In the city with the most skyscrapers in the world, it is hard to not be constantly gazing towards the sky. Boasting over 315 skyscrapers of varying length, shapes and architecture, Hong Kong arranges for some breathtaking views that can be soaked up by tourists visiting the city enamoured by its reputation as the skyscraper capital of the world.
If you too would like a bird’s eye view of the city, here are your best options:
Soak in the View of the City from the Victoria Peak
The highest point on the Hong Kong Island, The Peak offers jaw-dropping views of the Victoria Harbour, its surrounding skyscrapers and Lamma Island among other panoramic sights. Tourists have the option of taking a bus to the top of the peak or riding on the historic peak tram that makes it ascend to the top at unbelievable angles. The Peak Tower has a large viewing platform called the Sky Terrace which is accessible upon paying $11USD. For entry to the free observation deck (which offers equally mesmerising views) as well as a range of shopping and dining options, visitors can consider spending time at The Peak Galleria.
Hike to the Lion Rock
If you would like to enjoy the sweeping views of the city’s skyline all by yourself, you can consider hiking up to the Lion Rock. The 3km long trail can be completed in 3-4 hours with enough time to spare for taking breathtaking shots from the top. Sitting at an altitude of 495 metres, the Lion Rock asks its visitors to make some strenuous efforts to reach the top but rewards them in full by giving them astounding views of the Victoria Harbour as well as the urban area of Kowloon lined with impressive skyscrapers.
Ozone Sky Bar at Ritz Carlton
Nowhere else is getting high (quite literally) in Hong Kong as glamorous, stylish and thrilling as at Ozone Sky Bar at Ritz Carlton. Sitting on level 118 of the International Commerce Centre, the bar consistently features amongst the best in Hong Kong and the world for its great ambiance, inventive cocktails, infamous parties and sophisticated crowds. But the real reason for the bar’s roaring success is the incomparable views of Hong Kong’s skyline from here at night. Make sure that you are well dressed while visiting here as the bar observes a strict dress code, especially after 9pm.
Take a Walk along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
The 1.6km long stretch extending all the way to Hung Hom from the Star Ferry of Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the best places in Hong Kong to enjoy the city’s marvellous views. The famous skyscrapers will greet you here too. Additionally, taking a stroll here will bring you face-to-face with quaint buildings and towers including Hong Kong Cultural Center, the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Hong Kong Museum of Art and Avenue of Stars. Wait for sun to go down and you won’t be able to help but be bedazzled by the neon signs, and shimmering lights that brighten up the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and the whole city.
Ride on the Ngong Ping 360 Gondola
Connecting Ngong Ping plateau with the town of Tung Chung, Ngong Ping 360 Gondola ride covers the scenic distance of 5.7 kilometres between the two places in 25 minutes. The visitors are treated to the vistas of the distant and vast South China Sea and the rolling grassland slopes of North Lantau Country Park during their journey on the gondola. If visiting the Po Lin Monastery and Tian Tan Buddha in Ngang Ping is on your Hong Kong wish list, you can ride there in a unique way on the Ngong Ping 360 Gondola.