Your insider’s guide to Hong Kong

3 Easy Hong Kong Hiking Trails

Though it might not seem like it when you’re looking out over the dense cityscape, Hong Kong is surprisingly untamed, with forests and hiking trails galore. There’s a huge culture of hiking and walking among the local population and it’s a common sight to see Hongkongers of all ages enjoying the city’s natural riches on any given weekend. Make like a local and explore Hong Kong’s wild side on your next visit with these easily accessible hikes.

Hong Kong Hiking

Bowen Road
A popular running and dog-walking route, Bowen Road is a flat stretch of (mostly) pedestrianised trail that hugs the Mid-Levels from the central to the eastern side of Hong Kong Island. The roughly four-kilometre route affords you gorgeous views of Central, Wan Chai and Happy Valley through the tree line, but without the tourists. There are several workout stations and areas of interest dotted along the way, including “Lover’s Rock,” where worshippers leave offerings and prayers seeking fertility, as well as luck in love. It’s just a few minutes’ cab ride from Central, making it a doable walk (or run) no matter your schedule.

The Peak – The Central Green Trail
Checking out the view from Victoria Peak is a must-do when you’re visiting Hong Kong, but we’d rather skip the mammoth lines at The Peak Tram and walk up instead. It’s a short and steep but rewarding trek, with several routes up from Central, Wan Chai, The Mid-Levels and Pok Fu Lam. From the middle of town, the Central Green Trail – starting to the left of The Peak Tram and carrying on straight up for about 45 minutes – is the easiest and fastest way up. You’ll also find points of interest and historical markers dotting the path. Once there, you can loop The Peak on flat and easy Lugard Road, or visit Pinewood Battery for war relics. Those with a nose for adventure should tackle High West, the Peak’s tallest point. It’s an additional 30-minute scramble well off the beaten track with terrific views of Kowloon and the Lamma Channel; it’s particularly beautiful at sunset. Don’t forget to reward yourself with a drink at The Peak Lookout restaurant before heading back down to the city.

Lamma Island
Make the effort to visit Hong Kong’s outlying islands, and you’ll encounter charming fishing villages, delicious seafood and a slower pace of life that will make you wonder if you’re still in the same city. Just a half-hour ferry ride from Central, Lamma Island is popular for its laid-back vibe that blends traditional fishing culture with an eco sensibility. Think vegetarian cafes, lend-alike libraries and a relaxed outlook that’s worlds away from the city’s fast-paced consumerism. The most popular trek on Lamma is a simple and well-signposted walk from the main ferry pier in Yung Shue Wan to Sok Kwu Wan pier on the other side of the island, where you can hop on a return ferry back to town. The walk takes you over the hills and through small villages, where enterprising locals set up fresh coconut and sliced pineapple stalls on the weekends. At the end of the hike, there are several famous seafood restaurants – take your pick – where you can finish the day with a platter of stir-fried black bean clams, deep-fried squid, garlic prawns and other boat-fresh delicacies.


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