In between its many sky high buildings, Hong Kong is a hiking paradise, with trails to suit all needs and abilities––from the highest peaks and off-the-beaten path trails, to historical hikes and more. But no matter what your fitness level or hiking experience is, sometimes you just want a little less of a challenge, which is why we’re rounding up six of the best beginner-friendly trails in Hong Kong.
Still promising the same stunning views that you may encounter on more strenuous routes, these easy hikes are perfect for the whole family, with most easily accessible via public transport––and can even be completed in under two hours.
1. The Peak Morning Trail
Easy to access and offering some of the most iconic city views, The Peak may be an obvious choice, but it’s a must for those who are new to hiking and for visiting guests. The walk to the top takes about 45 minutes to an hour, with a further 45 minutes required if you choose to also continue onto the Circle Walk, rather than heading straight back down. Popular with runners, dog-walkers and everyone in between, The Peak can attract crowds so is best to visit early in the morning for a quieter walk. It's also a popular choice for a night or sunrise hike.
Once you have finished, there are plenty of options at The Peak for grabbing a refreshment––with everything on offer from dog-friendly ice cream at Gino’s Gelato to Indian breakfast dishes at Rajasthan Rifles.
How to get there: There are various different routes for hiking The Peak, but the most popular and straight forward option is via Hatton Road. Simply walk or taxi to Hatton Road in Central and follow this until you reach the trail which takes you up to the Circle Walk. If you're feeling lazy, you can always catch a bus or take a taxi to the top of The Peak and walk the leisurely Circle Walk at the top for the same killer city views.