Hong Kong’s skyline and iconic harbour is a stunning, pastel-hued dreamscape by day and glittering light show by night. Here are some of the best places to check out the view of this modern Asian metropolis – including hot tips on million-dollar views that cost nothing to visit.
Forget paying the entry fee to the sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck on the 100th floor or the ICC building – head 18 floors further up to Ozone Bar and spend your entry fee on drink at the world’s highest bar instead. The bar staff are dab hands at whipping up exotic cocktails, you’re on the 118th floor, in the highest bar in the world, and a stiff drink is in order.
International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Road W, Elements, Hong Kong
Helicopter ride from the Peninsula Hotel
The only way to beat the view from the ICC is to take a helicopter ride over the harbour. Those keen for the thrilling experience can take flight from the Peninsula Hotel’s helipad.
The ‘Fly and Dine’ package includes a lunch or dinner for two to six people and a 15-minute helicopter ride. Prices start around $HK10,000 ($A1,660) for two and $HK12,000 ($A1,995) for six people.
The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
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Wooloomooloo Steakhouse Bar
Check out the Victoria Harbour skyline from the trendy Hong Kong Island locale of Wan Chai. This ritzy steakhouse has a free-entry, open-air roof terrace on the 31st floor, perfect for sinking a cocktail or two while the sun goes down over HK.
Check out panoramic views of the harbour, Wan Chai, Happy Valley and even the luxury homes perched in the ‘Hong Kong hills’, aka The Peak and Mount Cameron.
256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Arguably the best views of the city. Ride the funicular up to Victoria Peak and take in the sweeping views over the harbour, seeing the city and the South China Sea in all its pastel-hued glory.
This is Hong Kong, so naturally there is plenty of shopping, restaurants and cafes at the top of The Peak. You’ll need to pay an entrance fee to reach the roof of The Peak Centre, or you can check it out from the free viewing terrace.
The Peak Tram operates from 7am to midnight, seven days a week, and departs every 10 to 15 minutes. Tram tickets are $HK40 ($A6.60) return for adults, Peak Tram plus entry to Sky Terrace is $HK83 ($A13.80) return.
Peak Tram lower terminus 33 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong
Bank of China
At 305 metres high, The Bank of China building comes in as the fourth-tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong. You can check out the view from the 43rd floor, where a small observation deck is open to the public for free.
1 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong Island
The Hong Kong Observation Wheel
Located in prime position at the edge of the harbour, just a stone’s throw from Central Star Ferry Pier, Hong Kong’s newest attraction offers a fun way to see the harbour. Sit back and relax as you wind 60 metres high in a comfortable, airconditioned gondola for a 20-minute journey.
Time it right and try for an 8pm boarding time and you’ll catch the famous Symphony of Lights from your own private carriage in the sky.
33 Man Kwong Street, Central Hong Kong
Top Deck Of The Star Ferry
While it might not be super high up, the Star Ferry is right in the middle of Victoria Harbour action, not to mention a Hong Kong icon. The ferry has been running between Tsim Sha Tsui and Central for more than 100 years and a run across the harbour takes 10 minutes.
Get up on the top deck and take in the bustling harbour from the water. And, as only good locals will point out, it’s actually the cheapest way to get across the harbour.
The Star Ferry runs from Wan Chai to Tsim Sha Tsui and Central to Tsim Sha Tsui and vice versa daily every 10-20 minutes for around $HK2.50 ($A0.40) on weekdays and $HK3.40 ($A0.60) on weekends. Tourists can purchase a four-day ticket for $HK25 ($A4.20).