When visiting Hong Kong during the National Day Golden Week holidays, choose less busy boundary control points to cross the border with ease. Click here to check the passenger traffic at each control point, or download the Hong Kong Immigration Department app to check the estimated queuing situation at each land boundary control point.
While The Peak is renowned for offering some of the best night views on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peak is its equivalent across the harbour. The hike up the 600-metre-tall mountain — the highest in Kowloon — is challenging, but the stunning view encompassing both sides of the harbour is well worth it. You can even get glimpses of Sai Kung, the ‘Back Garden’ of Hong Kong. Follow the Wilson Trail or MacLehose Trail to reach the summit; or, if you’re short on time or simply don’t feel like hiking, you can also get there by taxi.
The Peak and Kowloon Peak both offer spectacular vistas of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline, but if you want to see a more local, authentic side of the city, Garden Hill is the place to go. Located in Sham Shui Po, the hill is named after the Garden Bakery situated at its base. It’s a popular morning exercise spot for the neighbourhood, and in the evening, a great place to watch the sun set and the city come to life. The walk up to the vantage point takes only 15 minutes, and you’ll get a peep into the everyday life of locals: the public housing estates and old tenement buildings in Shek Kip Mei and Sham Shui Po, as well as bustling streets such as Nam Cheong Street. And for all the photography enthusiasts out there, this is also an ideal spot to shoot light trail photos.
Avenue of Stars on the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade has always been a favourite among visitors. Here, not only can you enjoy breathtaking views of the city’s skyline, but you’ll also find handprints and statues of some of the biggest names in Hong Kong’s film industry: Bruce Lee, Anita Mui, Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Tony Leung to name a few.
Avenue of Stars is also one of the best places to enjoy ‘A Symphony of Lights’, a multimedia light show that takes place every night at 8pm. With the sky as the stage and more than 40 skyscrapers participating, the show illuminates Hong Kong’s skyline with colourful light beams and LED screens. It was named the world’s ‘Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show’ by the Guinness World Records in 2005.
Located on the site of the former Kai Tak Airport, the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Park has transformed into a prominent landmark in Kowloon East. Spanning an expansive 23,000 square metres, the park is home to malls and restaurants, a charming water garden and fountain plaza, as well as a viewing platform facing the Victoria Harbour — the perfect place to enjoy the night view across the sea after dinner. You may get there by bus or minibus from nearby MTR stations.
Responsible ways to enjoy watching fireflies:
Don’t shine your flashlight on the fireflies for a long time
Take away your own garbage
Don’t catch the fireflies or their larvae
To really see the city after dark, you have to immerse yourself in it. Visit Temple Street in Yau Ma Tei, one of the most well-known night markets in Hong Kong. Amidst vibrant neon signs and the aroma of dai pai dong (open-air food stalls) dishes and delectable claypot rice, the market is teeming with stalls offering a diverse array of goods — and even fortune-telling services!