Lamma Island is well-known for its relatively easy Family Walk; from Yung Shue Wan (the main pier) to Sok Kwu Wan (the ferry pier on the south side). If you’re wanting to head to the island, but are looking for something a bit more challenging, head to the south side of the island. This Lamma Island hike takes you from the Sok Kwu Wan ferry pier, east to Mo Tat Village, south-west along Shek Pai Wan Beach and then back up to the pier. Along this hike, you’ll pass through a few villages, see beautiful views of the south side of Hong Kong Island, and have the opportunity to end your hike at the beach or with a seafood feast along the water.
I’ve been wanting to visit the Tai O Infinity Pool ever since I saw photos on Instagram of that picture-perfect spot. All the photos I came across online looked so unlike concrete jungle of Hong Kong that I was completely captivated. Despite living here for five years, it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I finally made the trek out to Tai O. I planned the trip to see the fishing village and to check out the infinity pool (two birds one stone, y’know). The route to the infinity pool is relatively short and easy (compared to other hikes around HK at least), but you’ll likely be disappointed when you get there.. read on for a detailed guide on how to get there and why it might not be worth the hike.
The Discovery Bay to Mui Wo hike is perfect if you’re wanting to get off Hong Kong Island without wasting much time getting to and back from your hike. This hike is very straight forward and offers fantastic views of Discovery Bay and the surrounding islands (if the weather is cooperating). The first half of this hike can be challenging, with a lot of uphill stairs and a fairly steep climb up to Tiger’s Head. However, the rest of the trail is flat and downhill. The hike ends at Silvermine Bay Beach, so bring your bathing suit and take a quick dip in the water before catching the ferry back to Central.
This is a great hike for people who want something a bit different and challenging (you can only hike Dragon’s Back so many times), but is still relatively easy to get to. You’ll begin this hike at Shing Mun Reservoir, and you’ll go along the trail up to Needle Hill, then move onto Grassy Hill; both of which offer up great views of the surrounding area. From there, you’ll cross Lead Mine Pass, where you’ll likely run into a wild cattle or two, to get to Tai Mo Shan, the tallest peak in Hong Kong. Once at the top, you’ll be able to look down into the Tseun Wan area (here’s to hoping it’s a clear day!). If you’re looking for a tough trail that offers a range of scenery to appreciate along the way, you should try this Tai Mo Shan hike.
If the thought of spending 6+ hours out in Hong Kong’s vast greenery and rolling hills with little shade and no going back sounds like an adventure you’re willing to tackle, then Plover Cove is perfect for you. This hike starts in Tai Po and takes you in a circle(ish) to Tai Mei Tuk, making for a long and sometimes grueling hike to the finish line if you go in the summer. Despite the length of this hike (approx. 17 km), the route itself isn’t too difficult if you’re relatively fit. Be sure to bring plenty of water, and leave early in the morning to fully enjoy and appreciate the stunning views along the Plover Cove hike.
If you’re looking for a hike that gets you off Hong Kong Island, check out the Mui Wo to the Big Buddha hike: a challenging, yet incredibly rewarding hike that takes you through sections 1 – 3 of the Lantau Trail. While it’s easy enough to get to if you’re living near Central, the hike itself can be quite difficult. That being said, the stunning views of the surrounding country parks, rolling hills, and crystal blue water make this hike well worth the effort. What’s more, you’ll end up at the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery where you can grab some food and drink, and, if you’re feeling up to it, play tourist for a few hours before heading back home.
High Junk Peak Hike is a relatively quick hike with beautiful views over Clear Water Bay. Making your way from Hang Hau to Po Toi O/Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club, expect a few hills, more than a few stairs, and plenty of rewarding sights. Outlined below is the (super easy) route along High Junk Peak Country Trail that should take roughly 2 – 3 hours, depending on your fitness level and how many selfies you take along the way.
With the weather in Hong Kong cooling down, this is the perfect time of year to pull your sneakers on, and head out on a hike to explore the lesser known parts and take in some sky-high views of the city. If you’ve already done most of the popular hikes like Dragon’s Back, Lion Rock, and Twin Peaks, and are looking for something a bit different, this is the perfect hike for you; from Tai Lam Country Park to Tseun Wan with – I kid you not – the most incredible views at Shek Lung Kung. This hike is easy to get to and get home from, takes you past some interesting villages and abandoned buildings, will make for quite the adventure as you wander off the beaten track, and the view at the top is seriously wow-worthy.
If you’re looking for something other than the usual hiking trails, then you should get out there and spend an afternoon stream trekking in Hong Kong! “Stream trekking” might sound a bit daunting at first, but this is a relatively easy and convenient (if you’re living on the island) hike that starts in North Point and should only take you a couple of hours.
If you’ve lived in Hong Kong for more than a month, I’m sure you’ve heard of the infamous Monkey Hill from friends telling tales of their journey into this monkey-laden territory. Thankfully, they made it out alive and are able to warn possible Monkey Hill-goers of the dangers that await them upon stepping off the comforts of a public bus and into the wild world of the Macaques. Unfortunately, many people (much like myself) do not heed these warnings. Instead, we feel a need to see what this Monkey Hill is “really about”.