25 Apr Hong Kong Kowloon Peak
Kowloon Peak, also known as Fei Ngo Shan, is a must for thrill-seekers and Instagrammers, offering unobstructed views over Hong Kong at its crown, as well as the ominously-named Suicide Cliff. This infamous bluff is a popular spot for many to take breathtaking photos of themselves by looking over Kowloon. A “Must Visit” landmark in Hong Kong and you can easily get to this beautiful and significant sightseeing location by the private tour service we provided. Please do not hesitate to contact us through the link below and we are happy to welcome you with our warm service:-
Fei Ngo Shan is the highest peak in Kowloon at 602 metres and literally translates into “Soaring Goose Mountain.” The mountain is situated in Ma on Shan Country Park in the northeast side of Kowloon and intersects with the Wilson Trail and Maclehose Trail.
This walk (or rather, climb) is steep and narrow at parts, and the lack of barriers means one slip could prove fatal, so we must stress for hikers to be especially cautious should they be tempted to take on this hike. It is highly advised that only experienced hikers or rock climbers do this trail, as this spot has seen its fair share of accidents and casualties, with one incident involving two tourists requiring an extensive rescue mission carried out by a grand total of 160 firefighters! You have been warned.
Beginning from the junction of Fei Ngo Shan Road and Clear Water Bay Road, along Fei Ngo Shan Road it winds gently up. After a few turns, head the one-way Fei Ngo Shan Road by taking the left fork at the junction of Pak Fa Lam Road. Passing through the pavilion and going ahead, on the left pay attention to a stone tablet painted “328” in red by hikers at the entry of the uphill path.
The first third of this walk involves a lot of steps, and to begin with, you may start to question if this hike is really worth it. Luckily, a lot of this section is shaded, with a couple of points along the way where you may stop and splash yourself with some stream water. We recommend climbing at your own pace, and you know what they say: The best views come after the toughest climbs!
At the second crossroads, you will arrive at a small clearing, where you have the option to turn left up towards Buffalo Hill, or carry on straight along the Maclehose Trail. For Suicide Cliff, you will want to stay on Maclehose Trail Section 4 until you come upon a steep hill road.
Continue to follow the road for 850 metres until you arrive at Kowloon Viewing Point, which makes for a great spot to take a breather as you can take in the views of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. From left to right of the viewing point, you will be able to make out the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, IFC in Central, Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Kwun Tong, Lion’s Rock in Kowloon Tong, and Tate’s Cairn Meteorological Station, which is just at the end of the concrete road (Wilson Trail Section 4).
Once you’re done with your break at the viewing point, you will want to come off the road and follow the signs towards the toilets behind the pagoda. Turn and carry on down a clearing made by the trail, which is signposted with a “Dangerous Walks” warning. If you are already feeling spent at this point, it is best to turn back, as the next two-thirds of this walk will involve a lot of clambering up and down steep hillsides on dirt and rock.Beyond this point is where the trail really starts to get interesting. After all, you will be treated with 360-degree views over Hong Kong, with Marina Cove and Nam Wai to your left, and the Kowloon peninsula and Hong Kong’s famous skyline to your right. Just before you reach the Kowloon Peak Television and Radio Station, you have the option of turning left and following the steps down to Fei Ngo Shan Road for a relatively easier exit. But with two-thirds of the walk done, and Suicide Cliff is actually just 300 metres away from now.
About halfway down the face of Fei Ngo Shan, you will hit the best view after toughest climbs – The hotspot, Suicide Cliff, where you can take some spectacular photos of the rock face over Kowloon—just be sure to keep your wits about you and watch your step; otherwise, this would literally be a breathtaking moment. Many unfortunate accidents have taken place around this spot.
Once you’ve had your fill, there are two ways back down. You can either keep heading down the trail until you reach Fei Ha Road, but beware the steep incline and exercise maximum caution if you do go this way. You can also choose to head down via the Kowloon Peak Television and Radio Station, which means backtracking and following the path to the right after the helipad. The road ultimately leads you to Fei Ngo Shan Road. The second option is a safer path down, as Fei Ha Road is quite steep.
What you’ll need
Plenty of water: Depending on the season and time of day you attempt the hike, two litres per person should be an adequate amount.
Sunscreen and hat: If walking from Tai Che to Fei Ngo Shan, only the first third of this walk is covered, so it’s best to protect yourself from the sun. Once you get out into the sun, there ain’t no running from those rays!
Water-proof windbreaker: Again, depending on the weather, Fei Ngo Shan can be quite exposed to the winds and clouds. Just on the off chance that you have chosen a bad day to do this climb, best to have a waterproof or some sort of layering for safety.
Insect repellent: With the thick canopy and streams from the first section of this walk, there are naturally quite a few mozzies.
A good pair of walking shoes: Don’t wear your old gym shoes from high school with little to no tread.
Walking stick or hiking poles: You may prefer the use of a stick or hiking pole to provide a little extra support on those slipper dirt paths. Or alternatively, some people opt for gloves to provide rope burn and use their hands for better grip on the rocks.