Hong Kong's Scenic Hikes

Hong Kong has many hiking trails through its mountains and along beautiful coastlines. Get some inspiration here as to where your next scenic hike will be!

New Territories West

Ma Tso Lung
Take the 51B green minibus from Sheung Shui station to Liu Pok and hike uphill to the guardpost that oversees the Shenzhen border. The grasses open up and you will see ponds on the Hong Kong side and Shenzhen's skyscrapers beyond. This location faces north and west hence sunset views are amazing.

Long Valley
The Long Valley wetlands are popular with migratory birds and with agriculture's revival, birds are returning in larger numbers. Roam around the fields and farms freely and ask the farmers to buy their fresh produce, plucked straight from the ground. You can combine this with Ma Tso Lung for a full day outing.

Wang Chau
Threats of redevelopment have lingered over this area for years. Beyond the village, dirt paths lead behind the hills to a vantage point towards the north. Look for an entrance on Long Ping Road just off the West Rail station.

Kai Kung Leng
The ridges along Lam Suen Country Park offer an expansive view of Yuen Long and the northern stretches towards Shenzhen. The hike up is not too difficult with dirt paths leading the way, but there is little shade so be sure to bring sunscreen. The nearest villge on the Yuen Long side is Fung Kat Heung.

Por Lo Shan
Hong Kong's version of the Grand Canyon is technically in a restricted area. A paved path leads up from behind Leung King Estate and ultimately finishes near Pak Nai along Shenzhen Bay. However, weekends in Pak Nai can be incredibly busy with the sunset crowd so prepare to wait a very long time for the minibus out.

Thousand Islands
Tai Lam Chung Reservoir

Well-marked signs lead to a new lookout point towards the reservoir. You can get here from either Tai Tong on the Yuen Long side or from Gold Coast and So Kwun Wat village.

Shing Mun Reservoir

Famous for aggressive monkeys chasing after your plastic bag of goodies, a circular hike around the reservoir is fairly easy. When the water levels are high, trees along the western side are immersed in the water, a special scene that is rare to catch and surreal to photographers.

New Territories East

Luk Keng to Kuk Po Hike
The shores of Sha Tau Kok are far from the city and people typically arrive by car. The waterfront walk is quite flat but scenic, and you can spot Shenzhen's Yantian district across the water while the Hong Kong side still remains mostly rural.

Kat O
A sole weekend ferry takes you to both Kat O and Ap Chau, 2 islands in Mirs Bay just off Sha Tau Kok. There are nice rock formations, an old bustling fishing village, and abandoned buildngs.

Ferries depart from Ma Liu Shui pier in Shatin and stop on both islands. While at Ap Chau, it waits for you to explore the small island for about an hour and a half.

Ap Chau

Hiking to Lai Chi Wo
Rather than taking the ferry to the seaside village of Lai Chi Wo, it is possible to hike there in a few hours from Wu Kau Tang, which itself was an old Hakka village. Lai Chi Wo is being revitalized after the village was abadoned in the 1960s with many residents moving to the UK.

Tap Mun
A popular camping island, get here early to stake a spot, and by night-fall, you can't help but think the city has moved offshore. Located in the east, this is a great place to see the sunrise. You are not totally in nature though; there is a village that can offer supplies.

Hiking Sai Kung East
Take a taxi to the Sai Wan Pavilion deep in Sai Kung. There is no place to park around here. Despite its relative isolation, this stretch of hiking trail through several scenic bays and through the hills is immensely popular and there are even tour groups roaming the paths. Those looking for a quiet way to enjoy nature will be disappointed.

Sam Mun Tsai
Still an authentic fishing village, this is a much quieter alternative than nearby Plover Cove Reservoir. Once past the village, you will have a commanding view of Tolo Harbour and spot Tai Po and Ma On Shan new towns in the distance. The next island, Ma Shi Chau boasts some of the oldest sedimentary rocks in the city.

Yim Tin Tsai
Catch a ferry from Sai Kung's pier to visit this unusual island of Hakka heritage but Christian believers. The missionnaries came in the late 19th century and even built a large church here. While the last resident left in 1998, the village is now being rediscovered and the salt pans are being revived.

Sharp Island
Ferries make a multi-stop journey off Sai Kung and I added Sharp Island to my excursion to Yim Tin Tsai. The natual sand levee is quite interesting, with rocks exposed during low tide, although you should wear waterproof shoes or sandals since you will very likely get wet! If you have time, take the hiking path up the hills to the other side of the island for a quiet beach.

High Junk Peak
Take bus 91 to Clearwater Bay and get off at Ng Fai Tin. The staircase is just across the street and enjoy this challenging hike. Getting to the top of High Junk Peak requires some scrambling so gloves are necessary. However, to enjoy views of the city and also that peak from a distance, go up the hill before it instead.

Lung Ha Wan
Beneath High Junk Peak is a flatter hike but you are much closer to the sea. Take bus 91 to Clearwater Bay and get off at Tai Au Mun. Then walk about 2km along Lung Ha Wan Road to the coast where you will find a rock carving and a small beach further down. Horse lovers take note; there is an equestrian academy tucked away at the end of the road.

Outlying Islands

Lamma Island
(Yung Shu Wan - Sok Kwu Wan)
This busy hiking path is full of tourists with many shops along the way to arouse your curiosity. The scenery is nice especially the long slope down to Sok Kwu Wan, but it is too crowded nowadays.

Lamma Island
(Sok Kwu Wan - Ling Kok Shan)
Past the ferries at Sok Kwu Wan, the tourists don't know about this deserted path leads to more scenic parts of the island with nobody around. Hike up Ling Kok Shan for a panoramic view of the sea, Hong Kong Island, and Sok Kwu Wan.

Po Toi Island
Limited weekend ferries as well as sparse weekday service keeps this island, the southernmost in Hong Kong, relatively quiet.

Sunset Peak
Popular around year-end for its golden grasses, this is a fairly tough hike with many, many steps even though the bus stop at Pak Kung Au is already a distance uphill.

Kowloon

Tsing Yi Nature Trail
A short walk on paved paths from Cheung Wang Estate, the forests open up for a view of Tsing Ma Bridge as well as the rest of Tsing Yi.

Kowloon Vistas
Fei Ngo Shan, Tai Mo Shan, Lung Cheung Road
The ultimate views of the city are on top of Fei Ngo Shan and Tai Mo Shan, which are better to drive up to save the long, long hike. A much lower vantage point is available along Lung Cheung Road that is a short walk from the Phoenix House bus stop.

Garden Hill
Beside Mei Ho House, a youth hostel and also museum on Hong Kong's first public housing estate, a staircase leads up to a viewpoint of Sham Shui Po. Garden Hill has become increasingly popular these days thanks to its accessibility and nice views of a rapidly-changing area.

Devil's Peak
Located at the eastern end of the harbour, this is a good spot for sunset with the skyline right in front of you. Well known as it is part of the Wilson Trail, prepare for crowds and professional photographers. For the best lighting to capture the harbour, get up here early before noon or at sunset. Don't forget to visit the historic battery as well.

Hong Kong Island

Victoria Peak 2012
A must-do for tourists and locals alike, this busy walking path is the perfect place to see the skyline from above. Photographers are readily available at the hotspots staking out the best positions especially around sunset.

Deep Water Bay - Repulse Bay
The easy and flat walk from Deep Water Bay to Repulse Bay offers plenty of waterfront views. From Central, take bus 6, which serves both bays and continues to Stanley.

Brick Hill

For a good view of Aberdeen, the yacht-filled typhoon shelter, and sunset, Brick Hill is relatively easy to access. From Wong Chuk Hang MTR station, head along Nam Long Shan Road and a long staircase will emerge past the Bradbury Hostel.

Yuk Kwai Shan
Rising 196m above sea level, don't let the height fool you. You need gloves and a good grip on ropes to ascend the steep slopes. Although it is close to Brick Hill, the perspective is a bit different, and you can descend on the other side to reach Ap Lei Pai, a small outlying island.

Bowen Road

This popular jogging path along the hillsides offers many spots to view the Wan Chai area and the harbour.

Dragon's Back & Shek O
Take bus 9 from Shau Kei Wan MTR station and get off at To Tei Wan. You are already uphill at this point so it doens't take too long to reach the top of the ridge. For the best lighting, hike this trail during the afternoon.

Jardine's Lookout
A well-trodden path from Hong Kong Parkview leads to the perfect spot to watch the sunset or fireworks set against the skyline.

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