Dense skyscrapers and sleepless streets are attributes that foreigners would use to describe Hong Kong
. The points of interest and activities have diversity that go beyond the apparent commercial vivacity; country parks and nature reserves nest all over the island and the peninsula. There is an abundance of sites that makes hiking inexpensive and convenient so everyone can enjoy a healthy and highly rewarding outdoor leisure activity. Hong Kong has a hilly and mountainous terrain with different slopes and elevations that can cater to everyone’s capabilities, here are some of the best.
Dragon’s Back is known to be easy but worthwhile of the view. This legendary hike traverses either on a well paved ground or an auburn soil that resembles the hide of a dragon. The trail begins with steep flight of steps, and within the first kilometer there is a panoramic view of the southeast part of Hong Kong. The even terrain of the spine of the mountain is reason for its name over views Tai Tam Bay and Shek O. A dip in the water could be your refreshing treat after the three hour hike; at the foot of the hill a small surfing community is emerging.
Dragon’s Back, Hong Kong +852 9168 4803
Wan Chai Green Trail
As a one and a half kilometer hike, Wan Chai Green Trail is a passing incline with a wide and shaded path that calls for the more relaxed. Just a few steps away from the city and Wan Chai Gap road, you can satisfy the craving for nature and a more reserved environment. Steep stairs could make one yield, but it only gets easier as the path extends. The lush forest takes you away from the hectic buzz to the summit of Mount Cameron which boasts the view of Aberdeen Reservoir and the nearby bays and coves of Hong Kong Island.
Wan Chai Green Trail, Hong Kong
Steep stairs could make one yield, but it only gets easier as the path extends © Julianne Dionisio
Bowen Road Fitness Trail
This paved ground is famed for training; there are distance posts for runners and their furry companions. If you cannot fit a morning run into your time table, it shouldn’t be a problem as the path is also lit at night. The four kilometer run gives scenic views of the urban growth interlocking with the green trees. Just like any other city, hikes in Hong Kong let you find a gap within the dense vegetation that will give you a glimpse of the city. This urban hike is a favorite amongst residents of Hong Kong island, whether expatriates or citizens.
Bowen Road Fitness Trail, Bowen Road, Hong Kong +852 2528 2983
Pinewood Battery – Lung Fu Shan
This is a well shaded track that gives you a glimpse of Hong Kong skyline from time to time. The city and the track are only divided by the dense gum trees, and when sparse you get to have amazing view of the city. The hill served as a fortified placement for artilleries in the 1900s, and its ruins have created a special atmosphere where tourists can also learn of Hong Kong’s history. Start your day at Victoria Peak and work your way down through Harlech Road and the Hong Kong trail which proceeds through Lung Fu Shan country park. This trail concludes by the Pok Fu Lam Reservoir.
Lung Fu Shan Country Park, Hong Kong +852 6042 1874
This is a well-shaded track that gives you a glimpse of Hong Kong skyline from time to time © Julianne Dionisio
Monkey Mountain – Kam Shan Country Park – Reservoir
This hill on the Kowloon peninsula did not gain its entitlement for no reason. This hilly area greets its visitors with dozens of monkeys even before stepping onto the dirt path. Tread on either Kam Shan Family Walk, Crows Nest Nurture Trail or just follow a wider road of Golden Hill, and you are sure to encounter these wonderful creatures. The trail goes in a loop around the Kowloon Reservoir. The slopes are gentle yet the views of the reservoir and the atmosphere are satisfying.
Kam Shan Country Park, Hong Kong +852 5610 0859
This hilly area greets its visitors with dozens of monkeys even before stepping onto the dirt path © Julianne Dionisio
Tai Mei Tuk
This area is more prominent for cycling but also good for wandering alongside with the family. Walking by the wharf in good weather would be a great way to unwind and relax. Tai Mei Tuk Family Walk or the Plover Cove Reservoir Trail can be found on the other side of the dam. With a reservoir on one side and the cove on the other, on a good day turquoise sky and sea flood the scenery. Similarly, to Kam Shan Country, Tai Mei Tuk hiking path loops around the Plover Cover Dam with minimum changes to the terrain. Retire in the afternoon with a barbecue or snack by the waterfront.
Tai Mei Tuk, Hong Kong
This area is more prominent for cycling but also good for wandering alongside with the family © Michael Wong / Flickr
Start your day at Ngong Ping Village and work your way down to Tung Chung MTR. It is hard to get lost as its trail is lined with a wooden path and amazing view that will take you to the backyard of Hong Kong. Although it is a decline all the way through, one must not undervalue the flights of stairs that this path comes across. Out of the hikes listed here, this trail measures the longest but also one with the most stunning views.
Ngong Ping Village, 111 Ngong Ping Road, Hong Kong
Start your day at Ngong Ping Village and work your way down to Tung Chung MTR © Julianne Dionisio