Travel With Ysabel: #DiscoverHongKong ‘s Film Locations

Movie junkies would familiarize themselves with these locations from these sought-after films.

You know you watched a good film when you add the film’s locations to your travel bucket list. Hong Kong is not just a tourism magnet of trade, business and finance in Asia but is also home to places where many films are shot. What’s interesting about these places is that they may appear like ordinary buildings but in truth, these landmarks also have stories to tell.

This summer, explore more of the city and the other gems of Hong Kong with theses film locations!

HSBC Main Building – This structure was once the most expensive building in the world in the late 1980’s. It serves as the headquarters of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, and is also in fact eco-friendly. Natural sunlight simply seeps in the glass and giant mirrors are provided on the very top of the atrium to bounce the light into the atrium and eventually down at the plaza itself.

Address: 1 Queen’s Road Central
How to Get There: Exit K of Central MTR Station, facing Statue Square
Movie filmed here: Spy Game, 2001  (Starring Brad Pitt, Robert Redford and Catherine McCormack)

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International Finance Center, Tower 2 – Just nearby the HSBC Main Building is the second tallest building in Hong Kong. It also holds a record as the eighth tallest office building in the world with its architectural height of 412 meters (1,351.7 ft). The other towers include Tower 1, IFC Mall and the Four Seasons Hotel. The building also served as an advertisement platform on its facade for Cathay Pacific, Financial Times and HSBC which covered over 50 storeys – holding yet another record of being the world’s largest advertisement placed on a skyscraper.

You can enter the IFC2 from IFC Mall, or use the footbridge to get a good look at the sky scraper. The IFC Mall also the houses the biggest Apple Store in Hong Kong, which gives the sideview of Hong Kong’s skyline and also houses a technology-based play area for kids on the second floor.

Address: 8 Finance Street, Central
How To Get There: MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit A2 or F.
Movies filmed here: Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, 2003 (Starring Angelina Jolie, Gerald Butler and Noah Taylor)
The Dark Night, 2008 (Starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Heath Ledger)

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ChungKing Mansions – The cheapest accommodation in Hong Kong also houses many independent low-budget hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, bistros, clothing stores, foreign exchange offices among others. Many of the ethnic minorities such as Southern Asians gather here to interact and mingle with their fellow nationals. About 4,000 people live in this complex.

Address: 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
How To Get There: Exit the Tsim Sha Tsui or the East Tsim Sha Tsui Station of the MTR.
Movie filmed here:  Johnny English Reborn, 2011 (Rowan Atkinson, Gillian Anderson and Rosamund Pike)

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Wing On Center – One of the most loved department stores of Hong Kong! Like most retail outlets, its merchandise include clothes, jewelry, accessories, household items, cosmetics and the like. It has been up since 1907. Its facade and interior may have changed through the years but since its opening, it has captured the hearts of many Hong Kong shoppers for its many reasonably prized items. For visitors, present your passport or valid travel docs that will entail you to a Tourist Shopping Pass, giving you the chance to enjoy 5-10% discounts.

Address: 211 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island
How To Get There: Exit Sheung Wan of the Blue Line, specifically Exit A of the MTR. 
Movie filmed here: 
 Police Story, 1985 (Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung and Brigitte Lin)

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Tung Choi Street – “Crowded and colorful” – Tung Choi Street possesses both qualities as the two terms come together like bread and butter. In the southern area of the busiest street market in Hong Kong is the Ladies’ Street that sells merchandise that more or less caters to the wants and needs of women shoppers for bargained prices. For the men, they have their counterpart at Temple Street 2 km away from the Ladies’ and is open during night time.

Address: Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How To Get There: Exit MongKok of the Red Line of the MTR
Movie filmed here: Push, 2009 (Dakota Fanning, Chris Evans, Camilla Belle)

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Yick Fat Building, Quarry Bay – This is not war, maybe, human extinction?? Well, more than meets the eye is the Yick Fat Building, the few of the real locations where Transformers 4: Age of Extinction was filmed. The brief, low angle shots in the fourth Transformers franchise draws attention to the colorful walls on both sides which are actually residential buildings. It was also in this area that director Michael Bay suffered minor injuries while taping for the movie. It’s pretty well hidden as it is inserted between Yau Man Street and Quarry Bay street.

Address: 1048 – 1056 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
How To Get There: Exit Quarry Bay of the Blue Line of the MTR, then take about a 15 min walk going towards there.
Movie filmed here: Transformers 4, 2014 (Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor)

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What do you think of these places? Book your next trip to Hong Kong by downloading the ‘My Hong Kong Guide’, available on Apple and Andoid devices, and check out http://discoverhongkong.com to learn more about Hong Kong and its film locations!

Special thanks to Hong Kong Tourism Board and Las Palmas Tours and Travels for making this trip possible!
(BTW, Las Palmas Tours and Travel’s got group and discounted rates so drop by their website or Facebook page from time to time to grab ’em!)