Hiking Tsz Wan Shan: the most underrated view of Kowloon

Sneaky selfie using a gopro to include the view

Last updated on May 18th, 2020 at 11:22 pm

  1. Dazzling… Dazzling Cafe
  2. 5 reasons why I ditched London and move back to Hong Kong
  3. Wine and dine at Stone Nullah Tavern
  4. Sai Kung rock pools: the 4 consecutive pools and falls
  5. The Ultimate Guide to a Sai Kung Boat trip
  6. 5 transportations to take in Hong Kong
  7. Top 5 dessert place of Hong Kong (as of Sept 2016)
  8. 5+ amazing Sai Kung beaches in Hong Kong
  9. The Ultimate First Timer’s info guide to Hong Kong
  10. The Ultimate Guide to visiting the Peak, Hong Kong
  11. Best Egg Waffle Hong Kong: tried and tested
  12. Best brunch Hong Kong: my top 5 western restaurant
  13. Night Hike in Hong Kong: Suicide Cliff, Kowloon Peak
  14. The Best Time to Visit Hong Kong
  15. Pineapple Mountain: a visit to the Hong Kong Grand Canyon
  16. Top things to do in Admiralty and Central Hong Kong
  17. The Best Place to Stay in Hong Kong for First Timers
  18. Alternative places to stay in Hong Kong
  19. The Ultimate Guide to Temples of Hong Kong (ALL free entry!)  
  20. Moreish and Malt Afternoon tea: a review
  21. West High Hill – an adventurous alternative to the Peak
  22. Ham and Sherry Brunch Review – Tapas in Hong Kong
  23. My top restaurants in Hong Kong
  24. Hiking Tsz Wan Shan: the most underrated view of Kowloon
  25. Bubble tea Hong Kong: a Laugh Travel Eat guide
  26. A Shop and Eat Guide to Mongkok Hong Kong:
  27. Tung Ping Chau Day trip: hidden Hong Kong
  28. Ninepin Island: the hidden hexagonal column paradise of Hong Kong
  29. Tai Tun Shan – the thousand islands view of Sai Kung
  30. 15+ most instagrammed place in Hong Kong that’s not the Peak and how to get there
  31. My 1 Day Itinerary in Hong Kong
  32. Best of Sai Kung’s nature: Lai Chi Chong, Sham Chung, and Yung Shue O hike
  33. MacLehose Trail Stage 4 – Shui Long Wo
  34. Wu Gau Tang to Tiu Tang Lung hike: Hong Kong’s mountain and bays
  35. Easy hikes in Hong Kong that aren’t Dragon’s Back
  36. Needle Hill Hong Kong – conquering the third sharpest peak
  37. High Junk Peak: hike the second sharpest peak of Hong Kong
  38. Lung Ha Wan Country Trail: a hike up Tai Tun Leng Hong Kong
  39. Sham Shui Po local guide: fabric, electronics, and food galore
  40. A local’s guide to Sai Kung Hong Kong
  41. Iris Hong Kong review: the annual yoga and wellness weekend festival
  42. A hike up Ma On Shan via Tiu Shau Ngam, Hong Kong
  43. Lion Rock Hike: how to hike up the iconic Hong Kong mountain
  44. Tai To Yan: a Hong Kong razor ridge hike
  45. Buffalo Hills: hike up rocky outcrops and silver grass in Hong Kong
  46. Robin’s Nest: hike between Hong Kong and Shenzhen
  47. Devil’s Peak: fortifications and urban views galore
  48. Qipao rental in Hong Kong: experience old Hong Kong charm
  49. Kai Kung Leng: the velvet trail of Yuen Long
  50. Tai O Hong Kong: a day trip from the city
  51. Hung Heung Lo Fung: shortest hike in Hong Kong with a view
  52. Top things to do in Lantau Island on a day trip (or two)
  53. Wo Yang Shan hike: frolic under Tai Mo Shan
  54. Things to do in Sheung Wan Hong Kong
  55. Things to do in Hong Kong at night
  56. Sheung Wan Restaurants: best eateries and cafes
  57. Cheung Chau Island: a Hong Kong day trip
  58. What to do in Hong Kong in 4 days – advice from a local
  59. Nui Po Shan: finding the phallic rock hike in Hong Kong
  60. Sharp Peak: conquering one of Hong Kong’s toughest trails
  61. Lui Ta Shek hike: a quiet hike in Sai Kung
  62. Hiking Middle Hill – a fly by from Kowloon Peak
  63. Kayaking in Sai Kung: where to rent and paddle to
  64. Green Egg Island – an unusual oasis in Sai Kung, Hong Kong
  65. Seeking Kam Kui Shek Teng, Sai Kung Hong Kong
  66. Ping Nam Stream: hidden waterfall in Hong Kong
  67. Madai Stream: chasing waterfalls in Ma On Shan
  68. Grass Island Tap Mun- a Sai Kung getaway
  69. Pak Lung Stream: a Lantau stream hike
  70. Top Hong Kong Staycation deals
  71. Ap Lei Pai adventure via Yuk Kwai Shan
  72. Po Kwu Wan: a hidden Sai Kung bay
  73. Wang Chung Stream: the most scenic waterfall hike
  74. Tai Shing Stream – seeking birds and dragons
  75. Basalt Island: an adventure in Sai Kung Geo Park
  76. Jin Island: a day trip to Tiu Chung Chau
  77. Rhino Rock Stanley: a short hike with a view
  78. Tsing Tam Reservoir and Ho Pui Reservoir: an easy hike
  79. Lantau Peak from Ngong Ping: the easy route
  80. Bluff Island: an island adventure in Sai Kung
  81. Lo Fu Tau Country Trail: a Lantau Island hike
  82. Wilson Trail Stage 4: Tung Yeung Shan – an unexpected silver grass heaven
  83. Middle Dog Teeth Ridge – Mid Kau Nga Ling up Lantau Peak
  84. Kau To Shan: the hidden hike in Fo Tan
  85. Lau Shui Heung Reservoir to Hok Tau Reservoir: a Fanling easy day hike
  86. Tai Mo Shan hike: 5 ways to go up the Highest peak in Hong Kong
  87. 10 best hikes Hong Kong
  88. Devil’s Fist – a Plover Cove Reservoir hike out Wong Chuk Kok Tsui
  89. Cape d’Aguilar Hike Hong Kong: a complete guide
  90. Violet Hill hike + Twins Peak
  91. Sham Shui Po Food: a tried and tested guide
  92. Thousand Islands: Reservoir Island viewpoint in Tai Lam Country Park
  93. Tai Tong: Hong Kong’s red leaves haven
  94. Mau Ping Ancient Trail: seeking the Vine King and Bamboo Tunnels
  95. Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden: a sustainable and education day trip
  96. Pat Sin Leng hike: conquering the 8 immortals peak
  97. Shek Uk Shan: highest peak in Sai Kung
  98. Nam Sang Wai: cycling to the Yuen Long scenic wetland
  99. Tsang Pang Kok Tsui: the hidden headline
  100. Seeking Devil’s Claw along Chung Hom Kok
  101. Things to do in Aberdeen Hong Kong
  102. Sok Kwu Wan: hidden Lamma Island
  103. Best Burgers in Hong Kong
  104. Wang Chau: Sai Kung’s hidden tombolo
  105. Yim Tin Tsai: the salt farming island of Sai Kung
  106. Top things to do in Tsim Sha Tsui
  107. Checkerboard Hill: a Hidden Kowloon hike
  108. Hidden Hindu Temple Fanling: low level urban exploration
  109. Shark Rock Hong Kong: a hidden Kowloon hike
  110. Cloudy Hill: the easy way to hike Wilson Trail Section 8
  111. Ngau Wu Reservoir hike: a quick trip to the forgotten Ma On Shan reservoir
  112. 134 hike Sai Kung: Sharp Peak-3 Peninsula-4 beaches
  113. Ng Tung Chai Waterfalls hike: Bali vibes in Hong Kong
  114. Little Hawaii Trail: easy waterfall hike with tropical vibes
  115. Maclehose Trail Section 3: Ka Kung Shan hike
  116. MacLehose Trail Section 2: Sai Wan, Ham Tin Beach, and Chek Keng
  117. Po Toi Island Guide: hikes, attractions, and where to eat

Most people head to the Lion Rock or Suicide Cliff when they hike the peaks between New Territories and Kowloon, but there are many more peaks in between that boasts a wonderful view with less crowd. One of such is Tsz Wan Shan, also called Temple Hill.

Hilariously, we aimed to hike to Tate’s Cairn on the day (which is the peak to the west of it) as well but failed as we ended up running out of times. It had a lot to do with how we chose to get to the trail start, but more on that below.

Tsz Wan Shan Hike Summary

Difficulty: 3.5/5 – the roads are mostly paved, but parts of the trail are confusing and there are a lot of stairs.

View: 10/10

Photo opportunity: 8/10 (the platform on top isn’t that optimal for posing but the sceneries are spectacular)

Getting to Tsz Wan Shan

Tsz Wan Shan view, Kowloon, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
Want to see this view? Read on!

Tsz Wan Shan trail start is at the intersection of Wilson Trail part 4 and 5, where the Shatin Pass Road also cross the two – also known as Shatin Pass. There is a public toilet (the Shap Yi Watt Village Public Toilet) as well as a grocery/Hong Kong style fast food store there for those who might need food before hike. A lot of people go up (or down) Lion Rock here as well.

There is no direct public transport to get there and below are your options:

Taxi

You can get a taxi up to the proper trail start at Shatin Pass Road. If there are about 3-4 of you and you aren’t a keen hiker, then I totally recommend this.

It’s best to take the taxi from Wong Tai Sin or Diamond Hill MTR station as they are closest to the road.

Walking up from Wong Tai Sin Station

We walked up from Wong Tai Sin station which also contributed to why we ran out of time. Head out from E then head north (we took the wrong long way…).

Shatin Pass Road start, Kowloon, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
It’s a long way up along the start of Shatin Pass Road

However, it ended up taking us over an hour to get to the trail start as we had to go up Chuk Yuen Road then Shatin Pass Road. The latter is steeper and longer than expected. All in all, it’d be a strenuous hike to get to the hike itself.

Minibus 73

You can get the minibus 73, which starts near the Baptist University and go pass the start of Shatin Pass Road. However, the minibus route doesn’t connect well with the other transport option, so there will be walking to and from and finding the right stop involved.

Bus 116 from Hong Kong Island

If you are coming from Hong Kong Island, then minibus route doesn’t connect well It stops by the Ching Fai Estate, then you’ll have to walk west to then up the Shatin Pass Road as well.

If you take either mode of transportation or hike, then you’ll be going pass this temple on your way up:

Temple at the mid shatin Pass Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
Temple at mid-shatin pass road

From the Shatin Pass up

It’s not a short hike up along the Shatin Pass Road to Shatin Pass, and it is along a main road with no pavement, so be careful as you go up.

Shatin Pass Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
Going up the Shatin Pass Road with no pavement

You will, of course, go pass the Lion Rock Pavillion, too.

Shortcut through some steps near Lion Rock Pavilion, Kowloon, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
Shortcut near Lion Rock Pavilion

Shatin Pass is at the intersection of many roads, however, the path that leads to Tsz Wan Shan isn’t immediately visible. It also doesn’t look very legit as well.

Path up to Tsz Wan Shan, Shatin Pass, Kowloon, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
This is the not very legit looking path up to Tsz Wan Shan

It isn’t right at the intersection of the other main roads, but rather slightly to the east between the vegetation. Here are some photos to help you find the right path:

A screen capture of the route (mark in orange) from Shatin Pass to Tsz Wan Shan (from OSMAnd) | Laugh Travel Eat
A screen capture of the route (mark in orange) from Shatin Pass to Tsz Wan Shan (from OSMAnd)
Stairway up to Tsz Wan Shan, Kowloon, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
It’s a long climb up the stairs to Tsz Wan Shan!

From there, it’s pretty much all stairs until you reach the top of Tsz Wan Shan, which peaks in front of the Radio Center. There is a small balcony area where you can get a spectacular view.

Tsz Wan Shan stairs up, Kowloon, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
Sneaky selfie using a gopro to include the view

First View Point on Tsz Wan Shan

Tsz Wan Shan Radio Station view, Kowloon, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
My sister had to stand on the back of the terrace to take this photo

You’ll arrive at the Tsz Wan Shan Radio Station first, or more correctly, the little terrace in front of it. This isn’t the easiest place to get a photo of you with the view, but it does offer you a spectacular panorama of the Tsz Wan Shan district and beyond.

Tsz Wan Shan Radio Station to the top

Tsz Wan Shan Radio Station to the top, Kowloon, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
Walking from the Tsz Wan Shan Radio Station to the Peak (white building in the not-so-far distance)

From the radio station, it’s a more scenic walk towards the top of Tsz Wan Shan. We were blessed with a unique weather phenomenon – a rolling cloud over the Tate’s Cairn!

From Temple Hill back to Shatin Pass Road

two way down from Tsz Wan Shan to Grasscutter Pass, Kowloon, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
The shortcut is in yellow, the paved path in red

From the top, you can go back via two ways, one through an obvious, paved concrete path, another is a short cut that we took. If you are unsure of the way or not comfortable with steep slopes, then I suggest you take the concrete path down. But be careful of traffic as that is a road for cars.

Shortcut from Tsz Wan Shan to Grasscutter Pass, Kowloon, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
A not very obvious shortcut down to Grasscutter Pass

The paved option is clear and easy to follow, but luckily for you, we went down the shortcut (which you can trace through my vlog). You have to cut across the front lawn of the radio center, but it’s unclear whether you are allowed to. The path starts next to a small, white concrete structure (pictured above).

The view we got of Tate's Cairn on the way down to Grasscutter Pass, Kowloon, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
The view we got of Tate’s Cairn on the way down to Grasscutter Pass

You will then end at Grasscutter Pass on the Shatin Pass Road, and from there, you can consider how you want to get back down.

Getting back to civilisation

From Grasscutter Pass back to civilisation, Kowloon, Hong Kong | Laugh Travel Eat
From Grasscutter Pass back to civilisation

If you want to go back to town as quickly as possible, then you can head south from the intersection which will bring you to the housing estates in Tsz Wan Shan. There is also another route that heads to similar location further west, but both route isn’t easy to navigate without GPS and you’d end up in a housing estate that is confusing to navigate as well.

We took the path west of the intersection and got a bit stuck on the way down even with GPS and an offline map. The key is to try and head in the right direction.

Tsz Wan Shan is a good alternative to Lion Rock for those who wants a good view of Kowloon without the crowd. Here's how to get there:
Pin me!

Written by Nam Cheah

Hi, my name is Nam. I am 24 and spent half my life in Hong Kong and the other half in UK. I believe there's endless experience and beauty in the world and this is me chronicling how to experience the best at the best price.

One Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

King Village, Siem Reap, Cambodia | Laugh Travel Eat

What to do in Siem Reap in 6 days

The Ultimate Guide to Cinque Terre

The steep landscape allows for a good view of Riomaggiore from a high vantage point | Laugh Travel Eat