Regardless of being a big, bustling metropolis, Hong Kong is a wonderful place to get outside in nature!
Since ~70% of Hong Kong’s land is roofed in greenery and nation parks, climbing is a well-liked exercise for locals and expats. Typically the paths have beautiful views and result in some spectacular locations.
In your subsequent Hong Kong journey, I extremely suggest attempting a hike to experience Hong Kong’s outside and see some lovely nature.
Listed below are three simple, but lovely trails to get you began!
1. Quarry Bay Tree Stroll
Distance: 3.2 km / 2 miles
The Quarry Bay Tree Stroll is a simple path by means of the forests behind the Quarry Bay neighborhood on japanese Hong Kong Island. Begin on the Taikoo MTR station (exit B) then stroll west on King’s Street. Flip onto Greig Street and stroll up till you attain the Tree Stroll.
The path is generally paved and has a slight elevation acquire (124 m/406 ft). Alongside the way in which, you’ll encounter remnants of the Wartime Communal Kitchens (listed as Wartime Stoves on Google). These kitchens had been used through the second world battle in Hong Kong as an inflow of refugees after the autumn of Canton led to extend of meals calls for.
Proceed alongside the Quarry Bay Tree Stroll till you attain Mount Parker Street. At this level, you possibly can flip and head again down in direction of Quarry Bay or select one other path for an extended hike.
2. Dragon’s Again Hike
Distance: 5.four km / 3.four miles
The Dragon’s Again hike is a meandering ridge path positioned in Shek O Nation Park in southeastern Hong Kong Island. As a result of the path is on a ridge, you’ll have spectacular views of the ocean and Hong Kong’s south facet as you hike.
To get there, experience the MTR to Shau Kei Wan station (exit A3) then take the quantity 9 bus to the trailhead. The primary a part of the hike is a gradual climb as much as the ridge. When you attain the ridge, you’ll be capable to see Shek O Seaside off to the best and Tai Tam Bay on the left. The path undulates throughout the “dragon’s again” for ~2 km (1.25 mi) and affords wonderful views. Some days you’ll discover paragliders organising for flight on the hillside.
Once you’re finished the ridge, you’ll descend into a forest and have a flat and shady walk for the remainder of the trail. At the end of the trail, turn left to head back to the road to catch the bus.
If you’d like a longer hike, turn right and continue on to Big Wave Bay (~2 km extra). The descent to Big Wave Bay is rather steep and consists mostly of stairs.
3. Sai Wan Pavilion to Ham Tin Beach in Sai Kung
Distance: 5.1 km / 3.2 miles
Although it’s a bit difficult to get to this hike, the views and secluded beaches along this hike make it worth the effort!
The hike from Sai Wan Pavilion to Ham Tin Beach is located in Sai Kung East Country Park in New Territories. To get there, you’ll need to take a combination of MTR and bus to Sai Kung town. Once you arrive in town, you can take a taxi to the Sai Wan Pavilion.
The trail begins along the stunningly turquoise High Island Reservoir. Even on a cloudy day, the color of this water never ceases to amaze me. Most of the first part of the trail is flat or downhill until you reach Sai Wan Beach – the first of four gorgeous beaches in Sai Kung East Country Park.
At this point, you could stop your hike. I prefer to continue to Ham Tin Beach – the second beach – which is larger and even more beautiful. Both beaches have restaurants, toilet facilities, beach equipment for rent, and places to purchase boat tickets to return to Sai Kung town.
Do you have any questions about hiking in Hong Kong or these three beautiful hikes? Please let me know in the comments below!
If you’re looking for other Hong Kong hikes or tips on traveling to Hong Kong, be sure to check out the Becky Exploring blog.