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Best Hong Kong hikes for beginners

If your idea of a brutal climb is walking up to the fifth floor, these are the best hikes in Hong Kong for novices.

By Time Out Hong Kong
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Many that don't know Hong Kong well think that our city is all just skyscrapers and bustling streets, however, look a little closer, and you'll find that there's a wealth of epic nature spots just waiting to be explored. Hong Kong has some of the best hiking opportunities of any city in the world, catering to everyone from beginners to hardcore thrill-seekers.

Here is a list of hiking trails that can be enjoyed with minimal effort and equipment for maximum fun. If you're new to hiking it is always advisable to have a buddy with you or join a group of seasoned hikers so you can get the most out of the experience. If you're planning to get out for a hike or just looking for some nature-themed inspiration for the future, here are the best hikes in Hong Kong for beginners. 

RECOMMENDED: Looking for more hiking inspiration? Check out our list of the best hikes in Hong Kong.

Best Hong Kong Hikes for Beginners

Dragon's Back
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Dragon’s Back

Things to do Shek O

Distance: 7km

Duration: 3-4 hours

Difficulty: 2/5

After an initial climb, Dragon’s Back winds its way gently down the eastern side of Hong Kong Island through the Shek O Country Park. It’s probably the most popular trail there is and a great place to start. Why? Easy access, not too hilly and with some of the best views across the Island. And most importantly, you end up on the beach at Shek O Village. 

How to get there: 

Take the MTR to Chai Wan Station at the end of the Island Line. Take Exit A and head towards Cape Collinson Cemetery where the hike begins. 

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Tai Long Wan

Attractions Beaches Sai Kung

Distance: 6km

Duration: 1.5-2 hours

Difficulty: 1/5

This 6km hike from Pak Tam Au is a lovely way to get to some of Hong Kong's most picturesque beaches. Taking Stage 2 of the Maclehose trail in reverse. It offers a reasonably gentle one-and-a-half hour walk through the beautiful and serene Sai Kung East Country Park. Once you've fuelled up at the beachside restaurants, either take a boat back to Sai Kung or continue your trek up to the Sai Wan Pavilion and grab a green taxi or 29R minibus back to civilisation. 

How to get there: 

From Sai Kung town, take the KMB 94 bus towards Wong Shek Pier, or the No. 7 Green Mini Bus bound for Hoi Ha.

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Lion Rock
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Lion Rock

Sport and fitness Wong Tai Sin

Distance: 6km

Duration: 2-3 hours

Difficulty: 3/5

Disclaimer: This is not an easy hike as it involves a steep 495m climb. However, Lion Rock is stunning and offers unbeatable urban views over Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. And given its proximity to Kowloon, it’s a good starting point for those who plan to conquer some of the land’s highest peaks. Once you’ve defeated the initial climb, the walk along the ridge of the mountain is pleasant and not too tricky. Look out for monkeys among the trees and enjoy the scramble up to the pinnacle. The whole thing can easily be completed in two-to-three hours. 

How to get there: 

Take the MTR to Wong Tai Sin station. Take Exit E and walk the 20-minute steep incline to Wong Tai Sin temple – or take a taxi there – where the hike begins.

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Lamma Island

Attractions Lamma Island

Distance: 5-6km

Duration: 2 hours

Difficulty: 1/5

One of the easiest yet most rewarding trails in the territory, Lamma’s Family Trail connects the island’s two ferry piers allowing easy access to transport and post-hike refreshments, whichever side of the island you choose to start at. This gentle trail is particularly scenic with views out across the South China Sea and of Hong Kong’s scattering of islands. The trail is a comfortable 5km, or a bit longer with a few detours to check out beautiful beaches and fishing rafts of Lo Sho Shing village, Kamikaze cave, which was used by the Japanese during the war, and other temples and shrines dotting the route.  

How to get there: 

Take the ferry from Central Pier 4 to either Yung Shue Wan or Sok Kwu Wan.

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The Peak Circular Walk

Things to do The Peak

Distance: 3.5km

Duration: 1-1.5 hours

Difficulty: 1/5

Don’t panic, this walk doesn’t involve walking up the Peak. The great thing about it is you can get the bus or Peak Tram up and start from the top. Head either way around on Harlech Road and Lugard Road taking in the fantastic views over the North and East sides of the Island. There’s an optional trek up to Victoria Peak itself, which is worth it for those who can handle all the steps, but if not you can just pootle along the circular path and stop off for a well-deserved coffee and cake at The Peak Galleria when you’re done.

How to get there: 

From Central Pier 5, take the 15 bus directly to the Peak, or the 15C from Central Pier 8 to the Peak Tram lower terminus. Alternatively, walk from MTR Central Station Exit J2 to take the Peak Tram from the Peak Tram lower terminus. 

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Ngong Ping 360 Rescue Trail

Things to do Tung Chung

Distance: 8km

Duration: 3-4 hours

Difficulty: 5/5

This trail follows the path of the Ngong Ping 360 cable car. The steep steps at the start of the trail is quite challenging, especially on a hot day as shade is minimum, so it's essential to bring cold water to cool you down. As you go along the trail, you'll feel the urban surrounds of Tung Chung recede into tranquil nature. The wooden walkways and wide steps of the Ngong Ping 360 Rescue Trail then take you over undulating hills – with some great views of the airport and the new Macau-Zhuhai bridge – all the way to Ngong Ping village. You'll catch glimpses of the Big (Tian Tan) Buddha as you go and its 268 steps will be your final challenge of the day. From here, the more adventurous can continue to Lantau's numerous other trails.

How to get there: 

From Tung Chung MTR station, walk through the Yat Tun Estate and start on the Tung O Ancient Trail.

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