Best Places to See the Sunrise or Sunset in Hong Kong

Best Places to See the Sunrise or Sunset in Hong Kong

Hong Kong offers breathtaking views for sunrise and sunset enthusiasts. Whether you want to witness the first rays of sunlight over the South China Sea or capture the stunning colours of the city skyline as the sun sets, there are several stunning locations to choose from.

From the breathtaking Cape D’Aguilar and beautiful Shek O Beach to the stunning Tai Mo Shan and picturesque Garden Hill, each spot offers a one-of-a-kind and awe-inspiring experience. Keep reading to uncover the top spots to witness the magical sunrise and sunset in Hong Kong and start planning your next unforgettable adventure.

Table of contents: Best Places to See Sunrise/Sunset in Hong Kong

Best places to see the sunrise in Hong Kong

Cape D’Aguilar

Cape D’Aguilar, also called Hok Tsui, is easily accessible via a mostly paved route, making it more of an adventure walk than a full-on hike. For the best view, walk on the adjacent lawn after reaching the radio station (do not enter the restricted area!). Turn right at the end of the path and climb a set of stairs that will take you to a cliff overlooking the historic lighthouse.

This spot is popular among sun chasers, so arrive early to secure a prime spot.

How to get to Cape d’Aguilar? To reach Cape D’Aguilar, take bus number 9 or the Shek O beach minibus from Shau Kei Wan MTR exit A3.

On weekends, you can also take the express bus 9X from Star Ferry or Central Exchange Square. (Some buses may skip Cape D’Aguilar and go directly to Shek O Beach. Look for buses going via Cape D’Aguilar.)

On your way back, you may make a detour to Cape D’Aguilar Lighthouse (also known as Hok Tsui Beacon).

There are 2 batteries in Cape D’Aguilar: the Bokhara Battery and the Cape D’Aguilar Battery. Bokhara Battery is located behind the lighthouse, while Cape D’Aguilar Battery is near Hok Tsui Lower village.

To reach Cape D’Aguilar Battery, take the steeper and more challenging trail on the right near Hok Tsui Lower village. Follow the ribbons and markers until you reach the shore and see the battery. Built in 1939 and abandoned in 1941 during the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong in World War II, Cape D’Aguilar battery is now in ruins and partially overgrown with vegetation, but has a striking appearance against the backdrop of the sea.

The round-trip detour is about 1km and may take up to thirty minutes due to the steep terrain.

Shek O Beach

Shek O Beach is not only one of the best beaches in Hong Kong but also a prime spot to view the sunrise. Visit the southeast end of the island in the early morning to see the sun rising from the South China Sea.

With its soft sand and convenient location, it’s a popular destination for nature lovers. Don’t forget to capture the beautiful orange and purple sky!

How to get to Shek O Beach?

To access Shek O Beach, take the MTR to Shau Kei Wan on the island line. Then, catch bus number 9 at the bus terminus or take a taxi directly from Shau Kei Wan station.

On weekends and public holidays, you can take express bus number X9 from Shek O back to North Point, Causeway Bay, and Central in the afternoon. The journey takes about 30 minutes.

MoneySmart Tip:

  • Sit on the right side of the bus for great views!
  • If you are driving, arrive early, as parking at the beach is limited.

Ma Wan Beach

Ma Wan Beach offers a serene spot to watch the sunrise away from the crowds. Enjoy a beautiful view of the Tsing Yi coastline and Tsing Ma Bridge as the sky turns violet at dawn. Stay a little longer to see the sun rise above the hills of Tsing Yi, creating a stunning backdrop for the bridge.

Shek O Beach provides an uninterrupted view of the coastline and a breathtaking sunrise over the South China sea. Don’t forget your camera to capture the picturesque orange and purple horizon. For the ultimate experience, consider an overnight camping trip!

How to get to Ma Wan Beach?

To reach Ma Wan, you have 3 options: (1) public transit (MTR and bus), (2) ferry, or (3) taxi. Private cars are not allowed on the island. Consider your starting point, explore these options, and choose the one that suits you best.

(1) Public Transit

To get to Ma Wan using public transit, you’ll need to take the MTR and a bus or 2. You can use Google Maps or CityMapper (available for iOS and Android) to plan your route. If you’re not familiar with Hong Kong’s public transit system, it’s recommended to purchase an Octopus Card for convenient use of buses and trains.

(2) Ferry

There are 2 ferries that go to Ma Wan. One departs from Central Ferry Pier Number 2 and is called the “Park Island Ferry.” The other departs from Tsuen Wan Ferry Pier. Both ferries take you to Park Island Pier in the northeast corner of the island. You can use your Octopus Card to pay for the ferry.

For the most up-to-date timetables, click here.

(3) Taxi

Although private cars are not allowed, you can travel to this location by taxi. The taxi will drop you off at the roundabout just north of the Tsing Ma Control Area Toll Plaza. Keep in mind that taking a taxi here will cost you a few hundred Hong Kong dollars, so make sure to have cash with you.

Tai Mo Shan


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Standing at 957 metres, Tai Mo Shan is the tallest peak in Hong Kong and offers breathtaking sunrise views. Though the trails can be challenging, reaching one of the higher vantage points just before dawn rewards you with serene and sublime scenery.

Tai Mo Shan, meaning Big Hat Mountain, is the highest peak in Hong Kong and offers varying difficulty levels and trail lengths. Plan ahead and choose your preferred challenge level. Regardless, the sunrise view from up there is incomparable.

How to get to Tai Mo Shan?

To get to Tai Mo Shan Country Park, you can take bus 51 from Nina Mall, which is conveniently located near MTR Tsuen Wan West Station. The bus route will take you directly to the Tai Mo Shan Country Park Bus Stop.

Once you get off the bus, you can start your journey by walking back along the road. After a short distance, you will need to make a left turn to go up to Rotary Park.

Sai Kung Pier

If early morning mountain hiking isn’t your thing, go to Sai Kung Pier for a more accessible sunrise experience. The sun rises towards Kau Sai Chau, and while nearby islands may block the first rays, watching it rise over the island peaks is still breathtaking.

Have breakfast in Sai Kung’s town centre and enjoy a leisurely walk around the neighbourhood for a perfect day out.

How to get to Sai Kung Pier?

To get to Sai Kung Pier, there are several ways of transportation.

By Minibus

Here is a table including all the possible routes to Sai Kung Pier:

Minibus No. Route Cost Duration Frequency
1A From Choi Hung MTR Station $8.40 Approx. 25 minutes 4 minutes
1S From Choi Hung MTR Station $9.70 12:30am to 6am 10-15 minutes
101M From Hang Hau $8.10 20 minutes 3-30 minutes
Red Minibus: Mong Kok Express From Mong Kok MTR Station $12 Approx. 30-40 minutes
Red Minibus: Causeway Bay Express $22 for the full journey, $16 to Hung Hom Monday-Friday: 7:00pm to 12:30am, Weekends: 5:00pm to 12:30am
9 From Kwun Tong Daily 6:40am to 12:30am

By bus

Bus No. Route Cost Duration Frequency
91 From Diamond Hill to Clearwater Bay Bus Station $7.1 48 minutes Every 17-20 minutes
91M From Diamond Hill 299 to Po Lam $5.80 58 minutes Every 15-20 minutes
92 From Diamond Hill Railroad Station $6.50 Approx. 45 minutes Every 15-20 minutes
92M From Tiu Keng Leng (Passes through HKUST, Clear Water Bay, and Tseung Kwan O) $6.90 Daily 5:45am to 22:25pm, every 20 minutes  

Lugard Road Lookout

Despite its recent popularity, you can still capture stunning sunrise pictures of Hong Kong on Lugard Road without being disturbed by other photographers or tourists (not many people want to wake up at 4:00am).

As the night sky begins to brighten, you may come across a few photographers already set up to capture the sunrise. The easiest way to access the Lookout is through the entrance in front of the Peak Galleria, making it a popular route for dog walkers. The panoramic view of the skyline from Lugard Road is magnificent throughout the day, but the early morning hours are truly special.

The journey to the viewpoint takes approximately 15 minutes in total.

How to get to Lugard Road?

After reaching the Peak Tower Station, go past it towards the white house to walk along Lugard Road to the secret sunrise spot. If you are not sure which way to go, look for the rightmost pathway that wraps around the hillside.

Once you find Lugard Road (look for the white sign), continue following the path for about 15-20 minutes. It may be dark and eerie, but don’t give up! Once you’re on the right path, it’s impossible to get lost.

Continue making your way until you see the city below on your right. Don’t stop there! Keep going a little further. The ideal spot is just ahead, near a large boulder that sticks out from the hillside. Here, you’ll find a straight and clear section of the path, perfect for watching the sunrise in Hong Kong.

Tap Mun

Tap Mun offers stunning rock formations and scenic coastlines. Visitors can camp on the island’s lush plains, enjoying the beautiful night sky and sunrise. However, beware of the curious cows that may explore your tent. Keep an eye on your belongings and avoid feeding them!

How to get to Tap Mun?

To get to Tap Mun, take a kaito (local ferry) from Wong Shek Pier or Ma Liu Shui Pier. Bus 94, 96R (weekends and holidays only), and 289R (weekends and holidays only) go to Wong Shek Pier, or you can walk to Ma Liu Shui Pier from University Station Exit B.

Lantau Peak

From Hong Kong’s second-highest hill, you can enjoy panoramic views of Tung Chung, stretching as far as Tuen Mun, Cheung Sha, and Shek Pik Reservoir. Going here during the wee hours will not only give you peace and quiet but also a breathtaking sunrise view.

How to get to Lantau Peak?

To reach Pak Kung Au, follow these steps:

  1. Take the MTR to Tung Chung Station.
  2. From Tung Chung Station, take bus 3M.
  3. Get off at Pak Kung Au.
  4. Walk along the path to Lantau Park.

Sharp Peak

Sharp Peak in Hong Kong is famous for its steep incline, making it a challenging hike. The rewarding 360-degree view from the top captures the stunning sunrise over the city. You can also enjoy views of Ko Lau Wan, Port Island, Nam She Wan, and the beautiful coast known as “Thousand Stream.” Additionally, you’ll have unparalleled views of the coastlines of Ham Tin Wan, Tai Wan, and Tung Wan.

How to get to Sharp Peak, Pak Tam Au?

From Sai Kung, take a cab or village bus to Pak Tam Au or Sai Wan Pavilion. Minibus 7 is also available from Sai Kung to Pak Tam Au.

What equipment for taking sunrise photos?

If you’re serious about photography and want to capture amazing photos, you’ll need the right equipment. Here’s a list of essential items for sunrise photography:

  • Sturdy Tripod: The Manfrotto ‘Be Free’ Travel Tripod is a great choice.
  • Wide-angle Lens: Try the Nikon 10-20 AFP or Canon EF-S10-18mm.
  • ND Filter: GOBE offers a wide selection of filters for longer exposures.
  • Alarm clock and warm jumper.

Best places to see a sunset in Hong Kong

Tin Ha Shan, Clear Water Bay

Tin Ha Shan is more challenging, but the view is worth it.

Start at the small entrance near The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club and hike up to Tin Ha Shan. After 15 to 20 minutes, you’ll reach a spacious area with a panoramic view of Po Toi O Bay and the golf course. Don’t miss the beautiful orange lakes as the sun sets. The hike may be tough for beginners, so be prepared!

How to get to Tin Ha Shan?

Take bus No.16 from Po Lam MTR station or Hang Hau MTR station to get off at The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club.

Devil’s Peak


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Located in New Kowloon, Devil’s Peak was historically used by the British to control the passage north to China and was also controlled by pirates.

The Devil’s Peak Trail is a popular night hike in Hong Kong, suitable for casual hikers and families. It starts from Lei Yue Mun near the Tseung Kwan O Chinese Permanent Cemetery and offers a well-defined path with military relics.

The hike takes about 2 hours and offers a beautiful sunset view. Before starting, check the sunset time to allow enough walking time to reach the peak.

How to get to Devil’s Peak?

To reach Devil’s Peak, take the MTR to Yau Tong Station, exiting at A. Walk to Ko Chiu Road, then up the slope to Tseng Kwan O Chinese Permanent Cemetery. Look for the entrance to Wilson Trail, go up the steps, and follow the signs for Devil’s Peak.

West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade

The West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade offers stunning sunset views in Hong Kong. It is easily accessible by public transportation or a short stroll. It is a great spot to relax after exploring the West Kowloon Cultural District. Make sure to find a comfortable spot to watch the sunset.

How to get to the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade?

You can exit from MTR Kowloon Station at Exit E4 or E5. Walk along Nga Cheung Road and cross the footbridge into the West Kowloon Cultural District (approx. 10 minutes). You can exit from MTR Austin Station or West Kowloon Station. Walk to MTR Kowloon Station (approx. 10 minutes), then follow the directions above.

Braemar Hill

Braemar Hill, located between North Point and Quarry Bay, offers stunning panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and a serene atmosphere to appreciate Hong Kong’s natural beauty.

From this strategic vantage point, you can witness the breathtaking sight of the sun setting over the waters of Victoria Harbour, creating a mesmerising display of colours.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a photography lover, or seeking a peaceful escape from city life, Braemar Hill is the ideal destination to immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquilly of Hong Kong.

How to get to Braemar Hill?

To reach Braemar Hill Peak, take a bus or minibus to Braemar Hill Bus Terminus. Multiple bus options are available, such as 23B, 25, 25A, 27, 81A, 85, 85A, 85P, and 108.

Sunset Peak, Lantau Island

Head to Lantau Island and hike up Sunset Peak to witness the breathtaking sunset. It is located at the summit of a large hill, standing 869m above sea level.

Although it is the third-highest peak in Hong Kong, be prepared for a challenging uphill climb. Most people begin their hike at Pak Kung Au, located between Sunset Peak and Lantau Peak, covering a total distance of approximately 9km and taking approximately 4 hours to complete.

Once you reach the top during the magical hour, you will be rewarded with a stunning panoramic view. For the best experience, consider hiking in autumn to see the beautiful silver grass on the hillside.

How to get to Sunset Peak?

To begin the Sunset Peak hike in Tung Chung, take the MTR to Tung Chung Station. Use exit D and walk towards Fu Tung Street. Then, continue onto Cheung Tung Road. Keep going straight for 550 metres, and you’ll reach the trail.

Ha Pak Nai


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Pak Nai, a wetland in the Yuen Long area of Hong Kong, is a popular sunset spot. To get there, take green-line minibus No. 33 from Tai Fung Street in Yuen Long.

Ha Pak Nai, located in the New Territories, is a pristine refuge untouched by urbanization. It is one of the best places in Hong Kong to watch the sunset. With beautiful mudflats and mangrove stands, this spot gets crowded on weekends, attracting many photographers.

Ha Pak Nai is not only a popular nature escape but also a romantic hideaway. Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view as the sky’s colours reflect on the water at dusk.

How to get to Ha Pak Nai?

Take the MTR Tuen Ma line to MTR Yuen Long Station, then exit E onto Long Yat Road. Minibus 33 station on Tai Fung Street is a 10-minute walk away. Ha Pak Nai is the end of the minibus route, but Ap Tsai Hang is closer if you get off one stop earlier. Service operates daily from 5:00am to 9:30pm.

Garden Hill

Garden Hill is a popular spot in the city for sunset viewing. It attracts many photographers and sunset enthusiasts. To avoid the crowds, visit this spot for sunrise instead. The summit also provides a peaceful escape from the busy Sham Shui Po neighbourhood below.

How to get to Garden Hill?

Start at Exit D2 of Sham Shui Po MTR Station and walk along Kweilin Street towards Mei Ho House, the YHA Youth Hostel. Instead of passing it, you will find a path uphill on the right side of the hostel with stairways.

Frequently asked questions: Best places to see sunrise/sunset in Hong Kong

How can I see the sunrise at Cape D’Aguilar in Hong Kong?

To see the sunrise at Cape D’Aguilar, walk on the adjacent lawn near the radio station and go up a set of stairs that will lead you to a cliff overlooking the historic lighthouse.

Which beach in Hong Kong is a good spot to see the sunrise?

Shek O Beach is a popular spot to view the sunrise in Hong Kong. Head to the southeast end of the island in the early morning to catch a glimpse of the sun rising from across the South China Sea.

Where can I see the sunrise at Tai Mo Shan in Hong Kong?

Tai Mo Shan, the highest peak in Hong Kong, offers spectacular sunrise views. Visit one of the higher vantage points just before dawn to enjoy the serene scenery amidst nature.

What are some popular places to watch the sunset in Hong Kong?

Some popular places to watch the sunset in Hong Kong include Devil’s Peak, the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade, Garden Hill, and Ha Pak Nai. Each offers unique scenic views of the city and surrounding areas.

What time is the sunrise in Hong Kong?

To watch the sunrise over Hong Kong, you can check the sunrise time on and plan your trip accordingly.

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