Hong Kong (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China)

Languages: English, Chinese

Currencies: HKD · Hong Kong dollar ($)

Capitol: City of Victoria

Continents: Asia

Borders: China

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Area: 1,104km2

Population: 7,500,700

Traffic/driving side: left

Landlocked country: No

Independent country: No

United Nations member: No

IDD Prefix: +852

Timezones: UTC+08:00

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Last updated on February 18, 2024

Hong Kong skyline amazes, at day and night time, with a magnificent display of modern architecture, soaring skyscrapers, and stunning panoramic views! Almost every visitor seeks best spots to experience this picture. There are plenty of well organized attractions and facilities that will elevate you above a breathtaking view of the Hong Kong skyline.

But if you are willing to put yourself on a more explorative path, check below few outrageous ideas to reach some viewing points out of this world for free. Free options require some hiking, thus most people prefer to access organized attractions. 🙂 Nothing wrong with that but unique view from the Suicide Cliff is reachable only on foot, meaning that accessible by few. Just know it’s not an easy hike and not everyone would be up for it.

Best Hong Kong travel guide for first-timers for a real adventure!

How to experience the best view of the Hong Kong skyline.

Hong Kong skyline is undoubtedly one of the most photographed places in the world, and after exploring few peaks, I can understand why. Its blend of vibrant lights and stunning natural surroundings attracts both professional and amateur photographers from around the globe.

I’ll lead you through all the ways to experience the best view of the Hong Kong skyline. What’s most intriguing lots of the iconic views are reachable for FREE. My first 3 best viewing options can be reached on foot for free, instead of paid attractions. It doesn’t mean you should skip the famous Observatory or Cable Car Peak, which are set at really affordable prices. It’s totally up to you which options you choose, all of them are great fun.

Hiking Kowloon Peak and Suicide Cliff.

The Suicide Cliff is a beautiful hiking experience and unbeatable place for the best view of the Hong Kong skyline, especially at sunset. Panoramic view of the city and the cliff itself hanging above Hong Kong are breathtaking! Suicide cliff is a place out of this planet.

If you are into hiking, this trail is a must – BUT you need to know few things before approaching this route, so I advice to read my full post before hiking. It seems like a short trail but it’s very challenging and do not try to approach it in wet conditions. 

The Avenue of Stars - Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

I walked the promenade every day of my stay in Hong Kong and you cannot be bored with it. It’s situated on the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour, the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade – the Avenue of Stars provides an excellent waterfront view of the Hong Kong skyline. 

From the futuristic design of the International Commerce Centre (ICC) to the distinctive Bank of China Tower and the unique architecture of the Central Plaza, every building stands out in its own way.

Finding the best view for the Kong Kong skyline.

As you climb higher, the view of Victoria Harbour becomes even more impressive. Passing the luxury shopping centre on your left, you’ll find steps to an upper deck, where you can see the famous movie shooting monument (next to a lovely DJ place with music and people dancing in the middle of the day).

You’ll see the bustling waterway dotted with ferries, boats, and cargo ships, all set against the backdrop of the renowned Hong Kong skyline. The contrast between the urban cityscape and the shimmering blue waters is truly remarkable. 

This area by the way is the best place to stay in Hong Kong – both Kowloon side (the mainland near Victoria Harbour & Avenue of Stars) or Hong Kong Island – visible on the other side of the river. If it’s Kowloon it’s best to stay near the East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station or Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station – both located near Victoria Harbour and amazing Avenue of Stars. You can find best accommodation deals on agoda.com

There are plenty of Mini Guesthouses in the area (like the one I stayed in near East Tsim Sha Tsui – they are cheaper than hotels) also browse on agoda.com

Luxury hotels are located in the area too, sfew with amazing city panoramic view on the river and night picture of the bay & avenue of stars can be booked on agoda.com or booking.com.

Hiking Victoria Peak in Hong Kong Island - the Peak Tram.

I’d say Victoria Peak is the most popular destination in HK with iconic panoramic view of the city. The Peak Tram takes you to the summit, where you can enjoy a breathtaking vista of the skyscrapers, Victoria Harbour, and the surrounding mountains.

But how about hiking Victoria Peak instead of going on a tram? Up to you – two different solutions – both great adventure. I’m totally into hiking and after number of the longest and highest cable cars across China, I really wanted to explore some hiking trails instead of boarding another tram. 

Since Klook is based in Hong Kong they really dominated the market with best prices and tour deals on number of attractions. You can secure a ticket for Victoria Peak Tram and Sky Terrace 428 Ticket in Hong Kong or Combo ticket: Central and Victoria Peak booked by millions.

Get a night yacht cruise along HK river.

This is a HIGHLIGHT! I really enjoyed it.. and the company 😉 Highly popular night boat cruises along sparkling Hong Kong are a wonderful experience. Cruises are really well organized with drinks, snacks, photoshoots and the one that I can highly recommend from my experience is Luxury Yacht Experience Victoria Harbour HK Night Cruise with unlimited snacks and drinks and Victoria Harbour photography.

A Dreamer takes you on an amazing 45 minutes cruise, where you can totally relax and admire the iconic view of the Hong Kong skyline. Additionally a ‘Symphony of Lights’ has illuminated Hong Kong’s skyline entertaining millions of visitors for the last 20 years – the attraction is to be seen usually on weekends at 8pm.  

Ngong Ping 360 - the longest cable ropeway in Asia.

Ngong Ping Cable Car is a visually spectacular 5.7km journey and it is the longest bi-cable ropeway in Asia. It will take you to famous Big Buddha and you’ll be able to oversee the Lantau Island and of course magic view of the Kong Kong skyline.

Two best options to get to the hill are: Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Ticket or along with a beautiful heritage tour Ngong Ping 360 plus Lantau Cultural and Heritage Insight Tour. 

If you want to combine few attractions have a look at the HK Explorer Pass.

Sky100 Observation Deck.

Experiencing 60 seconds of ascending 100 floors against the center of the earth at extreme speed is definitely highly unusual attraction! 

Sky100 Observation Deck offers views of Hong Kong Island, Victoria Harbour, the Kowloon Peninsula and the new territories as they say. You can book this ride on Klook. 

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