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Hong Kong skyline
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Where to get the best view of the Hong Kong skyline

There's a reason why it's one of the most photographed skylines in the world

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Hong Kong’s skyline really is one of the most beautiful in the world. Dotted with a multitude of skyscrapers and framed by verdant hills and mountains, it really can take your breath away. Just one look will make you fall in love with the city all over again. So, if you're looking to view this stunning skyline, here are the best places to see it and get that essential snapshot.

RECOMMENDED: If you prefer to enjoy the view with dinner, then check out our list of the best restaurants with epic views, or head out to the city for more Instagram gold and use our guide as a tool.

The best places to view the Hong Kong skyline

New Avenue of Stars
New Avenue of Stars
Photograph: Courtesy Avenue of Stars

1. Avenue of Stars

Attractions Tsim Sha Tsui

The Avenue of Stars reopened in 2019 following an extensive redesign and is said to celebrate the city’s artistic offerings and elemental aesthetics. One thing's for sure, the avenue still comes with an amazing view of Hong Kong Island's skyline. If the weather’s clear and you don't mind a leisurely stroll along the promenade then this is probably the best spot to head to in Tsim Sha Tsui.

The Hong Kong Observation Wheel
The Hong Kong Observation Wheel
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2. Hong Kong Observation Wheel

Attractions Central

Okay, it’s no London Eye, but the Hong Kong Observation Wheel does still provide stunning views of Victoria Harbour and Central. Each gondola on the 60-metre-high Ferris Wheel is equipped with high-speed WiFi so you can share those spectacular shots of Hong Kong straight away. Air-conditioned in the summer and heated during winter, the ride takes around 15 minutes, providing ample opportunity to get your snaps of the city, whether during the day or at night. 

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Kowloon Peak Suicide Cliff
Kowloon Peak Suicide Cliff
Photograph: Kelvin Yuen

3. Kowloon Peak

Things to do Sai Kung

Kowloon Peak, otherwise known as Fei Ngo Shan, is the tallest mountain in Kowloon and stands at 602 metres in the northeast of New Kowloon. It is located in Ma On Shan Country Park and is home to Suicide Cliff, a jaw-dropping cliff face that overlooks Kowloon Bay. If you're a keen hiker and can make it to the summit, you'll be rewarded with some pretty impressive views of the Kowloon peninsula. 

sky100 Observation Deck
sky100 Observation Deck
Photograph: Courtesy sky100 Observation Deck

4. Sky 100 Hong Kong Observation Deck

Attractions Tsim Sha Tsui

If The Peak doesn’t satisfy your need for aerial views of Hong Kong, try sky100 at the International Commerce Centre (ICC). The clue is in the name. An indoor observation deck located on the 100th floor of the ICC skyscraper, sky100 provides an unobscured 360-degree view of the entire territory of Hong Kong. You can head there during the day to get a snapshot with some clear skies or pop in at night and capture the citys famous night lights. You can cap off your visit with the sky-high dining experience at Café 100 in The Ritz-Carlton where you can savour top-quality delicacies with a side of stunning view. 

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Star Ferry
Star Ferry
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5. Star Ferry

Attractions Ships and boats Tsim Sha Tsui

Get two Hong Kong icons for the price of one. The Star Ferry runs between Tsim Sha Tsui and either Central or Wan Chai. The journey takes about 10-15 minutes depending on the weather and the view of the Hong Kong skyline from the deck is one of the best anywhere in the city.

the peak 360 degree
the peak 360 degree
Photograph: Courtesy Andy Yeung/HKTB

6. The Peak

Things to do The Peak

As the name suggests, The Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island and offers the best panorama of the city, the view stretching from the skyscrapers of Central to – on a clear day at least – the mountains of the New Territories. For the best vantage point once you’re at the summit, head to the viewing platform at the anvil-shaped Peak Tower. 

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