Kowloon, Hong Kong has become one of the most developed cities in Southeast Asia featuring high-rise buildings, extravagant shopping malls, and luscious parks. Kowloon is an excellent location for any traveler since the city is the culmination of old and new Hong Kong, found all in one place. For many travelers, including avid photographers, Kowloon offers an exciting array of sights to be seen and snapped.
Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Gardens
Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Gardens are two places tourists should visit when visiting Hong Kong. The nunnery is located in Diamond Hill covering an area of 33,000 square meters with temple halls, visitor’s hostels, Chinese gardens and a vegetarian restaurant. The construction of nunnery is based on traditional Chinese ingenuity and design from the Tang Dynasty, using special interlocking wood to hold the nunnery in place. Most impressively, the entire nunnery was constructed without the use of a single iron nail. The Chi Lin Nunnery is the only architectural building in Hong Kong with this style of architecture.
Close by, visitors can go to the Nan Lian Garden; a spacious garden on a 3.5 hectare landscape filled with hills, lotus ponds, rocks, trees and wooden structures. In addition, each tree and rock placed at on-site is not randomized; each item placed in the garden is done intricately, according to ancient beliefs to increase the flow of Chi.
Avenue of Stars
The Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui is a great place for photographers from around the world. Sitting comfortably on the TST promenade, the Avenue of Stars features a Hollywood-style featurette on the tiles of the promenade. The tiles feature Hong Kong Hollywood stars; from Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun Fat and Jet Li to Stephen Chow. The promenade overlooks the beautiful and expansive Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong’s illustrious city line. Additionally, when the sun goes down, the promenade lights up from the spectacular show called, Symphony of Lights. The Symphony of Light is a thirteen minute show, starting at 8 PM sharp. The sky lights up with colorful lights and beams, accompanied by music and live narration.
Guests can easily access the Avenue of Stars from many hotels on Nathan Road, including Novotel Kowloon amongst other well-established accommodations.
Lantau Island, the largest Island in Hong Kong has many notable attractions for photographers to partake in. Most notably, the island is best known for The Big Buddha (or also known as Tian Tian Buddha) and the Po Lin Monastery. The magnificent bronze Big Buddha statue overlooks Hong Kong, blessing those who come to visit it. Many dedicated pilgrims come to Lantau Island to provide offerings to the giant Buddha and in return, get blessed with good fortune. The construction of the Big Buddha costs 60 million HKD and is one of Hong Kong’s most revered tourist destinations.
Close by, the Po Lin Monastery is one of the most important Buddhist sanctums; home to a devout monk. The monastery is a colorful and vibrant location, featuring Buddhist iconography along the walls.
Tai O Village
Tai O Village is the oldest fishing village in Hong Kong. Many houses in the village balance on wooden stilts that still stand to today. Tai O Village is a humble little village with friendly locals welcoming tourists from the mainland and beyond. Additionally, the streets are narrow and lined with shops, selling dried seafood and local delicacies. The villages use ecotourism to help maintain the village and to bring awareness to the village’s resident jesters, the elusive pink dolphin.
There are tours in Tai O Village under the large iron bridge transporting visitors to meet and greet with Tai O pink dolphins. However, be prepared to not encounter pink dolphins as they are wild and will appear at random.