Hong Kong has quickly become one of the world’s most attractive cities. And with its melting pot of cultures and its impressive display of art, cuisine, and architecture, it’s easy to see why. But Hong Kong isn’t simply impressive for its man-made feats; the city offers plenty of natural beauty as well, including lush forests, hiking trails, gardens, and parks, which lend their fair share of breathtaking views. So, if you’re wondering where to find the best vistas in HK, we’ve got you covered.

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Ngong Ping Cable Car

This fun mode of transportation is a relaxing way to take in the lofty views of Lantau Island — an area of Hong Kong made up of bright-green mountainous terrain and surrounded by sandy coastline. For 3.5 miles (5.7 kilometers), the cable car soars above the bustle on the ground, treating passengers to views of North Lantau Country Park, Tian Tan Buddha, and the South China Sea. Tickets can be purchased on the spot or online, catering to both organized and spontaneous visitors.

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Shek O Peak

A stark contrast to the easy ride on the Ngong Ping Cable Car, Shek O Peak makes visitors work up a sweat before taking in its landscape view. Meandering the narrow and arduous ridges of Dragon’s Back hiking trail may be tough, but the views of the Shek O Peninsula from 931 feet (284 meters) above sea level will ease any pain acquired along the journey. Starting from Shek O Road near To Tei Wan Village, the hike usually takes about four hours. The trail stretches for roughly five miles (8.5 kilometers) one-way, and taking a taxi back to the MTR Shau Kei Wan Station is recommended.

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Star Ferry

Hong Kong’s position on the water creates a magical space where both natural and man-made creations collide. The combination of stretching skyscrapers and towering mountains make the perfect backdrop for photos, especially when viewed from water itself, which can be done by hopping on the Star Ferry. The ferry runs daily, charging just $105 HKD ($13 USD) for views of the astonishing skyline from unique vantage points.

Victoria Peak

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Possibly the most popular, and well-known, hike in Hong Kong, Victoria Peak doesn’t disappoint those willing to make the trek. When navigating your way to the top, the trail moves in a loop, beginning near the Peak Tower on Lugard Road. Upon your arrival at the peak, you’ll be met with the view of a staggering volume of buildings clustered together, surrounded by hills and ocean. On clear days, it’s possible to see across Victoria Harbour, which puts both the height and location of the peak in perspective.

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

A walk along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade during the day is sure to be beautiful, but at night, when the sun finally sets, there’s a certain dazzle that overtakes this part of the city. The industrial cityscape you saw earlier will suddenly shine as its colors reflect in the water of the harbor. The promenade stretches between the New World Shopping Center and the Hung Hom train station, and is lined with restaurants and bars, making it an especially fun space during festival season.  

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Lion Rock

Like a few others on this list, the view from Lion Rock will have to be earned, but reaching the peak won’t take all day. Standing at 1,591 feet (495 meters), Lion Rock can be reached from via two separate trails (Lion Rock Park or Sha Tin Pass) — both of which are roughly two miles round trip. After your trek, sit back and soak up the stunning sights of downtown Hong Kong in the distance!

Eyebar

Located in the heart of Kowloon — Hong Kong’s flashy, northern neighborhood — Eyebar continues to catch the attention of visitors looking for mesmerizing views of the city’s skyline. The bar is located directly above Nathan Road, where much of the city’s entertainment and fashion is centralized. When visiting this swanky cocktail bar, you’ll be greeted with a clear view of Victoria Harbor below — which just so happens to be beautiful at any time of day, but it’s even better during sunset!

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Header image by Jon Koo

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Brad Donaldson is a writer and editor proudly based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Although his roots are in Canada, his desire to see more of the world frequently takes him away from home. His work, both as an editor and writer, has appeared in local newspapers and publications, most recently showcased through the co-founding of his former university's inaugural creative writing journal.