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Best Hiking Trails in Hong Kong

Overview

A Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong is known for its city life, but it actually contains beautiful mountainous countryside that is set up perfectly for exploration – easily accessible from the city by public transit and well marked trails with maps are available.  Discover where to hike near central Hong Kong, as well as in the Country Parks, particularly in the New Territories. Popular hikes include: Dragon’s Back, Victoria Peak, Lantau Peak as well as the four main long distance trails.  There are over 300 km of marked trails in Hong Kong. The best time to hike here is from October to March when it’s the driest. See below for more details on where to hike in Hong Kong. 

Capital: Victoria

When To Hike in Hong Kong?

October – March: Ideal time with little rain and warm temps; sunniest between October – December
April
May – September: Rainy

Climate: Subtropical – mild winters and hot, humid summers

 

Hong Kong Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy:  Lots of well-marked trails, accessible by public transit, English widely spoken.  

Transportation required: Public transit

Top Places to Hike in Hong Kong

The four main hiking areas are Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, New Territories and Lantau. Hikes can be found the regions' Country Parks, particularly in New Territories. Highest Mountain: Tai Mo Shan (957 m) in the New Territories.

Filter out hiking places of Hong Kong by month

Click on the red map pointers to see more info.

Kowloon

  • Small number of hikes here, gateway to New Territories
  • Kowloon Peak
  • Lion Rock Country Park (Lion Rock Hike)
  • Devil’s Peak

Lantau

  • Lantau North & South Country Parks

New Territories

  • Many of the challenging and nature hikes are here
  • Plover Cove Country Park 
  • Lam Tsuen Country Park
  • Pat Sin Leng Country Park  
  • Tai Mo Shan Country Park (Tai Mo Shan hike)
  • Man On Shan Country Park 
  • Sai Kung East Country Park
  • Maclehose Trail

Hong Kong Island

  • Victoria Peak 
  • Aberdeen Country Park
  • Shek O Country Park

Hong Kong's Long Distance Trails

There are four main long distance hiking trails:

  • Maclehose Trail – 100 km
  • Wilson Trail – 78 km
  • Lantau Trail – 70 km
  • Hong Kong Trail – 50 km

Hong Kong’s Thru Hikes

Hong Kong's Walking & Hiking Resources

Hong Kong Hiking Books: 

  • Above the City: Hiking Hong Kong Island, by Alicia M. Kershaw and Ginger Thrash, 2005, Hong Kong University Press
  • Hong Kong Trails, by Kyung Suk Oh, 2017,  CreateSpace Independent Publishing
  • The Inside Guide to Hikes and Walks in Hong Kong,  2011, Hong Kong Tourism Board
  • A Breath of Discovery: Nature Guidebook, by Discovery Bay, 2023, Discovery Bay – A Breath of Discovery E-Book
  • Lonely Planet Hong Kong, by Lorna Parks, Piera Chen, and Thomas O’Malley , 2019, Lonely Planet Publications 

 

Hong Kong Hiking Associations/Clubs:

 

Best Hiking Trails in Hong Kong:

  • Dragon’s Back
  • Victoria Peak
  • Lantau Peak
  • Twin Peaks
  • Lion Rock
  • Tai Mo Shan
  • Pat Sin Leng
  • Needle Hill
  • Pyramid Hill

Easy Hiking Trails in Hong Kong:

  • Victoria Peak Circle Walk
  • Kowloon Peak

 

Hong Kong Hiking Websites:

 

Hong Kong Weather Website:

 

Hong Kong Official Tourism Organizations:

 

Hong Kong Hiking Apps:

 

Hong Kong Hiking Maps: 

What Else To Do

  • City life – restaurants, exhibitions, markets and much more
  • Amusement parks – Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park are two popular ones
  • Visit one of the many islands in the area by ferry
  • Tian Tan Buddha

Other Important Points

  • A lot of unrest in 2020