Hong Kong’s Hikes

BODY IMAGE: Hotel Jen Hong Kong : Hong Kong’s Hikes
BODY IMAGE: Hotel Jen Hong Kong : Hong Kong’s Hikes

Hong Kong is so famous for its fabulous city skyline that I found it hard to imagine anything other than shopping malls and urban sprawl.

I couldn’t have been more wrong! In fact, 40 per cent of the territory is parkland or nature reserve, and finding calming green space is surprisingly easy.

Here are three great hikes that take you out of the city in less than an hour.

Hong Kong Island: Dragon’s Back, Section 8
Tramlines shunt close to my hotel. Hop on for a quintessentially Hong Kong journey to Shau Kei Wan MTR station, where the trek officially starts. Take bus No.9 headed for Shek-O and jump off at To Tei Wan, where the trail begins – you can’t miss it, as it’s right by the bus station.

Soon, you will reach a velvet-green mountain slope – the Dragon’s Back – arching before you. Wow! This is amazing breathtaking scenery. Each new turn brings a whole new view. About two hours in, it overlooks pretty Shek-O Beach. It felt Jenuinely wonderful setting foot on the sand and dipping my toes in the ocean when I finished my walk.

Hike tip: This walk is popular and well signposted, so it’s easy to make friends and almost impossible to get lost!

Lamma Island: Family Trail
Take the ferry from Central to Lamma’s Yung Shue Wan and leave city stress behind. The island’s welcoming port is sleepy (unless you venture across on a Saturday) and blends traditional fishing-village life with a hint of Bohemia – cheaper rents here mean more artists and creative types make Lamma their home.

I walked through the town until I saw signs for the Family Trail. The path offers a constant stream of sea views as it winds across the island. I just made one or two of many detours, so I finished in about two hours, arriving into Sok Kwu Wan’s waterfront just as the sun was setting. The coloured stilted houses were a gorgeous find and I took the ferry back to my hotel feeling like I’d found Hong Kong’s secret side.

Hike Tip: Bank on spending many more hours wandering the trail if you take every detour on offer.

Hong Kong Island: Peak Morning Trail
More of a walk, really, than a hike, these pathways take you high above the city for panoramic harbour views and are really popular with locals seeking a quick urban getaway. I cabbed from my hotel to Hatton Road, up by Hong Kong University, to start the trail. From here, I followed dog walkers and strollers up a winding hill to Lugard Road and then followed the flat path all the way to the Peak Galleria at the mountain peak. I couldn’t leave without ticking off a tourist “must”, The Peak Tram, and, I must say, plummeting down that 8-minute descent was quite a thrill.

Hike Tip: If you want to trail down from The Peak, look up Hong Kong Trail and The Peak Trail. Both take you on a scenic route back to town.

Take a hike in Hong Kong, see a whole new side to this very special destination. If you want to know more, my team have the info on many more Hong Kong hiking trails.

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