9 unexpected photography spots in and around Hong Kong

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Bursting with scenic sights and steep world-class skyscrapers, Hong Kong is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best and most exciting destinations in Asia for photography enthusiasts.

After all, it's home to a marvellous harbour and magnificent skyline that will take your breath away. But, did you know that there are plenty of hidden picturesque places to photograph too? Skyscanner highlights 9 unexpected photography spots in Hong Kong.

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1. Hoo Hok Wai

While it doesn't have towering superstructures and gleaming beacons, Hoo Hok Wai has a mesmerising, bucolic natural beauty that will win over even the most seasoned photographers.

Tucked away in a remote rural area in Hong Kong, this sparsely-populated agricultural land is set to delight your eyes with its well-preserved wetland ecosystem, laid-back village ponds, charming animals and glorious sunsets. To get there, hop onto mini-bus 51K from Sheung Shui.

2. Shing Mun Reservoir

A paradise for photography junkies, Shing Mun Reservoir offers a surreal scene and wonderfully-weird flooded forests that will remind you of Taiwan's scenery. Feast your eyes on a dazzling array of natural beauties, such as the flooding Melaleuca, Feng Shui woods and its clean waters.

As an added bonus, a visit here lets you photograph many different species of migratory birds and butterflies too. Can't wait to explore this place? From Tsuen Wan MTR station, take mini-bus 82 for a 20-minute ride to the reservoir.

3. Nan Lian Garden

Deemed one of the most gorgeous parks in Hong Kong, the Nan Lian Garden is a tranquil and striking Tang-styled oasis that's landscaped meticulously over a 3.5-hectare area.

Praised for its classical Chinese splendour, Nan Lian Garden is teeming with wondrous sights - astounding water features, old trees, timber structures, ornamental rocks and potted plants. Plus, it has a lovely Chinese restaurant that serves nutritious and tasty vegetarian treats.

The Nan Lian Garden is just a five-minute walk from the Diamond Hill MTR Station Exit C2. If you're lost, just ask the locals in the MTR station for directions.

4. Shenzhen Bay Bridge

When night-time sets in, make your way to Lau Fau Shan Street, and find a good vantage point to witness the grandeur of Shenzhen Bay Bridge. Once done snapping photos of this remarkable meandering bridge, sample the mouth-watering seafood goodies served at the restaurants in Lau Fau Shan Street. To get to this scenic spot, take mini-bus route number 618 from Tin Shui Wai.

5. Long Ke Wan

Aptly listed as one of the most scenic sites in Hong Kong, Long Ke Wan is a dramatic photography spot with blue, crystal clear waters, majestic blue sky, and silky white sands. Not just a camping site, Long Ke Wan is also a serene refuge to relax and get away from the hyper-active energy of Hong Kong. The only way to get here is to take a taxi to Saigon Dongba pavilion followed by a 45-minute walk along the MacLehose Trail.

6. High Island Reservoir East Dam

Take a leisurely walk along the High Island Reservoir East Dam, and soak in the spectacular panorama of its coast and mountains. Also, don't forget to take pictures of its towering hexagonal rock curved pillars. To get there, you need to take a green taxi from Sai Kung Town.

7. Oyster Farm in Pak Nai

Are you a sucker for stunning sunsets? Make sure to visit the Oyster farm in Pak Nai, and be utterly amazed by the breathtaking view of its sunset - as well as its sandy flats, fish ponds and mangroves. Get here by hopping into a green taxi from Sai Kung Town.

8. Lion Rock

Featuring lush green foothills juxtaposed against Hong Kong's urban spirit, Lion Rock makes an irresistible spot for those who are fond of sightseeing and photography. As one of the most romantic spots in Hong Kong, Lion Rock is also the perfect place to spend a romantic evening with your loved one.

How to get here? Take the MTR to Diamond Hill station and from there, take a cab or walk up to Sha Tin Pass, where you can find a trail that leads to the Lion Rock.

9. Dadongshan

No sightseeing adventure or photography escapade in Hong Kong is complete without a visit to Dadongshan. With its impressive autumn scenery, clear skies and pollution-free environment, expect a ton of fabulous selfies and photos at this hidden Hong Kong gem.

In fact, this place is so beautiful that Eason Chan made Dadongshan the cover image for his album "Taste the Atmosphere" a few years ago.

Want to visit this wondrous spot? Board bus number 11 from Tung Chung Station and travel to Pak Kung Au, which is located along the famous Phoenix trail. Then, take the moderately steep trek to Dadongshan. Note: getting here can be physically demanding, so make sure to dress in appropriate hiking gear.