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Sunset Peak: be captivated by the views and the sea of flora

South China Morning Post
  • Written by South China Morning Post

Average hiking time: About 4.5 hours | Distance: About 9 km | Difficulty: Very Difficult

Sunset Peak is Hong Kong’s third highest mountain, and very accessible to hikers. The views and flora are stunning while you can also feel the sea of grass brushing against your legs.

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Stop 1: Pak Kung Au

Begin your hike at Pak Kung Au between Lantau Peak and Sunset Peak. Trekking along the Lantau Trail toward Sunset Peak, be ready for a 2 km uphill climb. Luckily, much of the ascent is shaded. At the end, with only shrubs and tall grass along the trail, you’ll get panoramic views.

Stop 2: Sunset Peak

Atop Sunset Peak, sweeping views of bays and beaches open up to your right. Run your hand through the trailside Miscanthus or Silvergrass, a signature feature of Lantau’s high peaks.

It's very windy and cool at Sunset Peak during winter and frequently foggy in spring.  Visit the Hong Kong Observatory website for more details on weather forecasting, warnings and more.

Stop 3: Lantau Mountain Camp

Cresting the shoulder of the peak, savour the welcome breeze and stop for a moment at Lantau Mountain Camp to enjoy the old mountain huts dotted across the plateau below. They make the perfect backdrop for a picture, in late afternoon sun.

Stop 4: Yi Tung Shan

Continue down, passing the old mountain huts, and you skirt round the north side of Hong Kong’s ninth highest peak, Yi Tung Shan.

Stop 5: Luk Tei Tong Watch Tower

Walking through Nam Shan, a wide picnic area, turn left down the ancestral trail. Eventually, you will reach Luk Tei Tong Watch Tower, a relic from the 20th century.

Stop 6: Mui Wo

After walking for about 15 minutes on the village path, you will arrive at Mui Wo, your destination.


A cluster of shops can be found near the Mui Wo Ferry Pier.

Getting to Pak Kung Au

  • From MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B, take bus 3M, 11, 11A or 23 at Tung Chung Bus Terminus and get off at Pak Kung Au.

Leaving from Mui Wo

  • At Mui Wo Bus Terminus, take bus 3M to MTR Tung Chung Station.

  • Take the ferry from Mui Wo to Central.

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The Hong Kong Tourism Board disclaims any liability as to the quality or fitness for purpose of third party products and services; and makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy, adequacy or reliability of any information contained herein.

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