Last updated on December 9th, 2020 at 12:49 pm
- Dazzling… Dazzling Cafe
- 5 reasons why I ditched London and move back to Hong Kong
- Wine and dine at Stone Nullah Tavern
- Sai Kung rock pools: the 4 consecutive pools and falls
- The Ultimate Guide to a Sai Kung Boat trip
- 5 transportations to take in Hong Kong
- Top 5 dessert place of Hong Kong (as of Sept 2016)
- 5+ amazing Sai Kung beaches in Hong Kong
- The Ultimate First Timer’s info guide to Hong Kong
- The Ultimate Guide to visiting the Peak, Hong Kong
- Best Egg Waffle Hong Kong: tried and tested
- Best brunch Hong Kong: my top 5 western restaurant
- Night Hike in Hong Kong: Suicide Cliff, Kowloon Peak
- The Best Time to Visit Hong Kong
- Pineapple Mountain: a visit to the Hong Kong Grand Canyon
- Top things to do in Admiralty and Central Hong Kong
- The Best Place to Stay in Hong Kong for First Timers
- Alternative places to stay in Hong Kong
- The Ultimate Guide to Temples of Hong Kong (ALL free entry!)
- Moreish and Malt Afternoon tea: a review
- West High Hill – an adventurous alternative to the Peak
- Ham and Sherry Brunch Review – Tapas in Hong Kong
- My top restaurants in Hong Kong
- Hiking Tsz Wan Shan: the most underrated view of Kowloon
- Bubble tea Hong Kong: a Laugh Travel Eat guide
- A Shop and Eat Guide to Mongkok Hong Kong:
- Tung Ping Chau Day trip: hidden Hong Kong
- Ninepin Island: the hidden hexagonal column paradise of Hong Kong
- Tai Tun Shan – the thousand islands view of Sai Kung
- 15+ most instagrammed place in Hong Kong that’s not the Peak and how to get there
- My 1 Day Itinerary in Hong Kong
- Best of Sai Kung’s nature: Lai Chi Chong, Sham Chung, and Yung Shue O hike
- MacLehose Trail Stage 4 – Shui Long Wo
- Wu Gau Tang to Tiu Tang Lung hike: Hong Kong’s mountain and bays
- Easy hikes in Hong Kong that aren’t Dragon’s Back
- Needle Hill Hong Kong – conquering the third sharpest peak
- High Junk Peak: hike the second sharpest peak of Hong Kong
- Lung Ha Wan Country Trail: a hike up Tai Tun Leng Hong Kong
- Sham Shui Po local guide: fabric, electronics, and food galore
- A local’s guide to Sai Kung Hong Kong
- Iris Hong Kong review: the annual yoga and wellness weekend festival
- A hike up Ma On Shan via Tiu Shau Ngam, Hong Kong
- Lion Rock Hike: how to hike up the iconic Hong Kong mountain
- Tai To Yan: a Hong Kong razor ridge hike
- Buffalo Hills: hike up rocky outcrops and silver grass in Hong Kong
- Robin’s Nest: hike between Hong Kong and Shenzhen
- Devil’s Peak: fortifications and urban views galore
- Qipao rental in Hong Kong: experience old Hong Kong charm
- Kai Kung Leng: the velvet trail of Yuen Long
- Tai O Hong Kong: a day trip from the city
- Hung Heung Lo Fung: shortest hike in Hong Kong with a view
- Top things to do in Lantau Island on a day trip (or two)
- Wo Yang Shan hike: frolic under Tai Mo Shan
- Things to do in Sheung Wan Hong Kong
- Things to do in Hong Kong at night
- Sheung Wan Restaurants: best eateries and cafes
- Cheung Chau Island: a Hong Kong day trip
- What to do in Hong Kong in 4 days – advice from a local
- Nui Po Shan: finding the phallic rock hike in Hong Kong
- Sharp Peak: conquering one of Hong Kong’s toughest trails
- Lui Ta Shek hike: a quiet hike in Sai Kung
- Hiking Middle Hill – a fly by from Kowloon Peak
- Kayaking in Sai Kung: where to rent and paddle to
- Green Egg Island – an unusual oasis in Sai Kung, Hong Kong
- Seeking Kam Kui Shek Teng, Sai Kung Hong Kong
- Ping Nam Stream: hidden waterfall in Hong Kong
- Madai Stream: chasing waterfalls in Ma On Shan
- Grass Island Tap Mun- a Sai Kung getaway
- Pak Lung Stream: a Lantau stream hike
- Top Hong Kong Staycation deals
- Ap Lei Pai adventure via Yuk Kwai Shan
- Po Kwu Wan: a hidden Sai Kung bay
- Wang Chung Stream: the most scenic waterfall hike
- Tai Shing Stream – seeking birds and dragons
- Basalt Island: an adventure in Sai Kung Geo Park
- Jin Island: a day trip to Tiu Chung Chau
- Rhino Rock Stanley: a short hike with a view
- Tsing Tam Reservoir and Ho Pui Reservoir: an easy hike
- Lantau Peak from Ngong Ping: the easy route
- Bluff Island: an island adventure in Sai Kung
- Lo Fu Tau Country Trail: a Lantau Island hike
- Wilson Trail Stage 4: Tung Yeung Shan – an unexpected silver grass heaven
- Middle Dog Teeth Ridge – Mid Kau Nga Ling up Lantau Peak
- Kau To Shan: the hidden hike in Fo Tan
- Lau Shui Heung Reservoir to Hok Tau Reservoir: a Fanling easy day hike
- Tai Mo Shan hike: 5 ways to go up the Highest peak in Hong Kong
- 10 best hikes Hong Kong
- Devil’s Fist – a Plover Cove Reservoir hike out Wong Chuk Kok Tsui
- Cape d’Aguilar Hike Hong Kong: a complete guide
- Violet Hill hike + Twins Peak
- Sham Shui Po Food: a tried and tested guide
- Thousand Islands: Reservoir Island viewpoint in Tai Lam Country Park
- Tai Tong: Hong Kong’s red leaves haven
- Mau Ping Ancient Trail: seeking the Vine King and Bamboo Tunnels
- Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden: a sustainable and education day trip
- Pat Sin Leng hike: conquering the 8 immortals peak
- Shek Uk Shan: highest peak in Sai Kung
- Nam Sang Wai: cycling to the Yuen Long scenic wetland
- Tsang Pang Kok Tsui: the hidden headline
- Seeking Devil’s Claw along Chung Hom Kok
- Things to do in Aberdeen Hong Kong
- Sok Kwu Wan: hidden Lamma Island
- Best Burgers in Hong Kong
- Wang Chau: Sai Kung’s hidden tombolo
- Yim Tin Tsai: the salt farming island of Sai Kung
- Top things to do in Tsim Sha Tsui
- Checkerboard Hill: a Hidden Kowloon hike
- Hidden Hindu Temple Fanling: low level urban exploration
- Shark Rock Hong Kong: a hidden Kowloon hike
- Cloudy Hill: the easy way to hike Wilson Trail Section 8
- Ngau Wu Reservoir hike: a quick trip to the forgotten Ma On Shan reservoir
- 134 hike Sai Kung: Sharp Peak-3 Peninsula-4 beaches
- Ng Tung Chai Waterfalls hike: Bali vibes in Hong Kong
- Little Hawaii Trail: easy waterfall hike with tropical vibes
- Maclehose Trail Section 3: Ka Kung Shan hike
- MacLehose Trail Section 2: Sai Wan, Ham Tin Beach, and Chek Keng
- Po Toi Island Guide: hikes, attractions, and where to eat
Buffalo Hills refer to the West Buffalo and Buffalo mountains between Shatin and Sai Kung district, close to the Kowloon Peninsula. Despite being called Buffalo Hills, the most distinctive features of the both are the huge rocks that scattered around. The hike has an easy and hard mode, and I’m here to let you know just how to hike it!
Buffalo Hills Hike summary:
Time taken: 4 or 6 hours, depending on where you start and where you end
Pros: great views, less crowded
Cons: the start point is more difficult to reach and there are some part of the trails that are difficult to follow
Starting point of Buffalo Hills
The hike starts near Wong Nai Tau, a suburb/village close to the mountains. To get to Wong Nai Tau, you either have to get to Shatin or Shek Mun:
Get to Shatin via MTR or bus, it is a big town center so it should be easy. From there, go down to the central bus station which is under the New Town Plaza Mall and take bus 49X to the end stop Kwong Yuen. From there, continue uphill until you reach the big bus stop – the Wong Nai Tau bus stop.
From Shek Mun
From Shek Mun MTR, you can walk about 20 minutes up to Wong Nai Tai.
Note: Bus 89D – which you can change into at Shing Mun Bus Interchange, has bus service to Wong Nai Tau at certain times during the weekday. Check on bus app or online for timing.
From Wong Nai Tau
Go up the northernmost stairs across from the path that goes up, and follow the sign to Buffalo Hills. Eventually, you’ll reach the end of the path at a road that cuts across, turn right and continues until you see this road that branches off (and clearly marked):
Note: you can also go left to the other start point that goes up via Nui Po Au, but it’s much longer and steeper. Watch my Buffalo Hill vlogs for that direction.
The path is concrete and well paved, taking you uphill to this sign that marks the official start point of the trail.
From here, it’s a single path that goes up. There are usually stone steps with trees.
Follow the stairs until you reach a bend in the road – there’s a trail that goes into the bushes and marked by ribbon. That’s the short cut to West Buffalo Hill.
This rock marks the emerge from the foliage, from here on you’ll be hiking under direct sunlight, so it’s best to bring a hat and or sunglasses.
This rock marks the emergence from the foliage, from here on you’ll be hiking under direct sunlight, so it’s best to bring a hat and or sunglasses.
We did this hike in November and there is still silver grass around (2020 update: Silver grass is there from November to January).
West Buffalo Hill Rock Window
Before the West Buffalo Hill peak, you can turn down towards a lower cluster of rocks to the famous photo spot the West Buffalo Hill Rock Window.
It’s a steep and grainy path down, once you reach a big rock, turn left and you’ll see a stretch with rocks on the right and rope assist.
Usually, there is a queue, but if not, you’re very lucky. It’s not hard to get to the window, and the best way to get up onto the rock is by sitting first.
Once you’re done, simply go back up and you’ll be at the top of the West Buffalo Hill.
West Buffalo Hill
The West Buffalo Hill first stands at 604, it’s only 1m shorter than Water Buffalo. There is a good rock to take photos just before we reach the summit, and the path at the end of the peak is also picturesque.
Water Buffalo Hill
There is a good rock to take photos just before we reach the summit, and the path at the end of the peak is also picturesque.
From West Buffalo, we had to go down and go up again to Buffalo Hill. The vegetation is much higher around here and there are a field of silver grass on the downhill stretch. Naturally, it was photo time:
The trail we took from Buffalo Hill takes us out to this part of
Then it’s a quick hike up to the Water Buffalo Hill – you can actually skirt around it to the right straight to the cluster of rocks.
Water Buffalo to Buffalo Pass
Be careful as the rocks are big and make it difficult to navigate between them.
We struggled to find the correct path down here, but by heading down in general, we were eventually able to meet it and go down.
Note: you can continue on instead of going down from Buffalo Hill towards Shek Nga Shan, then turn left (and west) back down towards Wong Nai Tau, but it’ll take longer.
This downhill section is particularly taxing so be careful of your footing. It takes us down to Fu Yung Pit, where a few wooden signpost can be found.
Ending Buffalo Hill hike
From here, we took the shortest route which is right in front of us (directly opposite the last photo) instead of along the big path.
There should be one path only once you take this, taking us towards Pak Shan Wan in Sai Kung.
Eventually, we reached the Mang Kung Wo Road, where we followed it down.
It is a long walk out to Sai Kung, but once you get down to the main road, you can catch a minibus or bus to Sai Kung.