Last month, me and my boyfriend got a chance to travel to Hongkong from (DXB-MNL-HKG) for 3 days just to wander off the streets.
We really think Hong Kong is emerging as one of the hottest tourist destinations of the world (plus as Filipino nationals, we don’t need a visa to go there). Since we live in Dubai, it’s a completely change of culture and scenery. For us, it’s China but way accessible. Upon researching, we found really cool places to explore and not to mention the streets of Hongkong are always busy and crowded so it’s picturesque. Also, btw I just need to mention that watching numerous episodes of DigitalRev made us want to visit HK.
Just a little disclaimer: we are not PROS. We’re just mere photography enthusiasts.
Check out how we conquered the streets of HongKong with our Fujifilm x-T10 (18mm f2.0, 27mm f2.8, 35mm f1.4 lenses) with these photos:
First stop, the busy streets of Tsim Sha Tsui.
Tsim Sha Tsui is more than a district. There you’ll see lots of vendors, food stalls, electronic shops and malls.
Juxtaposition is probably Hongkong’s best feature.
Stroll the Hollywood Road before heading off to the Man Mo Temple, one of Hong Kong’s oldest Taoist temple.
These rows of large earth-coloured spirals suspended from the roof of the temple are just fascinating.
Be fascinated with Hongkong Street Art.
When we were there, we noticed that Hongkong’s street art scene is pretty huge. Don’t expect mural-type street art works, the HK street art scene tends to be more graffiti-writing, paste-ups and sticker bombing.But if you’re really looking for the mural-type form of graffiti in hongkong, go to Stanley Market. We still spotted some remaining pieces from HK Walls.While we were there in Stanley, we found out that the lighting was really good so we took the opportunity to take some good shots.Also, we’ve discovered a hidden gem in Stanley – Sei Yik. Sei Yik is one of those tin-roofed food stalls in a market where you can order Hongkong’s famous Milk Tea, Kaya Toast and a Braised Beef Noodle Bowl. Caution though, no one speaks English there so I don’t really remember how me managed to order food because neither of us know Cantonese. As we continue to slurp all the sugar on our milk tea and the sumptuous oily broth of the msg enriched noodles, we realised Hongkong is no place for health freaks. Nevertheless, we were satisfied.
When in Hongkong, you’ll appreciate alleys.
We stumbled upon this really cool long alley in Argyle Street in Mongkok with lots of Graffiti. It is a secret alleyway filled with extraordinary graffiti pieces. Running for about two blocks long, it is nicknamed the graffiti wall of fame.
If you’re the skyscraper type of street photographer, although a bit tedious, you should pay a quick visit to Victoria Peak.
There was a storm when we went so it was a bit cloudy.
There were also lots of good architectural sights on the streets. You just have to look up.
Speaking of Architectures, I can’t put into words how much I’d like to say that you need to visit Quarry Bay.
If I would choose one place in Hongkong where I can say is the most ‘picture worthy’, then that place would definitely be Quarry Bay.
No Captions Needed. All our photos taken from this area speaks for itself.
Mongkok is every street photographer’s paradise.
The manic streets and bustling people will definitely wake the street photographer blood in you. It’s densely packed and has lots of old buildings to explore. The crowds are intense. The whole district is just so vibrant, especially at night with all its glistening signages.
You know when they say, every picture tells a story?
I remember I keep telling telling this to myself while we were there in Hongkong. It is because Hongkong locals make great subjects, their culture is so rich and diverse I feel that taking a picture of one of them is really worth a thousand words..
(taken along the wholesale market of Yau Ma Tei)
One thing I liked when we were shooting in HongKong is that there were lots of tourists around, so there were also lots of people taking photos and that kind of took away my shyness to shoot strangers from afar (just be discreet though).
If you have 3 days to spare in Hongkong for Street Photography, here are the places to include on your itinerary that we recommend: Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Ma Tei, Man Mo Temple, Central District, Kowloon, Mongkok, Causeway Bay, Soho, Stanley Market, Victoria Peak, Quarry Bay. All are completely accessible via the MTR except for Stanley Market where you have to ride a bus. All you need is a pocket wifi and google maps!
There you go. I hope you enjoyed our shots as much as we did taking them. We can now definitely say that we highly recommend Hongkong for Street Photography enthusiasts out there! We’ll definitely be back as there’s so much more places we didn’t get a chance to explore because well…we needed to go home.
Let me know how we did as beginners. I would love to read your comments!
Also, watch out for my Hongkong Budget Travel Guide Post sometime this month (we were able to do so many things for 3 days with a budget of 280 USD each (equivalent to about 1000 dhs or 13,000php). I know our budget is insane but we made it out alive!
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Just wanted to share our love for our new fujifilm camera.