13 Hong Kong iconic images - my personal favourites

Hong Kong is a dream come true for amateur photographers and I am very lucky in so far as I get to walk the streets of Hong Kong every day, so I have chosen 13 of my favourite images, a tough task considering I have taken over 15,000 pictures in the past 2 1/2 years! enjoy. ... oh and these are in no particular order.


 The Blue House

The Blue House

This is a close up of the iconic Blue House in Wanchai on Stone Nullah Lane, it has a grade 1 heritage listing so it can't be knocked down and there is even talk of renovating it which I think would be a shame, they should just let it disintegrate!  whatever happens it is a cult building and offers up some wonderful images. 

 praying at the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

praying at the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

One of my favourite places in Hong Kong, if you only ever visit one Temple in Hong Kong then go to the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple, it is not hard to get to as it sits on top of an easily accessible MTR train station.

I just love the picture of concentration on this lady as she shakes the fortune sticks (chim) - WOW! 

 A hazy, foggy, polluted winter sunset in Hong Kong

A hazy, foggy, polluted winter sunset in Hong Kong

We can get some gorgeous sunsets in the summer but I like our polluted winter sunsets.. they have an edge to them. 

 The somewhat over the top Jumbo Floating Restaurant

The somewhat over the top Jumbo Floating Restaurant

I think this place is a monstrosity but hey, what do I know, it is alleged that over 32 million people have eaten on it! and it has featured in a couple of James Bond movies not to mention movies featuring cult hero Jean Claude Van Damme (not that, that is a particularly glowing endorsement!)

The Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen is a must visit even if it is just to take photo's, There is a handy free ferry provided by the Restaurant and nobody seems to hassle you if you just wander around and explore. 

The entrance is particularly stunning. it is so Hong Kong and so iconic.

 The lesser known part of Statue Square

The lesser known part of Statue Square

I actually use this image as the one I stare at on my computer screen... it is a classic Hong Kong image right in the heart of the business and financial district on Hong Kong Island, there is a nice contrast between the old and the new.

 The best city view in the world. period.

The best city view in the world. period.

I have my own spot at the Peak on Hong Kong Island, it does require effort to get there but trust me, on a clear day the view is to die for and at this spot you get to see the real Hong Kong, 

 Image courtesy of my friend Ranny Sucgang

Image courtesy of my friend Ranny Sucgang

I love this image taken by my friend Ranny, it shows the Louis Vuitton flagship store in Canton Road, TST on Kowloon side. In the space of 5 years Canton Road has gone from a boring, sleepy road with no character to the shopping mecca for wealthy Mainland Chinese Tourists who seek all the brand names Europe has to offer.

Less iconic is our horrible Toyota Crown red taxi's, it really is time Hong Kong had an iconic cab like the London Black Cab not this piece of rubbish.

 A classic Hong Kong street scene

A classic Hong Kong street scene

Like most people I love Mongkok in Kowloon, this street is one block over from the Ladies Market and it to say it is lively and crowded is an understatement... this image shows a band of aging rockers relaxing between songs, what was interesting was they were doing cover versions in English of classic 1960's songs! amazing .. it would be fair to say that the crowd looked a tad bemused!

 Cheung Chau Harbour

Cheung Chau Harbour

Fishing in Hong Kong is dying out, the old traditional fishing junks have long gone, Aberdeen Harbour is shell compared to the 1970's but at least Cheung Chau still supports a fishing industry (just).

Cheung Chau Island is another one of my favourite places to visit but I fear that even here the fishing industry will wither away and die.. our Government recently banned trawling in Hong Kong waters, just another nail in the coffin. 

 Hong Kong by night, the iconic neon signs

Hong Kong by night, the iconic neon signs

Hong Kong at night is simply wonderful particularly around Nathan Road in TST, Kowloon and this is despite the efforts of the WWF and other green groups petitioning the Hong Kong Government here to introduce legislation to turn off the lights! 

I say leave the lights on until midnight and then gradually turn them off... this scene.. this is real Hong Kong.

 Repulse Bay on the south side of Hong Kong Island.

Repulse Bay on the south side of Hong Kong Island.

I love Repulse Bay which is on the the south side of Hong Kong Island, it is one of best beaches here and iconic images abound. This setting is around sunset. 

 The "trams" - Hong Kong Island only

The "trams" - Hong Kong Island only

They don't get more iconic than this, the trams run from Kennedy Town in the west to Shaukiewan in the east on Hong Kong Island, 108 stops in all and they trundle along at a very leisurely pace and all for the princely sum of HK$2.30 for adults.

Sit up top and get a real feel for street life and the changing districts on Hong Kong Island. 

 The Giant Buddha on Lantau Island

The Giant Buddha on Lantau Island

I am big fan of the Giant Buddha, it is a great day out and you can get some real iconic images up there.... just remember to get up there you need to walk up (and down) 268 steps. 

I do personal walking tours around Hong Kong, I am on the streets every day and I have a somewhat interesting perspective of this wonderful city I have called my home for 37 years. My private walking tours are perfect for visitors who want a detailed overview of Hong Kong prior to exploring on their own and for people who are only here for a day or two who want to make the most of their limited time here.

Many clients book me for their first full day in Hong Kong, they get to see the best that Hong Kong has to offer + a crash course on our wonderful public transport system and then they go exploring for the rest of their stay armed with step by step instructions and recommendations from me....

...oh, and if you book a tour then you are booking a tour with me, I do not employ other guides.

Jamie's private walking tours - no ordinary experience


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Posted on May 1, 2013 and filed under Iconic Hong Kong.