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H.A.N.D.S basketball court
Photograph: Courtesy People's Place

Hong Kong's most colourful places you should visit

Add a splash of colour to your day with the help of these cheerful places

By Jenny Leung
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Feeling stressed? In need of a pick-me-up? Whether it's settling down at a beautiful coffee shop, experiencing Hong Kong's vibrant art scene, or finding peace with some retail therapy, there are plenty of multicoloured ways to lift your spirits. Here are some of our top recommendations on our city's most colourful places to visit.

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Most colourful places in Hong Kong

H.A.N.D.S basketball court tuen mun
H.A.N.D.S basketball court tuen mun
Photograph: Courtesy People's Place

H.A.N.D.S basketball court

Sport and fitness Tuen Mun

There are plenty of public basketball courts in Hong Kong, but none quite as exciting as this one. The H.A.N.D.S basketball court in Tuen Mun went under a major makeover in 2019 as part of a collaborative revitalisation project by Gaw Capital People’s Place, Red Bull, and art firm SWL. Designed by local street artist Xeme, this stunning large-scale artwork brings street art culture to neighbourhoods and communities that may not have everyday access to public art.

sham shui po government primary school
sham shui po government primary school
Photograph: Calvin Sit

Sham Shui Po Government Primary School

Things to do Cheung Sha Wan

This is probably one of the most popular and famous schools in Hong Kong – though not for its academic excellence, but rather as an Instagrammable spot. The outer walls of each floor are painted a different colour, creating a beautiful rainbow facade that’s truly a sight for sore eyes. Head up onto the footbridge right outside the school to add some height and depth for the perfect photo.

Apart from Sham Shui Po, the Father Cucchiara Memorial School in Sha Tin and the Yan Chai Hospital Tung Chi Ying Memorial Secondary School (phew, that's a mouthful) in Tsing Yi also have similar rainbow-striped facades.

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Art Lane Sai Ying Pun
Art Lane Sai Ying Pun
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Art Lane

Art Street art Sai Ying Pun

Art Lane is one of the brightest, most colourful, and probably the most accessible art spots in town. Located right outside the Sai Ying Pun MTR station Exit B3, old buildings and alleyways are completely covered in murals created by both local and international artists – all of which make for a perfect canvas for the 'gram. So, next time you're in the area, pay Art Lane a visit and see the neighbourhood in a whole new light (and colour).

The Blue House Cluster Wan Chai
The Blue House Cluster Wan Chai
Photograph: Calvin Sit

The Blue House CLuster

Museums Wan Chai

This historic structure needs little introduction. As one of Wan Chai's most famous sights, the Blue House Cluster – comprised of the Blue, Yellow, and Orange House – is known for the vibrancy it brings to the neighbourhood, both in colour and cultural context. 

Aside from the cluster, you will also find a row of colourful, old buildings on the same block along Queen’s Road East. The buildings are relatively worn down, but together, they create a wonderful rainbow-like effect that adds to the beauty of Wan Chai.

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Mamaday Studio Jordan
Mamaday Studio Jordan
Photograph: Calvin Sit

Mamaday Studio

Restaurants Cafés Jordan

This little cafe in Jordan is anything but 'ma ma day' (which means 'so-so' in Cantonese). Arguably one of the quirkiest cafes in Hong Kong, Mamaday Studio takes your cafe experience to a whole new level. Neon lights, colourful artworks, and cheeky quotes painted on the walls, complete with a fluorescent disco-esque staircase colourful surprises can be found around every corner. Settle down on their terrace and sip on a cup of coffee, bottled chocolate, or dig into their daily cake selection for a relaxing afternoon.

hk park
hk park
Photograph: Calvin Sit

Hong Kong Park

Attractions Admiralty

One of Hong Kong’s largest green spaces, the Hong Kong Park boasts over 800,000sq ft showcasing the city’s innovative use of urban space. Inside the park, there’s a traditional Tai Chi garden, a large aviary, beautiful water features, and the main attraction for many, a bright, rainbow-striped children’s playground. Even though a lot of the paint has started to peel off the walls, the playground is still vibrant and cheerful to look at as a whole – which might explain why you're likely to find more adults in the playground ready for a photoshoot rather than kids playing. 

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Hello Hippie
Hello Hippie
Photograph: Courtesy Hello Hippie

Hello Hippie

Shopping Tsim Sha Tsui

Hello Hippie is a vintage clothing online store that opened its first physical shop in early 2020. From trendy overalls and oversized graphic tees to patchwork dresses and vintage shirts, they've got them all. And it's not just the clothing here that's colourful, the shop's interior design and decoration, along with shelves lined with quirky home goods and retro decor, all combine to give any shopper one of the most unique and colourful shopping experiences.

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