While we all view Hong Kong as a concrete jungle with tall skyscrapers and constant construction, let’s not forget the wonderful nature that surrounds the city. If you’re looking for a getaway from the city, hit up Hong Kong’s wonderful hiking trails that will open you up to explore breathtaking nature, panoramic views and more. From beginner hikes you can easily conquer with your kids or your pets to hikes that require a bit of practice, here are some of our favorite hiking trails to trek in Hong Kong.
Wan Chai Green Trail
Not all hikes require you to pack a giant bag that weighs half your body weight. If you’re looking for a light hike or an intense stroll in the city, Wan Chai Green Trail is the perfect option for you. The hike from the bustling street of Wan Chai is a steep one but once you’re up on Bowen Road, you can expect a leisurely walk. You’ll also notice a great view of the city’s skyscrapers and lush greenery. With a great view and plenty of room for pets, it’s a hike both you and your pet will enjoy. Also, did we mention it’s stroller friendly!
We can’t talk about hiking in Hong Kong without mentioning Dragon’s Back! It’s iconic to Hong Kong and one of the most popular hiking trails in Hong Kong. The two-to-three-hour hike is one that may make you sweat a lot, but it sure becomes worth it when you reach the beach. Not to mention the beautiful scenery that’ll capture your attention when you reach the apex of the mountain. Keep note that as popular as it is, weekends and holidays tend to be crowded so if you’re hoping to take in all the fresh air by yourself go during the weekdays!
If you want to unleash your inner Cheryl Strayed from Wild, Maclehose Trail will make this hike a journey to self-discovery and healing. Maclehose Trail is an astounding 100-kilometer hike that starts from Pak Tam Chung, Sai Kung and reaches east to Tuen Mun Town, Tuen Mun. Don’t let the number discourage you as the 100km trail is split up into ten stages and you can choose to start on whichever stage you like. Each stage varies in hiking time from one and a half hour to even five hours. If you’re planning to trek Maclehose, you definitely want to do some research and pack accordingly.
Another city lover’s favorite is no other than the Peak trail. Located on the upper side of Central, it’s the go-to place for neighbors living in mid-levels to get their workout in. Because of the flat surface, the trail is hardly a trek but it sure is a great gradient to go jogging or walk your pet. On arrival, you can see a panoramic view of the city surrounded by trees and greenery. When you’re finished with your workout, be sure to treat yourself to the divine restaurants at the Peak, you deserve it!
If you haven’t heard of Lion Rock, we’re sure you’ve seen it somewhere in your Instagram feed. It got its name from the rocky outcrop which resembles a crouching lion and is stated between Kowloon Tong and Tai Wai. At the 495-meter height, you’ll be able to see all the parts of Hong Kong including Kowloon, Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Island and New territories. Make sure to get there before sunset to get that picture-perfect scenery. This hiking trail typically takes around four hours to complete and goes back and forth in difficulty and ease.
Tai Long Wan
If you’re out on the weekend with your toddler with nowhere to go, Tai Long Wan is a hiking trail you can leisurely walk to with your children. With a mostly flat road with a few inclines, it’s a highly recommended spot for active kids. The best part of this hike is the beautiful Sai Wan beach or Big Wave Bay. Walk along the bay with the kids and be sure to dip your toes in the water for a refreshing feel.