You’ve probably seen the pictures, dense, colorful apartments of Hong Kong that appear to close in around you, yet there’s a certain beauty too it. Hong Kong’s Montane Mansion in Quarry Bay (also called the Monster Building) is a must-see for any photographer’s visit to Hong Kong.
- First and most importantly READ THIS!
- Montane Mansion & Oceanic Mansion — Instagramable Quarry Bay
- Photography Tips — Montane Mansion &
- Oceanic Mansion
- How to get to Montane Mansion, Quarry Bay
- Where should I go next?
First and most importantly READ THIS!
These are the private residences of many people, be respectful! There is now a sign asking people to stay out. If you do come here please be very polite, keep quiet and don’t linger longer than needed. I’m sure you will be more appreciated if you buy something at the small shops at ground level as well.
Montane Mansion & Oceanic Mansion — Instagramable Quarry Bay
These “mansions” from the 1960s perfectly convey the feeling of Hong Kong, one of the most populated cities in the world. Densely populated, compact and an interesting contrast of old and new.
Photography Tips — Montane Mansion &
1. Visit both Courtyards
Don’t forget to see both courtyards. There are two. You can access the second through the back stairs or from a little further down the street at 1032 King’s Road. This second courtyard is actually the one that is photographed most.
2. Day or Night?
I recommend going at night. If you want to go during the day and night go for it. But I think the night is more beautiful, but only if you shoot it right (long exposure on a tripod). Look at the pictures and decide for yourself.
3. Bring a Tripod for Night Photography
If you go at night, bring a tripod if you’ve got it. If you don’t, for a make-shift solution try to lay your camera on one of the structures in the courtyard.
4. Wide-Angle Lens
You’ll want your widest lens for this. It will really make a difference. I shot with a 12mm on a Sony Alpha A6500, so the 35mm equivalent would be 18mm. Some images were also cropped slightly.
5. Shoot RAW
It might be common sense to the serious photographer, but don’t forget to shoot RAW if your camera can. During the day it’s a pretty high contrast scene with the bright blue sky and shade inside the courtyard. You’ll be able to pull much more shadow detail and bring down the highlights when you shoot RAW. So if your camera has the ability to shoot RAW, use it.
6. Try Different Angles and Compositions
I’m sure you’ll want to shoot the classic dense, seemingly closed-on-four-sides view looking up, but also try different angles, zoom in, include the shops, maybe some green. Keeping looking for different angles, perspectives. Without disturbing the locals of course.
7. Exterior Photography
Look at the outside of the building. While not quite as photogenic it’s still has something to offer.
How to get to Montane Mansion, Quarry Bay
Montane Mansion is located in Quarry Bay on Hong Kong Island and composes various “Mansions” including Oceanic Mansion. You can use the following address.
Montane Mansion 1028 King’s Road, Quarry Bay
Take the Quarry Bay Metro stop, then Exit A. Turn right on the street (King’s Road). You will pass “Taikoo Place”. Keep following the road passing “Mount Parker Road Green Trail”
It’s less than a ten-minute walk from the metro station. The entrance looks like this
Where should I go next?
If your visit during the day, take a stroll down to the Quarry Bay Park and Quarry Bay Promenade with nice views of Victoria Harbor and the retired Alexander Grantham fireboat.
Not too far is also the Dragon’s Back hike with some fantastic views of Shek O and the ocean. Click here for the full hike description.
Check out the view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak. Walking to The Peak I believe is the best way to get there as you will have many more photo opportunities of the life in Hong Kong as well as some different views of Victoria Harbor.