If you find the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront too crowded with ogling tourists, you might want to check out the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade. This crescent-shaped esplanade on a reclaimed area in west Kwun Chung in Kowloon offers the same, if not better, views of the famed Victoria Harbour skyline.
It may be a little out of the way from Hong Kong's other major attractions but its almost deserted appearance is well worth it for someone who wants more of the sights and less of the crowds. Here, you can rest assured that no one will suddenly obscure the view while taking a million dollar shot of Central's skyscrapers. The convex curve of the promenade offers exceptional vantage points to the iconic skyline of Central to the south, the Victoria Harbour to the west and the sailing ships and barges to the north.
Opened to public in September 2005, West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade features a 700-metre timber boardwalk decorated with 70 four-metre-high triangular lighting pillars dubbed as "Dragon of Lanterns." Each pillar contains a unique artwork or calligraphy. Wind chimes hang on top of each lighting tower. There are also grassy lawns, seating areas and bicycle lanes.
How to get there:
Take MTR to Kowloon station via the Tung Chung and Airport Express lines. Use the Exit leading to Elements Mall and look for door going out to Austin Road. Turn right and walk your way to a pedestrian bridge. Across the bridge is the entrance to the promenade. The walk from the station to the promenade takes about 10 minutes.
From Hong Kong Island, take any 900 bus through the Western Harbour Tunnel and get off at the first stop after the tunnel exit. There is an entrance to the promenade right next to the bus stop.