InstaCity is a blog series that introduces you to Instagrammers in different parts of the world. We’ll feature a new city, and a new group of Instagrammers, in each installment. We love exploring the world through photos, and hope you’ll be inspired to follow some of the users we feature here to learn more about the city they call home.

This week, we’re taking you to Hong Kong! There’s an extremely active local group of Instagrammers in Hong Kong. During Hong Kong InstaMeets — dubbed HKInstaYays — local Instagrammers get together to make new friends and wander the city snapping photos. There have already been 9 HKInstaYays held in Hong Kong, with as many as 30+ Instagrammers in attendance.

We’d like to introduce you to four of the Instagrammers involved in the Hong Kong Instagram community. We encourage you to check out their photos and ask them about all the other great Instagrammers snapping beautiful mobile photos in Hong Kong.


@twheat: Instagram started as a way for me to keep in touch with friends and family when I first moved to Hong Kong. As I became aware of the community, it became much more. I’ve made lasting friendships with local IGers who’ve generously opened their hearts and shared this amazing city with me. Read Tyson’s post on Objective Scenes about the HKInstaYay meetups.

This is my favorite place in Hong Kong — a trail near Mt. Butler. It’s where I go when I need to escape the crowds. The view doesn’t suck, either, especially when the sun’s creeping through menacing storm clouds.


@aoyin: I started using Instagram out of my love for photography and, unexpectedly, joined a new family in the process: the HK InstaYay! I started the hashtag #blueskiesmonday to cheer everybody up and kick away Monday blues with some blue skies!

In Hong Kong, you find bits of local lives as well as Chinese and colonial heritage. This photo was taken in a local village; it shows an interesting contrast of the dried salted duck’s leg and the Bethanie Chapel.


@jethromullen: I got interested in Instagram through the main man of iPhoneography in Hong Kong, @twheat, and I haven’t looked back. I’ve met some great people through Instagram meet-ups in Hong Kong — on trams, up mountains and through city streets. And I’ve got to know some incredible photographers all over the world through the app.

I took this photo on my way to meet some friends for dim sum shortly after arriving back in Hong Kong from a trip overseas. This building caught my attention because it had so much of what makes Hong Kong a great city to photograph: lots of character, a mixture of different patterns and the mysteriousness to make you wonder who lives inside those rows and rows of apartments.


@furkidsinhk: I downloaded Instagram when I noticed it on the AppStore as a Featured App, in October 2010. After using it for around a month, fellow IGer @twheat contacted me and @rig_ to celebrate iPhoneography and Instagram by organizing meetups we call HKInstaYay. We’ve had 9 meetups so far, around various parts of HK, and we’re making friends with a truly wonderful bunch of people.

Taken on a hot and humid Hong Kong day, somewhere in Kowloon. Sunlight reflects off a glass tower behind me and onto the buildings in front. These buildings, and those around me, house an interesting mixture of people - Chinese bonesetting clinics, Latin dance studios, acupuncturists, and for me most interesting of all, Master Chan Yiu Lam who teaches the Dragon fist Kung Fu, and Wing Chun Grandmaster Ip Chun, eldest son of Ip Man - the master of Bruce Lee.

HKInstaYay photos at the top of this post are by @twheat and @thisiskiti