HONG KONG IS MORE THAN JUST A CONCRETE JUNGLE
Hiking is fast becoming the most popular past time in Hong Kong. A lot of people have the misconception that Hong Kong is a concrete jungle, and many of my friends on Instagram find it hard to believe that all the places I hike to are in fact, in Hong Kong. Believe it or not, Hong Kong is a mountainous city with plenty of hiking trails set up by the government, and many of them are extremely scenic.
Among the most famous ones are the Lion Rock Mountain, Dragon’s Back, the 3 peaks of Sai Kung, Sunset Peak and the list goes on. I often tag along with my friends and sister to go hiking every weekend, and it seems only fitting if I share these trails with you guys, too, as I strive to show everyone the other side of Hong Kong - the nature side.
(You can also see more on my youtube channel as I vlog my way through the hikes!)
Below are the mountains I have conquered:
Hong Kong Island
Close to Dragon's Back, this is an easy flat route that's perfect for beginners
One of the most famous trails in Hong Kong and ranked as one of the top 50 beautiful hikes in the world.
Offering a clear view of Stanley, the Twins Peak will test your stairs abiligty with over 1k stairs either side - but hey, the view is great, right?
The symbol of Hong Kong people's spirit, this is one of the most accessible hike.
WILSON TRAIL #3
The trail took us through the Devil's Peak with the old battery left from the colonial time as well as the Black Hill. It's a 2-3 hours hike, perfect for a half day trip.
TEMPLE HILL/ TSZ WAN SHAN
East of Lion Rock Mountain is Tsz Wan Shan - a lesser known hike that offers a wider view of the Kowloon Penisular. If you really want to go off the beaten path, this is the place to hike.
HIGH JUNK PEAK
One of the three sharp peaks of Sai Kung, High Junk Peak is the easiest hike of the three and offers a good view of Sai Kung.
The toughest and shparest Peak of Sai Kung, you will need to get your hands dirty on this hike and plenty of supplies! But you'll also go past some of the most gorgeous beaches!
A challenging hike on Lantau Island, it's popular in the autumn because of the silver grass. However, the stairs are also ridiculously long.
LONG KE WAN
A gorgeous beach that is accessible by boat or hike only, it's a secluded spot that is perfect for summer day trips!
Dubbed as the Hong Kong Grand Canyon, this little patch of spectacular weathered cliffs are one of the most instagrammed places in Hong Kong, drawing youngsters by the dozens on weekend.
MA ON SHAN NGO PING
There are many trails around Ma On Shan and this is but one of the viewpoints!
MA ON SHAN STONE TRAIL
A less popular hike that my friend took me to - it's not for the faint of heart or beginners with its stone rabble!
TAI TUN SHAN, SAI KUNG
A surprisingly challenging yet short hike - Tai Tun Shan in Sai Kung offers a good cardio on top of a unique angle on the Sai Kung bay. In fact, the view rivals that of thousand islands lake. of the hike here.
Tai Tung Leng
A surprisingly short hike near Clear Water Bay, it boast a great view of Sai Kung Bay and a lot of stone slabs to sit on and take photos!
The Buffalo Hills are gaining in popularity for many hikers. A challenging hike with rewarding views to Sai Kung and Shatin, you get a bunch of rocks to perch on, too.
An easy hike in the deep Northwest New Territories - Yuen Long - Kai Shan takes you pass some mountain graves and up the hill for a view of the Wetland Park as well as Shenzhen in China!
Kai Kung Leng
Also in Yuen Long, all the way in NW New Territories, Kai Kung Leng and Kai Kung Shan can be seen from the West Rail Line as a formidable mountain.
But it's actually a pleasant hike that offers a higher vantage point to the Wetland park and Shenzhen.
Close to the China-Hong Kong border on the NE New Territories, Robin's Nest is closed to an abandoned lead mine and just under 500m high.
You can see the surrounding countryside and Shenzhen clearly - as well as the border.