Wanderlust Hiking Guide – Red Incense Burner Summit, best spot to watch sunset in Hong Kong


19th February 2020 – (Hong Kong) Red Incense Burner Summit on Braemar Hill is probably the best peak in Hong Kong to watch the sunset and also to enjoy the breathtaking night scene of Hong Kong. There are a few big boulders you can sit on to savour great views of Victoria Harbor, Kowloon and Central. You can opt either for an easy 15-minute hike from Braemar or a longer 2-hour hike from Mount Butler.

Distance : 8km

Difficulty : 5.5/10

Time : 2 1/2 Hours


We decided to take the more difficult path from Mount Butler. Take the MTR to Admiralty station before catching the minibus 24M bus to Mount Butler Block C & D. Key in Red Incense Burner Summit and walk towards the quarry bay and head towards Mount Butler Radio Station. You will also walk past Mount Butler Range. There are several viewpoints on the trail.

There is a cement road you should follow and turn right when you see a staircase going downhill. Follow the trail for around 30-40 minutes before you reach a power substation and turn left.

Turn left after see the power substation.

You will then reach a rest area before you turn left and follow the stairs downhill. You will reach a stream and follow Sir Cecil’s Ride before and follow the path on your Google maps towards Red Incense Burner Summit. The phone signals may be quite weak at certain points.

When you finish at the Red Incense Burner Summit (after visiting the other spots and Braemar Hill), you will walk down for 2-minutes to the bus stop near St. Joan of Arc Secondary School and catch the bus back to Admiralty.

If you just want to take a 10-minute hike to the the top,  Get out from Exit A1 at Tin Hau MTR Station before taking a minibus 49M to Braemar Hill Road. Make sure you let the bus driver know to let you off at Braemar Hill Bus Terminus. Go to the back lane next to St. Joan of Arc Secondary School and walk around 10 minutes to reach Red Incense Burner Summit.

Back lane next to St. Joan of Arc Secondary School.