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.

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Books

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United Kingdom
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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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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2014
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2014
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Stanfords
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  • 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
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Stylish Life Skiing
  • An entertaining walk through the captivating and glamorous history of the traditional, yet modern sport of skiinFrom its origins in China and Scandinavia, the sport of skiing has come a long way to attract daring athletes, tourists and locals on winter holiday, the chic and wealthy leisure class, and international royalty. On the technical... Read more
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  • The Stylish Life Skiing
  • An entertaining walk through the captivating and glamorous history of the traditional, yet modern sport of skiinFrom its origins in China and Scandinavia, the sport of skiing has come a long way to attract daring athletes, tourists and locals on winter holiday, the chic and wealthy leisure class, and international royalty. On the technical... Read more
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Bol.com
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  • Hitting the Mekong
  • Phuong can wake up in the morning, declare herself hungry, and walk one hundred meters to a freshly cooked bowl of soup or a mini-baguette filled with meat pate and vegetables. Pho and banh miwe have a choice at least between those two in the space of a two-minute stroll on the street. Phuong will then come home and devour half a kilo of... Read more
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  • Hitting the Mekong
  • Phuong can wake up in the morning, declare herself hungry, and walk one hundred meters to a freshly cooked bowl of soup or a mini-baguette filled with meat pate and vegetables. Pho and banh miwe have a choice at least between those two in the space of a two-minute stroll on the street. Phuong will then come home and devour half a kilo of... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Reise-Taschenbuch Reunion | Dumont
  • Goede, fraai ogende gids, handzaam formaat en toch behoorlijk uitgebreid. Deze serie reisgidsen zijn algemene reisgidsen en bevatten een brede selectie aan bezienswaardigheden, excursies, achtergronden, praktische tips en een uitneembare kaart. Für Individualreisende, die hinter die Kulissen schauen wollen und beim Reisen auf sinnliches Erleben... Read more
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De Zwerver
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2016
  • Reisgids Pocket Shanghai | Lonely Planet
  • Klein compact stadgidsje voor Shangai met alle essentiele informatie voor een paar dagen. Eten & drinken, Accomodaties en bezienswaardigheden. Met stadsplattegrond. Lonely Planet Pocket Shanghai is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Experience the... Read more
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  • Lonely Planet China
  • "Antique yet up-to-the-minute, familiar yet unrecognizable, outwardly urban but quintessentially rural, conservative yet path-breaking.. China is a land of mesmerizing and eye-opening contradictions." - Damian Harper, Lonely Planet Writer- 11 intrepid authors- 198 maps- 76 temples & monasteries- 100s of noodle spots- Inspirational photos-... Read more
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  • Lonely Planet China
  • "Antique yet up-to-the-minute, familiar yet unrecognizable, outwardly urban but quintessentially rural, conservative yet path-breaking.. China is a land of mesmerizing and eye-opening contradictions." - Damian Harper, Lonely Planet Writer- 11 intrepid authors- 198 maps- 76 temples & monasteries- 100s of noodle spots- Inspirational photos-... Read more
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De Zwerver
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2012
  • Reisgids Silk Road (China) - Monks, Warriors & Merchants | Odyssey
  • To the modern reader, the Silk Road conjures up images of fabled cities and exotic lands, of long-gone empires and great conquerors. Place names such as Samarkand, Bukhara, Khotan or Chang'an continue to fascinate with the richness of their past. In this authoritative book, Luce Boulnois explores the encounter between East and West across the... Read more
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  • Small Steps With Paws and Hooves
  • ''The clouds disappeared and gave us a clear day. No more excuses. No more newspapers, radio, beds, hot water, china mugs…''Meet Barnie, 11 months old, dangerously learning to walk… Tess the dog, who likes rolling in smelly things… Ben the cart horse, who barely fits through a stile… Spud, a young mother recovering from cancer treatment, who... Read more
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  • ''The clouds disappeared and gave us a clear day. No more excuses. No more newspapers, radio, beds, hot water, china mugs…''Meet Barnie, 11 months old, dangerously learning to walk… Tess the dog, who likes rolling in smelly things… Ben the cart horse, who barely fits through a stile… Spud, a young mother recovering from cancer treatment, who... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2015
  • Lonely Planet China
  • 14th editionLonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisherLonely Planet China is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Get lost in the dynastic grandeur of Beijing's Forbidden City, hike along the Great Wall, or take in Shanghai's neon lights... Read more
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  • 14th editionLonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisherLonely Planet China is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Get lost in the dynastic grandeur of Beijing's Forbidden City, hike along the Great Wall, or take in Shanghai's neon lights... Read more
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Bol.com
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  • Hall of a Thousand Columns
  • All the best armchair travellers are sceptics. Those of the fourteenth century were no exception: for them, there were lies, damned lies, and Ibn Battutah's India. Born in 1304, Ibn Battutah left his native Tangier as a young scholar of law; over the course of the thirty years that followed he visited most of the known world between Morocco and... 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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