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Best places to catch the sunrise in Hong Kong

The wake-up call for a city that never sleeps

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Time Out Hong Kong
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Hong Kong is home to some of the most unbelievably stunning scenery and picturesque country parks, but there’s something extra beautiful about the sight of dawn-breaking sunlight that keeps every hiker and photographer excited, even if it means waking up during gruelling hours just to catch the sunrise. From beaches to hillsides, have yourself an outdoor adventure by visiting these amazing vantage points and expect to be treated to an unrivalled golden view. By Adrian Ho

RECOMMENDED: Still chasing that unparalleled golden shine? We've also got a list of the best places to watch the sunset in Hong Kong!

Places to catch the sunrise in Hong Kong

Shek O Beach
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Shek O Beach

Feast your eyes on the unobstructed coastline at Shek O Beach and marvel at the majestic sky as the sun appears over the South China sea. Be sure to bring a camera as the beach’s picturesque orange and purple-tinted horizon is just begging to be captured. Better yet, have yourself an overnight camping trip for the full experience!

Ma Wan Beach
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Ma Wan Beach

Ma Wan Beach is an idyllic spot to catch the sunrise if you're looking to avoid the crowd. Treat yourself to a grand view of both the Tsing Yi coastline and the Tsing Ma bridge, and watch the sky morph into a calming shade of violet at the break of dawn. Stick around for a little longer to capture the sun as it rises above the hills of Tsing Yi and plays a striking backdrop to the Tsing Ma bridge.

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Tap Mun
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Tap Mun

From awe-inspiring rock formations to scenic coastlines, Tap Mun has it all. Visitors can set up camps around the island’s many expansive verdant plains, and admire the dazzling night sky as it transitions to a radiant glow at dawn. While you bask in the golden hues, don't forget to watch out for the island's very 'friendly' cows. They're quite nosey and loves to have a poke around every tent, so keep an eye on your belongings!

Tin Ha Shan, Clear Water Bay
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Tin Ha Shan, Clear Water Bay

This one requires a bit more effort but the astounding view is highly rewarding. Make your way up to Tin Ha Shan from a small entrance right outside The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club. After around 15 to 20 minutes of trekking, you'll eventually find yourself in an open space with an expansive view of the entire Po Toi O bay and the country club's golf course. Be on the lookout for the area’s gorgeous orange-painted lakes as the sun melts into the dawn sky like a warm egg yolk. The incline and terrains may be difficult for less experienced hikers, so be prepared!

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Garden Hill

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The Garden Hill is a popular spot for watching the sunset, so it often gets very overcrowded. To avoid lovebirds and photographers getting in your way of the view, pay a visit at dawn to catch the sunrise instead! This aged hillside offers a panoramic view of the city’s stunning skyline and allows visitors to sit back in awe as the sun shines its morning light onto a sleepy Sham Shui Po. 

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