Walking and Hiking
Hong Kong is a great place to explore on foot. And although it is a place associated with high rise buildings and buzzing city life, there is a surprising amount of stunning countryside scenery to discover.
There are four main walking trails around Hong Kong - each divided into stages which make for a walk lasting around half a day. Of course, away from these well-beaten, kindly signposted trails, there is plenty of enjoyment to be gained from making your own way through Hong Kong. Get a map when you arrive, and you open up a wealth of hiking and trekking opportunities.
The four long distance trails are described below.
Probably the most popular and well-used trail. In its entirity the route runs for 100km, across the hilltops of the New Territories. The trail can get crowded at weekends, but does provide some spectacular views - taking in Hong Kong’s highest peak, Tai Mo Shan. Each November the MacLehose Trail hosts a Trailwalker event.
As the name suggests, this trail runs around Lantau Island. It starts out from the pier at Mui Wo in the east, before heading out to Tai O in the west and then back again via another route. The Lantau Trail is fairly quiet and under-used, a shame as it offers some of the finest scenery available on the island. Highlights of the trail are Lantau Peak and Po Lin Monastery - home to the world's tallest seated Buddha.
Hong Kong Trail
A winding trek that begins at the Peak and takes you right along the southern side of Hong Kong island. The whole route stretches to around 50 kilometres, running through five country parks before ending at Big Wave Bay. Most sections of the Hong Kong trail pass through incredible countryside, demonstrating a side to the place that many visitors fail to see.
Named after hiking colonial governor, David Wilson, this trail is relatively new. Heading from the South to the North, the Wilson trail wends its way inventively from Stanley (south side of Hong Kong island) all the way up to Nam Chung - in the north-east of the New Territories. Cleverly the route avoids the bustling rural areas of Hong Kong island and Kowloon - ensuring the hiker can enjoy beautiful countryside views for as long as they stay on track.
Aberdeen Country Park
Aberdeen Country Park is located on the South end of Hong Kong Island. The 423 acre country park covers valleys and uplands in Hong Kong Island. The park is a nice place to go for a walk especially if you have children.
To get there take either the 4A or 4C bus