Forget the steel skyscrapers, the huge crowds and endless shopping centres. The outdoors is where it’s at in Hong Kong! There are endless hiking opportunities around the city that’ll give you the impression of being in a totally different place! The best time for hiking is October through to May. Trust me, you don’t want to be huffing and puffing in the heat and humidity of the summer months!
So put on your hiking boots and off we go for some of the best day hikes in Hong Kong!
1. Dragon’s Back trail
Voted as the best urban hike in Asia, the Dragon’s Back trail is one of the most popular trails in Hong Kong. It is also one of the most accessible ones, manageable for everyone with a minimum level of fitness. The Dragon’s Back was my first hike in the city, so not being sure about signposting and difficulty, I decided to team up with Walk Hong Kong, a company specialized in the most gorgeous hikes in and around Hong Kong.
After a first flight of stairs, we walked through the forest of the Shek O’ country park on an easy and well-maintained lush path. Soon enough, we emerged in open territory, and started walking on the undulating spine of the Dragon’s Back itself, accompanied by gorgeous views over beaches, mountains and Stanley, Hong Kong’s southern coast. Hill up, hill down, but absolutely worth it! Make sure you stop at the Shek O’Peak to catch your breath and enjoy the stunning views! Or why not finish your hike at Shek O’Beach or Big Wave Bay Beach for a well-deserved tasty lunch or a swim?
(Disclosure: I was a guest of Walk Hong Kong. All opinions are my own.)
Start: Mount Collinson, Shek O’Road (bus 9 from Shau Kei Wan MTR station)
Finish: Shek O’Beach
Duration: 2 hours
Difficulty: easy to moderate
2. Lantau Peak
The Lantau trail is a 70km long trail across the island of Lantau, so you can easily spend a few days hiking here. I opted for the third section of the hike, all the way to the top of Lantau Peak. Starting from Pak Kung Au, you start climbing straight away and it doesn’t stop till you’re at the actual peak, about 90 minutes later. You need to be in fairly good shape; the constant climbing in combination with the heat and knee-high steps can take its toll. But don’t let that discourage you, the views are absolutely amazing (even on a hazy day) and you’ll feel a world away from the skyscrapers of Hong Kong island!
On the way down, you’ll arrive at the Wisdom Path and eventually at the Big Buddha, Lantau’s main tourist attraction. I found it much more rewarding to have walked all the way here instead of just taking the cable car.
Start: Pak Kung Au (bus 3M from Tung Chung MTR station)
Finish: The Big Buddha
Duration: 3.5 hours
3. Lamma Island
Hong Kong’s most laid-back island has some good hiking options. Starting from Yung Shue Wan, follow the signs towards the first beach, Hung Shing Yeh. From there the Family Trail starts and takes you all the way to the second town of the island: Sok Kwu Wan. Apart from some short steep stretches, the hike (which is more like a walk to be honest) is accessible for everyone. You’ll pass a few pavilions offering views across the island, and a small detour will take you to a second beach, Lo So Shing, before arriving at Sok Kwu Wan.
A nice way to spend the afternoon!
Start: Yung Shue Wan
Finish: Sok Kwu Wan
Duration: 90 minutes
There is a lot more hiking to do in Hong Kong, but these 3 hikes should definitely be put on your list!
Next time I’m in Hong Kong, I’m planning on walking the Sai Kung peninsula to take in the gorgeous beaches!
If you’ve been, feel free to share your link in the comments!
Have you been to Hong Kong?
Did you do any hiking? What other trails would you recommend?