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Whether you’re trying to avoid difficult treks in the sweltering summer heat or simply not a fan of uphill routes, these recommendations are for you

Instead of trekking uphill, take a leisurely stroll on beautiful promenades, reservoir trails surrounded by nature, or a coastline walk that’ll lead you straight to the beach.

See also: Beginner Hikes: 7 Easy Hiking Trails in Hong Kong

Pok Fu Lam Family Walk

This 3.1km trail starts at the entrance of the Pok Fu Lam Country Park and takes around an hour to complete. It is a simple walk by the Pok Fu Lam Reservoir, where you’ll pass streams and plenty of greenery. 

For those who want to keep going with something a little more challenging, the Pok Fu Lam family walk leads towards a hike to the Peak. 

Getting there: Take bus 4x, 7, 30X, 37A, 91, 970 or 970X and get off at Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road

Mills and Chung Path

The Mills and Chung Path is a coastal walk that starts just past the Hong Kong Country Club in Deep Water Bay. A short flight of stairs leads down to the flat and paved path, offering uninterrupted views of the sea at every turn. 

It takes around 25 minutes to get to Deep Water Bay Beach, and a further 45 minutes to reach Repulse Bay Beach. 

Getting there: Take bus 6A, 6X, 65, 73, 260 or 973 and get off at Hong Kong Country Club

See also: 7 Most Beautiful Beach Hikes in Hong Kong

Central and Western District Promenade

A paved walkway that comprises several sections across Hong Kong Island West, the Central and Western District Promenade offers beautiful views of the Victoria Harbour. 

A 400-metre segment of the promenade in Shek Tong Tsui, which is officially known as the Western Wholesale Food Market Section and built on four empty piers next to the market it is named after, is especially popular with joggers, dog walkers and families. This area comprises children's playgrounds, dog parks and art exhibition spaces.

For those who wish to continue the walk, the promenade leads eastwards, passing Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park and ending on Lung Wo Road in Central.

Getting there: Take bus 101X, 904, 90B or 973

West Kowloon Cultural District

Over the last few years, the West Kowloon Cultural District has seen an influx of openings—from restaurants and bars to the M+ museum. 

The walk around West Kowloon offers jaw-dropping views of the city. There’s also an abundance of picnic space in the Art Park in the area, plus entertainment options, meaning there will be plenty to do after exercising.

Getting there: Exit from MTR Austin Station or West Kowloon Station. Following signs, walk to the Elements mall, which takes approximately 10 minutes, then follow directions to the Art Park

Shing Mun Reservoir Walk

This 9.5km trail surrounds Shing Mun Reservoir, which is located between Tai Mo Shan and Kam Shan Country Parks in Tsuen Wan.

The walk takes about three hours, with most of the reservoir roads being flat and paved. You might also get a glimpse at the wildlife that calls the reservoir area home, like monkeys and cattle. 

Getting there: From MTR Tsuen Wan Station Exit B1, walk across the bridge over Castle Peak Road and through to Shiu Wo Street. Get on minibus 82. This will take you to the start of the Shing Mun Reservoir Walk

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