To the surprise of many visitors, Hong Kong has some of the best urban hiking trails in the world. While many of the jungle and coastal trails are tricky paths for seasoned hikers, there’s plenty of easy hikes in Hong Kong for beginners. Whether you’re looking to increase your fitness, or explore the city beyond the glitz of the high-rises, these are six of Hong Kong’s easiest hikes to get you started.
This easy Hong Kong hike has the extra benefit of helping you tick off one of Hong Kong’s must-do attractions, Victoria Peak. From the Peak Tram Terminus, this hike can be done in under 45 minutes. It’s all uphill, but the views are wonderful, both along the way and at the to). It’s a paved path all the way which is perfect for those who don’t like the uneven terrain of trails.
3-4KM | 45 minutes
If you take a look at a map of Tai Tai Country Park, there’s a hundred different trails, forks and crossroads, but the easiest path through the country park starts at Quarry Bay, and ends at Tai Tam Reservoir Road. This is all paved, with a three-kilometre uphill start, followed by predominantly downhill or flat paths around the reservoir after. From the end of the trail, you can get a bus or taxi on to Stanley or Repulse Bay to enjoy your post-hike refreshments or head to Shau Kei Wan MTR via the bus.
8KM | 2 hours
Located in Yau Tong in east Kowloon, this is a pretty short hike (a six-kilometre round trip) with amazing views from a unique vantage point. Devil’s Peak is home to some old military ruins where there used to be a fort used during British colonial rule to monitor those coming in and our of Victoria Harbour—and you’ll understand why they chose this location once you see the views. Half of the hike is on a pavement alongside a road, with a mixture of paths and well-kept trails for the rest.
6KM | 1.5 hours
It’s not the easiest to reach, but once you’re there, Shing Mun Reservoir is an easy all-paved hike. There’s no major hills here, just ups and downs as you circle the reservoir along tree-lined paths. Take the 82 Green Mini Bus from Shiu Wo Street in Tsuen Wan to Shing Mun Reservoir, and enjoy the circular path around the water. Top tip for those new to Hong Kong’s jungle and its wild inhabitants: beware the monkeys who hang out around the reservoir. They might look cute, but they’ll steal your bag in a heartbeat if they think you have a snack. Avoid looking at them, and give them a wide berth.
7-8KM | 2 hours
Starting at Hong Kong’s favourite fishing village, most of this hike is a flat, paved path from Tai O along the waterfront. Only in the last kilometre do you face a steep climb up jungle-covered trails, which leads you to the Man Cheung Po ‘infinity pool’. It’s actually a mountain-top reservoir, so there’s no swimming, but it’s a gorgeous photo spot.
8KM (both ways) | 2-3 hours
Often referred to as one of Hong Kong’s easiest hikes, Dragon’s Back is something of a gateway hike to the more difficult hilly trails in Hong Kong. A mix of dusty trails, steps and paved road, the trail is well signposted and there’s usually plenty of other hikers on the trail to keep you on the right track. A short and steep uphill section at the start gives way to incredible views of Shek O Beach and Big Way Bay. Take the bus from Shau Kei Wan MTR and get off at To Tei Wan on Shek O Road (you’ll likely see a lot of other hikers getting off here, and there’s a sign at the stat which says ‘Dragon’s Back’). Ending at the beach, it’s the perfect day out: my favourite post-hike treat is a meal at Happy Garden Thai at Shek O Beach.
7-8KM | 2.5-3 hours