Introduction to Hong Kong Hike

Introduction to Hong Kong Hike

You shouldn’t be faulted if you think that hiking and Hong Kong are never to be associated together.  After all, Hong Kong is one of the most modern and urbanized cities not only in Asia, but, in the world.  High rise buildings and impressive skyscrapers are what Hong Kong is to the rest of the world, but, truth be told, almost two thirds of its geographical area is far from modernity.  Hiking may not be a popular activity for tourists, but, it is something they’re missing out.

 

Hong Kong Hike

 

Hong Kong long distance hikes are composed of four different long trails:  Hong Kong Trail, Lantau Trail, Maclehose Trail, and Wilson Trail.  If continuous and connected, the total trails span to almost 300 kilometers of walking route.  Each trail offers different, but equally, impressive vistas and rewarding experiences.  These trails traverse Hong Kong Island, Lantau Island, and New Territories and are separated by sections.

The trails are well-marked and very easy to follow.  There are paved ways, but, most ascents and descents are via difficult stone steps.  Switchbacks are not occasionally steep, so, going off trails shouldn’t be an option, whether for experienced hikers or beginners.  Distance posts are measured every 500 meters, except for the Wilson trail, which is 500 to 650 meters per post.  Distance post is most helpful in locating your immediate coordinates.  Different sections of each trail have different level of difficulty.  Some are quite strenuous than others, but, one thing is for sure, each section offers an impressive view of the city and the ocean.

Read:  3D2N Hong Kong Tour Itinerary

 

Which Trail to Hike?

 

If you are not living in Hong Kong or nowhere near it, chances of taking all the trails are pretty slim.  What is good about these trails is that they are divided by sections and each sections are easily accessible via public transport.  You can skip most trails and just hike those that are within your capabilities or those you’re most interested with.  If you are just traveling for a short period of time, you may want to hike the most famous hikes, like; Dragon’s back, Sunset Peak, or Lantau Peak.  But, if you are a serious hiker, then completing all the trails is a tick on your bucket list.

 

Who Can Hike?

 

Worried that you are just a beginner hiker?  An amateur?  Worry no more, because, even the most difficult trails are still beginners friendly.  You might want to do some stretching and practice walking before taking the most strenuous hike.

 

Begin Now.

 

I’m no expert mountaineer nor an experience hiker.  But, I’m starting to conquer Hong Kong trails one at a time.  Below are the four long trails in Hong Kong and their respective sections.  After a hike on a given trail, a link will be provided for further information.  For now, here’s the summary on what you are about to take.  Enjoy Hiking Hong Kong Trails!

 

Hong Kong Trails

 

Hong Kong trail spans a 50 kilometer walking route traversing Hong Kong island and gives a panoramic view of the city.  This trail is divided into eight sections that starts from the Peak Tram Station and ending at Big Wave Bay at Tai Long Wan.  It crosses a total of five country parks that makes for a wonderful experience.  The most popular hike on this trail is the Dragon’s Back trail (Section 8), as it is called Asia’s best Urban hike by the Time Magazine.

Hong Kong Trail

Section

Route

Length (Km)

Time

(Average Hr)

1

Peak to Pok Fu Lam Reservoir

7.0

2.5

2

Pok Fu Lam Reservoir to Peel Rise

4.5

1-1.5

3

Peel Rise to Wan Chai Gap

6.5

2.0

4

Wan Chai Gap to Wong Nai Chung Road

7.5

3-3.5

5

Wong Nai Chung Road to Mound Parker Road

4.0

1.5-2

6

Mount Parker Road to Tai Tam Road

4.5

2.0

7

Tai Tam Road to To Tei Wan

7.5

3-3.5

8

To Tei Wan to Tai Long Wan

8.5

3.5-4

Lantau Trail

 

The biggest island in Hong Kong, Lantau, has a 70 kilometer hiking trail of unparalleled vistas and incredible views.  The second and the third highest mountains in Hong Kong, Lantau Peak and Sunset Peak, respectively are parts of its 12-section trail.  It is a trail loop that starts and ends at Mui Wo Ferry Pier.

Lantau Trail

Section

Route

Length (Km)

Time

(Average Hr)

1

Mui Wo to Nam Shan

2.5

1.0

2

Nam Shan to Pak Kung Au

6.5

3.5-4.5

3

Pak Kung Au to Ngong Ping

4.5

3-4.0

4

Ngong Ping to Sham Wat Road

4.0

1.5-2

5

Sham Wat Road to Man Cheung Po

7.5

3-4.0

6

Man Cheung Po to Tai O

2.5

1.0

7

Tia O to Kau Ling Chung

10.5

4-4.5

8

Kau Ling Chung to Shek Pik

5.5

2.5

9

Shek Pik to Shui Hau

6.5

2.5-3

10

Shui Hau to Tung Chung Road

6.5

2.5-3

11

Tung Chung Road to Pui O

4.5

2.0

12

Pui O to Mui Wo

9.0

3.5-4

Maclehose Trail

 

This trail is the longest, covering 100 kilometer hiking trail that passes the New Territories.  Of all the trails in Hong Kong, Maclehose trail promises the most scenic view with some of the highest peak, on its 10 section trail.  The highest mountain in Hong Kong, Tai Mo Shan, is on section 8 of the trail.  This trail passes a total of eight country parks starting from Pak Tam Chung and ending in Tuen Man.

Maclehose Trail

Section

Route

Length

Time

(Average Hour)

1

Pak Tam Chung to Long Ke

10.6

3.5-4

2

Long Ke to Pak Tam Au

13.5

6.0

3

Pak Tam Au to Kei Ling Ha

10.2

3.5-4.5

4

Kei Ling Ha to Tai Lo Shan

12.7

6.0

5

Tai Lo Shan to Tai Po Road

10.6

5.0

6

Tai Po Road to Shing Mun

4.6

2.0

7

Shing Mun to Lead Mine Pass

6.2

3.5-4

8

Lead Mine Pass to Twisk

9.7

5.0

9

Twisk to Tin Fu Tsai

6.3

3.0

10

Tin Fu Thai to Tsuen Mun

15.6

6-6.5

Wilson Trail

 

The last trail, Wilson trail, passes not only through Hong Kong Island, but, extended to New Territories.  This trail totals to 78 kilometers of walking route passing eight country parks.  The trail starts at Stanley Gap Road and finishes in Nam Chung.

Wilson Trail

Section

Route

Length

Time

(Average Hour)

1

Stanley Gap Road to Wong Nad Chung Reservoir

4.8

2.5

2

Wong Nai Chung Reservoir to Lam Tin

6.6

3.5

3

Lam Tin to Tseng Lan Shue

9.3

4.5-5

4

Tseng Lan Shue to Sha Tin Pass

8.0

4.0

5

Sha Tin Pass to Tai Po Road

7.4

3.5

6

Tai Po Road to Shing Mun Reservoir

5.3

2.5-3

7

Shing Mun Reservoir to Yuen Tun Ha

10.2

4.5-5

8

Yuen Tun Ha to Cloudy Hill

9.0

4.5-5

9

Cloudy Hill to Pat Sin Leng

10.6

5.0

10

Pat Sin Leng to Nam Chung

6.8

3.5

Watch out for updates on our Hong Kong Hiking adventure!

See you up there!  If you like this post, pin this!

Update:  Done with our first hike!  Read:  Dragon’s Back:  Section 8 of Hong Kong Trail.

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Carlo has started working in Macau in 2007 and two years after, he met his destined-to-be wife, Lorna and they started exploring the world. Together.

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