Most breathtaking view of the Hong Kong skyline || FREE

Hong Kong is a truly unique & bustling metropolis. It plays host to 317 skyscrapers - making it the city with the most skyscrapers in the world! With all those bright lights you might be wondering where you can view this breathtaking skyline. Some viewing places take more coordinating & are slightly pricey, however, I have an amazingly low-cost alternative . Put on your hiking shoes, pack a few bottles of Skol beer & some dim sums & make your way towards Red Incense Burner Summit; for a truly amazing view of the Hong Kong skyline. 

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Hong Kong Sunset from Red Incense Burner Summit
An avid Hong Kong Photographer

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

Make sure to start your journey to Red Incense Burner Hill a few hours before sunset. It is a popular spot for locals & photographic enthusiasts. So to secure your place I would advise being there 2-3 hours before sunset. Don't worry about getting caught (you'll see what I mean in the instructions); this is a popular spot despite its shady approach.

For this 10-15 minute hike you will only need a few items:

  • Water
  • Any food or drinks you wish to eat while watching the sunset + a rubbish bag
  • Mosquito repellent 
  • A hat
  • Good shoes
  • A torch/light for the descent
  • Your camera gear 

HOW TO GET TO BRAEMAR HIILL

To get to Red Incense Burner Summit (also known as Braemar Hill) is pretty straightforward.  From Causeway Bay Station catch the no.25 minibus on the corner of Paterson & Great George Street. You can use your MTR card or be prepared to pay the fare with coins ( 5.20HKD). Braemar Hill is the last stop & you will end up on a ring road. If you are not sure just ask the driver to let you off at Braemar Hill. 

From there walk up the hill towards the dead end at the big iron gates. To the left-hand side jump over the small metal railing. You will notice a path that follows beside the ironed gated area. Follow this goat track until you reach a set of stairs. Climb up till you reach the wide road with a dirt track to the left & a concrete path to the right. Take the concrete path to the right. Keep following the path until you reach a small clearing (picture 4). Turn right up the hill. 

At this point, most of the path is indicated with orange or yellow ribbon. Keep climbing up until you reach a set of rocks with a clear view of both sides of Hong Kong harbour. Towards the cliff there is a rock that is popular for portraits to be taken. Grab your photo here while you can because it gets quite busy. 

The first time I hiked to Braemar Hill it was slightly busy & I didn't get the best spot, despite being there a few hours ahead of time. The second time on my Birthday there were only a few souls & the sunset was absolutely breathtaking. It made for a very special celebration. 

If you liked this post or had success in finding this amazing viewing summit please share & comment your experience! 

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