Instagram Pier is not a new thing and I am not the first to discover it. The first time I went, back in 2015, the pier had already acquired its infamous name. Two years on, the photography hotspot has even earned itself its own Wikipedia page. With Instagram skyrocketing in popularity in such a short amount of time, we can conclude that Instagram Pier, officially called the Western District Public Cargo Working Area, must have done something right in order to have been named after the world’s most popular social media platform.
Once a secluded dock, Instagram Pier is no longer a secret to the masses. You’ll find people of every type hanging out there despite warnings by the Hong Kong Marine Department to keep out as it is technically not a public place. When I went in 2015, there were only groups of friends posing for photos. Fast forward two years and there are now professional photographers hoping to catch a shot of the sunset, families on a day out and even couples taking wedding photos at Instagram Pier – on the regular.
Given all the hype and even a Wikipedia page, you might be wondering: is Instagram Pier really worthy of its name? Unlike my visit to Waterfall Bay, I’m here to tell you yes, Instagram Pier is a fad worth checking out. Here’s why:
First things first – check out the blue skies of Instagram Pier! They’re unbeatable. Of course, the spotless sky is also a result of the great weather, which I was lucky enough to experience both of my trips to the photographic hotspot. Expect a never-ending expanse of sea and sky at Instagram Pier. The mirrored blue in front of your eyes will have you mesmerised.
It’s hard to find a spot of fresh air in Hong Kong, but Instagram Pier is one of the few places where you can take a breather with the only source of grey smoke belonging to the infrequent cargo trucks. I do have one reservation about the pier, though, and that’s the breeze – no, scrub that, the wind. In summer, a blast of air is nice, but this time I went in winter and it was freezing cold. And you know what? No matter the season, the incessant wind is a pain to work with when you’re trying to take photos. My hair resembled a lion’s mane the whole afternoon at Instagram Pier and out of the hundred photos I took, only a few were acceptable for the public eye.
I don’t think I need to explain this again. By now, you’re probably well versed in on the fact that Instagram Pier is a photographic hotspot. I mean, do you need a second telling, even when the pier is named after the world’s post popular social media platform? I’ll let the photos do the talking.
One step from civilisation
And lastly, my favourite reason for advocating that Instagram Pier is indeed worthy of its name: it’s just one step away from civilisation, located within a short 10-minute walk from MTR HKU Station. Alternatively, you can choose the slower but more traditional mode of taking a tram to Shek Tong Tsui and alighting at Fung Mat Road.
So the verdict: is Instagram Pier worthy of its name? Worthy of its Wikipedia page? I’d say a resounding yes. Two years after 2015, I expected the hype about it and the crowds around it to taint its beauty, but even with other people milling around the place, it was paradise to visit. Hey, we can’t expect every gem to be secluded like Sandy Bay, but at least it’s much better than the trash depot Waterfall Bay (sorry, Waterfall Bay)!
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