The golden silver grass is a popular shooting topic in late Autumn. However, in recent years the large crowd of people visiting Sunset Peak to “worship” this spectacular scenery makes it less enjoyable to hike there. Luckily, silver grass is everywhere in Hong Kong. Tate’s Cairn, for example, is a relatively easy route but offers as spectacular scenery of silver grass as Sunset Peak in some areas!
You can take a taxi from Choi Hung MTR Station to go directly from Fei Ngo Shan Road to Tate’s Cairn weather radar station. Taxi fee is about HK$60 and this saves you much time and effort. Due to the poor telephone signal at the summit, some of the taxi or van drivers may not be willing to drive up to pick you up on your return. So be prepared to walk on foot for about 45 minutes when you leave.
You can see the weather radar station on the top left of the photo. Most visitors get off at this junction and walk straight up a bit to take photos of the Kowloon Peninsula and mountains covered by silver grasses
There are a few uphill paths behind the fence. Walk up to a higher vantage point to enjoy a wider scenery. The soils of the paths are very fluffy. So be extra careful when you get down to avoid slip and fall injuries
EOS 70D • EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS • f/8 • 1/2500s • ISO 400
A large field of silver grasses can be seen along the way
Kowloon Peak is on your left when you look into the direction of Kowloon, and the famous Suicide Cliff is hiding behind the mountain
EOS 6D • EF 24-105mm f4.0L IS USM • f/8 • 1/2000s • ISO 400
From the summit you can take photos of the mountain ranges in Kowloon and the buildings on their foot, faithfully recording how the city co-exists with the nature
EOS 70D • EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS • f/8 • 1/800s • ISO 400
Increase the exposure level a bit when shooting to make the grasses look more golden. To add a touch of Autumn to your photos, you can turn the camera’s white balance setting to “Cloudy” or adjust its value manually to 7000K or above
EOS 70D • EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS • f/8 • 1/400s • ISO 400
The silver grasses on Tate’s Cairn are as spectacular as Sunset Peak in terms of quantity
Tate’s Cairn is also a popular running trail for some runners
You can choose the section to Lok Fu which is shorter in length if you plan to leave on foot. There is only one traffic road on the peak. The path on your left when facing the direction of Kowloon at the summit will lead you to Lok Fu. Walk for about 45 minutes and you will reach the foot of the mountain