The famous Instagram Pier (officially the Western District Public Cargo Working Area) on the waterfront of Sai Wan is now sadly closed to the public, but Hong Kong has many more photo-worthy piers and promenades to visit for hanging out and admiring the beautiful Victoria Harbour. We round up some of our favorite promenades for romantic strolls and late-night chats.
The 400-meter long promenade begins right next to the Instagram Pier, and connects Shek Tong Tsui to Sheung Wan with many fun facilities such as play areas for kids, sheltered seating and exhibition spaces. The promenade is wide and spacious, and takes only about 15-20 minutes to go from Shek Tong Tsui to Sheung Wan’s Shun Tak Centre. Walk straight from Shek Tong Tsui’s Hill Road towards the harbour, and you’ll find the entrance with no trouble.
Central and Western District Promenade – Western Wholesale Food Market Section, HKU Station, Shek Tong Tsui
The Kwun Tong Promenade stretches one kilometre from Kwun Tong to Ngau Tau Kok. Built on the site of the former Kwun Tong Public Cargo Working Area, the promenade is adjacent to the Kwun Tong Pier, which is one of the few remaining piers that transport cars across the Victoria Harbour. The promenade itself is filled with large grass patches and seating for picnics and outdoor gatherings. You’ll come across splendid views of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and the sunset as the promenade faces southwards. The wood-paneled boardwalk also hosts regular markets and events during the weekends.
Kwun Tong Promenade, Kwun Tong or Ngau Tau Kok Station
The West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade is easily one of the city’s prettiest promenades with stone-paved grounds, and beautiful guard rails that merge surprisingly well with the surrounding environments. On top of stunning views of Victoria Harbour, you’ll find a variety of trees and open lawn spaces. It’s easy to find a space and meditate, read, or picnic with your friends. The adjacent Art Park hosts regular open-air performances as well as art exhibitions and other cultural events, and houses a range of harbour-side restaurants and cafes.
West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade, Kowloon Station
The 500-meter long promenade goes from Quarry Bay and Tai Koo to Sai Wan Ho, and is great as it’s relatively quiet and peaceful. There is a large pet garden near the beginning section in Quarry Bay where your dogs can have some unleashed fun and make some dog friends. The Quarry Bay Park in the middle section features a comprehensive set of facilities including a Tai Chi Garden, jogging trail, cycling track, children’s playground and tennis courts. Add a historical touch to your seaside strolls by visiting the Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery, a mini museum built from a decommissioned fireboat museum showcasing historic artifacts.
Quarry Bay Promenade, Quarry Bay Station
Established in the 90s when the government was developing Tuen Mun as a new town, the Tuen Mun Promenade is gaining popularity after a critically-acclaimed movie Beyond the Dream shot some of its scenes there. Over two kilometres long, the promenade has a relatively outdated look with clean tiles and metal guard rails, and features three walking trails where you can overlook Lantau Island, the Tuen Mun typhoon shelter, Castle Peak Bay and the Gold Coast. Don’t forget to visit the narrow bridge located at the easternmost part of the promenade next to Marina Garden, which was the spot popularized by the movie Beyond the Dream.
Tuen Mun Promenade, Siu Hei Stop, the Light Rail
A 10-minute walk from Olympic City, the Hoi Fai Road Promenade is a little known waterfront in Kowloon. Built on the site of the former Tai Kok Tsui pier, it was once very popular in the 80s and 90s, known as one of the top spots to watch the sunset. After having been relocated multiple times due to reclamation projects, it was slowly forgotten. The Hoi Fai Road Promenade opened in its place in 2014 and offers a quiet space to appreciate the views of the Kowloon bay and Victoria Harbour.
Hoi Fai Road Promenade, Olympic Station