Locals have found their favorite spots in their home cities and know when to go to them for optimal light at the right time of day. As a visitor to Hong Kong, though, how do you find where to get these great shots? You can try our guide, complete with some tips.

What’s so interesting about public housing in Hong Kong? The city’s public housing ‘estates’ are developments that mostly came to be finished during the 1960s and 70s when HK had a housing crisis. The solution was massive buildings to house thousands of tenants, several of which have very unique styles.

Choi Hung Rainbow Estate (Kowloon)

Take the green line on the MTR to the station called Choi Hung. In Cantonese, it means rainbow! If you find the exit for Choi Hung Estate after the tunnel and at the top of the parking garage. Chances are, you’ll be joined by other people taking pictures of Cho Hung!

Hong Kong image from Choi Hung Rainbow Estate

On top of the garage is a basketball court, and this is where you’ll find the famed spot of a basketball hoop against a colorful side of a building that’s decorated in the colors of the rainbow.

Hong Kong image from Choi Hung Rainbow Estate

Hong Kong image from Choi Hung Rainbow Estate

Ping Shek Estate (Kowloon)

If a rainbow building with basketball on top of a parking lot sounds crazy, try the Ping Shek Estate, which neighbors the Choi Hung Estate. Or, if this is your only destination, take the MTR green line to Choi Hung Estate. Walk no more than 5 minutes to Ping Shek, which will have a open plaza area with some shops, some benches and some people milling about. If you walk straight back to a tall building and you’ll find the tall square Ping Shek Estate view, and look up.

Hong Kong image from Ping Shek Estate

Montane Mansion (Hong Kong Island)

Try Montane Mansion, a towering and monstrous public housing development in Quarry Bay on Hong Kong Island. Take the blue line to the Quarry Bay stop and look for Montane Mansion on the exit signs. Walking east, the mansion will be on the left side of the street. Enter through some shops, and then look up.

Hong Kong image from Montane Mansion

The impressive and towering apartment building in the distance, framed by two of the three sides of Montane. There are platforms you can stand on for that type of legendary shot.

Hong Kong image from Montane Mansion

Lai Tak Tsuen (Hong Kong Island)

To get here, take the MTR to Causeway Bay and walk 20-min through Tai Hang neighborhood and up Tai Hang Road to Lai Tak Tsuen Road. The walk and this neighborhood is actually pretty nice!

Hong Kong image from Lai Tak Tsuen

We don’t totally recommend Lai Tak Tsuen, because the chances of getting kicked out upon arrival are higher than actually visiting this spot. Lai Tak Tsuen is not in a touristy nor bustling neighborhood and we relied on Google Maps to get us there via the hustle and bustle of Causeway Bay.

Hong Kong image from Lai Tak Tsuen

This is the only estate at which security will kick you out if found, so go at your own risk. We got to stay for about 8 minutes before we were told to get out.

Hong Kong image from Lai Tak Tsuen

Sai Wan aka Instagram Pier (Hong Kong Island)

To get here, take the MTR to HKU (blue line). Once getting off the MTR, take Hill Road, and plug “Instagram Pier” into Google maps. You ultimately will slide through a small gate and then you’ll see lots of people on a cargo pier lined with cargo shipments, cranes and some boats.

Hong Kong image from Sai Wan aka Instagram Pier Hong Kong image from Sai Wan aka Instagram Pier

💡 If you should experience a short rain shower, make a mad dash for Instagram Pier, as pools of water are key to getting the magical sunset reflection. The pier faces west so at sunset!

Hong Kong image

Also, we encourage you to remember that you’re traveling to someone’s neighborhood. We kindly recommend that you respect your surrounds and don’t do anything we wouldn’t do ✌️!

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