Bombarded with choices from all the things to do in Hong Kong this weekend and looking to step out of the concrete jungle? A calorie-burning hike with jaw-dropping views is just the cure. Hong Kong has no shortage of amazing scenic hiking trails a short distance from city centre, varying in difficulty and offering everything from amazing bird's eye views of our SAR to stunning sunsets. Head to one of our favourite outlying islands to make it a day trip where you can discover more gorgeous hikes and hidden cultural gems. And if hiking is not quite your thing, why not hop on a bike and cycle along one of the city’s best cycling routes?
Top 10 Hong Kong hikes
Mui Wo to Pui O
This serene hike through the Lantau South Country Park rewards you with incredible views of the coastline. Stop at the beaches to enjoy a swim and refuel at Mavericks beach bar. Ferry from Central Ferry Pier 6 to Mui Wo Ferry Pier. End at Pui O and take bus 1, 2, 3M, or 4 back to Mui Wo Ferry Pier to return, 3 hours.
Sai Wan Pavilion
This scenic walk around reservoirs looks out on to beaches and takes you through Chek Keng, a 200-year-old village at Tai Long Au. The beautiful Ham Tin Wan beach is another highlight on the hike. Taxi from Sai Kung to Sai Wan Pavilion. End at Pak Tam Au and take bus 94 to Sai Kung Town, 5.5 hours.
Ping Shan Heritage Trail
The Ping Shan Heritage Trail guides you past Hong Kong’s oldest pagoda, Tsui Shing Lau, as well as the Shrine of the Earth God, the 200-year-old Sheung Cheung Wai walled village, and numerous temples and ancestral halls. MTR Tin Shui Wai station, Exit E to Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda. Walk back to to Tin Shui Wai MTR station to return, half-day excursion.
Plover Cove Country Park Circular hike
The main highlight of this trek is Lai Chi Wo, an abandoned Hakka village. The 400-year-old former walled village is home to well-maintained ancestral halls, 211 Hakka houses, temples, monasteries, and quaint public squares. Minibus 20C from Tai Po Market to Tin Sam Village, Wu Kang Tang. End at Lai Chi Wo and take bus 56K to Fanling MTR station, half- to full-day excursion.
Po Toi Island is a beautiful granite paradise famous for its impressive rock formations, seaweed soup and dried seafood products. The short circular hike from Po Toi pier takes you to landmarks like Ngau Wu Teng Pavilion, Monk Rock and Tortoise Rock, Nam Kok Tsui lighthouse and the 3,000-year-old rock carvings near Nam Tum. Kaito ferry from Aberdeen Pier or Stanley Blake Pier to Po Toi Pier. Return the same way by kaito, 3 hours.
Yin Tsz Ngam
The coastlines of Yin Tsz Ngam are a real challenge. This section of the Sai Kung coastline features volcanic rock columns, swallow and bat caves, and photogenic ocean arches. Gear up and explore the raw nature of Sai Kung. Book a round trip on a private boat at Sai Kung pier to Yin Tsz Ngam, full-day excursion.
Violet Hill and Twin Peaks
Start slow on Violet Hill and then get ready for the two famous mountain peaks with over a thousand steps to enjoy sweeping views of Stanley. When you’ve finished, take a bus to Stanley and recharge with some grub along the waterfront. Bus 6, 63 or 66 from Central to Wong Nai Chung Gap Road. Walk up Tai Tam Reservoir Road, the trail entrance is on the right hand side after the lake. At the trail’s end take bus 6, 6A, 260 or a taxi to Stanley, 3 hours.
Enjoy views of Tai Tam, Shek O and its golf course and Big Wave Bay as you walk along the mountain ridge. Cool off at the beach after the hike and enjoy a well-deserved meal from the many eateries on the bay. Bus 9 from Shau Kei Wan to Shek O Road, To Tei Wan bus stop. End at Big Wave Bay, take bus 9 back to Shau Kei Wan MTR, 2.5 hours.
Ap Lei Chau to Ap Lei Pai
This trail is for the climbing enthusiasts as it gets pretty steep at points, but there are ropes along the way for extra safety. The effort is totally worth it though – hiking to Ap Lei Pai involves crossing two peaks and a sandbank and amazing views. Bus 91, 94, or 97 to Lei Tung Estate Bus Terminal. The trail starts between the two yellow bus terminal huts. After arriving at Ap Lei Pai Island, take the same route back to the starting point, 3 hours.
Climb up to Hong Kong’s third-highest peak for, the best natural evening view our territory has to offer. This ambitious hike leads you up the grassy Lantau Trail to a panoramic view from the appropriately named Sunset Peak. As you ascend the highlands, enjoy the Lantau coastline, Pui O and explore the cluster of stone shacks on the way. The romantic view at the summit will make the arduous climb more than worth it. Bus 11, 23, or 3M to Pak Kung Au. From the end point take bus 3M to Tung Chung MTR Station or to Mui Wo Bus Terminal, 3.5 hours.