The Rainbow Estate 彩虹
Its no surprise that I am addicted to Instagram. I follow a lot of Taiwanese and Hong Kong photographers on my feed and I noticed that when passing through Hong Kong there was one must see among Asian photographers and aspiring bloggers. A rainbow coloured social housing estate.
Choi Hung (彩虹）Estate was built around 1962 on Kowloon and designed to house up to 40,000 residents. It was a council house built by the government and apparently the idea of making the building rainbow coloured was in order to lift the spirits of it's residents. The word Choi Hung literally means rainbow in Cantonese (pronounced Cǎi hóng in mandarin). These buildings are incredible. Pastel coloured and primary coloured huge buildings dotting an entire neighbourhood. I knew I had to go and have a look myself!
I arrived on Kowloon after I visited Macau. I dropped my bags off, grabbed a camera and hopped on the MTR to Choi Hung Station. Even the station platform was decorated with rainbow colours, making it instantly unique compared to the other stations. The estate was very easy to find just follow exit C3 and follow the path. I had arrived in the late afternoon so many school kids and residents were hurrying home. It didn't feel like an overt tourist destination which is what made it so intriguing.
Choi Hung is best viewed from the 3rd floor of a car park located right in the centre. The car park offers stunning views, especially during sunset and also has basketball courts for school kids and b-ball enthusiasts alike.
Honestly I can't recommend this place enough. It oozes coolness and displays a unique side to Hong Kong culture and daily life. Check it out if you are passing through Hong Kong!