Hong Kong’s iconic skyline and character-packed backstreets are undeniably photogenic and the film world seems to agree; the city has appeared on the silver screen countless times over the years. Take a tour of Hong Kong via its most famous movie locations.
Start with an amble from your abode at The Peninsula to the Victoria Harbourfront, the point from where James Bond dived into the water in Die Another Day (2002), only to emerge at Causeway Bay Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club on the other side. You’ll have to elbow your way through the selfie-stick wielding hordes to get a snap, but it’s easy to see why this stunning skyscraper-meets-sea location was chosen as a backdrop.
Celebrate Hong Kong movie icon Bruce Lee with a trip to the heritage-listed Tsing Shan Monastery, which was the setting for the famous ‘kick-me’ scene in kung fu classic Enter the Dragon (1973). To get there, either hop in a cab or travel by MTR and light railway to Tsing Shan Tsuen station, from which the monastery – also known as Castle Peak Monastery – is a leisurely 30-minute walk.
If you’re planning a trip on the Star Ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui, be sure to take note of the building itself. The TST pier featured in In The Line of Duty 4: Witness (1989); the film also offers a glimpse of the district’s famous Clock Tower .
Batman fans might want to hit Central’s International Finance Centre (IFC), which was the grandiose setting for the edge-of-your-seat finale of The Dark Knight (2008). Should you fancy a break from location spotting, IFC offers an array of leisure pleasures at its restaurants, shops, cinema – pop to the roof terrace for kapow views of the Kowloon skyline.
Closer to home, The Peninsula is the location for another James Bond moment: the hotel’s facade, driveway and fleet of Rolls-Royces made a star-turn in The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), during a scene when Bond is looking for his girlfriend. Now, we can’t think of a better reason to head to the bar for a Martini…
See more of Hong Kong’s famous movie locations at hongkongmovietours.blogspot
Tsing Shan Monastery / Tsing Shan Monastery Path / Tsing Shan Tsuen / +852 2441 6666 / 6am-6pm daily / www.tsm.org.hk
Star Ferry Pier / Tsim Sha Tsui / Kowloon / Star Ferry runs 6.30am-11.30pm daily, from 7.25am Sat-Sun / www.starferry.com.hk
International Finance Centre / Central / + 852 2295 3308 / 10am-7pm daily / www.ifc.com.hk/en
The Peninsula Hotel / Salisbury Road / Tsim Sha Tsui / Kowloon / + 852 2920 2888 / hongkong.peninsula.com