Hong Kong

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Hong Kong Island from Star Ferry

Hong Kong was a British colony for many years. No surprise, hiking trails have been established here over the decades. And the Hong Kong citizens themselves do enjoy walking, so the tradition lives on. Good news for us!

If your image of Hong Kong is one of skyscrapers only, you're biased. The fact is that, among the densely populated financial centers of Asia, Hong Kong stands out in nature. Main asset of Hong Kong, from our point of view of course, are the Country Parks. These safe havens for nature were established in the seventies by Murray MacLehose, the governor who fought corruption and obstructed democracy. Four main trails, and more smaller trails, explore these Country Parks.

You are never faraway from the large population areas, and still, nature will present itself from the wild side: “hills” up till 1000 meter, beautiful coast line with sea inlets and quiet beaches, forests and shrub lands. Attractive also are the exotic small villages (yes, not far from towering skyscrapers) where you often can find a place to sleep. Hong Kong partially consists of islands, the best known is Hong Kong Island itself, and the largest of them is Lantau.

The four main trails are the Hong Kong Trail (50 km), the MacLehose Trail (100 km), the Wilson Trail (78 km) and the Lantau Trail (70 km). Often, it is possible to divide your trail in neat portions return to your hotel and the bustling city life at night, have a good sleep, and turn back, tidy and well fed, to your last evening's trailhead by public transport. Alternatively, you might enjoy camping in the outdoor. Most villages offer some kind of overnight staying, including temples.

There are many more smaller trails, indicated on the maps. Check out Roz's website (see links section below), if you want to find out more.

Hiking is possible year round, but during the hot season - June till September - you will sweat your bones out, if not washed away already in one of those plunge sessions. Dry weather or pouring rain, do carry lots of water on your hike.

We can recommend Pete Spurrier's guide to the four main trails: “The Serious Hiker's Guide to Hong Kong”, available in the English bookshops. Maps can be purchased from the Map Publication Centers. Best are the excellent Countryside Series, showing the main trails and smaller trails. In the field, the waymarking is up to date.

So, unpack at the airport, jump on the Star Ferry, and take a break halfway your business trip. And if you liked it, pray for the survival of the Country Parks.

Trails

Books

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United Kingdom
2014
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2014
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  • Beijing Walks - Exploring the Heritage
  • Beijing Walks in the Odyssey Guides series; aimed at travellers particularly interested in the culture and history of their destination; the guides focus on the atmosphere, customs, and distinctive character of a country, region or city. As the only English language publisher based in China, Odyssey Guides specialize in Asian destinations,... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • The English Teacher`s Guide to China
  • For any English teacher, prospective or current, who is looking to make the most of their time teaching in China, there is no better tool than Panda Guides` The English Teacher`s Guide to China. The Middle Kingdom is one of the most fascinating and exotic places any Westerner can travel to. And that means things like culture shock, food and... Read more
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Netherlands
  • The Mental Preparation of Fencers and Others
  • Here is an extraordinary book that every serious fencer needs to read over and over, because each reading will bring new insights. It delivers what it promises - a path toward preparation for competition and ultimately for life itself. Dr. Kogler combines the best of a wide variety of disciplines ancient and modern. His insights range back... Read more
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  • The Mental Preparation of Fencers and Others
  • Here is an extraordinary book that every serious fencer needs to read over and over, because each reading will bring new insights. It delivers what it promises - a path toward preparation for competition and ultimately for life itself. Dr. Kogler combines the best of a wide variety of disciplines ancient and modern. His insights range back... Read more
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  • Out Of Steppe
  • Central Asia is the general name for the landmass between Iran, China, Siberia and Afghanistan. An area of enormous diversity both geographically and ethnically, it has been shaped by trade and commerce (the Silk Road) and by many invaders, including Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Stalin. Today the area is divided into five 'stans:... Read more
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  • Out Of Steppe
  • Central Asia is the general name for the landmass between Iran, China, Siberia and Afghanistan. An area of enormous diversity both geographically and ethnically, it has been shaped by trade and commerce (the Silk Road) and by many invaders, including Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Stalin. Today the area is divided into five 'stans:... Read more
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  • Zu Fuß durch China (DuMont Reiseabenteuer)
  • 4800 Kilometer, sechs abenteuerliche Monate, ein etwas verrücktes Projekt: Autor Rob Lilwall und der Kameramann Leon McCarron haben sich vorgenommen, China zu Fuß von Norden nach Süden zu durchqueren, um darüber eine Reportage zu machen. Die Reise beginnt beim Tee in der Jurte eines Mongolen, der sie vergeblich vor China warnt. Sie laufen durch... Read more
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Netherlands
2019
  • Reisgids Rough Guide Pocket Hong Kong & Macau | Rough Guides
  • Net als de Lonely Planet en Footprint een echte gids voor de rugzakker. Veel info over slapen, vervoer en eten, maar ook aandacht voor algemene aspecten van het land. Voor steden naar onze mening net iets beter dan de Planet! Een kleinere versie in zakformaat van de grotere versies van de Rough Guides. Als altijd weer vol met goede informatie... Read more
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  • Yan Wang Preston
  • My friend, the tree: a photographic exploration in China, with sometimes harrowing results. In 2013, during a long-term photography project along the Yangtze river, Yan Wang Preston made an incisive observation: In the small village of Xialiu stood an over three-hundred-year-old tree in all of its glory, right in the center of a community that... Read more
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  • Yan Wang Preston
  • My friend, the tree: a photographic exploration in China, with sometimes harrowing results. In 2013, during a long-term photography project along the Yangtze river, Yan Wang Preston made an incisive observation: In the small village of Xialiu stood an over three-hundred-year-old tree in all of its glory, right in the center of a community that... Read more
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2017
  • Reisgids Beijing - Peking | Rough Guides
  • Zeer goede reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde maar vooral voor de zelfstandige reiziger. Boordevol informatie over reizen, slapen, eten, maar ook musea en cultuur. Voor veel landen meestal completer en beter dan de Lonely Planet ! This in-depth coverage of Beijing's local attractions, sights, and restaurants takes you to the most rewarding... Read more
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  • Lost on Planet China
  • The bestselling author of The Sex Lives of Cannibals returns with a sharply observed, hilarious account of his adventures in China-a complex, fascinating country with enough dangers and delicacies to keep him, and readers, endlessly entertained. Maarten Troost has charmed legions of readers with his laugh-out-loud tales of wandering the remote... Read more
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  • Geschichten vom Taibai-Berg
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  • Geschichten vom Taibai-Berg
  • In der Lehre des Qigong gibt es die gedanklich gesteuerte Levitation von materiellen Dingen. Der Zuschauer sieht, wie die Dinge ihren Ort wechseln, wobei dieser Ortswechsel eine Funktion subjektgeleiteter geistiger Konzentration ist. Die Geschichten vom Taibai-Berg orientieren sich an diesem Verfahren des Qigong. (Jin Tushuang)Die Moderne als... Read more
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Bol.com
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2016
  • Lonely Planet Pocket Beijing dr 4
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Pocket Beijing is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Sample the city's most famous dish, Peking Duck; wander the ancient alleys known as hutong; and explore the world's largest palace complex... Read more
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2016
  • Reisgids Pocket Beijing | Lonely Planet
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  • Revolution and Rebellion in the Early Modern World
  • What can the great crises of the past teach us about contemporary revolutions? Arguing from an exciting and original perspective, Goldstone suggests that great revolutions were the product of 'ecological crises' that occurred when inflexible political, economic, and social institutions were overwhelmed by the cumulative pressure of population... Read more
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  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region DOUBLE-SIDED
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China on a double-sided topographic map at 1:50,000 from its official Survey and Mapping Office, with bilingual place names and English language map legend. Current edition was published in 2017.The map has contours at 50m intervals, enhanced by relief shading and altitude colouring, plus graphics to... Read more
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  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(1) - South China Sea - January
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
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  • China Hallwag Road Map
  • Large general road map covering China with an inset of Beijing at larger scale.Cartography has subtle shading for elevation with spot heights clearly marked. All major roads are shown, including highways, trunk roads, tracks, and also road numbering and distances shown in kilometers. Railways, ferries, airports are also marked, as are... Read more
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  • China West ITMB
  • Western China on a double-sided, indexed road map from ITMB at 1:3,000,000, with three insets providing a street plan of central Lhasa, a wider coverage of the city and a plan of the Norbulingka complex. The map divides the region north/south and coverage extends east to approx. 106° (Lanzhou/Chengou).The map has altitude colouring in feet,... Read more
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  • Mount Gongga Glaciers
  • Mount Gongga Glaciers on a detailed, contoured map at 1:25,000 published by the Chinese Institute of Glaciology and based on surveys carries out in early 1980s and aerial photography from December 1996. The map has contours at 20m intervals, enhanced by shading, plus graphics and/or colouring for exposed rock, scree, moraine, crevasses,... Read more
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  • Lonely Planet Hong Kong / Macau
  • Discover Hong Kong & Macauclass="default_listitem"Spot your hotel room from the twinkling heights of the PeakHang out in a maze-like walled village, where prostitution and gambling once thrivedEscape from the skyscrapers to the trees as you hike the region's mountain, coast and jungle trailsSavor the finest Portuguese egg-custard tarts in... Read more
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  • Lonely Planet Hong Kong / Macau
  • Discover Hong Kong & Macauclass="default_listitem"Spot your hotel room from the twinkling heights of the PeakHang out in a maze-like walled village, where prostitution and gambling once thrivedEscape from the skyscrapers to the trees as you hike the region's mountain, coast and jungle trailsSavor the finest Portuguese egg-custard tarts in... Read more
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