Hong Kong loves a good hike, and these are five of our favourites to tackle
Hiking is practically a national sport in Hong Kong. Every weekend, city dwellers done their finest Lulu’s and razor-backs, and head to the highest peaks for a great workout and killer views. With so many options available, it’s hard to know where to start.
So, we’ve rounded up this little guide to five of our favourite hikes, from waterfalls to monkeys, lions to dragons, it has a little something for everyone.
The Classic: Dragon’s Back
Photo by Walk My World
We can’t exactly say this is an escape from the crowds, because it’s probably one of the most popular hikes in the city. It’s one of the only times you’ll find traffic on a mountain. But if you go at the right times (early or late), it’s a lot of fun. Yes, you have to climb a million stairs at the beginning, but after that it’s really not so bad. And the best part is you end up at Big Wave Bay, where you can chill on the beach with a beer before taking a bus back (and beautiful views on the way). The UK-born, Australian-based bloggers at Walk My World have a great write-up for anyone looking to learn more about this must-try Hong Kong hike.
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The Morning Hike: The Peak
The showstopping view from The Peak, courtesy of Wikipedia
If you’re looking for a wholesome way to start your day, why not head up to The Peak? There are multiple ways to walk up, and some are easier than others. If you’re in Central, we recommend the Old Peak Road path, which takes you through the Botanical Gardens. Or, if you’re feeling particularly athletic, you can walk beside the tram’s route, but be warned: the stairs get steep fast. Once you’ve made it up the mountain, you can spend a few hours taking in the view and grabbing a late breakfast before heading back down.
The Waterfall Hike: Sheung Luk Stream
Crystal clear pools of water, delicate waterfalls and perfect cliff-jumping opportunities wait for you here in Sai Kung. This is a shorter hike (you can do it in around an hour if you’re quick!), but it might be one of our favourites. Most people tend to stop here on their way to Ham Tin, but if the conditions are right you can easily spend the whole day here, splashing around between the multiple falls and pools. Getting here can be kind of tricky, so it’s best to go with someone who knows the area well!
The Daring Hike: Monkey Mountain
StrippedPixel captures a sleeping monkey at Monkey Mountain
There are certainly more arduous hikes in Hong Kong (we’re looking at you, Twins!) but it takes a certain amount of bravado to scale Monkey Mountain, in Kam Shan Country Park. Why? Because it’s home to a vast — and fearless—population of Macaques monkeys. Exercise some common sense, and they should leave you alone (and please, don’t feed them!) as you explore the area. In general, this is one of the easier walks as its mostly flat and paved. If you want to check it out, StrippedPixel is an expert, and shot that amazing photo above.
The Iconic Hike: Lion’s Rock
Check out ThisGirlAbroad at the top of Lion’s Rock
Make sure you’re dressed to impress when you take this one on, because you’re going to want to snag a few pics for the IG when you finally reach the top. On a clear day, the views over the city are unparalleled. Unlike Victoria Peak, you’re not looking at the famous Hong Kong skyline. Instead you look out over the clustered beauty of Kowloon, with its pastel-skyscrapers as far as the eye can see. It really is something special, and well worth the trek. This is a more difficult hike, with a lot of stairs, a steep incline and not much cover, so choose your day wisely and don’t forget to hydrate! ThisGirlAbroad has a great write-up of how to get there and everything you need to know.
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