China HK City, Hong Kong

Today’s post will be a short one as it’s all about this amazing set of buildings on the harbour in Kowloon, right across the water from Central Pier. The buildings are called the China Hong Kong City and include a set of glorious golden towers, positioned perfectly for “looking up” photography.

China Hong Kong City Shopping Center Architecture
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China Hong Kong City Shopping Center Architecture
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The location is very easy to get to. You can take the ferry across from Central Pier and disembark at Harbour City. The China Hong Kong City is a short walk from there. While I hand-held these shots, I recommend bringing a tripod even during the day since it’s difficult to align all the angles while handholding the camera.

China Hong Kong City Shopping Center Architecture
GFX 50R 32mm ISO-200 1/90sec f/11
China Hong Kong City Shopping Center Architecture
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To get to this spot, you have to take the escalators up to the top floor, which will lead you to the outside upper level. The security staff seem to be tolerant of photography as long as it doesn’t impede car traffic or people flow. We got spoken to a few times, but the security guard was friendly enough to tell us about the best spots from which to take the photos.

China Hong Kong City Shopping Center Architecture
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China Hong Kong City Shopping Center Architecture
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Take your time to explore that outdoor floor as there are several buildings and vantage points from which to formulate your composition. I recommend going when there’s some sky jewellery in the form of clouds, or a nice blue sky. For our first attempt, we were met with a drab grey and white sky and the images lacked; we went back again the next day when the sky became blue.

China Hong Kong City Shopping Center Architecture
GFX 50R 32mm ISO-320 1/100sec f/11

I’ve been in Hong Kong for years now and had never heard of this location, so I hope that you find this post useful and will visit it on your next trip to Hong Kong. Even without a camera, it’s worth a visit to take in all the golden splendour! Best of all, while you’re in the neighbourhood, you can also get your shopping fix in with the excellent (and huge) Harbour City Shopping Center right next door.

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