Jun 27, 2018

7 best sunset spots in Hong Kong


Hong Kong, a city of skyscrapers and larger-than-life cityscapes, offers breathtaking views that very few urban areas in the world can beat! Amidst the hustle and bustle, the chaos and fast-paced life of the city, it's often good to take a breather and experience the simple joys of life. Like a sunset!

Thankfully for you, Hong Kong has dozens of options, both inside and outside the city, to experience the sunset in all its breathtaking beauty. Whether it's on top of a building, a beach or even atop a hill, here are the seven best spots to witness the coming of night... and the sun’s promise to rise again.


1) Victoria Peak


Victoria Peak View


Rising 550 metres from sealevel, Victoria Peak offers a stunning view of the Hong Kong Island. 

While it is a bit of a tourist trap, riding the Peak Tram is the quickest way to get to the top, and offers fantastic views en route as well! We suggest you purchase the Peak Tram Sky Pass, which gives you the excitement of riding the Peak Tram and the best views of the city from The Sky Terrace 428. Peak Tram tickets (round trip) cost HK $52 for adults, while The Peak Tram Sky Pass costs HK $99 for adults.


2) Café Gray Deluxe

Café Gray Deluxe offers an incredible view of the Hong Kong harbour. It's a great place to have some delicous food, sophisticated drinks and watch the sunset over the beautiful city harbour. This chic 49th floor establishment in Admiralty offers a panoramic view of the Harbour. It also is home to one of Asia’s longest stone bars - a real luxury in space-starved Hong Kong! Sip a champagne cocktail as you watch the sun bid the city good night. Visit the Café at Hotel Upper House, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong.


3) Devil's Peak


Devil Peak


Devil's Peak is located in New Kowloon, Hong Kong. This historically significant spot was controlled by the British Army and even local pirates controlled the passage to north China. From Tseung Kwan O Chinese Permanent Cemetery, walk up 650m till you see the entrance of Wilson Peak, and follow the signs to reach Devil's Peak. It's a short and easy hike that won't take more than 2 hours of your time. The vistas you’ll enjoy are well worth it!


4) Braemar Hill

Named after the Scottish village, Braemar Hill is located between North Point and Quarry Bay. Mostly a residential area, you can catch an incredible sunset over Victoria Harbour. It's also the perfect spot to view fireworks on festive occasions.


5) Ha Pak Nai

A popular sunset spot, Pak Nai is a wetland located in Yuen Long district. It's said to offer some of the most incredible sunsets you can witness in Hong Kong. To reach there, take the green-line minibus #33 from Tai Fung Street, Yuen Long. The ride is approximately 30 minutes. The summertime weather is ideal for being outdoors at the wetlands however, do bring mosquito repellent and a torch!  If you're going as a group, especially with kids, hire a taxi after sunset, as it might take longer to catch a bus.


6) Sunset Peak, Lantau Island


Lantau Island Peak Sunset


Also known as Tai Tung Shan, this is the third highest peak in all of HK, standing at a whopping 869 metres above sea level. The starting point of the trail is at Pak Kung Au on Lantau Island. If you have time, proceed past Sunset Peak to reach its twin, Yi Tung Shan. The 2-hour hike culminates with a spectacular view and an even more spectacular sunset!  Just be aware, it’s a long journey back down the mountain, unless you plan to camp out and enjoy a sunrise the following day!


7) Tai Long Wan, New Territories


Tai Long Wan Sunset


A truly offbeat destination, there's no better place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

It comprises four pristine beaches (Sai Wan, Ham Tin, Tai Wan and Tung Wan), and with a 1.5 to 2-hour hike, you can enjoy some of the most breathtaking views in all of the islands. It's little wonder that many call Tai Long Wan "Hong Kong's best-kept secret"!  Protip: If you can, go on a weekday and spend two days camping here. Get two sunsets… and a sunrise too!


These are only a handful of the dozens of spots in the region offering breathtaking views of the sunset. Not many other cities have the same privilege we do… so don't take it for granted! It's the little things like the sunset that can change your day. So go out there and explore!


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