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As it’s a symbol of family reunion, taking a few hours out to gaze appreciatively at the moon this Mid-Autumn Festival is sure to make for a memorable outing with loved ones. So to help uncover the very best spots across the city to settle in come 13 September, The Style Sheet enlisted the help of Stephanie Teng, a Hong Kong-based stargazing enthusiast and photographer who has translated her love of the night skies into a photography series, A Dance with the Moon.

Part of photographer Stephanie Teng’s series A Dance with the Moon

Before embarking on your Mid-Autumn moongazing expedition (or any stargazing expedition, for that matter) keep in mind that the moon and stars aren't guaranteed to be visible at all spots at all times. To help guide you on which areas will have the clearest visibility and when, Stephanie suggests downloading a stargazing app. ‘I use Star Walk,’ she says (get it here or here). ‘It sends you notifications and has a live map that shows you where which stars are when, and where the moon is relative to your location.’

1. Cyberport Waterfront Park

‘It's one of the best places to watch the sunset and moonrise because the view is unobstructed and you can see the mountains and Lamma Island as the backdrop. You can listen to the sound of the water at night and it’s usually pretty quiet. There's also the perk that a lot of people take their dogs there on the weekends!’

Cape D'Aguilar, Shek O

2. Cape D’Aguilar, Shek O

‘This is one of the most surreal places on Hong Kong Island. Tucked away on the top of a mountain, you feel like you’re above the clouds on a foggy day. It’s also a marine reserve, so the water is very clear and there’s minimal light pollution, meaning you’ll have a better chance of seeing the moon and the stars. The downside is that it’s a little more difficult to get to; if you take the bus, it'll be around a 30-minute walk from the stop.’

Sugar (Bar.Deck.Lounge) at EAST Hotel

3. Sugar (Bar.Deck.Lounge) at EAST Hotel

‘If you’re looking for a place to have a drink while watching the moon sit above the cityscape, this is the spot. The bar is on the 32nd floor, and has breathtaking views of Quarry Bay and the surrounding area.’

4. Victoria Peak Garden

‘A tried-and-true spot popular with tourists and locals alike, Victoria Peak Garden is a little oasis away from the bustling noise of the city. It’s also the highest point on Hong Kong Island and has panoramic views of the entire city.’

West Kowloon Art Park

5. West Kowloon Art Park

‘West Kowloon Art Park is enveloped by a promenade that overlooks the Hong Kong Island’s glistening skyline. There’s quite a bit of ground you can cover, with options to sit on the grass or by the water and have the entire sky stretch above you. There’s also a brand-new live music venue, The Freespace Livehouse, and art sculptures to enjoy too.’

6. Hong Kong Space Museum Astropark, Sai Kung

‘Located in Sai Kung, the Astropark is equipped with stargazing facilities spanning across 1,200 square metres. There are three zones built for different purposes: one for education, a naked-eye observation area and a telescopic observation area for those true stargazing enthusiast.’