There are many lookout points and rooftop restaurants that charge you a hefty dollar to see Hong Kong’s famous Victoria Harbour. I, though, don’t believe in doshing out a huge sum for something that should be free to everyone. Hey, no one owns nature, right? Victoria Harbour is stunning, but I prefer to save up, so I’m always trying to find new spots to see it. In this post, I will be introducing you to three cheap – two of which are free – places to admire this beautiful view.
You’ll be glad to know that apart from Café 8, which I wrote about a few weeks ago, there are lots more wallet-friendly spots to see Victoria Harbour. I woke up on Sunday to great weather and took advantage of it. The sea just looks extra beautiful on a sunny day and I wanted to capture it on camera!
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1. Wan Chai Ferry Pier
I’ve introduced you to the Central Ferry Pier, but a less popular pier joining Hong Kong Island to Kowloon is the Wan Chai Ferry Pier. It was reconstructed in 2014 – to great protest, may I add, but that’s another story – to make way for land reclamation and is in its third generation now. The free rooftop garden of the new pier is a great spot to see the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour. I’d suggest going when the weather is cooler, though. Without shade, Hong Kong’s blistering heat is no joke!
2. Star Ferry
Yeah, yeah. You’ve heard about it all before: travelling by Star Ferry is the best way to see Victoria Harbour. But you’re probably setting off from the Central Ferry Pier, which is crowded as heck with locals and tourists alike. For the same price, why not begin your ferry journey to Tsim Sha Tsui from Wan Chai Ferry Pier? It’s less crowded and you’ll actually be able to nab a window seat to take full advantage of the view.
3. Harbour City
It’s named Harbour City for a reason. Located right next to the Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier, the large shopping mall comprises of several sections, all aptly named to the theme of the sea. Inside, you’ll find rows of luxury brand stores and modern eateries. But though shopping may cost you a buck, the few viewing points of the mall are completely free. There are several gems located in the nooks of Harbour City where you can see Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island any time you want. Try to find them all!
So that wraps up today’s post. Wan Chai Ferry Pier? Free. Star Ferry? HKD$2.70 if you’re an adult, less if you’re a child. Harbour City? Free. The total spent, if you take my advice, is just $2.70. Seriously, why pay big bucks to see Victoria Harbour from The Peak’s Sky Terrace, when you can enjoy the same thing for so much cheaper? Let me know in the comments below if you enjoyed this post, and thank you for reading! 🙂
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