. Also, the colored brick backyard of flats makes for a very pleasant photo capture.

FYI – there are two of those backyards one next to another. We liked the one with the red and yellow background but even on a weekday, there were quite a number of tourists and locals trying to get the winning shot. Take one top shot, and one more while standing on top of the air vents.

with some photoshop, you can curate pictures like this

How to get there?

Take a MTR to Tai Koo, and its a 10 minutes walk along the main road along King’s Road.

4. Dragon’s Back

Probably not a very off the beaten track place but we were pondering over Dragon’s Back or Lion’s Rock and eventually settled for the former. Not a very steep climb up, but you still need that bit of stamina to reach the top. We took roughly about 30 mins to reach the summit. At the top, don’t just take pictures at that touristy scenic spot. There are many other rocks and spaces to get a good view of Shek O Town and the ocean beyond, to the left and right of the summit. Be brave but careful and explore the area around you and you’ll be surprised at the pictures you can get.

How to get there:

Take an MTR to Shau Kei Wan Station. From there, use Exit A3 and head over to Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminal where you board Bus 9. Do let the bus driver or the locals in the bus know that you’re hiking up Dragon’s back so that they will stop at the exact bus stop for you to alight.

5. Lamma Island

Lamma Island is Hong Kong’s third largest island. Basically a sleepy town, you see this huge power plant at the side of the island and a windmill at the top of your hike. We spent around 6 hours walking from one end of the island to the other. You can stop by the shops to have some tau huay (beancurd), egg tarts and bo luo bao (pineapple buns). Throughout the island, there are scenic places to capture your ootd moments.

How to get there?

We took a ferry from Central Pier 4 to Yung Shue Wan Ferry Pier. Walk through the island to Sok Kwu Wan Ferry Pier and from there you can take the ferry back to Central Pier 4. Journey takes around 30-40 mins from Central Pier to Lamma Island.

Thanks for reading it all de way guys! These were some of the photo worthy places we visited. Do drop me a dm or email on other places in Hong Kong we can take cool pictures too. Will put them on my itinerary next time round!

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