25 Jun A Photo Journal of Hong Kong’s Instagram Pier
With its panoramic views of Hong Kong’s glorious skyscrapers on the other side of Victoria Harbour, the Sai Wan Pier is a popular spot among people of all walks of life, and well, pigeons. Commonly called the Instagram Pier, the area is well-known among photographers in search of the perfect place to enjoy Hong Kong’s beautiful sunsets in Hong Kong. We’ve seen pictures of the Sai Wan Pier all over our feeds, so we decided to check it out for ourselves. Here are some of our favourite shots.
By: Jade Galliford and Julie King
When we first got to the Instagram Pier, we weren’t sure if we were in the right place. It was foggy and grey that day, and the West District Public Cargo Depot was a bit of a desolate place. We spent a while wandering up and down the promenade, taking in the sense of place along with the beautiful views of the harbour and ferries and junks passing by.
We liked the colourful graffiti, stacks of decorated container boxes and racks of wooden carriers. This is what gives Sai Wan pier its unique characteristics, grungy feel and artistic vibe. We tried to capture the beauty of urban decay: bright contrasting with saturated colours against the weathered pieces of rope, along with degrading metal casings and wooden crates against the modern buildings around it.
How to Get to the Instagram Pier
The West District Public Cargo Depot (西環貨櫃碼頭) is located in Sai Wan, on Hong Kong island. The nearest MTR station is HKU (exit B2), and from there, begin to walk toward the sea. You’ll need to cross a couple of roads and walk under a flyover, but the location is relatively accessible.
Words and photos by Jade and Julie
Julie is 15 years old and currently studying at Kellett School. She’s originally from South Africa where she lived for 5 years then moved to England and lived there for almost 10 years before moving to Hong Kong. She calls herself a “third culture kid” and is always eager to discover more about her new surroundings and neighbourhoods.
Jade is 14 years old and from the UK. However, she has lived in Hong Kong for her whole life. She is currently studying at Kellett School but will leave at the end of the year to continue her studies in the UK. Before Jade leaves, she is keen to see all the hidden treasures that Hong Kong has to offer.