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Hong Kong’s best spots for stargazing

Whether you’re an astronomy diehard or just looking to see the stars for a change, here’s where to get a great view of the night sky

By Sarah Moran
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Stargazing can be tricky in Hong Kong. With all the light pollution and skyscrapers obstructing your view of the sky, it’s almost impossible for most of us who live in the city side to see the stars. But all is not lost, especially once you leave HK’s urban areas. As such, we’ve rounded up the best stargazing spots in Hong Kong so you can get the best views of the heavens.

RECOMMENDED: If staying out late catching the stars has given you a taste for camping, try Hong Kong’s best camping spots or the best places to go glamping.

Hong Kong’s best spots for stargazing

Hong Kong Space Museum Astropark
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Hong Kong Space Museum Astropark

Attractions Sai Kung

Astronomy enthusiasts will be thrilled to know that the Hong Kong Space Museum has a small park in Sai Kung dedicated to stargazing. The park is equipped with a plethora of Chinese and Western astronomical instruments from ancient to modern times, moon dials and sundials and, of course, excellent stargazing facilities. There’s also a section of the park that’s specially outfitted with reclining benches if you prefer to observe the night sky the good old-fashioned way.

Sunset peak
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Sunset Peak

Things to do Lantau Island

As its name suggests, Sunset Peak is revered by hikers and photographers for its breathtaking sunsets. But if you decide to hang back and stay the night, you’ll be rewarded with a constellation of stars that map the velvet black sky. Bring your camping gear, choose the right spot and simply enjoy the view.

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Plover Cove Reservoir
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Tai Mei Tuk

Things to do Tai Po

Not only do the coastal villages in Tai Mei Tuk offer an array of outdoor leisure activities, the place also offers views of some of Hong Kong’s crispest night skies. Head out early and hike up to Bride’s Pool where you just might catch a glimpse of the phantom bride combing her hair at the base of the falls, or spend the day with friends and family cycling, flying kites or barbecuing. When night falls, walk or cycle along the main dam of the Plover Cove Reservoir (pictured) where you can enjoy the best views of the starry sky.

Lamma Island
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Lamma Island

Attractions Lamma Island

Just half an hour from the hustle and bustle of Central, Lamma island is a serene oasis perfect for a peaceful night of stargazing. Take the ferry to Sok Kwu Wan and hike along the Family Trail, passing by old temples, handicraft stores, and giant windmills, to the other end of the island – Yung Shue Wan. End your day with a meal at one of the many restaurants that line the streets and then head over to Lo So Shing Beach for your quiet night of stargazing. Be prepared: pack a picnic, blanket and groundsheet so you can lay out on the sand, and maybe a few cushions for extra comfort. Just remember, the last ferries leaving Yung Shue Wan for Central are at 11.30pm and then 2.30am, so be careful not to miss the boat or you’ll be stuck on the island overnight.

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Sai Yuen Farm
Sai Yuen Farm

Sai Yuen Farm

Things to do Cheung Chau

When most people think of Cheung Chau they think of the bun festival, giant fishballs and seafood, but the island actually hides an 11-acre outdoor adventure playground that’s also a fantastic glamping site. The site has four different camping themes to choose from, each equipped with folding beds and sleeping bags, lighting and mosquito nets. The Star Gazing Geodesic domes, named for their shape and potential for stargazing, are the ones you want. Relax as you watch the sun dip towards the horizon and enjoy prime views of the night sky through the transparent ceiling of the dome.

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Tai Hang Tun, Clearwater Bay Country Park

Attractions Beaches Clearwater Bay

The lush open spaces of Tai Hang Tun – part of Clearwater Bay Country Park – is a popular location for star photography enthusiasts as well as acting as a great barbecue, picnic and kite-flying destination. Spend the day flying kites with your friends, or go on one of the popular hikes with gentle slopes nearby. For an easy stroll, try the Clearwater Bay Tree Walk where you can spot butterflies, dragonflies and numerous species of plant. End your day barbecuing while you enjoy pristine views of the night sky.

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Cape D’Aguilar

Attractions Shek O

Cape D’Aguilar, south of Shek O, is one of Hong Kong Island’s hidden treasures. The coastal cliffs of the Cape offer panoramic views of the sky and sea far away from the city lights – ideal for stargazing. As it’s located at the southeastern tip of the island, if you choose to stay the entire night, as a bonus you’ll be treated to a glorious sunrise the next morning.

Victoria Peak Garden
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Victoria Peak Garden

Things to do The Peak

As the highest mountain on Hong Kong Island, one can only expect Victoria Peak to have an exquisite, panoramic view of the entire city. With a perfect scenic backdrop, the Peak Garden is only a short walk away from the Peak Tram terminus, so you don’t have to worry about being too far from the city crowd if you’ve grown weirdly accustomed to the bustling noise of Central.

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