Hiking in Hong Kong — Top 6 best & easy hiking trails in Hong Kong

If you are visiting Hong Kong for the first time, we recommend that you do not miss the “classic” tourist attractions that every visitor to this beautiful island must-see, such as Victoria Harbour, Avenue of Stars, Giant Buddha, Victoria Peak, Ladies Night Market, Lan Kwai Fong, or crowded shopping at Tsim Tsa Tsui. Let’s go trekking and hiking in Hong Kong – here are the top 6 greatest and easiest hiking routes in Hong Kong.

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Day view from Lugard road Hong Kong

 

Avenue of Stars
Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong

But, as you know, Hong Kong is a small city with unusual attractions, and visitors often wish to return again and again. If you want to return to Hong Kong, you should take the opportunity to explore one or more of the following magnificent hiking routes, and see Hong Kong through lenses other than the ones used by Focus Asia Travel.

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Lion Rock Hike
Lion Rock Hike

1. Explore the trails of Dragon’s Back Mountain

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Dragon’s Back is considered to be the most beautiful hiking trail in Hong Kong, with majestic views of the mountains and the sea. This is also a climbing trail that is easily accessible from the city.

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This is also a climbing trail that is easily accessible from the city.

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It will give you the majestic views of the mountains and the sea. Image by: easy hiking trails in hong kong blog.

The route is approximately 8.5 kilometers long and will take around 4 hours to complete. Begin at Shek O Road near Tei Wan Village and continue the route to the summit of Shek O (284m). Beautiful panoramic views of Shek O, Tai Long Wan, and Tung Lung Island may be enjoyed from here. The adventure concludes in Tai Hard Wan hamlet, which is home to the famed Big Wave Beach, where you may fully reward yourself after a long hike.

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The endpoint of the journey is Tai Long Wan village, where has the famous Big Wave Beach. Image by: top hiking trails in hong kong blog.
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How to get there

+ You should go to Shau Kei Wan MTR, then come to the gate A and reach Shau Kei Wan bus station. Take the bus number 9 or minibus marked “Shek O”. Get off at To Tei Wan, Shek O Street.

+ From the end, you can take a taxi or minibus back to Shau Kei Wan.

2. Watch the sunrise on top of Lantau (Fung Wong Shan)

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As the second tallest peak in Hong Kong, it is no surprise that the Lantau Peak (934 m) is a great place to catch the sunrise. The peak takes about two hours, so you should stay overnight at Ngong Ping.

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The peak takes about two hours, so you should stay overnight at Ngong Ping.

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You should start the journey from 3:30 am to reach the peak at 5:30 to 6:00 and receive the first clear ray of a new day. The best time of year to see the sunrise is during the dry season, from November to February.

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You should start the journey from 3:30 am to reach the peak at 5:30 to 6:00 and receive the first clear ray of a new day. Image by: easy hiking trails in hong kong blog.
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The best time of year to see the sunrise is during the dry season, from November to February.

How to get there

+ You can go to Tung Chung MTR, then go to gate B. At Tung Chung Ngong Ping cable car station, take the cable car (about 25 minutes) to Ngong Ping station. Then look for signboard and walk along the Lantau Trail

+ Go to Tung Chung MTR, then go to gate B. From the bus station next to MTR station, take bus 23 (about 50 minutes) to Ngong Ping. Then look for a signpost and follow the Lantau Trail.

3. See the sunset on Sunset Peak (Tai Tung Shan)

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Along with Lantau, Sunset is one of the highlights of Lantau Island.

Sunset, along with Lantau, is one of Lantau Island’s highlights. Sunset was chosen as the name because it has become a traditional spot to view the sunset in Hong Kong, with majestic landscape, lovely grass mop, and a wonderful performance of the sun as it is about to set. However, because it is now dark, you should carry a flashlight for your return trip.

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It has become a classic place to watch the sunset in Hong Kong with majestic scenery. Image by: easy hiking trails in hong kong blog.

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It has become a classic place to watch the sunset in Hong Kong with a beautiful grass mop and a magnificent performance of the sun when it is going to fall out.
 However, you should be sure to bring a flashlight for your return trip, as it is already dark. Foto: hong kong trekking blog.

How to get there

 Go to Tung Chung MTR, go to door B. From bus station near MTR station, take bus number 11A to Pak Kung Au. Turn left and follow the Lantau Trail along with the signboard to Sunset

4. Conquer Tai Mo Shan – the highest mountain in Hong Kong

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Tai Mo Shan, at an elevation of 957 meters, is Hong Kong Island’s highest point. The Tai Mo Shan hiking trails are the 7th and 8th portions of one of Hong Kong’s most beautiful hiking routes: Maclehose Trail

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Tai Mo Shan was originally a volcano, although it is now dormant. Previously, it was a well-known tea plantation. The beautiful panorama at the mountain’s summit will make you drool over the bubbling clouds, especially during the days in the sky that you can see from the Kowloon Nature Reserve, the Tsuen Wan skyscraper, and a little of Mainland China.

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Tai Mo Shan was once a volcano but is now closed. Picture: hiking in lantau island hong kong blog.

 

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The breathtaking scenery at the top of the mountain will make you swoon over the bubbling clouds. Image by: easy hiking trails in hong kong blog.

 

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Especially during the days in the sky you can see the Tsuen Wan skyscraper and a bit Mainland part of China.

How to get there

Go to MRT Tsuen Wan, Kwai Hing or Tai Wo Hau. Then take a taxi to Lead Mine Pass.

Sharp Peak – a challenging trail for hiking

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With a height of 468m, the Sharp Peak is a challenging trekking trail with winding and steep paths. Picture: hiking in lantau island hong kong blog.

With a height of 468m, the Sharp Peak is a challenging hiking trail with winding and steep paths. There are three ways to get to Sharp Peak: from North Ridge, East Ridge and South Ridge, where trails from the North Ridge are the hardest to go by.

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There are three ways to get to Sharp Peak: from North Ridge, East Ridge and South Ridge, where trails from the North Ridge are the hardest to go by. Image credit: top hikes in hong kong blog.

 

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Choose a starting location and return from South Ridge if you don’t have much climbing expertise. It is difficult to climb, but when you reach the summit and gaze out over the breathtaking view of the hills and mountains, you will realize that every drop of sweat was well spent. If you want to attempt it in the arcade, make sure you have a decent pair of climbing shoes and gloves to stick to a few paragraphs.

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It is hard to go but when you go up to the top and admire the beautiful scenery of the hills and mountains. Photo by: best hiking trails in hong kong bog.

 

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You will feel every drop of sweat is really valuable. Image credit: top hikes in hong kong blog.

How to get there

Take the bus 94 from Sai Kung, get off at Pak Tam Au.

6. Peak of Lion Rock – the view of Hong Kong from above

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Peak of Lion Rock is one of the best hiking trails in Hong Kong. Photo by: best hiking trails in hong kong bog.

This is where you may enjoy the stunning view that allows you to see the entirety of Kowloon and Hong Kong, especially on clear days. This path is not as well-known as Dragon’s Back, but it provides spectacular vistas. The full trip takes around 4 hours, but don’t worry since there are an infinite number of stations where you may pause the journey.

Lion Rock Hike, Hong Kong

 

Lion Rock Hike
Lion Rock Hike

 

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This is where you can watch the beautiful scenery to see the whole of Kowloon and Hong Kong, especially on clear days. 

 

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Credit: hiking trails hong kong island blog.

Credit: hiking trails hong kong island blog.

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This trail is not as famous as Dragon’s Back, but promises to bring you great views. Photo by: best hiking trails in hong kong bog.

How to get there

Go to Wong Tai Sin MTR and go to the Gate B3

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