4 Ways to Get the Best View of Hong Kong Skyline

One of the iconic images of all of Asia, the Hong Kong skyline is certainly one of the city’s highlights. There are a few ways to go about getting the best view. I’ll give you my top four picks:

4) From the ICC Tower in West Kowloon.

This is the tallest building in Hong Kong and the fourth tallest in the world. It was completed in 2010 and soars to 484 meters above the city. Views look out across the harbor to Hong Kong Island. You could pay $HK 150 ($20 US) to see the view from the Sky100 observation deck or go to the lobby of the Ritz Carlton on the 103rd floor to see it for free. Guess which I did?

3) From the Peak.

Victoria Peak, rising above the Hong Kong skyline to the south, affords unbeatable views. You can take the tram up for $HK 36 ($4.80 US) or hike 1 ½ hours up the tramway path like I did. The way rises 386 vertical meters. Once at the top I recommend the hour-long Peak Circuit walk, an easy shaded stroll with more extensive views.

2) From the Star Ferry.

$HK 2 ($.26 US) will get you a ride on the legendary Star Ferry (sorry, there’s no avoiding the fee on this one). Board at the terminal near IFC2 Tower and sail the 10 minutes to Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. Or take it in reverse.  It’s the best bang for your buck in Hong Kong.

1) From Kowloon during the light show

From the promenade along Victoria Harbour in Kowloon, thousands gather every night to watch the light and laser show on 44 buildings on both sides of the harbor. See neon, beams of light, and occasionally fireworks light up the magnificent cityscape in a presentation known as A Symphony of Lights. It lasts for about 15 minutes and is worth watching at least once. This one’s on the Hong Kong Tourism Board: free admission.

 

Star Ferry and view of Hong Kong

View of the Star Ferry looking toward Hong Kong Island

Hong Kong from the 31st floor of the JW Mariott

View from the 31st floor of the JW Mariott.

view from the 103rd floor of the ICC building

View from the 103rd floor of the ICC building

view of Hong Kong skyline from The Peak

view of Hong Kong from The Peak

View of Hong Kong skyline from The Peak

morning in Hong Kong

Morning in Hong Kong

View of Hong Kong skyline at night

View of the Hong Kong Skyline at night from Kowloon during the light show

New junk and Hong Kong Skyline at night

A new junk at night

Read some of my first impressions from Hong Kong.