Hong Kong Island & Kowloon Photo Essay

I never get tired of visiting Hong Kong.  All of my epic backpacking journeys across Asia have started and finished in a city I’d one day love to base myself someday possibly as an ESL teacher in China.  My most recent journey was back in 2011 when I finished my nearly one year tour of Asia.  Hardly uneventful, I ended up breaking my dSLR, losing an important document and enduring torrential downpours during my nearly one week stay; however, I still managed to make the most of my time.  It’s a city that tantalizes anyone who dares to venture around at any time of day.  One can immerse themselves fully in the madness of what is going on at street level or retreat to one of the nearby parks that offer a solitary refuge.  It’s a city worth exploring.  The following a photo essay capturing some of those magic moments:

The imposing Bruce Lee statue looms large over the Avenue of Stars walkway in Hong Kong, China.

The Bruce Lee statue looms larger than life along the Avenue of Stars in Kowloon.  It’s by far the most iconic statue that is along this popular pedestrian strip where tourists and locals flock for great views of Hong Kong Island at any time of day.

Fresh fish being sold at a local market - Hong Kong, China

Part of the appeal of Hong Kong are the local markets scattered throughout the city.  This particular market specialized in fish.

Scenic view of the large clock on sunset in Kowloon, China.

Kowloon really offers gorgeous colours and views around sunset.  I snapped this photo around sunset when most others were commuting home or going out for dinner.  As a travel photography tip, getting up early and staying around a bit later (when others typically are eating dinner) are when you’re going to get the best light for taking photos.

Large building illuminated at night in Hong Kong, China

One can’t help but marvel at the stunning architecture that dominates the Hong Kong skyline.  At night it truly shines as the buildings are illuminated.  Where I stayed at in my hostel in Causeway Bay, I had easy walking access to this area.  Had I stayed longer I would have wanted more privacy and personal space, there were some really cool apartments in Hong Kong and I heard that wimdu.com is great for short term rentals.

Fresh exotic looking fruits being sold at a local market - Hong Kong, China.

As I mentioned previously, I’m a sucker for local markets and this photo is of some exotic fruits being sold on the street.

A lady talking on her cellphone - Hong Kong, China.

As a highly advanced technological society, the citizens of Hong Kong are often seen using the latest cutting edge cellphones.

A group of ladies laughing hysterically in Hong Kong, China.

A photo essay of some candid portraits are a hallmark of my style of photography.  In this photo, a group of ladies laugh hysterically.  I remember this scene like it was yesterday because it was nearby where I was staying that was located next to some great local apartments that I one day would enjoy basing myself.

A group of teenage boys waiting to catch a bus - Hong Kong, China

A group of teenage boys wait for a bus.

A large shipping vessel makes its way through the Hong Kong - Kowloon divide.

Peering across from either Hong Kong Island or Kowloon one can notice the vessels of all sizes and shapes both day and night.  This large vessel was passing during the afternoon.

A photo of the double decker tram transportation during the daytime - Hong Kong Island, China.

No trip to Hong Kong Island is complete without a venture on the extensive tram double decker tram network.  It’s not only a fun and leisurely way to see the city but it’s also ridiculously affordable as well.

A motion blurred photo of the tram at night - Hong Kong Island, China.

This is another shot of the tram at night with motion blur.

A photo of the Star Ferry at night - Hong Island, China.

Aside from the tram, taking a trip from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon on the Star Ferry is my second favourite journey.  One has an opportunity to witness gorgeous views and it is (once again) a very budget savvy option.

A slow shutter speed photo of flowing water at night - Hong Kong Island, China.

One can escape the hustle and bustle of the city in nearby parks.  I remember snapping this photo of flowing water without noticing another person in the vicinity.

Two international finance centre building stands tall and illuminated at night - Hong Kong Island, China.

The International Financial Centre Building looms large at any hour but truly lights up and is at its most imposing self at night.

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Maria Alexandra @latinAbroad April 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm

WOW, gorgeous photos Sam! I love the colorful buses :)

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Nomadic Samuel April 17, 2012 at 4:49 am

Thanks Maria, they sure do have colourful buses and trams!

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Leigh April 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm

What an inspiring selection of photos. I haven’t made it past the airport yet.

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Nomadic Samuel April 17, 2012 at 4:48 am

Leigh, a lot of people use HK as a HUB to get elsewhere. If you have a chance I definitely recommend exploring the city :)

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Sophie April 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I haven’t been in Hong Kong since they had the airport in the middle of the city and you could practically see what people had for breakfast in the high-rises as you flew past to land. Your photos remind me it was an incredibly interesting city, and very beautiful at night.

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Nomadic Samuel April 17, 2012 at 4:48 am

That must have been an incredible experience flying through the city like that back then!

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James April 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm

What beautiful pictures, Sam! My favourite is the one with fruit – you did a great job of capturing the essence of my city.

Feel free to drop me a message the next time you’re in town; I would love to take you on a guided tour across the territory. :)

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Nomadic Samuel April 17, 2012 at 4:47 am

Thanks James! I would love to take you up on that. I haven’t explored enough of the New Territories outside of the city.

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Brock - Backpack With Brock April 13, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Awesome photos! There’s so much visual interest in all of them.

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Nomadic Samuel April 17, 2012 at 4:47 am

Thanks Brock :)

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Dean April 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Like Singapore, I’ve only ever used Hong Kong as a hub. I will have to take some time to go and look around next time. It seems like an interesting city.

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Nomadic Samuel April 17, 2012 at 4:45 am

Thanks Dean, definitely would recommend that if you have the time!

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Laura April 13, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I love the Bruce Lee statue and I envy the guys using the latest in mobile tech.

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Nomadic Samuel April 17, 2012 at 4:44 am

LOL, so do I. I’m always several years behind myself.

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Bret @ Green Global Travel April 13, 2012 at 11:30 pm

We’re not big fans of traveling to cities, but your photos certainly make Hong Kong look beautiful. LOVE that Bruce Lee statue!

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Nomadic Samuel April 17, 2012 at 4:43 am

Thanks Bret, it really is an iconic statue.

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures April 14, 2012 at 1:11 am

Awesome shots! I looooooove me some HK.

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Nomadic Samuel April 17, 2012 at 4:41 am

I remember you were there not long ago Andi :)

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Bodlagz April 14, 2012 at 3:18 am

Nice pics Sam, that tram has lots character, it seems to blend the old and the new.

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Nomadic Samuel April 17, 2012 at 4:39 am

It sure does have character :)

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RyukyuMike April 14, 2012 at 5:37 am

Awesome shots and well presented. I’m packing my bags; you’ve sold me on the place!

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Nomadic Samuel April 17, 2012 at 4:37 am

That’s awesome to hear! I’d enjoy seeing your photos from there!

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Angela April 14, 2012 at 10:54 am

Lovely photos, very vivid images as usual!

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Nomadic Samuel April 17, 2012 at 4:36 am

Thanks Angela :)

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Christy @ Technosyncratic April 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Fabulous photo of the lights at night from the ferry!

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Nomadic Samuel April 17, 2012 at 4:36 am

Thanks Christy, I really feel HK comes alive at night especially :)

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Natasha von Geldern April 15, 2012 at 10:18 am

Great photos of Hong Kong, I’ve visited several times and love it! The colourful fruit shot is wonderful.

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Nomadic Samuel April 17, 2012 at 4:33 am

Thanks Natasha :)

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fotoeins | Henry April 16, 2012 at 3:11 am

Great set of photos, Sam, as they provide additional inspiration for my upcoming visit to Hong Kong. :)

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Nomadic Samuel April 17, 2012 at 4:32 am

That’s great to hear you’ll be in HK soon Henry! I’m itching to get back there myself.

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Laurence April 16, 2012 at 8:33 pm

As always, great photos man :) Not been to Hong Kong in a long time, but enjoyed myself whenever I’ve visited :D

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Nomadic Samuel April 17, 2012 at 4:26 am

Thanks Laurence! It’s a cool place to visit because no matter how many times you’ve been there is always something new to try or a familiar spot worth re-visiting.

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Candice April 17, 2012 at 1:32 am

Those photos are sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! I kinda wanna go to Hong Kong now.

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Nomadic Samuel April 17, 2012 at 4:26 am

I kinda wanna go back again :)

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Erica April 17, 2012 at 2:04 am

I went to HK a while back, but through some (controllable and some not controllable) circumstances, was unable to see the city as much as I would have liked. This makes me want to go back to see it properly. As in, looking at tickets now…

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Nomadic Samuel April 17, 2012 at 4:26 am

That’s awesome! I never get tired of going back to HK :)

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Arti April 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Oh! Beautiful set of pics. I especially loved that bus shot. Its just amazing.
Thanks for sharing the pics:)

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Sherry April 19, 2012 at 3:19 am

Never really thought much about these places except for its food, but I guess there’s a lot more to see here as in your photos. Then again, I can’t forget the food. Oh, the food!

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Nomadic Samuel April 26, 2012 at 4:56 am

Hahaha…the food sure is good there :)

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Jarmo April 22, 2012 at 11:58 am

I absolutely love Hong Kong, I could definitely live there! I always stay in Kowloon when I am visiting, but if I lived there, I’d probably go somewhere else :)

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Nomadic Samuel April 26, 2012 at 4:47 am

I also very much could see myself living there someday as well :)

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Micamyx|Senyorita April 23, 2012 at 10:48 am

I want to go back to Hongkong! My first out of the country trip when I was 6 years old. I would like to stay in the same hotel and wander around as an adult :D

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Nomadic Samuel April 25, 2012 at 11:03 pm

I hope you can go back there again very soon Mica :)

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Reena Ganga April 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Lovely pictures – I particularly like the one of the exotic fruit. I’m yet to visit HK, but this post is whetting my appetite!

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Nomadic Samuel April 25, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Thanks Reena, I think you’ll enjoy it if you get the chance to go.

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Christina April 27, 2012 at 10:39 pm

I’ve been to Hong Kong quite a few times, but I never saw Bruce Lee’s statue! I love going to the Giant Buddha on Lantau Island though, and love the trams too!

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Nomadic Samuel April 30, 2012 at 6:38 am

Oh, that Giant Buddha is one of my favourites as well. It’s too bad I didn’t have time to visit the last time I was there.

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Rhonda May 2, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Great photos Sam! Sometime you’ll have to teach me your photography secrets. ;)

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Nomadic Samuel May 7, 2012 at 2:43 am

Thanks Rhonda :) I’d be glad to do that sometime.

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Shelly Gan May 6, 2012 at 9:20 am

Amazing pictures. One can never ignore how beautiful the city of Hong Kong is. Everything was so lively and entertaining. Thanks for the sharing those photos!

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Nomadic Samuel May 7, 2012 at 2:37 am

You’re very welcome! It sure is a lively city :)

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Nancie June 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm

A nice cross section of shots.

HK is one of my favorite cities in Asia. I am overdue for a visit.

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Elf March 12, 2013 at 4:23 pm

These pictures inspired me to, visit Hong Kong soon!

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