Hiking, Hong Kong
Don't just focus on shopping, eating, drinking and shopping in Hong Kong, go hiking and explore the nature.
Most country parks in Hong Kong are easily accessible by buses and the hiking paths are not that difficult.
Wanna see someth' special, don't be lazy, go hiking!!!
If you want a bird's eye view of Chai Wan and beyond, take the walking trail that links Chai Wan and Big Wave Bay. The trail at Chai Wan starts beside Island Resort (a major private housing estate in Siu Sai Wan). Island Resort can be easily reached by bus nos. 8 and 8P (from Wanchai Ferry Terminal).
This is a local nature trail in the wilderness of northeastern New Territories. The famous Bride's Pool waterfall (Hong Kong's most popular waterfall) is located here. This trail can be reached by taking bus no. 275R (on Sundays and public holidays only) from KCR station Tai Po Market. You alight at the terminus of the Bride's Pool parking lot. If you go on weekdays, you can take a taxi or take a minibus from Tai Po. The minibus comes by every 1/2 hour to an hour I think.
This is a breathtaking yet strenuous hiking trail along the famed Pat Sin Leng Range in Tai Po District. Here's a shot of part of the trail that goes up and down the eight peaks of the mountain range. You can take KMB Bus no. 75K from KCRC Tai Po Market Station and get to Tai Mei Duk. Afterwards, get off at Tai Mei Duk (the bus terminus) and follow the signs to Pat Sin Leng Nature Trail. You need to walk 15 minutes along Bride's Pool Road to reach the trailhead.
If you are in the vicinity of the Tai Po District, many city-goers go to Tai Mei Duk for fishing, bicycling or water sports. You can take KMB bus no. 75K from KCRC Tai Po Market Station Bus Terminal. The picture is a bird's eye view of Tai Mei Tuk and Tolo Harbour from a viewpoint along the Pat Sin Leng Hiking Trail. Tai Mei Duk is the dam that holds the backwaters of Plover Cove.
A nice leisurely walk amongst the forests of southern Hong Kong Island. An easy trail links Quarry Bay to Tai Tam Reservoir and is popular with hikers and joggers alike. This reservoir lies between Chai Wan and Stanley along Tai Tam Road. You can take First Bus bus nos. 14 or 314 and alight at the bus stop by Tai Tam Reservoir. Conversely, you can walk from Quarry Bay trailhead at the Quarry Bay Government Complex. It can be reached by taking MTR to Quarry Bay station and walk east for 10 minutes to the trailhead. There will be a signpost for the trailhead.
This reservoir is located in a remote region of Kam Tin, nestled in the middle of a mountain range. It is very idyllic and peaceful. This reservior can be reached by taking minibus number 71 from Yuen Long and alight at the terminus (Ho Pui). You will then need to walk up a trail for 20min until you reach a dam at the top.
Take a bus to Tai Tam reservoir and take a hike around the green side of the Island.
From one point you can see both Aberdeen and the North side.
It's a nice stroll and you get to see the part of Hong Kong that lots of visitors do not even realize exists.
Hiking in HK is absolutely incredible. Everywhere you look there are green mountains, and on all of those hills are a network of hiking trails. There are a lot of popular and well marked trails you can follow. Any decent and detailed road map of the city will have trails on them as well. Of course you can buy a real hiknig guide complete with detailed maps. One popular trail is to hike up The Peak. Or, you can start from The Peak and head east. For the very fit, you can hike up HK's highest peak, Tai Mo Mountain. Or for those who like camping, Sai Kung and Lan Tao Island offer many of beautiful, natural settings that you can spend a couple of days hiking and camping in.
Despite the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, there are many very beautiful and scenic walking tracks both on Hong Kong Island and the New Territories. On Hong Kong Island there is the 50km Hong Kong TRAIL (see pix which is of the Aberdeen reservoir) and in the New Territories there is the 100km MACLEHOSE TRAIL. There are many others of course from short/easy walks to very challenging. All trails are easily accessable from anywhere in Hong Kong.
Take a walk from Parkview to Stanley. Takes about 2 hours but fab views of deep water bay and repulse bay.
Take some sun cream and lots of water. Youll have a great day and finish it off with a cold beer and a good meal in Stanley
Who would've thought that there is a more rural, beautiful side to Hong Kong, better known for its hectic pace, the financial district and it's famous architecture?
While I was in HK, I managed to do a few hikes and walks in a few of the outlying islands (Cheung Chau, Lantau and Lamma Islands) and the New Territories (Sai Kung). Be careful of the snakes though...
The photo enclosed was taken during my hike in Sai Kung.
Please take a close look at my travelogues for more beautiful Hong Kong scenery (taken during my hikes and walks)
The Peak - the trail around the Peak
99 out of 100 tourists coming to Hong Kong will visit the Peak. However, many of them may miss the best way to see Hong Kong from the Peak.
There is a trail running around the Peak. It is paved, level, and is easy to walk. It takes only about 30 minutes to an hour to complete the trail, and you will return to the starting point after you finish so no fear of getting loss.
The trail shows a great view of different part of Hong Kong Island. Also, the trees lining the path would allow you a breathe of the fresh air in the concrete jungle in Hong Kong.
If you like biking, there are some biking paths in HK. Try the one starts at Sha Tin and ends with Tai Po along the Tolu harbour. It was a good place before but now some construction works are in progress and will finally become diminished in the highway...
I have many colleagues here who are avid hikers and to the casual visitor it would probably surprise them to know that there are fantastic hiking trails throughout Hong Kong. HK is known for its incredible skyline and yet there are lush forests, hills and beautiful beaches just 30-40 mins out of central. Some of the well travelled hikes are the Maclehose Trail, a trail up through the Po Lin Monastery, and you can even walk across Lama Island in an afternoon! As for beaches, the 3 ones I like are Discovery Bay, Gold Coast (Tuen Mun) and Shek O beach. So if you have a few extra days in HK, get away from the Central smog and high rises and get some fresh air and exercise.