Urban walks: Walks in Hong Kong

Walking is a great way to discover and experience Hong Kong. It’s a compact city so getting around on foot is easy although the streets can get very crowded at times. Following are a couple of walks that I have done and would recommend.

1. Dragon’s Back

Perhaps best described as an urban hike, this 8.5km trail (which is also section 8 of the Hong Kong Trail) provides fantastic views and a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. The trail takes its name from an exposed ridge path between Shek O Peak and Wan Cham Shan that undulates and supposedly looks like a dragon’s backbone.

I really enjoyed this walk – the first section is reasonably exposed and a bit strenuous, but rewards your effort with great views including a magnificent 360 degree panorama from Shek O Peak. The second half or so is a delightful ramble through Shek O Country Park which includes shaded forest sections before descending to Tai Long Wan village.

From MTR Shau Kei Wan Station Exit A3, take bus 9 at Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus to To Tei Wan, Shek O Road. Watch out for the stop – I almost missed it and if you do, you’ll have to get a bus back the other way as the road here is narrow and there is no footpath. Click here for Google street view that shows the start of the walk and bus stop on the left. At the end of the walk, walk along Big Wave Bay road back to Shek O Road and pick up bus 9 back to Shau Kei Wan.

For a map click here.

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2. Peak walk and Pinewood Battery

One of my favourite urban walks – a stroll around part of the Peak Circle walk that provides simply magnificent views of Victoria Harbour, followed by a walk in Lung Fu Shan Country Park and descent via Hatton Rd via the now deserted Pinewood Battery, which provides a look at a bit of Hong Kong history, before finishing at the University of Hong Kong.

The last time I did this walk I had rather grey weather, but the views are always impressive. Taking the Peak Tram (a funicular) up to the Peak is well worthwhile. If you don’t want to walk down via Pinewood Battery you can always complete the full circle of the Peak, about 3.5km in total.

From MTR Central station Exit J2 and walk to the Lower Terminus of the Peak Tram on Garden Road for the ride up to The Peak. The walk commences at Lugard Rd. At the end of the walk take bus 13 from Kotewall Road back to Central.

For a map click here.

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For more information visit the Hong Kong Tourism website. There are pages for city walks and hikes.

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