Braemar Hill is an upscale hillside residential district east of Midlevels, rising along the slopes behind North Point district. Many buildings in this area have views of Victoria Harbour, but with a different vantage point.
An easy hike with a beautiful skyline and harbour view starts at the Braemar Hill bus terminus (routes 25, 27, 108). A concrete path across the street and next to St. Joan of Arc Secondary School leads to a set of stairs and then dirt paths around the hill towards the rocks that make up the Red Incense Burner Summit.
After only 15 minutes and a little scrambling around the rocks (bring gloves just in case), the view opens up to the upscale residential buildings in the district and Kowloon in the distance.
But that's not all. The skyline is to your left. Expectedly, the vantage point can get very busy at around sunset. With a few big rocks only and no flat platform, capacity is an issue and its easy accessibility makes it a popular lookout point.
The buildings along these hillsides are relatively old, unlike in Midlevels where there have been far more newer redevelopments.
In between the towers, you can peek out towards the harbour to get a sense of what residents can see out their windows.
The engineering to create these buildings can be quite challenging. Broadview Terrace was built in the mid 1970s, suspended high above the street requiring an elevator ride just to reach the podium.
Sky Horizon is a noticeably newer development with 2 towers built in 2002.
Viking Villas has a giant parking lot resting on top of a reinforced slope.
One of the main roads leading downhill to the city is Tin Hau Temple Road. It is not a long road, with the furthest doorplate at 216 only.
Another major artery is Pak Fuk Road, which winds down to North Point.
The densely-packed city for the average folk awaits below.