Choi Hung Estate

The Instagram famous Rainbow Mansion is a favourite for portrait takers

One of the most eye-catching places in Hong Kong: the Choi Hung Estate (Chinese: 彩虹邨) is an Instagram favourite with its many colourful blocks of flats framed by its equally vibrant basketball courts. Worth a trip if you’re a photographer or simply enjoy a splash of colour, try and go early to avoid the crowds as it can get very busy!

The MTR Journey there, don’t worry it’s actually very well lit just went for the moody shot

The Journey from central Hong Kong is a quick one, just a few stops from Tsim Sha Tsui, just make sure to change at Prince Edward to the Kwun Tong Line (Dark Green). You can get out at Choi Hung for the more direct route or one stop earlier at Diamond Hill to visit the equally stunning Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Gardens.

Even the MTR Station shows off the colourful estate

The MTR makes it very clear where you are with rainbows on the platform columns as you alight. Up the escalators, leaving the station via exit C and you’re nearly there. It’s a little bit difficult to find the basketball court as it’s at the top of a building but keep your eyes peeled for a 3 storey car park and it’s at the top!

A girl waiting for friends by the basketball court

Bring a friend, a client, or just yourself and a camera, it’s a beautiful place and will surely thrill both you and your IG followers!

Nearby Attractions: Nan Lian Garden

Nan Lian Garden (南蓮園池) and Chi Lin Nunnery (志蓮淨苑) are a short walk from Diamond Hill MTR Station or a quick 15/20 minute walk from Choi Hung Estate

Once you get here entrance is free, and the gardens are amazing! Just take your time to wander through, smell the flowers, and explore the various buildings and pieces of history on display here, there’s even a cafe here if you’re feeling peckish and don’t fancy 7-Eleven Sushi.

Pavilion Bridge
Pavilion of Absolute Perfection

The iconic gold-painted Pavilion is the centrepiece of the Gardens, I found out later that it’s called the Pavilion of Absolute Perfection which is a very fitting name for such a striking architectural feature. But there is more to these gardens than the flashy gold pavilion, especially if you’re a fan of rock gardens and miniature trees, like I am, they’ve got an excellent collection here and in the temple.

Alternative angle of the Pavilion of Absolute Perfection

And once you’ve wandered through this and still want to explore some more there’s an entire nunnery to explore, although I personally only went in once for a quick glance.

Behind that waterfall there’s even a restaurant!

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– nikmaxott

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