With the mission to capture as much of Hong Kong as I can with my new camera, I prowled the Internet for potential photography spots in the country. I was intrigued when I came across the Instagram Pier – like a location in Hong Kong named after Instagram?!
Instagram Pier is also known as the West District Public Cargo Depot (西环货运码头) located in Sai Wan on Hong Kong Island. Having been there for myself, it’s no wonder why the place is a favourite photography spot for locals and tourists alike!
Address: 8 Fung Mat Road, Hong Kong
The nearest MTR station is HKU (Hong Kong University), and it will take you approximately 20 minutes to get there on foot. If you want to break up the ‘long’ walk, there are plenty of food places located nearby to grab a bite before heading there!
Other than the MTR, you can also take the trams that are located on Hong Kong Island, which has stops along Des Vouex Road West that connects to Fung Mat Road.
As an operational dock, the Instagram Pier isn’t exactly open to the public, although it’s hard to think otherwise when you’re there with the rest of the crowd. People can be asked to leave for their own safety when the dock is during operating hours, but in the evening is when majority of people visit.
capturing the sunset from the pier
The pier provides an incredible view of Victoria Harbour, a view that the surrounding flats get to enjoy on a daily basis. In the evening, you also get to watch the sunset along with calming breeze on the waterfront. We sat dangling our feet off the pier, capturing photos and time lapses of the sunset, along with numerous other photographers who were doing just the same.
a spot perfect for photos
Being at the pier, you can see why this place is a haven for photographers, tourists and locals who want to get that perfect Instagram shot. I’ll let the pictures do the talking for this one!
I recommend visiting the Instagram Pier in the evenings, about 5.30 to 6pm, and staying to watch the sunset. It will be worth the time! The lighting during evening hours will also be softer, and better for photos! Hope my pictures provided some inspiration on your visit next time 🙂
Photos taken by Canon EOS 80D with 18-55mm lens.
This article was first published on tripzilla magazine.