Hiking Trails in Hong Kong

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Hiking Trails in Hong Kong

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  • Gwynnie
    Meerhout, Belgium
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    Was a lovely hike with some really amazing views. 3h and finishing at Big Wave Beach which is well equipped for a nice swim: Changing rooms and showers all there. Toilets available at start, middle and finish of walk. At Big Wave beach take the bus to Shek O. Is 1 stop and terminus. Either get out for a walk in Shek O or hop on again to go back to MTR
    Written 27 April 2024
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  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Made the ferry trip to walk around the fabulous island with excellent views of HK Island. Restaurants are a little pricey but the quality of stunning. The beaches are fine but views are marred by the power station. Enjoyed seeing the water homes where families live in the harbour. Can get rather hot so be warned!
    Written 5 April 2024
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China
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    This is one of Hong Kong's famous long-distance trails, stretching 70 kilometers across and around Lantau Island, starting and stopping at Mui Wo. The trail is partitioned into 12 sections with a range of distance and degree of challenge. It skirts coastline, mountain ridges and crosses several of HK's tallest peaks.

    There are distance markers throughout the trail around every 500 metres. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. Probably the most famous sections are #2 (Nam Shan to Pak Kung Au) taking in the strenuous hike up to Sunset Peak and #3 (Pak Kung Au to Ngong Ping 360 village) similarly taking in Lantau Peak which is also referred to as Sunrise Peak. These are some of the highest peaks in Hong Kong, affording hikers outstanding views.

    Note: You will find public toilets at the start/finish of the trail sections as well and bus stops - transportation to/from Mui Wo or Tung Chung, depending on where you are accessing various trail sections. The trails that scale Lantau's peaks are exposed to the weather elements so do come prepared with adequate hiking wear, sunscreen, hats as well as sufficient food and water for your hike.
    Written 28 April 2022
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  • ckm818
    Hong Kong, China
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    This is the longest and most famous hiking route in Hong Kong. Not many of us will cover the entire route - spanning 100 km - all in one go (unless for the charity walk, known as Trailwalker).
    I recommend Section 2 if you only get one day to try this twisting and winding route. Be prepared for going for 4 hours including ascent. You won’t forget the majestic view at Chek Keng, which is one of the four beaches. I love Chek Keng, surrounded by mountains on three sides, with wetland in the foreground. The YHA Bradbury Hall Chek Keng Youth Hostel on the sea inlet gives a splash of colour.
    Instagram-perfect site.
    Written 29 September 2023
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  • Lambretta101
    Gourock, UK
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    Take around an hour from the Star Ferry and I have to say it was a bit of a mission. Pretty steep incline especially in the 26 degree heat and 80% humidity but stick with it, it’s worth it. The queue for the cable car was around an hour so I thought I’ll just walk it. The view from the summit isn’t quite NYC and Manhattan but it’s still worth the effort. If you walk past the cable car and the crowds at the top there are some pretty decent spots to sit and relax while taking in the vista.
    Written 13 April 2024
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  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful and interesting hiking trail suitable for all ages. It is well marked on easy walking terrain. The trail takes you through a few small villages before concluding at a seaside village where there are lovely seafood restaurants. It is a point-to-point trail and if you do not want to walk back, you can catch a ferry back to Hong Kong Island.
    Written 22 April 2023
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  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China
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    Tai Mo Shan is the highest mountain in Hong Kong. Climbing the often-steep trails has become a rite of passage for many. The view of New Territories from the summit is unbeatable. Air is also super fresh. A start from the Tsuen Wan side will be a more convenient option.
    Written 30 October 2022
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  • Joe
    Budapest, Hungary
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    Cape D’aguilar is a cape near Shek O named after a former General and Governor of Hong Kong. It’s an easy trail that hugs the coast line and allows you to get close to the sea and breath in the fresh air, and provides many fantastic photo opportunities along the way.

    After a short bus journey, we arrived fresh and raring to go.  Within a few minutes of walking we are greeted by sensational views of the ocean below us, we were stunned!  And of course, this meant pictures and more pictures! Soon we were greeted by a vast open space with nothing but nature surrounding us. Huge swathes of greenery and the clear blue ocean. It was bliss.

    Turning right towards the ocean, we detoured to a cave. Possibly used by pirates or smugglers in bygone eras it was a breath-taking display of nature’s power. The waves crashing through the crevasse both deafening and awe inspiring. Was pretty magnificent.

    Next it was onto the ocean and a spot of rock climbing.  Just listening to the waves and watching the sea, I was entranced and taken far away.  If I closed my eyes I could have been anywhere.  It was awesome to get so close to the ocean, exactly what was needed to clear our minds and lift our spirits.  We spent some time just sitting and relaxing, some even sketching the picturesque surroundings.

    After many many photos on the rocks and next to the sea we spotted another cave. Crab cave because it kind of looks like a crab…. a bit…  you can check it out for yourselves to see if you agree or not.

    Lighthouse was next on the agenda. The oldest in HK it dates back to 1870. Small and quaint, it would never be used in today’s time but was quite an achievement back in the day.

    Just over the horizon is a disused military bunker, no doubt used to keep a close watch on the sea. Long since destroyed either by nature or by war, the foundations stand proud as a reminder of what was. It was here we got the best view of the day, the expansive clifs, the thundering ocean, the lighthouse looking over, and the beautiful sky ahead.
    Written 10 October 2022
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China
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    The Wilson Trail is one of Hong Kong's four long distance trails. It transverses the territory from south to north and is around 78 kilometres in full distance, broken up into 10 different sections of various lengths and difficulty. The trail was created in 1996 and is dedicated to former governor David Wilson who served Hong Kong from 1987-92.

    Section 1 of the Wilson Trail is around 5.6 km in distance and covers the area between the Stanley Gap Road and Wong Nai Gap Chung Road within the Tai Tam Country Park. This is a fairly challenging section with a lot of up and down climbing over the Twin Peaks and Violet Hill. The trail is in very good condition and paved most of the way. There are around 1200 steps, making this trail popular for runners and those seeking exercise in addition to walkers and hikers wanting to spend time in rural country parks and interested in the trail's viewpoints, which are very good when sky conditions are favourable.

    Note that there is very little shade along this trail section so best to prepare accordingly with hat, sunscreen, good walking shoes and plenty of water on warmer days. I always recommend downloading an app like Hiking Trail HK so that you have a quality map to follow when hiking in HK. However, this is a trail that requires almost no navigation skills. You really can't get lost on Section 1 of the Wilson Trail. It is also a family-friendly. While being a bit challenging physically, you will often find families with younger children taking in the trail on weekends.
    Written 23 January 2024
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China
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    One of the interesting ways to walk up to the Peak involves the Central Green Trail. This roughly 2km hike begins as the Tramway Path, a walking stretch alongside the Victoria Peak Tram line just south of the Lower Peak Terminus. It ascends upward next to and near the line until you reach Magazine Gap stone arch bridge. There are some spots to stop and take pictures of the Tram, which is interesting now that the new 6th generation trains have arrived and are now in use.

    From Magazine Gap bridge you have a couple of path options, I like to make way west to the Old Peak Road which then winds upward until you reach Victoria Gap, the main sightseeing location at Victoria Peak. There are quite a few windows through the trees as you ascend providing views of the Hong Kong Skyline and eventually parts of Victoria Harbour as you proceed upward to higher elevation points.

    The walk upward is steep and takes around 45-60 minutes depending on your fitness and how many times you stop for rests or to take pictures. The entire way is on paved road, sidewalk and footpaths so basic tennis shoes are fine. There is a public toilet facility around 60% the way up the Old Peak Road path. You'll find additional facilities at the two malls at Victoria Peak once you finish the walk.

    Note: If you still have energy once you are the top, do take the flat and easy Luggard Road walk to the west. There you will find some of the finest views of Victoria Harbour with large panoramic stretches that above the tree lines. These views are amazing and cost you nothing to see compared to the high prices of accessing the viewing deck of the nearby Peak Tower.
    Written 28 January 2023
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China
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    Sharp Peak is one of my favourite day hikes in Hong Kong. Situated in the middle of Sai Kung East Country park, this is one of the most dramatic peaks in the territory and a very popular destination for local hikers, walkers and trail runners.

    There are a handful of routes up Sharp Peak, we recently took the circular route starting at Pak Tam Au, hiking east before ascending the mountain. From the summit, you descend to the east, make your way to a series of beaches on the coast before circling back west to Pak Tam Au. Views from the summit are grand and trail section between Sharp Peak and the beaches produces remarkable scenery, particularly when sky conditions are favourable.

    All and all, this circular route is around 15 km with several steep ascends. Most of the trail is exposed to the sun so make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and a hat. Sufficient water, snacks and good footwear are also important.

    Note: there are a couple of stores/restaurants at the Ham Tin beach where you can purchase water, drinks and grab a bite to eat. You can also book speed jets back to Sai Kung village from here. This can be really helpful if you want to cut the hike short once you reach the beaches. However, the boats don't operate when sea conditions are too rough, something to keep in mind if the weather is not good.
    Written 5 January 2023
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China
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    The Hong Kong Trail is one of the four Big Trails in Hong Kong and was inaugurated in 1985. It is around 50 km in total distance and made up of a series of 8 stages from west to east, taking in various mountain, forest and seaside terrain and landscapes.

    Because of the extensive network of transportation, it is very easy to pick and choose stages that you want to hike and to make way to trailheads and back home (or hotel) when hiking the Hong Kong Trail.

    The trail includes some popular hiking spots including a couple of the most frequented trails in Hong Kong such as Stage 1 (The Peak) and Stage 8 (Dragon's Back). Other stages provide fine hiking and scenery. I enjoy the stage 4-6 trails covering the area from Wong Nai Gap to Mount Parker. There are heritage and war era relics in the area as well as peaks and viewpoints that easily rival the famous Peak at Victoria Gap but with a fraction of other visitors and crowds.

    As with all trails, do be mindful of weather and prepare adequate water, snacks and footwear before setting off. Also best to have some familiarity with transportation routes, knowing bus and mini-bus routes between trail sections. Taxis are relatively easy to locate or contact throughout Hong Kong Island. HKTaxi hailing app can be useful if you want to contact one for quick pick up. The CityMapper app can help you with bus routes and timing information while Hiking Trail HK App can providing the exact trail section routes to help you make way from one stage to the next.
    Written 23 July 2022
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  • MonLow-Goh
    Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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    Easy to moderate hike. There is an upper and lower reservoir. I started from Wan Chai Green trail walked across in the Aberdeen Nature Trail and ending in Aberdeen town to have breakfast. It took me almost 2 hours.
    Written 1 February 2024
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China
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    This reservoir (formerly known as Jubilee Reservoir) is located within the Shing Mun Country Park which is easily accessible from most locations in Kowloon as well as the N.T. including Tsuen Wan and Sha Tin. The reservoir has numerous BBQ & picnic areas, family-friendly hiking trails, waterworks heritage attractions and easy to spot wildlife, particularly the numerous troupes of macaques that are near guaranteed sighting around the lake.

    From the Country Park Visitor Centre there are several trails that connect to form a loop around the reservoir. The loop all the way around the reservoir is pretty long but there are many mature trees so lots of shade along the way. Facilities are limited to the visitor centre and the MacLehose Trailhead on the south side of the reservoir, a short distance west of the main dam.

    On the west side of the lake, there is an old village dam, butterfly garden area and famous point down by the lake that is lined with Paper Bark Trees. This is a very popular spot for photograph taking so best to do this early in the day if you want unobstructed photos of the trees down by the water. The trail is well maintained and easy to walk with basic walking shoes.

    There is a high probability of seeing troupes of macaques on the west side of the lake. Don't feed them. This has caused some to become aggressive and conditioned them to go after any food items they see you holding. This is a scary thing that you can avoid very simply but keeping any food items you have secured inside your backpack and out of sight. Seeing the macaques can and should be a fun experience but it is important to respect the fact that these are wild animals, give them their space and don't antagonise them. They won't be bothered sharing the country park with you. Simply rule, don't bother the monkeys and they won't bother you.

    As you approach the north end of the lake, you will find a meadow area with more Paper Bark Trees. During the rainy months of the year, the meadow if flooded, again making for neat photograph opportunities of the trees out in the water. More macaques in this area and pretty good chance of seeing ferrel cows as well.

    Shortly afterwards, you arrive at the eastern side of the reservoir. The trail joins up with the Wilson Trail Section 7. Here you have two options, you can stick to the paved road and head south or walk a natural trail which skirts the shoreline of the lake. You may see a macaque or two on this trail or even a wild pig from time to time. Birdlife, butterflies and insect viewing is better, here especially the natural trail alongside the lake shore. Have a look out for giant Golden Orb Spiders, hanging from high webs, sometimes even crossing the path trail. Just follow the trail all the way south until you reach the main dam.

    Upon reaching the main dam, you will see historic waterworks from the late 1930s, the valley below is neat to see as you cross the dam. For history buffs, there is a fairly short War Relics trail along the old Gin Drinkers Defensive Line that you can do from the MacLehose Trail rest area a short distance past the main dam to the west. Continue west and then back north to complete the loop trail and end your day at the reservoir.

    Best to allow 3-4 hours if you are going to try the hike the full loop around Shing Mun Reservoir. Allow a minimum of 2 hours even if you are just interested in walking the western side of the lake where the higher concentration of macaques are found.
    Written 8 September 2023
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China
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    This is an easy, family-friendly trail through the Tai Tam Valley and country park that passes four reservoirs and takes in numerous waterworks structures along the route. The trail is around 5km and can be a complete leisurely walk downhill from north to south or a nice like uphill exercise walk from south to north.

    There are facilities at the two ends of the trail and several BBQ areas near the north and south entrance and southern most reservoir called Tai Tam Tuk. As you make way along the trail, there are 22 different Declared Monuments in the form of Waterworks structures including delightful masonry bridges, dams, value houses, pumping stations and workmen's quarters. There are 10 information panels along the route to help you know what you are looking at as well.

    Overall, it is a decent little hike either way. Go south for a leisurely stroll, go north instead if you want a bit of exercise. If you visit on sunny and clear days, the waterworks structures and reservoirs look really nice.
    Written 20 November 2022
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