Tai Mo Shan
Photo Source: Chai Ho

Tai Mo Shan

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Tai Mo Shan is the highest peak in Hong Kong, with an elevation of 957 metres (3,140 ft), and therefore it also has one of the best sunset views in Hong Kong. It is rather easy to hike to the peak as there is a road all the way at a comfortable gradient. Visitors cannot access the highest point on Tai Mo Shan, as it is occupied by a Hong Kong Observatory weather radar station.

Tai Mo Shan is an extinct volcano dating from the Jurassic period. A small hill known as “Kwun Yam Shan” near the mountain still vents warm air though cracks in the rocks that lead all the way to the mantle. The holes that exhale warm air are known as “hot pots”. When the surface temperature is cold, and the warmth of the expelled air is clearly discernible, this phenomenon is referred to by locals as “dragon’s breath”.

  • The view from the top can be stunning, looking downwards to different parts of New Territories and Kowloon.
  • Visibility to the sunset is never a problem although sometimes it can get quite smoggy.
  • For people with cars, it’s very easy to get the peak although there are limited parking spaces (around a dozen only), so people might drop their cars at the roadsides or park at the foot of the mountain and walk up. The mountain is quite flat so it is very easy and safe to hike without needing any mountaineering gear. For ones without cars, you can also get here easily by taxi or Uber, otherwise you will have a lot of walking to do if taking the minibus.
  • Once you are up at the peak, there are lots of routes to walk around and you will notice many people come here for different activities, such as flying kites, taking wedding/graduation pictures, walking dog or just checking out the sunset. Since there are limited parking space, it also limits the amount of crowds here so you don’t need to worry about having too many people blocking your view.

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Apart from its great view, many people will also visit Tai Mo Shan for morning breakfast. There are two restaurants that opens everyday at 6am until early afternoon, and offers traditional Hong Kong style dim sum, attracting many morning hikers to grab a bite. And as we are standing at the highest point in Hong Kong, it can get quite windy and chilly even in the summer, so make sure you bring yourself a windproof jacket and may be a weight that helps stabilize your tripod.

Tai Mo Shan
Photo Source: Brian Tang
Tai Mo Shan
Photo Source: The Sunset Blog

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