Hong Kong Choi Hung Rainbow Estate 彩虹邨 : A waste of time

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Hong Kong Choi Hung Rainbow Estate 彩虹邨 is an instagram famous place in Hong Kong on the Kowloon side. It is known for its beautiful rainbow colour buildings that has made its way to many tourists photos and Instagram pages.

And just like Monster Building (in Hong Kong Island side), it has attracted many tourists to visit the place.

They hope to see this. Colourful Choi Hung Estate with amazing colourful exterior.

Wow. Colourful Hong Kong Choi Hung Rainbow Estate
Wow. Colourful Hong Kong Choi Hung Rainbow Estate (Getty Images)

They will get this IN REAL LIFE. Unedited. No photo shop. Nothing.

Choi Hung Estate in Real Life
Choi Hung Estate in Real Life
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Granted, the basketball courts are super colourful (and very nice) but the actual Choi Hung Estate buildings are not as colourful. It is rather dull.

Guess the age has caught up with the buildings in 彩虹邨.

About Hong Kong Choi Hung Rainbow Estate

Choi Hung Estate 彩虹邨, one of the oldest public housing estates in Hong Kong, is famous for its iconic, colorful architecture. Built in the early 1960s, it was designed to provide affordable housing and improve living standards. The name “Choi Hung” translates to “Rainbow” in English, aptly describing the estate’s vividly painted exterior in rainbow colors.

The estate has become a popular spot for photographers and tourists, known for its Instagram-worthy views. The combination of the rainbow-colored buildings and the basketball courts creates a unique and photogenic urban landscape. This has led to Choi Hung Estate being featured in various forms of media and becoming a symbol of Hong Kong’s public housing development and urban culture.

Note that in November 2023, it was announced that Hong Kong Choi Hung Rainbow Estate will be redeveloped (i.e. SERS in Singapore… ha) and perhaps this iconic place will be no more next time.

So perhaps that is a good reason to visit it NOW.

How to get to Choi Hung Estate or Rainbow Estate

Choi Hung Estate is right at the Choi Hung MTR station (surprise) on the Kwun Tong Line. Incidentally that’s also two stops from the Wong Tai Sin station which is one of my favourite to do every trip to Hong Kong. That was how I decided that, after a prayer at Wong Tai Sin, to go to see the famous Rainbow Estate.

A prayer at Wong Tai Sin is a must for me, every trip (if possible). Just like a visit to Tze Shan Monastery 慈山寺 (if possible) every trip.

A prayer at Wong Tai Sin
A prayer at Wong Tai Sin

Choi Hung MTR station is on Kwun Tong Line
Choi Hung MTR station is on Kwun Tong Line

Indeed when you arrive at Choi Hung Estate, you will see the beautiful colourful MTR station 🙂

Choi Hung MTR station
Choi Hung MTR station

A check at MTR station tells you to use C4 as the exit. I also suggest that as it is the most direct to the estate.

C4 Exit at Choi Hung MTR station
C4 Exit at Choi Hung MTR station
C4 Exit at Choi Hung MTR station
C4 Exit at Choi Hung MTR station

You are on the right way when you see this 🙂

C4 Exit at Choi Hung MTR station
C4 Exit at Choi Hung MTR station

And oh my god, so coincidentally, my idol’s concert poster is showing on the way to C4 Exit at Choi Hung MTR station. Indeed I was going to the Jacky Cheung concert AFTER the visit to Hong Kong Choi Hung Rainbow Estate 🙂

Jacky Cheung 60+ Concert Poster at MTR Station
Jacky Cheung 60+ Concert Poster at MTR Station

As you exited C4, you will see this estate map for the Choi Hung Estate.

Estate map for the aging Choi Hung Estate
Estate map for the aging Choi Hung Estate

Take a LEFT turn at this map down this little path.

Path to the 彩虹邨
Path to the 彩虹邨

As you reached the end, you will see this car park.

This is the car park to Rainbow Estate or 彩虹邨
This is the car park to Rainbow Estate or 彩虹邨

For reference (you don’t need it but..), right behind you as you looked at this car park, will be the Choi Hung Estate Catholic Secondary School. Talk about a real neighbourhood school.

Choi Hung Estate Catholic Secondary School
Choi Hung Estate Catholic Secondary School

Walk into the car park…

Car Park to go to see Rainbows :)
Car Park to go to see Rainbows 🙂

And clim up the stairs till you reach the top. It is just a few flights of stairs.

Here we are.. at Rainbow Estate
Here we are.. at Rainbow Estate

Photos of the buildings at Rainbow Estate or Choi Hung Estate 彩虹邨

And tata.. you have reached Rainbow Estate or Choi Hung Estate 彩虹邨 !

Rainbow Estate or Choi Hung Estate 彩虹邨
Rainbow Estate or Choi Hung Estate 彩虹邨

I would be lying if I don’t say “A wave of disappointment swept through me”. I feel apologetic to my partner for going to this place with me.

But take a few photos we must….

Rainbow Estate or Choi Hung Estate 彩虹邨
Rainbow Estate or Choi Hung Estate 彩虹邨
Rainbow Estate or Choi Hung Estate 彩虹邨
Rainbow Estate or Choi Hung Estate 彩虹邨

This other building isn’t too colourful too…

Rainbow Estate or Choi Hung Estate 彩虹邨
Rainbow Estate or Choi Hung Estate 彩虹邨

The basketball courts itself are more colourful 🙂

Rainbow Estate or Choi Hung Estate 彩虹邨
Rainbow Estate or Choi Hung Estate 彩虹邨

One last photo.. I think this one I played with some iPhone settings..

Rainbow Estate or Choi Hung Estate 彩虹邨
Rainbow Estate or Choi Hung Estate 彩虹邨

And after 5 mins, we left 🙂

Hong Kong Choi Hung Rainbow Estate : To Go or Not To Go

Don’t waste your time. Move on. Unless you must join the Instagram photos of a Hong-Kong-Must-Visit-Story…. else I think it is just a waste of time.

You are better off going for a hike at the Garden Hills in Kowloon.

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