Our all time favourite Hong Kong hikes
With the weather getting a wee bit chilly - it's the perfect time to hit the trails and escape the rat race! Here are our top 5 favourite hikes:
This is probably the most well known and popular hike in Hong Kong, with incredible views. Hiking the Dragon’s Back can become a full day outing by combining it with a trip to Shek-o beach or a long lunch in Shek-o or Stanely.
Popular amongst families, tour groups and adrenaline junkies who paraglide from the top, it can get a bit crowded on very good weather days so try to start early to avoid the crowds.
To get there take bus 9 from Shau Kei Wan MTR and disembark at To Tei Wan on Shek-o Road. At the end of the hike, take any bus towards Shek-o for lunch/beach action!
Hong Kong Country Club to South Bay Beach
This is a great walk if you’re feeling a little lazy or only have a short time. This totally flat, paved walk skirts the coast and takes in a few beaches, offering plenty of options for a swim or bite to eat. The good thing about this walk for families is that if the going gets tough, the tough jumps into a nearby taxi!
Start this walk from the Hong Kong Country Club and simply follow the waterside path all the way round to South Bay Beach. At your destination enjoy a swim, build a sandcastle and grab some refreshments at the little bistro (great pizza by the way!)
Hong Pak Country Trail – Quarry Bay Tree Walk – St Cecil’s Ride
This hike is not at all strenuous and is suitable for children. There’s lots for the kids to see including streams, boulders and fabulous views. You might even be able to give them some history lessons along the way thanks to the informative signs dotted around. The hike ends in Stanley so you can bribe the kids with the promise of an ice cream if they keep walking!
To get there, take the MTR (exit A) to Quarry Bay, walk along Kings Road towards the Municipal Services Building.
Discovery Bay to Mui Wo
The reason this walk is on our top 5 list is because it’s simply so convenient. Just a short ferry ride from Central and you’re at the start of the walk in Discovery Bay. We recommend you grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants in the Plaza before heading through the village of Nim Shue Wan. The path is super easy to follow round to Mui Wo.
As well as being convenient, this hike also offers some interesting sights. There’s the Trappist Monastery, a few viewing platroms and if you get fed up or tired there are options for bailing out! As with most of our top hikes, at the end you have the option of a swim at a very nice beach!
A great adventure, starting with The Peak Tram, the Morning Trail begins at the Peak where you can grab a quick breakfast at Starbucks or a more leisurely breakfast at The Peak Café. Then take either Luggard Road or Harlech Road to enjoy some of the best views in Hong Kong. You can then follow Hatton Road down towards Conduit Road and the Mid Levels escalator. Continue on through Soho where you can stop for a few drinks and hang around for a spot of lunch.
Don't forget to pack your Chewswize snacks to keep your energy levels up during the arduous hikes, and for bribing little ones to the finish line!