Photography Spots in Hong Kong II

In the last post, I have referred to some photographic spots in bustling city. By contrast, I would like to introduce some tranquil cultural heritages like Chi Lin Nunnery, Nan Lian Garden, Yuen Po Bird Garden, Golden Bauhinia Square, Man Mo Temple, etc.

Surrounded by skyscrapers, Chi Lin Nunnery is a haven of tranquillity, especially for people living in cities. Upon having stepped into such a complex, you will calm down in such a quiet, peaceful and tranquil vibe. The complex comprises wooden buildings and several halls, which complement each other behind the manicured gardens. Last but not the least, the complex is open to the public and is free to enter.

Just in front of the Chi Lin Nunnery, Nan Lian Garden covers an area of 35,000 km2. It’s also an ideal place for photographers to get perfect shots. Only spending around one hour, you can stroll around the spot and find perfect angles to capture the most photogenic shots.

Apart from two above places, a typical Chinese Garden Yuen Po Street Bird Garden is a perfect place to discover exotic birds, which, in general, are fed in cages. Pet owns always confined birds in intricate bamboo cages and preen their pets in exchange for a song. As is often the case, bird owners often take them for a walk in the old-fashioned and tranquil garden. It’s also a way to show off their birds. Except for showing off their birds, owners could also chat with other folks and stroll around the market to pick out their purchase.

Another scenic spot Man Mo Temple sits on Hong Kong Island, also one of the most alluring temples in Hong Kong. All factors in the temple contribute peaceful, calm and tranquil vibe, such as red fringed lanterns, incense wafting through the air and old-fashioned light, etc.

Western District Public Cargo Working Area

Having appreciated many landscapes, I’m underwhelmed by the so-called “Instagram Pier”. To be honest, only a few stacks of wooden crates and ordinary containers are not worthy enough to be taken as features of the cargo working area. It’s no problem if you only take such a scene as the background of a new head shot.

Then turn to Lugard Road, which is definitely the best view of Victoria Harbour through the whole Hong Kong. From the viewpoint, the Victoria Harbour skyline is visible. No matter via bus, tram, taxi or walking, one could arrive at the top of the peak easily. The best time may be at night when you can have a panoramic view of the charming Victoria Harbour. All skyscrapers will be lighten at night, and even some of them will not be “out off” throughout the whole night.

In addition to above photographic spots, there is still a signature place for people to visit — a symbol of reunification and an emblem of Hong Kong. The ever blooming Golden Bauhinia attracts loads of Chines visitors every day.

Photography Spots in Hong Kong

In general, I’m not agree with that travel is only for perfect photos. It’s also not the only reason to visit Hong Kong! If you would like to stay in Hong Kong for several days, you might as well choose some wonderful photographic sports in the city. The post is focused on the best photo spots in Hong Kong. I have taken photos in my favourite spots in each scenic spot.

In general, it will take several days to cover all these photographic gems on the self-guided photo tour. If you have no idea about how many days to stay in Hong Kong, you can take a look at the Hong Kong itinerary, which includes different schemes for short stays in Hong Kong. In case you only would like to stay in Hong Kong one day, there are many things you could do. Considering the temperamental weather of Hong Kong, it’s not a bad idea to spend one day on photo taking.

All these locations are suitable for day-time, night-time and sunset spots. I have visited many photo spots in one day, but it is something exhausting. So I don’t suggest anyone else to join me in such itineraries. But much support to you in the event that you would like to!

Lok Wah South Estate

The spot on the top of the list is also the hardest to get to. In fact, I am not recommend you to the spot unless you aspire to the spot too much. Following my directions of the exhausting trip, there is some distance to appreciate the high humidity and energy sapping sunshine. But in case you are going to the spot, the best time is at noon when you could capture shadows of above bars on the floor.

Ping Shek Estate

The dazzling apartment complex is one of perfect photography spots in Hong Kong. For the sake of overcrowding in the city, high rise buildings could be found here and there. And all Hong Kongers have already accustomed to such phenomena. Nevertheless, not all of them could be taken on in such a photogenic way. Taking MTR and exiting A2 will lead you into Ping Shek Estate. The location of the building is surrounded by others, and I turned left, right, right and left.

Choi Hung Estate

When you look through Hong Kong images, the colorful photo may catch your attention. Such a combination of the condo and basketball field is the darling of social media. If you are going to the place determinedly, I suggest than you should get there as early as possible, because the place gets busy in daytime and it’s hard to get a clean shot. It’s an interesting process to get shots through adjusting travel tripods, extension sticks, etc. You may also find folks who are laying on the ground to find a perfect angle. At that time, you may need to keep you clothes clean as much as possible; otherwise, you could also wear dirty clothes before setting on to get shots.

Castle Bucket List: Stately Castles in Luxembourg

As we all know, Luxembourg is the seventh smallest country in Europe. In the middle ages, around 76 castles in the country have survived in some shapes and forms through centuries evolution. One could visit all these castles one by one or exploring each one for a few hours. Those destinations are also good choices of road trip.

Stately Ducal Palace

Across from the ever tasty Chocolate House, the grand Ducal Palace sits at the center of Luxembourg. As the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg’s head of state, Grand Duke often resides in and performs most of his duties in the city. In addition to the grand facades of the castle, its interior is gorgeous, too. It’s a suitable palace to visit in July and August. Many guided tours also include the scenic spot into travel plans. One more noteworthy matter is sun protection during your trip. Besides lathering on sunscreen, physical sun-protection measures are also indispensable, such as wearing sunglasses, a crushable bucket hat, full-sleeve clothes, etc.

New Castle of Ansembourg

The New Castle of Ansembourg is home to seven castles, belonging to the Valley of the Seven Castles. It locates a short drive North of the city center, covering an area of 24km2. You’ll be spoilt for choices with castles like Ansemboug Castles, Mersch, Schoenfels, Hollenfels, Septfontaines and Koerich. In the first half of the 17th century, Castle D’Ansembourg was constructed but not opened to the public. In 1750, beautiful gardens were laid out, and it was a wonderful place to take photos. Surrounded by sculptures, stairs, fountains and mazes, the garden combined classical and modern factors together. It’s probable that you will be the one of a few people there. Put another way, it’s a great place to getting rid of crowded tourists, and you can enjoy the landscape at leisure. It’s also a great opportunity to show off your floaty dress and imagined you as a princess.

Chateaux de Walferdange

Since the construction of the Chateaux, it has been used for different purposes, such as a stud farm, royal residence, refuge and temporary barracks, etc. Under the cloudy sky, one could stroll around the old-fashioned and classical castle, appreciating cultural legacy of the land.

Bourscheid Castle

The Bourscheid Castle is the largest one among seven castles in the country, nestling on the top of a steep hill. It’s 150 meters high above the Sûre river in the North West of the country. If you hold a Luxembourg Card, you can step into the castle grounds for free. If you would like to take the above shot, you need to climb to a higher ground. Outside of the car park, it’s easy to find a woodland path to the viewpoint. You can also drive around the hill and find a caravan park to appreciate the landscape.

Above referred castles are only a part of scenic spots in Europe, the following part will also introduce other castles well worth visiting.