Hong Kong at Night
The Most Amazing Night View in the World
Hong Kong Night View from Victoria Peak
What can we do in Hong Kong at night? There are certainly many interesting things to do. But one thing you must not miss is the beautiful Hong Kong night view. There are many places in the world famous for their night views. However if you’ve been here, I’m sure you’ll crown Hong Kong number one.
Hong Kong at night is stunning for many reasons. Beautifully buildings are highly condensed with layers of colours ranging from the harbour up to the peak. You can take a panoramic view from distance. Or you can take a close up and feel yourself as part of it. Anyway, Hong Kong at night is a unique travel experience on the China travel golden route.
On this page, I am going to suggest some highlights of Hong Kong nightlife.
Admiring Hong Kong Night View
After dark, go take a cruise. Don’t buy any expensive cruise tour. Go for the best and the cheapest – Star Ferry. It runs between Central on Hong Kong Island and Tsimshatsui on Kowloon Peninsula. It is a major transportation of Hong Kongers. It costs only HK$5.3 (US$0.7) for adult. Feeling not enough, take a return trip and just spend another HK$5.3.
This 5-minute cruise is extremely breathtaking. You just feel yourself embraced by all the beautiful buildings. You’ll see many locals and visitors busy taking photos and movies. But save your film, I’ll tell you where to take good photos. You just have to focus on the beautiful views on board.
Tsimshatsui Waterfront and Avenue of Stars
At the Star Ferry, turn left while facing the harbour. In about a minute, you’ll be at the waterfront. This is the perfect place to see the renowned skyline of Hong Kong at night, as well as A Symphony of Lights every 8pm.
After passing by the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, you are entering the Avenue of Stars. This 45-minute walk is extremely romantic and with a superb harbour backdrop. Opened in 2004, the Avenue of Stars has been designed to enhance visitors' experience while outlining local movie industry's 100-year history. Of course you can find the statue of Bruce Lee
There are street photographers providing instant photo services with their computers. An 8R photo with the beautiful Hong Kong skyline as backdrop costs around HK$100.
Victoria Peak is one of the hottest spots of viewing Hong Kong at night. You’ll have the most panoramic and spectacular Hong Kong night view. There are many restaurants and tourist facilities. I’ll talk about it in detail on a separate page.
Direction: From Central, take bus number 15 from Exchange Square or Peak Tram from Garden Road city terminus. Taxi from Central would cost around HK$100.
Have a Night View Dinner
Would you like to admire Hong Kong at night while tasting great food? Few places in the world you can combine excellent food with excellent view. Hong Kong is one of them. Here are the top picks.
One Peking Road – Tsimshatsui, Kowloon
STUNNING* STUNNING* STUNNING* - someone wrote this on an internet forum. Indeed, One Peking Road is well deserved. There are many restaurants in this building with outstanding harbour view through their curtain walls. Here are a few of them.
29/F and 30/F is the Aqua Roma and Aqua Tokyo, offering Italian food and Japanese food. 28/F is the Hutong, offering authentic Beijing food. These restaurants are first class for sure, however expensive. If you want to book the best-view room of Hutong, you are even requested to pay a deposit and subject to minimum charge.
Lower level restaurants could be less expensive. However do expect to spend at least HK$300 (US$38.5) per person.
Directions: Take MTR to Tsimshatsui station, exit from J3 and follow signs to a subway that leads you to One Peking Road.
Intercontinental Lobby Lounge – Tsimshatsui, Kowloon
It is included in the book 1,000 Places To See Before You Die. Would it be over rated? No, it is not. It is incredible. I can’t tell you how magnificent it is. You’ll have to come feel it yourself. This is the lounge of a 5-star hotel, drinks are expensive, but well worth it. A glass of champagne will go beyond US$25. But really, it is amazing.
Minimum charge: HK$140 from 9pm onward
Direction: 8 Salisbury Road. At the end of the Avenue of Stars.
Café Deco – Victoria Peak, Hong Kong Island
You must be impressed by the design, atmosphere and the great foods of Café Deco at the Peak Galleria building. Its outdoor dining terrace overlooks the most spectacular views of Hong Kong at night. Café Deco has an international menu featuring Asian & Western Cuisines. It also has a large collection of original Art Deco artifacts and memorabilia sourced from all over the world.
Direction: refer to Victoria Peak.
Taking Night Photos
Don’t return home without taking a photo of Hong Kong at night. Combining yourself with the world famous Hong Kong night view is perhaps the best souvenir from your Hong Kong travel.
Make sure your camera has a long exposure function. Bring a tripod which is firm enough to hold your camera. Make sure it is not too bulky or too mini. Use the auto timer if your camera has one. This will ensure better quality.
Go to Tsimshatsui waterfront next to Star Ferry on Kowloon side. Your camera won’t be able to capture the whole skyline of Hong Kong at night. Focus on Wanchai where Central Plaza is, or Central where the IFC II, The Center and other beautiful skyscrapers are.
Take as many photos as possible. Prepare for some failures. Night photo effects are not easy to control. However you must have some quality ones if you have taken enough quantity.
Nightlife at Pubs, Clubs and Bars
Lan Kwai Fong and Wanchai are the twin-star of Hong Kong at night. Many foreigners like to hang out with friends in these areas. Wanchai is more a red-light district. However, as a visitor, it does worth making a trip to either of these areas to take a look. You don’t need to drink or dance or buy any service if you don’t want to.
Lan Kwai Fong
When it comes to Hong Kong nightlife, Lan Kwai Fong is the "MUST" place to be. This is certainly the hottest, trendiest spot of Hong Kong at night.
Located at the heart of Central, Lan Kwai Fong is always jammed packed after sunset. Don’t be surprised to see more foreigners than locals. English seems to be the predominant language here. Numerous coffee shops, bars, pubs and restaurants provide great places for drinking, dining and entertainment.
Crowds also gather during special occasions such as Halloween or New Year's Eve.
Please take extra care on these days. In New Year Eve 1993, 21 people were crushed to death due to overcrowding on these narrow and steep streets. Since then, Hong Kong police has been implying heavy crowd management on festival days.
Direction: Atop D'Aguilar Street in Central, Hong Kong Island. MTR Central station.
You might be surprised that there is a red-light district among where regular people’s homes and offices are. This is the Wanchai district of Hong Kong. At night, people crowd on Lockhart Road, Jaffee Road around the corner of Luard Road and Fenwick Street.
Hollywood movie “The World of Suzie Wong” was shot here in the 60s.
There are many themed pubs like Irish, British and American. Many of them have live bands and good local DJ's playing music until morning. Almost all of them have large screens for you to watch live sports events.
This is a red-light district, so you would find girlie bars and prostitutes. Therefore, it might be a more interesting place for men to 'explore'. However this place is also where we live and work, so there are great restaurants around. Some bars and pubs serve set lunches during day time. Let me introduce a couple of them.
Coyote Bar & Grill is a casual Mexican restaurant and bar specialises in margaritas. Tequila aficionado must love this place.
Address: 114-120 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong Island
Delaney's Irish Pub has a very authentic Irish atmosphere with Irish food and great drinks.
Address: 18 Luard Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong Island
Want to go home quickly after hanging out? The Wharney Hotel is right here, 57-73 Lockhart Road. Tel: (852) 2736-0922.
Direction: MTR Wanchai station, exit from C or A1 to Lockhart Road, turn left. Coyote and the other bars are right there.
Hong Kong at night is not only attractive to visitors, but locals as well. I once assume a visitor’s night to celebrate my sister’s graduation. Here’s what I did. See if you can do the same.
After work, I took MTR to Tsimshatsui to have dinner with my sister at One Peking Road. We then took a 15-minute walk towards Star Ferry to view the skyline of Hong Kong at night.
When the crowd thinned out, we set up our tripod and digital and look for ideal spots for photo taking. My camera has an auto timer, so both of us can appear on the same photo.
After some 50 shots, we took Star Ferry back to Hong Kong Island where we live. We just managed to take a close look of the Hong Kong night view while lights were still on before 11pm. We didn’t explore the bars as both of us had to work the next day. As a visitor, you might want to explore the bars at Wanchai or Lan Kwai Fong before going to bed.
Design your itinerary. You’ll find life in Hong Kong at night forever interesting.
China travel tip: Hong Kong at night
Tsimshatsui waterfront is the best place to view Hong Kong at night as well as A Symphony of Lights (multimedia show). Please arrive on time, 8pm daily.
Hong Kong night view photo taking is a very popular activity here. It would be better to start taking photos around 9.30pm when crowds thin out.
Many buildings on Hong Kong Island have their lights off by 11pm. Make sure to complete your photo taking and Star Ferry cruise before then.
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