Last updated on June 29th, 2020 at 02:54 pm

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!)

Essential hiking information in Hong Kong

Best time to hike in Hong Kong

While you can hike anytime in Hong Kong, the best time to do so is between October to March before the weather gets too hot. It is also possible until May or June, but one should avoid hiking between July to October as it is the typhoon season.

Getting around Hong Kong (for hikes)

Most of the hikes are accessible by public transport, so having an Octopus Card is essential. Make sure you top it up before you leave and bring cash in case you need to call a taxi. I recommend having a balance of 50 HKD on Octopus Card and bring 200-300 HKD cash.

Essentials for hiking in Hong Kong

As with hiking anywhere in the world, it’s important to make sure you have enough water, wear the right footwear, and know where you are going. You can see my full gear list here.

Pro tip: you’ll sweat more than you expect hiking in Hong Kong so bring a small towel!

Top hikes in Hong Kong

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Easiest hikes in Hong Kong

Planning to do a quick hike in Hong Kong but don’t want to exert too much energy? Here are the easiest hikes in Hong Kong with the best view!

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Lion Rock Hike

Lion Rock is the most iconic mountain for the Hong Kong people and also sport a spectacular view. It is one of the best intermediate urban hiking route that takes 3-4 hours to finish.

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Suicide Cliff of Kowloon Peak

Made famous by photos and by instagram, Suicide Cliff is part of Kowloon Peak on the same ridge as Lion Rock. Its night view is one of the best but don’t underestimate the difficulty!

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West High Hill, Hong Kong

An alternative to the Peak, West High Hill offers a stunning panorama of the Victoria Harbour and Pok Fu Lam

Personal favourite hikes

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Tai Tun Sha, 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.

Buffalo Hill, Shatin

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.

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MacLehose Trail Stage 4, Sai Kung

The MacLehose trail stage 4 run through Ma On Shan and offers some of the most stunning views of Sai Kung! It’s my absolute favourite and a popular paragliding spot.

Hikes with unique landscape

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Pineapple Hill, Tuen Mun

Dubbed as the Hong Kong Grand Canyon, Pineapple Hill is an area of spectacular weathered cliffs and one of the most instagrammed places in Hong Kong, drawing youngsters by the dozens on weekend.

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Tai To Yan, Tai Po

Also known as ‘big razor edge’ in Chinese, Tai To Yan is a hike that straddles Tai Po and Fanling with great views

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4 Consecutive Pools and Falls

A great summer hike destination, the Four Consecutive Pools and Falls is a popular for the hikers and cliff jumpers – although I won’t recommend the later!

Off the beaten path

Robin's Nest, near the border

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.

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Lai Chi Chong, Sham Chung, Yung Shue O

Sai Kung’s 3 best hidden trails, you get to see Lai Chi Chong geopark, Sham Chung grass field, and Yung Shue O mangroves!

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Tsz Wan Shan/ Temple Hill, Kowloon

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.

More challenging hikes

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Wo Yang Shan, Tsuen Wan

Hike under the highest mountain in Hong Kong, Wo Yang Shan might be a 6 hour hike, but it’s relatively quiet with many rock outcrops and serene nature!

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Needle Hill, Tsuen Wan

One of the three sharpest peak in Hong Kong, Needle Hill lays between Tsuen Wan and Shatin with a vista of Shing Mun Reservoir and both cities.

Kai Kung Leng, Yuen Long

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.

Off to Nature

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Tai Tun Leng, Sai Kung

A nice short walk that offers a great view of Clear Water Bay, Tai Tun Leng is part of the Lung Ha Wan Country Trail that’s short and makes for a nice family hike choice!

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High Junk Peak, Sai Kung

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.

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Ma On Shan Tiu Shau Ngam

There are many trails around Ma On Shan and this is but one of the viewpoints! Tiu Shau Ngam means ‘hanging knuckles’, referring to the hills before the Ma On Shan itself.

All Hong Kong Hiking Posts

Madai Stream: chasing waterfalls in Ma On Shan

This is post 66 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” The Madai Stream might sound kind of exotic, but it is actually a phonetic translation from its Chinese name which refers to the Ma in Ma On Shan, and big, so it’s Ma On Shan’s big stream. It runs from Ma On Shan down […]

Ping Nam Stream: hidden waterfall in Hong Kong

This is post 65 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Ping Nam Stream is the name of the river that flows from Ping Fung Shan towards Nam Chung deep in Fanling near Bride’s Pool and Wu Gau Tong hike. Chasing waterfalls is something that I never thought I’d do in Hong Kong, yet it […]

Seeking Kam Kui Shek Teng, Sai Kung Hong Kong

This is post 64 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Kam Kui Shek Teng is a huge hexagonal column of basat atop a mountain on the edge of Highland Reservoir in Sai Kung. It’s a short distance from the trail that leads from the Sai Wan Pavilion to Sai Wan Beach but for some […]

Green Egg Island – an unusual oasis in Sai Kung, Hong Kong

This is post 63 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Green Egg Island – does that mean that the island has green eggs? Not quite. The Green Egg Island off the coast of Clear Water Bay area in Sai Kung is shaped like an egg with a green yolk, hence its name. You can […]

Sai Kung Kayaking: a guide on where to rent and go

This is post 62 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Kayaking in Sai Kung is one of the best summer activities to do in Hong Kong. Believe it or not, this concrete jungle has a pretty amazing coastline hidden and Sai Kung is one of the best. As we have a long summer here […]

Hiking Middle Hill – a fly by from Kowloon Peak

Last updated on May 14th, 2020 at 10:43 am This is post 61 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” True to its name, Middle hill is sandwiched between other hills, most notably Kowloon Peak. Called ‘Elephant Mountain’ in Chinese, it’s the mountain north of Kowloon Peak and connects to Shatin Pass Road. It makes […]

Lui Ta Shek hike: a quiet hike in Sai Kung

Last updated on May 19th, 2020 at 11:34 am This is post 60 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Another hidden gem of a hike in Sai Kung, Lui Ta Shek means Thunder Struck Rock in Chinese, which likely refers to the lone rock jutting out just below the summit. It is the hill […]

Sharp Peak: conquering one of the toughest trail in Hong Kong

Last updated on May 19th, 2020 at 11:32 am This is post 59 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Sharp Peak is dubbed as the ‘sharpest peak’ in Hong Kong, hence the name, though in Chinese it’s known as Nam She Tsim. Hidden in the depths of Sai Kung Geological Park, it’s known for […]

Nui Po Shan: finding the phallic rock hike in Hong Kong

Last updated on May 19th, 2020 at 11:27 am This is post 58 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Nui Po Shan is one of the many hills between Shatin and Sai Kung, however, it stands out with its giant rock outcrop just before the summit. In particular, one that is shaped like a […]

Wo Yang Shan hike: frolic under Tai Mo Shan

This is post 53 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” If you are seeking a dreamy hike without a crowd high up in the mountains, Wo Yang Shan is a long but worthwhile hike that’s perfect for an adventure. With giant rock outcrops, a view of Tai Mo Shan radar towers as well as […]

Hung Heung Lo Fung: shortest hike in Hong Kong with a view

Last updated on May 19th, 2020 at 11:24 am This is post 51 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Hung Heung Lo Fung, which means Red Incense Burner, is also known as the Braema Hill hike. It is one of the easiest hiking trail to do in Hong Kong, only a ten minutes hike […]

Kai Kung Leng: the velvet trail of Yuen Long

Last updated on May 19th, 2020 at 11:19 am This is post 49 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Kai Kung Leng, which translates roughly to the “Mountain of Chicken”, is a beautiful mountain ridge that runs parallel to Tai To Yan in Fanling in Yuen Long. A more intermediate hike, the trek takes […]

Devil’s Peak: fortifications and urban views galore

Last updated on May 19th, 2020 at 11:16 am This is post 47 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Devil’s Peak is one of the easiest urban hike to do in Hong Kong, walkable from the nearest MTR Station with plenty of exit points. Located at the eastern end of Victoria Harbour, you can […]

Robin’s Nest: hike between Hong Kong and Shenzhen

Last updated on May 19th, 2020 at 11:14 am This is post 46 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Have you always wanted to walk the borders? You can get pretty close to hiking between Shenzhen and Hong Kong along Robin’s Nest. Not only does the hike offers a beautiful view of both cities, […]

Buffalo Hills: hike up rocky outcrops and silver grass in Hong Kong

Last updated on May 19th, 2020 at 11:12 am This is post 45 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Buffalo Hills refer to the West Buffalo and Buffalo mountains between Shatin and Sai Kung district, close to the Kowloon Peninsula. Despite being called Buffalo Hills, the most distinctive features of the both are the […]

Tai To Yan: a Hong Kong razor ridge hike

Last updated on May 19th, 2020 at 10:35 am This is post 44 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Tai To Yan trail in Tai Po is one of the most popular trails in the area, running roughly north to south and offering a panorama of New Territories and even Shenzhen east and west […]

Lion Rock Hike: how to hike up the iconic Hong Kong mountain

Last updated on May 19th, 2020 at 10:31 am This is post 43 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Lion Rock mountain might not be as famous as Victoria’s Peak, but it is the spirit of Hong Kongese and the most distinctive mountain along the Kowloon mountain range. With a rocky outcrop that resembles […]

A hike up Ma On Shan via Tiu Shau Ngam, Hong Kong

Last updated on May 19th, 2020 at 10:26 am This is post 42 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Ma on Shan, which can be directly translated as saddle mountain due to its shape, it’s the most prominent feature view from the city with the same name. While there are many routes to reach […]

Lung Ha Wan Country Trail: a hike up Tai Tun Leng Hong Kong

Last updated on May 19th, 2020 at 10:24 am This is post 38 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Lung Ha Wan Country Trail is just across the road from High Junk Peak and a good alternative for those who are not keen on tackling the longer, harder trail. Note: the hike itself is […]

High Junk Peak: the second sharpest peak of Hong Kong

Last updated on May 19th, 2020 at 10:21 am This is post 37 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” High Junk Peak is one of the three sharpest peak in Hong Kong but surprisingly the easiest (relative) to hike. Hence it is ranked third with Sharp Peak as the sharpest and Needle Hill as […]

Needle Hill Hong Kong – conquering the third sharpest peak

Last updated on May 19th, 2020 at 10:13 am This is post 36 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Needle Hill is named after its needle-like shape, a mountain between Tsuen Wan and Shatin that is the third sharpest peak in Hong Kong. On the first part of the hike, you get a great […]

Easy hiking trails in Hong Kong: 5+ best hikes for beginners that isn’t Dragon’s Back

Last updated on June 29th, 2020 at 11:38 am This is post 35 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Hong Kong is emerging as the best urban hiking destination, however, a lot of the times these hikes can be challenging. With the likes of Needle Hill, Kowloon Peak, and Sunset Peak drawing people to […]

Wu Gau Tang to Tiu Tang Lung hike: Hong Kong’s mountain and bays

Last updated on May 19th, 2020 at 10:06 am This is post 34 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Wu Gau Tang is a beautiful area located in the Plover Bay Marine Park area in Tai Po. It is a popular hike for many dog owners with its flat route and free parking lot, […]

My favourite hike: Shui Long Wo – MacLehose Trail Stage 4

Last updated on May 19th, 2020 at 10:00 am This is post 33 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” One of the most famous hiking trails in Hong Kong is the MacLehose trail. It’s is a stretch of 100 miles path that cut across New Territories and Kowloon, meandering roughly east-west. Because of its […]

Best of Sai Kung’s nature: Lai Chi Chong, Sham Chung, and Yung Shue O hike

Last updated on May 19th, 2020 at 09:56 am This is post 32 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Another great Sai Kung hike, this 5 hour trail takes you from Pak Sha O to Lai Chi Chong, then to Sham Chung via Kai Ma Tung and then to Yung Shue O. You have […]

Tai Tun Shan – the thousand islands view of Sai Kung

Last updated on May 19th, 2020 at 09:49 am This is post 29 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Tai Tun Shan is one of the many mountains and hills that dotted the Sai Kung countryside. It is not to be confused with Tai Tung Shan, also known as Sunset Peak, on Lantau Island. […]

Ninepin Island: the hidden hexagonal column paradise of Hong Kong

Last updated on May 18th, 2020 at 11:34 pm This is post 28 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” The first time I came across Ninepin group – a series of 29 volcanic islands in the Sai Kung Sea – was when I hiked the High Junk Peak. We could see the hexagonal columns […]

Tung Ping Chau Day trip: hidden Hong Kong

Last updated on June 26th, 2019 at 09:13 pm This is post 27 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Tung Ping Chau is an island in northeast Hong Kong, much closer to China than Hong Kong itself. This little island is not only famous for its unique rock formation, but also part of a […]

Hiking Tsz Wan Shan: the most underrated view of Kowloon

Last updated on May 18th, 2020 at 11:22 pm This is post 24 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Most people head to the Lion Rock or Suicide Cliff when they hike the peaks between New Territories and Kowloon, but there are many more peaks in between that boasts a wonderful view with less […]

West High Hill – an adventurous alternative to the Peak

Last updated on May 18th, 2020 at 11:14 pm This is post 21 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Most of you have probably never heard of West High Hill, but I bet you know the iconic view on the Peak. People flock up to the Peak for a great view of Victoria Harbour […]

Pineapple Mountain: a visit to the Hong Kong Grand Canyon

Last updated on May 18th, 2020 at 11:11 pm This is post 15 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Pineapple Mountain has become THE Instagram spot because of its unique features that’s reminiscent of the Grand Canyon. As a sub-tropical city with mostly igneous rock (take Four Consecutive Pools and Falls for example), it’s […]

Night Hike in Hong Kong: Suicide Cliff, Kowloon Peak

Last updated on May 18th, 2020 at 11:07 pm This is post 13 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” Made famous by the National Geography winning photo, Kowloon Peak and its Suicide Cliff is a popular night hike destination in Hong Kong, with many people flocking over there for an insta-famous shot. As part of […]

5 amazing beaches in Sai Kung, Hong Kong

Last updated on May 18th, 2020 at 10:36 pm This is post 8 of 66 in the series “Hong Kong” If any of you follow me on Instagram, you would have been flooded with photos of Sai Kung. A lot of people are familiar with Lantau Island, Stanley and Shek O, but Sai Kung is […]

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