Hong Kong Island & Kowloon Photo Essay

Hong Kong Island & Kowloon Photos

Hong Kong and Kowloon Travel Photos - Bruce Lee Statue
Hong Kong and Kowloon Travel Photos – Bruce Lee Statue

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 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.

Photo Essay: Hong Kong Travel Pictures

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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  1. says: Shelly Gan

    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!

  2. says: Christina

    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!

  3. says: Jarmo

    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 🙂

  4. says: Sherry

    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!

  5. says: Erica

    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…

  6. says: Dean

    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.

  7. says: James

    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. 🙂

  8. says: Sophie

    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.