Hiking in Hong Kong - The Best Hikes With a View
Who knew that one of the most eclectic cities in the world has an amazing hiking scene? Hiking in Hong Kong is an absolute must during your visit. Hong Kong is full of vibrant hikes that range from coastal shore scenery to views over the top of the cityscape. Plus, hiking is one of the best free things to do in Hong Kong.
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What we love about hiking in Hong Kong is it’s an easy way to get out in nature and get in the day’s exercise. Hong Kong has a number of great hikes for all levels of hikers. If you’re an advanced hiker who loves a good uphill challenge there’s plenty of room for you to pump your legs. If you’d prefer some nice scenery complimented with a gentle stroll, Hong Kong hiking has you covered as well.
Here are five of the best hiking trails in Hong Kong.
Stretching high above Hong Kong, this mountain is located between Kowloon Tong of Kowloon and Tai Wai. This gorgeous hike offers stunning views of the cityscape below and the outreaching Kowloon peninsula. It’s best to go on a clear day, but since those can become a rare occurrence in Hong Kong, you may have to be patient to find a day to capture good shots.
The Lion’s Rock hike is simple to get to, but be prepared for a long, steep hike. If you’re a beginner hiker this may not be the best hike for you in the city. Previous hiking experience, especially steep hikes, are recommended.
Since you’ll be near to Kowloon centre once the hike is completed, check out the things to do Kowloon while you’re there!
Difficulty: 4 out of 5
Directions: There are many ways to get to Lions Rock, but the best method might just be a taxi since we struggled to find our way there and back using MTRs and buses 🙂
Hiking in Hong Kong doesn’t get any better than this. Situated within the Shek O Country Park, Dragon’s Back is a jaw-dropping ridge. In 2004 it was chosen by TIME Asia as the number one urban hiking trail. The hike consists of the gorgeous coastal waters lapping against the shore beneath your feet intermixed with lush boscage.
Dragon’s Back is commonly referred to in guidebooks, so expect it to be somewhat of a tourist spot, but don’t let this deter you – it’s still a worthwhile visit. Getting to the ridge is simple, too, as a bus can take you there. You’ll find multiple trails to take in the area if you want to spend a full day hiking in Hong Kong. Or take a Dragons Back guided tour to make sure you see the best that this trail has to offer.
Difficulty: 3 out of 5
Directions: In order to get to the ridge you should take the number 9 minibus out of Shau Kei Wan MTR. Hop off at To Their Wan and hike up the hill which is off the road. It’s 1km from the bus stop and there are signs.
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
If you’re looking to check out some of the best views of Hong Kong then The Peak Circle Walk is a must-do! It’s located in the renowned Victoria Harbor and circulates the tallest point of the island. It’s common for locals and tourists alike to head up to the peak for a break from the hectic city life below.
If you’re in for the steep climb, you can get to the peak within a handful of hours (with frequent stops), but if you’d prefer to simply see the views you can take public transport to the top and stroll back down on foot.
If your legs can’t take another hike, we recommend taking the bus to visit Victoria Peak at night for an alternative view of the city.
Difficulty: 1 out of 5
Directions: As The Peak is in a central location you can take multiple routes there including bus, taxi, or walking. One way many people prefer is through the university grounds, which have signage to the hike.
Lantau Peak Hike
No place in Hong Kong is the sunrise more beautiful. Spending an early morning hiking up the Lantau Peak will make for a cheap and rewarding start to your day. You’ll find that the climb takes about two hours, so many hikers stay in the nearby Ngong Ping hostel. The best time to leave is 4 am to catch the sunrise but be sure to check your weather app for a more accurate time.
Lantau is the second-highest peak in Hong Kong, so be prepared for a challenging ascent. The climb can be completed year-round but the best time to climb is summer and autumn, like most hiking in Hong Kong options.
Difficulty: 3.5 out of 5
Directions: Hop on the MTR to Tung Chung. There you can take a bus toward Mui Wo which will take you to the trails beginning. Ask the bus driver to drop you off at the trail.
One of the smaller peaks in Hong Kong, the Lamma Island hike is gorgeous from the beginning of your trip to end. You begin by jetting over on a ferry then walk past the local wind farm and beach. This is the ideal hike for a family who is looking to spend time enjoying the views and not worrying about a climbing challenge.
There’s plenty of nearby history to enjoy once you finish your afternoon stroll. You’ll find the Kamikaze Cave nearby where Japanese forces held out in WWII and you can see the fishing history of the island in action.
Difficulty: 0.5 out of 5
Directions: Simply take the ferry to Yung Shu Wan. Walk to the end of the main street and you’ll end at the trails’ start.
Before you head out hiking in Hong Kong, through the coastal shores and high peaks, make sure you have all the necessities you need. Bring a few litres of water for each hiker, sunscreen to keep you from becoming a crisp, and the proper footwear. It’s often a bad idea to hike in flip flops unless you’re on Lamma Island.
Hiking in Hong Kong is also dependent on the weather. If you like to take photos, make sure to check in advance to see whether the day will be a humid one as that can affect the amount of city smog and the chance of clarity. Happy travels!