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Hung Heung Lo Fung, which means Red Incense Burner, is also known as the Braema Hill hike. It is one of the easiest hiking trail to do in Hong Kong, only a ten minutes hike (or rather, walk) from the nearest exit point. Atop the rocky summit is a stunning panorama of north Hong Kong Island, Victoria Harbour, and Kowloon, making this an excellent choice for a quick sunset or sunrise trek. There are a few ways to hike this, but all of them are quite easy.
Hung Heung Lo Fung Hike Summary:
Difficulty: 1/5 as long as you don’t try to do dangerous jumps on the rocks on the hilltop
Time taken: 1 – 3 hours depending on how you want to end it (including photo time)
Pro: Very easy to reach with spectacular viewpoint, the path around is relatively flat the whole way
Con: likely to be quite crowded
For the shortest way possible to Hung Heung Lo Fung
Getting to trail start
Take the Minibus 25 from Causeway Bay to Braema Hill. The minibus stop is across from Fashion Walk on Paterson Street, right outside MCL JP Causeway Bay Cinema. There might be a bit of a queue but the minibus is pretty regular.
The end stop is also our destination and the ride lasts about 15 to 20 minutes. Once you get off, turn around and walk towards the school, crossing the street twice.
At the end of the
Hiking up to Hung Heung Lo Fung
While it looks like a dead end, climb over the fence to your left and skirt around the fence off
The best photo spot is the rock on the trail level
It’s harder to get a good photo on the summit boulder range because that’s where everyone gathers
If you do hike there, try to be respectful of everyone’s time and don’t hog the summit!
But it is a great place to take a panorama!
For a nice hike up Hung Heung Lo Fung
How to get there:
Take the 24M minibus from Admiralty near exit B and get off at Mount Butler Road. It’s a relatively long ride, so ask the driver if he/she can let you know when you’re there.
From the bus stop, go back out towards the junction and turn left. You’ll have to walk on the road so make sure you stay to one side and watch out for traffic.
It should be a straightforward path to follow that skirt past the Mount Butler Quarry. Look out for the branch off to Sir Cecil’s Ridge.
Once you found the road, you can just follow it. The road was initially paved, then slowly became a hard-packed dirt path in between the trees. It’s well shaded with glimpses of the view and signposted as well.
The next difficult part is finding the right branch to go up to Hung Heung Lo Fung. When you reach the crossing, go straight past the clear path that goes right and find a steeper trail that goes up behind the bushes.
The trail is steepest here and maybe a bit twisty, but just stick to going up and you’ll reach a part of the summit!
Getting out of Hung Heung Lo Fung
You can get out the same way we came and go back down to Causeway Bay. Alternatively, you can hike the Sir Cecil’s Ride for more exercise on a predominantly flat path.
For Sir Cecil’s Ride, face the view and go right into the bushes, where the path is hidden. This first part can be a little slippery if you don’t have the right shoes, so watch your footing.
Stay to the path to the right until you reach a signboard with a path that goes up, then go left on flat ground and look out for a sign that points to a view platform.
The viewing platform is much less crowded than Hung Heung Lo Fung with a great view.
From there it’s a short walk to North Point that took about 15 minutes. Once you reach the road, go to the end and turn left.
Cross the road and keep going until you see a football field to the left. There should be a garden, go in and take the stairs down, which would take you to North Point center.
2 thoughts on “Hung Heung Lo Fung: shortest hike in Hong Kong with a view”
Hi! Thanks for sharing tips on this secret spot, it seems like a perfect place for sunset. At first I was a bit confused because people use different names for it, so thanks for explaining this. I still have some questions about the hike tho. Would you be so kind to answer them?
You’ve mentioned that you need to climb over a fence.. it is somehow illegal? I mean, can you get a fine for doing it? 😀
Is the trail easy to follow? I tried to check it on google maps but all I can see are trees and I’m sure I would not want to get lost in there 🙂 How difficult would it be to go back (the same route) after the sunset when it’s dark?
The rock that you’ve mentioned for taking perfect photo – I understand that it is located before you reach the summit?
I’m probably overthinking this but I could really use your advice! 😀
Hi Zooey, as far as I know, that’s just a regular pedestrian fence hence it’s not illegal, but if you are uncomfortable with it, please do follow your guts!
I have taken photos at all the intersection so it should be ok. However, if you are tentative, it’s best to find someone who has been to take you there.