Add an extra splash of colour to your Instagram feed by visiting these colourful places in the city
Hong Kong boasts a myriad of locations that are worth capturing, from its beautiful temples, sunrise spots to traditional villages, there's so much that you––and your camera––can feast on. But other than these photography spots are also Instagrammable locations such as architectural places, restaurants and even bathrooms––the city is a paradise for the Instagram fans.
1. Blue House Cluster
Despite its name, the Blue House Cluster is made up of three colourful houses, in addition to the Blue House, there is also Yellow House and Orange House. These interlocking houses in Wan Chai were originally a hospital that provided Chinese medicine services to its residents. Designed in Lingan-style, the main house, the Blue House, was painted blue in the 1990s using leftover paint from the Water Supplies Department––where it earned its name.
Out of the three houses, only the Blue House is Grade I historical building while the Yellow House is Grade III and the Orange House has yet to gain a rating. The historic building is also one of the few remaining tong lau-styled buildings or residential buildings that were characterised by their balconies and built during the late 19th century. What's more, the Blue House was also recently given the Award of Excellence by UNESCO, the highest level in four categories.
72–74A Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
2. Graham Street Mural
Known unofficially as "The Instagram Wall", this street art on Graham Street in Sheung Wan is probably the most recognisable street mural in the city. Tourists and local alike flock to this Instagram spot to take photos against the street mural depicting a row of old Hong Kong buildings in a multitude of colours.
The art was commissioned by Goods of Desire who wanted to paint a mural on the side of their shop in Hollywood Road. Co-founder Douglas Young tasked Alex Croft, a street artist from Sai Kung to do the job. The artwork depicts Hong Kong's streetscape, something that the city is known for and also reminiscent of the Kowloon Walled City which Young and Croft are both interested in.
46–54 Graham Street, Central, Hong Kong
3. Choi Hung Estate
True to its name, Choi Hung is a rainbow-splattered housing estate that has become an Instagram sensation. It's one of the oldest public housing estates in the city, yet it doesn't show its age due to its pastel-coloured apartment exteriors, palm trees and basketball hoops that have gained a cult following on Instagram. The estate is home to over 18,000 people and was originally built to provide affordable housing to residents. While this is a well-beloved photography spot, you can also enjoy the colourful Choi Hung MTR station platform.
4. Sai Ying Pun Art Lane
Another addition to the colourful streets of Hong Kong is the Sai Ying Pun Art Lane. Located right outside Sai Ying Pun station, it's one of the most accessible of all the art spots in the city. This vibrant area has transformed old buildings, stairs and alleyways into brightly painted murals both by local and international artists.
Thanks to their creation, the backdrop makes for a perfect addition to your Instagram feed and are also seriously worth admiring when you're in the area.
8 Chung Ching Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
5. Man Fung Building
A notable Instagram hotspot is Man Fung Building because of its colourful exterior that is a stark contrast to its surrounding bare buildings in Sham Shui Po. Painted by Madrid-based street artist, Okuda San Miguel, he converted the mundane-looking residential building into a mural as part of HKWalls, an annual street art festival.
His artwork covers the entire facade of the building and is splattered with his iconic multi-coloured geometric patterns diverging together to form a shape, or picture, rather of a fox.
180 Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
6. Hands Basketball Court
The Hands basketball court in Tuen Muen underwent a makeover as part of a revitalisation effort led by Gaw Capital People's Place, Red Bull and art firm, SWL. The collaborative project transformed the otherwise plain-looking basketball court into a colourful wonderland.
Designed by local street artist Xeme, the basketball court features a large-scale artwork that pays homage to the street-art culture. It also provides an accessible way for residents in the neighbourhood to view the artwork.
2A Tuen Mun Heung Sze Wui Road, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
7. Tsing Yi Cheung Hang Village Basketball Court
The Cheung Hang Village basketball court in Tsing Yi also benefited from the same collaborative revitalisation project. Located on the roof of the estate's multi-storey car park, the basketball court has worn out over the years and the ground was uneven making it difficult for the residents to use, instead, they look for other places to play basketball. Gaw Capital took on the project and worked with local artists to transform the basketball court.
No. 2 Car Park Upper Cover, Cheung Hang Estate, Tsing Yi, Hong Kong
8. Hong Kong Park
If you're looking for some green space, this is the place to be but you can also add a splash of colour to your feed during your visit here. Let your inner child run free at the rainbow-coloured playground.
Hong Kong Park also blends its design well with the surrounding natural landscape. Besides the playground, you can also visit the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, the fountains and lily ponds. The park is also a great location to take some photos of the surrounding skyscrapers.
19 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong
9. Rainbow Railings, Tuen Mun Path
This rainbow railings is part of the Maclehose Trail and Tuen Mun Trail. It starts at the end of section 10, where you'll slowly hike up the stairs and see magnificent views of Tuen Mun. The rainbow railings is perfect for some colourful snapshots with Tuen Mun in the background.
Next time you go hiking, don't forget to put this spot on your list to elevate your Instagram game.
San Hui, Tuen Mun Trail, Hong Kong
10. Sham Shui Po Government Primary School
Sham Shui Po Government Primary School is just one of the few schools in the city that have a refreshing rainbow-striped exterior. The most accessible and brightest of the bunch, the school features the outer walls of each floor with a different colour which overall creates a rainbow facade—perfect as a background for any photo.
The best way to get a snap of the walls is via the footbridge right outside the school.
101 Sham Mong Rd, Cheung Sha Wan, Hong Kong