By: Melissa Stevens
We asked you to share your favourite hikes with us and you delivered! We were inundated with ideas for hiking in Hong Kong when we asked our Facebook fans for suggestions in response to our story 5 Hikes You Should Try In Hong Kong. Here’s what you had to say:
Lion Rock is one of the most recognisable natural landmarks in Hong Kong and was one of the most popular spots for hiking in Hong Kong based on reader feedback. Lion Rock is somewhat of a symbol of the city and you will often hear people speak of ‘Lion Rock spirit’. The rock overlooks the major residential areas of the city. It is not really recommended for beginners as there are steep climbs but it offers fantastic views.
Getting there: From Wong Tai Sin MTR B3’s exit walk up Sha Tin Pass Road for some 15 to 20 minutes before you reach the entrance to the trail, signposted with ‘Lion Rock Country Park’.
Po Toi Island
This is known as the South Pole of Hong Kong as the southernmost island. Po Toi is a quaint island but don’t be fooled into thinking the hike is easy. Classified as moderately difficult, the 4km can take about three hours. One of the best-known landmarks is the hand-shaped feature carved into the face of a cliff by the elements – the ‘palm of Buddha’.
Getting there: You can take a kaito at Aberdeen Pier on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays which takes an hour to reach Po Toi Island. A kaito leaves from Stanley Pier on weekends and public holidays which only takes 30 minutes to reach the island. You can return from Po Toi Pier.
Not surprisingly, The Peak was a popular suggestion for hiking in Hong Kong among our readers. While most tourists will take The Peak tram to enjoy the iconic view of Hong Kong from the top, energetic locals favour The Peak Circle Walk. The hike is about 3.5kms and takes about 1.5 hours.
Getting there: From MTR Central Station, Exit J2, walk to the lower Peak Tram terminus located on Garden Road for the scenic ride up to The Peak. Alternatively, you can take bus 15 from Exchange Square bus terminus, or minibus 1 from MTR Hong Kong Station public transport interchange. The Peak Circle Walk begins at Lugard Road near the Peak Tower. To return, you can take the tram or bus 15 back down to the base.
Plover Cove Reservoir Country Trail
This is a gorgeous hike for people who enjoy Hong Kong’s lush natural landscape. It is not a day out for the faint-hearted – be prepared for the 9.5km hike to take about five to seven hours. It ends in Lai Chi Wo, which is home to some rare vegetation as well as an exquisite Hakka village established 400 years ago.
Getting there: Walk from MTR Tai Po Market Station Exit B to Tai Po Market Station Public Minibus Terminus. Take minibus 20R for around 45 minutes to Wu Kau Tang Village on Chi Sum Road. Once completed, a ferry service runs between Ma Liu Shui and Lai Chi Wo on Sunday and public holidays at 3.30pm. Enquiries 2555 9269.
Tiny Sharp Island is home to geological spectacles created 140 million years ago. It is located in the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark and is a great hike for nature lovers. Finish the 3km hike, which is estimated to take about two hours, with a dip in the sea. Look out for the rock formations which resemble the Hong Kong street food snack, pineapple buns.
Getting there: Get to Sai Kung Public Pier and catch a kaito to Hap Mun Bay. The ride takes about 15 minutes but cost and times can depend on the season.
Best of the rest from our readers:
- Ap Lei Chau
- Sharp Island
- Tung Wan Shan
- Yuen Long
- Mount High West
- High Junk Peak Four
- West Dog’s Teeth Lantau
- Rhino Rock
- North Gate
- Polo Shan
Remember when hiking to take appropriate precautions. Plan your route in advance, wear appropriate clothing and carry water. Ensure you have the correct fitness level for the hike you are attempting and remember not all areas have mobile phone reception. The Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has comprehensive safety advice.
For more details on these hikes go to discoverhongkong.com
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