Named after Hong Kong's 9th governor, Sir George Bowen, the 4km path stretches along the hillside from Happy Valley to Central. Bowen Road was originally an aqueduct moving water from Tai Tam Reservoir to Central.
For the best views of the skyline, either access the hiking trail from Stubbs' Road by bus or hike uphill on Bowen Drive from Kennedy Road above Admiralty. The ascent is paved and the Bowen Road Fitness Trail is at the end of the drive.
The fitness trail is relatively flat and mostly car-free. There is a sprinkle of residences along the route, including the Seychelles' consulate.
The circular Hopewell Centre was once Hong Kong's tallest building back in the 1980s. Standing at 216m tall, it has been dwarfed by newer buildings since. The current tallest in the city is 484m high.
As I walked along the shaded path cooled by the breeze, I noticed a temple entrance. The phallus-shaped Lovers' Rock rises above Bowen Road and is a shrine for a good marriage and fertility.