The next best place for a postcard perfect shot of Victoria Harbour
Well off the sightseer's radar and overlooked even by most locals, the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade offers a view of Victoria Harbour only comparable to Tsim Sha Tsui's waterfront.
The convex curve of the crescent-shaped boardwalk is surrounded on all sides by Hong Kong's iconic waterfront scenes, and the out of the way location means no jostling with crowds of tourists while setting up a tripod.
A vast swath of unused reclaimed land, the West Kowloon waterfront has been making headlines since the government proposed to turn it into an ambitious arts and culture hub back in 1998. Ten years and several economic downturns later, the 36,000 square meters of prime real estate jutting out into Victoria Harbour remains vacant as the government and its consultants struggle to perfect blueprints for the development.
For now, the vacant lot is a public area filled with unruly shrubs threatening to overtake the smooth pavement laid out for bikes and skateboards along the waterfront. Lovers like to visit at dusk for an atmospheric stroll by the water.
A picnic on the grassy areas is dining with a million dollar view: the attention-grabbing skycrapers of Central to the south, fishing boats on Victoria Harbour to the west and the soft glow of lights from container barges to the north.
The West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade is a 10-minute walk from Kowloon MTR station, on the Tung Chung and Airport Express lines. Exit the station into Elements mall and head towards the ice rink, where there is a door out onto Austin Road. Turn right and keep walking until you reach a pedestrian bridge; cross it and reach the entrance to the promenade.
If you're coming from Hong Kong Island, a much easier way to reach the promenade is to take a bus through the Western Harbour Tunnel (any route number in the 900s will do) and get off at the first stop after the tunnel exit. There is an entrance to the promenade right next to the bus stop.