3 of the city's longest bridges connect to Tsing Yi Island, and there are various off-the-beaten track locations to photograph them at sea level.
Tsing Ma Bridge
When this bridge opened in 1997, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world carrying both road and rail. The 2160m long double-deck structure is held by two 206m high concrete towers, with the protected lower deck for trains as well as a backup passage for vehicles during high winds.
To visit the base of the bridge on the Tsing Yi side, take green minibus 88M from the covered transport terminus at Kwai Fong MTR station exit B. Go all the way to the last stop, the United Dockyard. From the stop, walk into the parking lot and around the corner. You will see the bridge ahead. Keep going until you reach the dockyard gate. To the right, you will see a small passageway that skirts around the dockyard's premises and into the trees. Note the metal door is open and you may see some fishermen emerge from it from time to time.
Walk down the narrow but forested path until you see a fence opening to the right. Exit through it and continue along the dirt path, which eventually leads to a rocky and sandy beach where you will have a clear view of the bridge and hear the trains pass on the lower deck.
With a span of 1018m, this bridge opened in 2009 at the entrance of the Rambler Channel and container port. 53m wide and held up by 2 298m towers of a stainless steel and concrete mix.
The same 88M minibus also provides access to this bridge. You will pass by it on the way to the United Dockyard. Get off at Tsing Sheung Road. There is a Sinopec gas station at the intersection. Then walk in all the way to the end of the street at the 2nd roundabout. You will see the bridge come closer and closer along the way.
As you walk along, you will notice a number of industrial facilities, which is a bit of a waste for this prime waterfront real estate with spectacular skyline views.
At the 2nd roundabout, turn right along the dead-end street that runs parallel to the bridge.
The fence is broken at the end of the street and you can venture inside to see the concrete breakwater. Turn left and notice a makeshift ladder using a section of wooden crate. Be careful as the drop on the other side can kill you.
The container terminal is right next to you, and expect a steady stream of ships coming into port.
At this point, you are just under the bridge structure.
A number of fishermen have adapted to the otherwise dangerous breakwater configuration with deep crevices and gaps to enjoy their summer day under the shade.
Ting Kau Bridge
The 1177m-long Ting Kau Bridge opened in 1998 and is held by 3 towers, with the middle tower being the tallest at 195m while the other towers closer to shore at over 160m.
Getting here is easier than the other 2 bridges. From Tsuen Wan West station, take bus 234B, or from Nina Tower, take the more expensive route 53. Get off at Lido Beach, the first stop after crossing the bridge from beneath. Ahead of the bus stop on the left, take the staircase down to the beach. Lido Beach is fairly small but it has shower and changing room facilities. To the left of it, there is a landscaped park where the bridge crosses the sea right above you. This spot also lets you see the Tsing Ma Bridge as well.
Tsuen Wan's skyscrapers rise on the other side of the park.
To head back to Tsuen Wan, go back up the staircase and cross the pedestrian overpass.
Alternatively, continue on the 53 all the way to Yuen Long. This is among the city's longest bus routes and runs along the coast all the way to Tuen Mun.