Although a little off the traditional sightseeing path of Hong Kong, Ma On Shan is a great place to take landscape photos. This exceptional location combines views of a beach, boats, landscape and urban developments all-in-one.
The beach is quiet and perfectly suited for longer photo sessions, such as time lapse captures, see my video below.
How to get there
You can reach Ma On Shan from Admiralty Railway Station (East) by bus no. 680 or 681. The fare is HKD 19 and travel time is around 1 hour. I suggest to get off the bus at Yiu On Estate, that way you walk straight through the Ma On Shan Recreation Ground towards the waterfront promenade. When you reach the promenade, keep following it all the way up, having the Tolo Harbour on your left and the ugly housing estates on your right.
At the end of the promenade you will see a park right next to the pier. To access the beach, shown in above photo and time lapse , follow the path through the bushes and continue walking for around 10 minutes. There will be some small beaches first, keep going to access the large one. There you can sit down on some of the boats, take a break and start shooting.
Alternatively to the bus, you can also take the MTR. If you are coming from Central you will need to change trains three times. Further, you will not see any of the scenery while riding the underground train. Sure the bus might take around 15 minutes longer, but I think it is worth it.
See below map with exact location.