3 Hikes That Will Make You Want to Visit Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a city where you can find anything a few metro stops away, even hiking trails. Beyond the skyscrapers it’s known for, there are mountains that most travel itineraries never seem to include. So don’t stay stuck in the concrete jungle. Get away from the crowds and find stunning skyline views on these three Hong Kong hikes:
This hike is a calf workout from the time you leave the station. You will begin to see why it’s worth it as you get glimpses of the city through the trees. When you reach a sign pointing you off the trail to a steep 0.5 km climb, that’s the final push up to panoramic views. Take in the cityscape, then walk along the mountain crest to find the famed Lion Rock and more views of Kowloon below. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight for the dark walk down, because trust me, you’ll want to stay for sunset.
(MTR stop: Won Tai Sin. Find instructions for the hike here)
Victoria Peak is the #1 tourist attraction for views of Hong Kong, but most don’t venture past The Peak Galleria mall. Skip the long wait for the tram and the crowded observation decks and make a hike of it instead. We started at the Peak tram’s lower terminus and walked the path beside the tram tracks to Old Peak Road, but there’s also a trail that could combine this hike with High West. Once you get to the mall, take Mount Austin Road up towards Victoria Peak Garden to find the real views. When you reach a fork in the road where a sign points you to the garden, head right down the other path. This will lead you to a hidden spot where you can watch the downtown skyline light up the night.
(MTR stop: Central. Find instructions for the hike here)
This wasn’t an easy hike to find, but it’s easily the best summit in Hong Kong. We had to ask a fellow hiker for directions, and ended up taking “The Treacherous Trail,” a steep unmarked footpath that was an adventure in itself. You can find the real path by the pavilion in Lung Fu Shan Country Park where Harlech, Hatton and Luggard roads intersect. Once at the peak, step over the railing and venture along the dirt path. You’ll be rewarded with beautiful views on all sides of the city and harbour. Find a safe spot to sit down, then let the sunset over the ocean sweep you away.
(MTR stop: HKU or Central. Find instructions for the hike here or here)
Hiking may be Hong Kong’s most underrated activity, but it’s the best way to see the city. You’ll find dazzling views on these Hong Kong hikes, then still be able to catch a train downtown for dim sum and drinks. All you have to do now is pack your bags.