Where to Find Off-The-Beaten (Secret) Spots in Hong Kong

If you are tired of Hong Kong’s mainstream attractions, exploring non-touristy spots (without maps) makes one of the best ways to beat the routine. Plus, you get to immerse in the culture.

That’s what we did, and we discovered Hong Kong’s secret photogenic locations and backdrops:

Che Kung Station Neighbourhood

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We thought we were lost, but found this old industrial building instead and took a quick snap.

Think rustic backdrops and old buildings. How to get there? Head down to Che Kung Temple MTR, take exit A and walk towards the park. Cross the bridge at Shing Mun River, enjoy the scenery, and explore the neighbourhood.

Here, take a slow stroll along the outlandish alleys around the residential areas and take super hip pictures. Nearby the area, check out the Che Kung Temple to rub off some good energy and luck.

Yim Tin Tsai Island

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Retreat to this quiet enclave during a weekend.

A 15-minute boat ride away from Sai Kung is Yim Tin Tsai (which literally means ‘small salt field), a somewhat abandoned island worth checking out for a mini adventure. Fun fact: This tiny island was once inhabited by Hakka villagers in the 19th century who farmed and made salt. Which is why most of the buildings have been abandoned to nature. The result? An urban explorer’s dream come true.

Broken windows and dilapidated structures aside, what makes this experience spookier and surreal, is the remnants of the last occupants.

The tricky part: You can probably head down only on weekends (or public holidays), where there is a ferry service which runs between Sai Kung Pier and Yim Tin Tsai. A round trip costs HK$35 per person and see below for timing schedules:

Departure times from Sai Kung: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Departure times from Yim Yin Tsai: 12.20pm, 2.20pm, 4pm, 5pm

Un Chau Estate Flower Tunnel

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The tunnel is covered in Bougainvillea.

For the uninitiated, Cheung Sha Wan in Kowloon is a typical Hong Kong public housing residential area, and usually doesn’t get a lot of visitors. But expect a steady influx of couples strolling down the fairytale flower tunnel nestled in the scenic estate during March and April.

The flower tunnel is part of the Housing Department’s plan to add more greenery to the public housing development. We like that walking through the tunnel instantly makes you feel as though you’ve left the bustle of the city behind. To us, it means a hidden oasis to soothe and relax the mind.

And you definitely can’t leave without taking a shot with the picturesque scenery. How to get there: Go to Exit C2 at Cheung Sha Wan MTR station which will lead you to Un Chau Estate. Psst: The flower tunnel is right beside the estate’s entrance.

Lok Wah South Estate Carpark

The artsy structures on top of Lok Wah South Estate’s carpark building are fun to be in and look at. Recreate a playful imagery with the blue walls featuring a circle running through the middle that is perfect for Instagram shots. If you haven’t already known, it was featured in K-Pop Group GOT7’s “You Are” MV (more brownie points right?)

The overlapping circles do not only exude a feel of fantasy, Lok Wah Estate itself makes a feel-good place for photography thanks to its tasteful geometric designs. Pro tip: The top two levels feature the blue circle designs too; so if the first one is ‘occupied’, head up to the mezzanine floor.

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