Hiking in Hong Kong: Easy & Beautiful Trails
Despite being a big, bustling metropolis, Hong Kong is a wonderful place to get open air in nature!
Since ~70% of Hong Kong’s land is roofed in greenery and nation parks, mountain climbing is a well-liked exercise for locals and expats. Often the paths have attractive views and result in some spectacular locations.
On your subsequent Hong Kong journey, I extremely suggest attempting a hike to expertise Hong Kong’s open air and see some stunning nature.
Here are three straightforward, but stunning trails to get you began!
1. Quarry Bay Tree Walk
Distance: 3.2 km / 2 miles
The Quarry Bay Tree Walk is a simple path by means of the forests behind the Quarry Bay neighborhood on japanese Hong Kong Island. Start on the Taikoo MTR station (exit B) then stroll west on King’s Road. Turn onto Greig Road and stroll up till you attain the Tree Walk.
The path is usually paved and has a slight elevation achieve (124 m/406 ft). Along the best way, you’ll encounter remnants of the Wartime Communal Kitchens (listed as Wartime Stoves on Google). These kitchens had been used in the course of the second world warfare in Hong Kong as an inflow of refugees after the autumn of Canton led to extend of meals calls for.
Continue alongside the Quarry Bay Tree Walk till you attain Mount Parker Road. At this level, you may flip and head again down in direction of Quarry Bay or select one other path for an extended hike.
2. Dragon’s Back Hike
Distance: 5.4 km / 3.4 miles
The Dragon’s Back hike is a meandering ridge path situated in Shek O Country Park in southeastern Hong Kong Island. Because 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 first a part of the hike is a gradual climb as much as the ridge. Once you attain the ridge, you’ll be capable to see Shek O Beach off to the appropriate and Tai Tam Bay on the left. The path undulates throughout the “dragon’s back” for ~2 km (1.25 mi) and gives wonderful views. Some days you’ll discover paragliders organising for flight on the hillside.
Once 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. At the tip of the path, flip left to move again to the street to catch the bus.
If you’d like an extended hike, flip proper and proceed on to Big Wave Bay (~2 km further). The descent to Big Wave Bay is somewhat steep and consists largely 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 tough to get to this hike, the views and secluded seashores alongside this hike make it definitely worth the effort!
The hike from Sai Wan Pavilion to Ham Tin Beach is situated in Sai Kung East Country Park in New Territories. To get there, you’ll must take a mix of MTR and bus to Sai Kung city. Once you arrive in city, you may take a taxi to the Sai Wan Pavilion.
The path begins alongside the stunningly turquoise High Island Reservoir. Even on a cloudy day, the colour of this water by no means ceases to amaze me. Most of the primary a part of the path is flat or downhill till you attain Sai Wan Beach – the primary of 4 attractive seashores in Sai Kung East Country Park.
At this level, you may cease your hike. I want to proceed to Ham Tin Beach – the second seaside – which is bigger and much more stunning. Both seashores have eating places, rest room amenities, seaside gear for hire, and locations to buy boat tickets to return to Sai Kung city.
Do you’ve got any questions on mountain climbing in Hong Kong or these three stunning hikes? Please let me know in the feedback beneath!
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