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5 best bike tours to try in Hong Kong

Looking for an alternative outdoor adventure? Combine a workout on wheels with a sightseeing excursion across the city

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Time Out Hong Kong
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Hiking may be one of Hong Kong’s favourite pastimes, but there are times when braving the elements and scaling steep cliffs may not appeal. Thankfully, there are other ways to take in the sights and sounds of Hong Kong’s varied terrain. From rural routes through the city’s far-reaching backwaters to urban excursions in the heat of the city, there are a surprising number of cycling routes and bike-friendly paths scattered across Hong Kong.

Ready to put the pedal to the metal? Forget Hong Kong on foot – take a brake and see the sights on a bike. Not only is a workout on wheels a great way to get in shape; cycling can also get your adrenaline pumping without damaging your carbon footprint in the process. If you’re more reliant on Google Maps than you’d care to admit, a guided ride offers a more structured day out (and one with a human satnav at the helm). These are some of the best cycling tours available to everyone from beginners to the budding Chris Froomes among us. By Amanda Sheppard

Hong Kong’s best bike tours

Mountain Biking Asia

Mountain Biking Asia

The aptly named tour operator offers family-friendly mountain-biking excursions across the region. Its Hong Kong offering – based in the New Territories – takes cyclists through the Kam Tin Walled City, past the mysterious Tree House and deep into Hong Kong’s wetlands. Tours are available as half- or full-day activities, with the half-day tour culminating in a dim sum lunch at midday. Group and private tours are available six days a week, with packages inclusive of bike and helmet rentals, lunch and entrance to the Hong Kong Wetland Park. mountainbikingasia.com.

Rapha Hong Kong
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Cycling apparel brand Rapha have created a global community of cycling enthusiasts, and it has found a home in Hong Kong on Sheung Wan’s Sai Street, where it recently opened its clubhouse and café. The clubhouse hosts frequent events, panel discussions, workshops and weekly rides that are open to both regular riders and one-off visitors, though these are definitely better suited to more seasoned cyclists. Check the website for a regularly updated events calendar.

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Running Panda

Running Panda

Whether you’re a seasoned Hongkonger, a new arrival or a tourist with limited time on your hands, there’s always something to be said for stepping off the beaten path. The Eat, Bike, Love tour with local tour operator Running Panda offers just that. Combining a leisurely cycle through the New Territories with a foodie escapade that allows you to sample local delicacies, The Eat, Bike, Love tours are available both in the afternoon and evening, and typically last between four and seven hours. runningpandahk.com.

Smooth Ride

Smooth Ride

Smooth Ride Cycles offer guided tours through a slice of old Hong Kong. Its four-hour cycling tour spans a whopping 21 kilometres. Leading you through Shui Mei, one of the city’s oldest intact villages, cyclists pass through the old village settlements of Yuen Long before heading into the wetlands, where there’s a chance to see some of Hong Kong’s unique flora and fauna. Tours are available with both English- and Chinese-speaking guides and are inclusive of bike rentals. sr-cycles.com.

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Wild Hong Kong

Wild Hong Kong

Adventure excursion and eco-tour operator Wild Hong Kong offers half- and full-day activities across Hong Kong. Its Tolo Harbour Excursion cycling tours last between three and four hours and span a section of the northeast New Territories. Tours take place along a dedicated cycling path – making it ideal for beginners as well as more experienced cyclists – with views of the Pat Sin Leng mountain range in the distance. Tour fees are inclusive of bike and helmet rentals. wildhongkong.com.

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