Hong Kong is often considered to be a city full of skyscrapers, shops and people, but after our last trip we realized that this is not the complete truth. Huge parts of Hong Kong actually consists of national parks, nature and hiking trails. Everyday we were stunned by the incredible nature and the amazing views that Hong Kong offered us. After our first hike we immediately started looking for the best Hong Kong hiking trails.
If you go to Hong Kong and don’t try out at least one hike you will definitely miss out on one of the best things to do in Hong Kong. So grab your bag and check out the best Hong Kong hiking trails according to us!
1. Dragon’s Back
Dragon’s back is one of the most popular hiking trail in Hong Kong. It is an relatively easy hike that pretty much anyone can complete, yet it is incredibly scenic with lots of stunning views throughout the hike. It is also very easy to get to the starting point.
Throughout the hike you will see several parts of Hong Kong from multiple angles. A tip is to take the small “off-road” paths that appear every now and then throughout the hike. These paths usually take you to some kind of viewpoint and we got to several really amazing places thanks to these small paths. Usually you get them all to yourself as well because no one really bothers to take the detour.
Duration: About 1-2 hours if you just do Dragon’s Back and about 4 hours if you want to go all the way to Big Wave Bay beach.
How to get there:
- Take the MTR to Shau Kei Wan Station and take Exit A to Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus.
- Take bus 9 or the minibus with the sign “Shek O” next to the bus terminus.
- Get off the bus at To Tei Wan and you will immediately see a sign to the start of Dragon’s Back.
From here on just follow the paths. After about 2 hours you should reach the end of Dragon’s Back and from here you can either take a bus or walk back to the MTR. You can also continue the hike through the Hong Kong Trail to Big Wave Bay Beach and then take a swim!
2. Hiking to and around Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hong Kong. At the top you get an amazing view of all the skyscrapers and big buildings of Hong Kong. But what many people don’t know is that you can hike up to the peak pretty easily and there is also hiking trails on the top!
Duration: Anywhere from 1-2 hours and up to 4-5 hours depending on which trails you choose to do and if you take the bus or walk to the peak and down.
To get to Victoria Peak there is three options.
Option 1: Take the Peak Tram
This is the most expensive option but includes a ride in the famous old-style peak tram. A one-way ticket costs HK$ 32. Please note that this is a touristy attraction and hence there can be 30-60 minute cue to get on the train.
Option 2: Take the bus up to the Peak
Take the MTR to Central and then walk to Exchange Square. From here you just take bus 15 which will take you all the way to the top for just HK$ 9. The bus ride takes about 40 minutes and you will get to see some nice views on the way.
Option 3: Walk to the top
There is multiple ways to walk up to the top. We took the Central Mid-Levels escalators all the way to the top. From there we just followed the roads upwards and asked the locals for the direction any time we were unsure.
This was a great way to do it since we got to see both the Mid-Levels escalators and Soho on the way up. Read more about things to do and see in Hong Kong here.
Lugard Road Hiking Trail
Once you have reached the top there is two trails that you can follow. Either you follow the signs to Lugard Road which is about 2.5km walk around the peak. This walk is very easy and throughout the walk there will be viewpoints that offer some amazing views of Hong Kong. Even better than the Peak Tower and this is completely free!
Victoria Peak Garden
Another thing to do is to take a walk to Victoria Peak garden. This is just a short 10-20 minute walk from the peak. However, it is mostly uphill so make sure to bring some water. From here you can enjoy a nice view over the ocean. We watched the sunset from here and it was amazing!
3. Hike to Sai Wan Village and Sheung Luk Stream Waterfall
When researching things to do in Hong Kong I stumbled across an article that recommended some gorgeous waterfalls. We did not know that this was a hike until afterwards and it was actually our first hike in Hong Kong. After this hike we simply couldn’t stop hiking and hence went hiking every day for the remainder of our trip.
This hike is a bit more difficult than the 2 above as you need to go a bit “off-road” through some rocks to get to the waterfall but everyone should be able to do it as long as you do not have any knee-issues. And even if you do not get to the waterfall the hike to Sai Wan Village is absolutely stunning and very easy to do.
Note that during the dry season there is not much of a waterfall so the waterfall we go to see was very tiny. It was still worth the trip but it is good to know so that you do not get confused if you go in the dry season.
Duration: 1-2 hours to get to the waterfall.
How to get there:
- Take the MTR to Choi Hung Station (Exit C1) and take green minibus No. 1A to Sai Kung Town.
- When you get off the minibus, go to the other side of the street and then go to the back side of the McDonald’s. From here you should see a white minibus No. 29R. Take this to Sai Wan Pavilion.
- Once you reach Sai Wan Pavilion follow the signs to Sai Wan Village. In the beginning of this trail you will get some amazing views.
- Once you reach Sai Wan Village walk past the restaurants and follow the path to the left until you reach a beach.
- Now walk to the other side of the beach and you will see some stairs that many people take to continue the hike. You shouldn’t take the stairs but instead go to the left on a small trail that looks to go into the bushes. Follow this path and you should reach some fenced-off farmers on the left side after 2-3 minutes. And you might also see some cows walking around on the trail by themselves. Don’t be scared, they are harmless and you can just walk past them.
- Walk past the farmers and follow the stream. After a few minutes you will reach to what looks like an end since there is a danger sign. Go past the danger sign on the rocky path and follow that path for 10-15 minutes and you should reach the waterfall.
How to get back:
You can either walk back to Sai Wan Village and take a boat from here back which will cost about HK$ 150. Or you can walk the whole path back the exact same way and take the same buses back.
This is how the waterfall looked like during the dry season when we were there:
This is how it is supposed to look like during wet season:
I hope that this article gives you some help with finding the best Hong Kong hiking trails. Do not hesitate to leave a comment if you have any questions or suggestions.