Hong Kong has been a popular movie set location for decades – in the 1990s, it even had the nickname of ‘Hollywood in the East.’ The city’s vibrant atmosphere and towering buildings make it a dramatic set. From action movies to sci-fi thrillers, these are the top filming locations in Hong Kong.
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1. Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club – Die Another Day
Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond escapes custody by diving into the waters of Victoria Harbour, emerging at Causeway Bay’s Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. Though anyone who knows Hong Kong will notice that he actually pops up on the wrong shore…
2. Tsing Shan Monastery – Enter The Dragon
No list of the best filming locations in Hong Kong would be complete without a visit to heritage-listed Tsing Shan Monastery, from the Bruce Lee classic. At the foot of Castle Peak it’s a 30-minute hike from Tsing Shan Tsuen light rail station in the western New Territories.
3. Chungking Mansions –Chungking Express
Tsim Sha Tsui’s chaotic Chungking Mansions, the multi-storey warren of shops, eateries and budget accommodation play a starring role in Wong Kar-wai’s melancholy romantic cop movie. It’s atmospheric and has amazing lighting for photographs.
4. Central-Mid-Levels Escalator – Dark Night
The escalator is key to the action sequence in this second instalment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. It’s the longest covered outdoor escalator system in the world; Christopher Nolan and his crew shut it down temporarily for a scene between Christian Bale and Morgan Freeman.
5. ‘Monster Building’ – Transformers: Age of Extinction
This huge building has appeared in numerous music videos, fashion shoots and many an Instagram feed! But its starring role was in this robot war movie with Mark Wahlberg. The giant apartment complex is a popular spot for photographs, but tourists might not be able to enter at times, so hedge your bets.
6. Guangdong Investment Tower – Internal Affairs
The most famous filming location from Internal Affairs is shut to the public, but fans can visit another key spot: the lobby of the tower in Sheung Wan. It’s the location for a major shock in the movie!
7. Jackson Road, Central – A Better Tomorrorow
This is easily one of the coolest filming locations in the city. The iconic movie from Hong Kong filmmaker John Woo is still a classic. Actor Chow Yun-fat first appears as Mark in a trench coat and sunglasses, and a trend was born!