If you’re a nature lover, you’re probably an avid hiker in Hong Kong. While there are tons of popular hiking routes around, there are some hidden spots with nature’s beauty at its best. Dragon’s Back is so basic – if you want to push yourself to the limit, here are 5 hikes you haven’t tried out yet!
Ap Lei Pai, Aberdeen
Aberdeen isn’t just famous for seafood – there’s also an epic hiking route right behind the public housing estates! Do bring an extra pair of gloves, because Ap Lei Pai is a pretty steep climb which involves holding onto ropes, but it is totally worth the effort once you see the magnetic sea view and the beautiful isolated island.
Kap Lung Ancient and Forest Trail, Tsuen Wan
Want to go for a stroll in the woods? No problem – you can do so at Tsuen Wan’s Country Park. The hiking trail will make you feel like you’ve just stepped into an European forest. And pleasant surprise or not, you’ll even end up outside an army base at the end of the hike!
Lai Chi Wo, Tai Po
If you’re ready for a 6 hour hike, we highly recommend Lai Chi Wo in Tai Po. Get lost in time while visiting the “haunted” abandoned houses and traditional Hakka village, then end up opposite the border of China at the end of the hike! On weekends, you can even enjoy some cheap local organic dishes at the Hakka village.
Sir Cecil’s Ride, Fortress Hill
Only in Hong Kong would you find a hiking trail right in the middle of the city. If you’re ever in the neighbourhood, head up to Braemar Hill and discover the epic waterfall. Bear in mind it’s a little difficult to find, but you can always ask for directions from the friendly grandpas sitting around. The end of the hike will take you to Quarry Bay, where you can go for a drink at Enoteca to reward yourself!
Lung Tsai Ng Yuen, Tung Chung
On hikes people usually just expect to see a lot of nature, but on this hike you can admire the beauty of ancient Chinese architecture too! Lung Tsai Ng Yuen was build by the Ng family in the 1960’s and has become private property. People aren’t allowed inside, but you can still peek from outside. Once you smell the pungent shrimp paste, you’ll know that you’ve arrived at Tai O and the end of the hike.
P.S. If you want to find like-minded hikers in Hong Kong, make sure you check out this Hong Kong hiking meetup group!