Where is the best place to get a bird’s eye view of Hong Kong’s countless skyscrapers? Most would answer The Peak and to some extent, I do agree. Nevertheless, it makes me wonder, with so many mountains in Hong Kong, is there an alternative to The Peak where I can take great photos of Hong Kong’s urban landscape?
I chanced upon Braemar Hill online and my friend James (http://notesplusultra.com) told me that Braemar Hill could be equally good or even better than The Peak. So we went up Braemar Hill and ascended to higher ground to catch the best view. At the hilltop, the faraway sounds of ship horns and leaves rustling created a sense of tranquility and peace that was quietly enchanting. As the sun began to set, thousands of offices and residential apartments lit up against the evening sky.
Before we could realize it, it was time for us to descend the hill before our surroundings became pitch-black. Having experienced the sunset at the top of Braemar Hill, I must say that the hill offers a magnificent panoramic view of Hong Kong that is comparable to that seen from The Peak. Not only is Braemar Hill easily accessible (via minibus 25 at Patterson Street), the hill does not have many tourists and the entrance is free too! However, do bring along torchlight as the surroundings can get very dark when night falls.