Regardless of being a big, bustling metropolis, Hong Kong is a superb place to get outside in nature!
Since ~70% of Hong Kong’s land is roofed in greenery and nation parks, mountaineering 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 making an attempt a hike to expertise Hong Kong’s outside and see some stunning nature.
Listed below are three simple, but stunning trails to get you began!
1. Quarry Bay Tree Stroll
Distance: 3.2 km / 2 miles
The Quarry Bay Tree Stroll is a straightforward path by way 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 usually paved and has a slight elevation achieve (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 throughout the second world conflict 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 may flip and head again down in the 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 aspect as you hike.
To get there, trip 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 have the ability to see Shek O Seaside off to the proper and Tai Tam Bay on the left. The path undulates throughout the “dragon’s again” for ~2 km (1.25 mi) and presents superb views. Some days you’ll discover paragliders organising for flight on the hillside.
When you’re completed the ridge, you’ll descend right into a forest and have a flat and shady stroll for the rest of the path. On the finish of the path, flip left to go again to the highway to catch the bus.
If you happen to’d like an extended hike, flip proper and proceed on to Massive Wave Bay (~2 km additional). The descent to Massive Wave Bay is slightly steep and consists largely of stairs.
3. Sai Wan Pavilion to Ham Tin Seaside in Sai Kung
Distance: 5.1 km / 3.2 miles
Though it’s a bit tough to get to this hike, the views and secluded seashores alongside this hike make it well worth the effort!
The hike from Sai Wan Pavilion to Ham Tin Seaside is positioned in Sai Kung East Nation Park in New Territories. To get there, you’ll must take a mixture of MTR and bus to Sai Kung city. When you arrive on the town, you may take a taxi to the Sai Wan Pavilion.
The path begins alongside the stunningly turquoise Excessive Island Reservoir. Even on a cloudy day, the colour of this water by no means ceases to amaze me. A lot of the first a part of the path is flat or downhill till you attain Sai Wan Seaside – the primary of 4 beautiful seashores in Sai Kung East Nation Park.
At this level, you might cease your hike. I choose to proceed to Ham Tin Seaside – the second seashore – which is bigger and much more stunning. Each seashores have eating places, rest room amenities, seashore tools for lease, and locations to buy boat tickets to return to Sai Kung city.
Do you’ve got any questions on mountaineering in Hong Kong or these three stunning hikes? Please let me know within the feedback under!
If you happen to’re searching for different Hong Kong hikes or tips about touring to Hong Kong, you should definitely take a look at the Becky Exploring weblog.