The hike up to Sunset Peak's 869m is not for the faint-hearted. The steps keep going up, and up, and up, and soon you get aerial views across to Tung Chung and the South China Sea. There is a short-cut starting point partially uphill by taking either bus 3M or 23 from Tung Chung and getting off at Pak Kung Au, a roughly 10-minute ride.
With many stops along the way to enjoy the scenery, the hike to Nam Shan definitely takes more than the recommended time. Lantau Peak is another hiking trail on the opposite side that offers similarly spectacular views.
Soon, the South China Sea was visible in the distance. In early winter, tall golden grasses dotted the landscape, which was the main attraction with many hikers enjoying the scenery.
The southern side of Lantau is dotted with small villages and secluded beaches. This does not look like the typical high-density Hong Kong.
These small houses on top of the hills were built during the colonial era and have since been abandoned.
Winter winds from the north bring pollution from China towards Hong Kong, hence visibility towards Tung Chung and the airport are not ideal.