Hong Kong Like You’ve Never Seen [Part 1]

March 18, 2013 / by / 1 Comment

This is the first post in the Photography Series. I’m a casual but dedicated photographer and like I said in my very first post, I like to travel to places where normal people don’t. I’ve been looking for a few ideal places for shooting trips during the reading week and I’d like to share some of the photos with you. Two of the special places I visited last week were Braemar Hill and Tai Tau Chau, the former is situated near North Point and the latter near Shek O Beach. You might not even have heard of these places but that’s fine because you will be visiting them through my photos soon! This week we’ll visit Braemar Hill.

Braemar Hill is a hill (duh?) accessible from both Tin Hau and North Point MTR Stations, it’s home to one of the luxury estates on Hong Kong Island as well as the Chinese International School of Hong Kong. I learned of the place from a photography website and true to many places that photographers like to go, it also has poor accessibility… Nonetheless the view is stunning and worth the climb. I assume that we’ve all been to The Peak and Avenue of Stars so we’ve seen the infamous HK skyline, but this is unlike anything else:

Sunset from Braemar Hill
Sunset from Braemar Hill

The Hill has a popular hiking trail for the locals who live close by Causeway Bay and North Point. But this photo was shot on a big rock of the hill and it’s unlike any other photo I’ve seen of HK. Some fellow photographers do know of the place and they’ve also been waiting for the right moment for the right picture:

Photographers Awaiting
Photographers Awaiting

The sun looks swollen at dusk due to atmospherical light scatter effects but that’s also the time when I could look at it safely, and below is a shot of the sunset over a hill, from halfway up the hill. You could even see the sunspots (I believe they are) due to the ambient light that allows them to be reflected. It also looks like there’s a weather or telecommunication station up on the hill:

Orange Helios
Orange Helios

The vantage point has spectacular position for shooting sunset over the victoria harbor. Its distance from the city allowed me to shoo both the HK side and Kowloon side. Below is another snapshot after the city lights came on, which is truly stunning when the city is superimposed with dusk clouds far behind:

Splash of Lights
Splash of Lights

If you think it’s worth a personal visit and want to physically challenge yourself for a climb, there is a pretty detailed road guide from a forum that I shared on Dropbox. Follow it carefully and go there with a (few) friends then it should be fun. I recommend a bright flashlight, water, chocolates, jacket as the essential utilities you need for an enjoyable trip. That said, I wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone other than enthusiastic and serious photographers simply of the difficulty of the climb. I got lost twice on my way up to the hill and it took me nearly 40 minutes of scratching in the dark among dense trees to get down the hill. But here you go, it’s worth a view without a doubt!




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