Hong Kong Landmarks
Top Natural, Man-Made, and Cultural
Landmarks of Hong Kong
Here is a list of our top Hong Kong Landmarks. Of course using a very broad definition of a "landmark" to include
all the easily recognizable structures of Hong Kong as well as any historical and cultural features that belong to the city.
The list is by no means exhaustive. You will probably have your own favourite landmark, so let us know what we're missing!
We have grouped our list as follows:
Hong Kong Landmarks: The Classics
These are the landmarks that
we associate unequivocally with Hong Kong.
They are beloved icons of the city, part of the heritage of Hong Kong.
The "Must Do's" on any first or repeat
trip to Asia's World City, and some of Hong Kong's top tourist attractions.
This is Hong Kong's
prized iconic landmark with unique and impressive skylines on both sides of the waterfront. Many ways to enjoy
it and feel the pulse of the city.
Victoria Peak and
the Peak Tram
Overlooking Victoria Harbour, the Peak offers some of the most dramatic views in all Hong Kong,
and the fun way to get there is of course with the old Peak Tram.
A Hong Kong institution. A
convenient and inexpensive way to get around, at less than one US dollar a ride,
this is one of the city's
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Hong Kong Skyline Landmarks
The Hong Kong Skyline is of course
a landmark of its own. Hong Kong has the highest number of skyscrapers of over 150m in the world and the skyline is
There are some distinctive buildings that
really stand out. Beyond being architectural masterpieces, you can use them as a constant point of
reference. If when coming out of the metro you don't know which way to head over, only need to look up and spot
the nearest one of these Hong Kong landmarks and get your bearings.
The Hong Kong Island Central Skyline
Framed by Victoria Peak in the background and the bustling and energetic Harbour up front, this is truly a
magnificent sight. The Central District is home to some of Hong Kong's most prominent buildings. Here are some of them:
The one with the asymetric crosbar pattern
Bank of China Building
The zig zag pattern with plenty of spikes
Two IFC Centre
The tallest one on this side of the Harbour
On the far right that keeps changing color at night
The one with the porthole windows.
Far East Financial Centre
The golden kid
of the block
The Lippo Towers
With the "Koala Bears" clinging from it.
Cheung Kong Centre
The boxy one.
Prince of Wales Building
The upside down gin bottle.
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The Wanchai Skyline
The Hong Kong Skyline
kept expanding beyond the Central District. It started with the Hopewell Centre
the 66 story circular building that was
at the time of its opening in 1980 the tallest in Hong Kong.
In 1997 to mark the handover of Hong Kong to China, the HK Convention and Exhibition Centre
opened and was the site of the handover Ceremony.
The building boom continued through the 80's and beyond, with the Hong Kong skyline further expanding to the East.
The third tallest building in Hong Kong, the one with the pretty pyramid
HK Convention and
Built on reclaimed land and designed to resemble the wings of a bird.
The circular one with the revolving restaurant on top.
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The Kowloon Skyline
When we talk about the Hong Kong Skyline normally we refer to the striking view of the skyscrapers
looming in Hong Kong Island and Victoria Peak just behind,
this is the iconic and easily recognized landmark used in brochures and books.
The Kowloon side until recently, lacked any features that really
stood out. Beacuse of the proximity of the former Kai Tak Airport, all buildings on the Kowloon side were much lower in comparison with
their counterparts on the other side of the Harbour as the heights were limited due to the air traffic paths.
This restriction was lifted as the new Hong Kong International Airport moved to Lantau Island, and now you see
the beginnings of a rising Kowloon Skyline.
The most prominent landmark is the cluster of new high-rises on the Western side known as Union Square.
Union Square has been built on reclaimed land, and it houses Hong Kong's tallest building, the International Commerce Centre.
Beyond the ICC and the Union Square newcomers, Kowloon is home to some relics of the colonial era, the
Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower, and the legendary Peninsula Hotel.
At 108 stories high, the tallest building in Hong Kong. There is an observation deck on its
100th floor, Sky100.
The Tsim Sha Tsui
The only vestige of the original Kowloon-Canton Railway station, the end
of the Orient Express from London.
The Peninsula Hotel
One of Hong Kong's most historical hotels, it even has its own color, "Peninsula Green"
refers to the color of the hotels signature fleet of Rolls Royce.
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Hong Kong Landmarks: Cultural Keepsakes
Rather than a physical
structure, these are events and features that "belong" to the city,
much like New Year's Eve at New York's Time Square, certainly worth checking out for some great fun and that "only in Hong Kong" experience
A Chinese New Year
While not exclusive to Hong Kong,
these are world-class over the top celebrations, with never ending colorful and lively parades, fireworks, dragon dances, flower markets...
The Happy Valley
Horse racing in Hong Kong
is more than the national pastime, it was introduced
by the British when they first came to Hong Kong and still very much a part Hong Kong life.
The Duk Ling
the Hong Kong Junk
last original traditional sailing junk.
The flashy red sails set against the backdrop of
the ultra modern skyline
is a splendid sight and
has become a cherished symbol of the city.
Hong Kong's Symphony
The stage: the whole of Victoria Harbour. The participants: over 40 buildings on both sides. It is
Guinness' "world's largest permanent light and sound show".
Fireworks over the
A celebration isn't a celebration without Hong Kong's astounding fireworks
displays over the world's
most famous harbour. A finest of Hong Kong Landmarks.
High Tea at the
The fabulous Lobby with
its legendary high ceilings
and scones with fresh
cream, the soothing
sounds of a string quartet ...
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