Signs of Autumn is coming to Hong Kong and it’s time to do some “normal” hiking. A few weeks ago a few of us headed up to the Sunset Peak (third highest peak in Hong Kong) for a chill-out Sunday stroll and a mini-bushwhack.
A Cool Hike On A Cool Day
The weather was relatively milder and more refreshing than the previous weeks. About 15 degrees in town as opposed to 30+ degrees in the previous few days. (Or more like single digit at the summit) Of course, it was a good season to explore the hill that was completely covered by silvergrass.
The Lantau Camp and Silvergrass
The weather was very changeable. It was rather warm at the bottom of the trail, but as we approach the Lantau Camp at the mountain ridge, it became very windy and very cloudy. Lantau Camp is located toward the top of the summit of the Sunset Peak. These brick huts were built many years ago as a holiday place for the British soldiers based in Hong Kong. Apparently, you can still rent it and stay there a few nights, but I’ve never done that before. Maybe one day.
Slivergrass is one of the famous features of the Sunset Peak. The beauty of this wild plant is made famous by various music videos made for the Hong Kong singers like Eason Chan. (Click here to listen to his album – Taste of Atmosphere on youtube). When this album became famous, going to see the silvergrass is like an ritual to becoming a true Hongkongese hiker.
Final Stretch to the Summit
The final stretch was a beautiful part of the ascend. It was really great to see the cloud rolling over the majestic Lantau Peak nearby – a scene that one doesn’t see every day.
Have you been to the Sunset Peak to see the silver grass in the autumn? Have you been on a memorable hike? Comment below.