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

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hong Kong and Macau Marco Polo Guide
  • Marco Polo Hong Kong: the Travel Guide with Insider Tips Experience all of Hong Kong`s attractions with this up-to-date and authoritative guide, complete with `Best Of` recommendations. Find hotels and restaurants, check out the city`s trendiest places and nightlife scene. There are tips for shopping and getting by on a low budget as well as... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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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Stanfords
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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2015
  • Lonely Planet Hong Kong Pocket Guide
  • The Lonely Planet Pocket Guide to Hong Kong offers frank and informal advice on an extensive range of sights, activities, accommodation, restaurants and nightlife. Ride the legendary Star Ferry, take in the views from Victoria Peak, or stroll along Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade.Written and researched by a team of experts, this book is... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Reisgids Xinjiang | Odyssey
  • Een rijk geïllustreerde gids over het noordwestelijke deel van China. Veel nadruk op de geschiedenis en bezienswaardigheden, maar ook een hoofdstuk over bijvoorbeeld het nut van paarden in die omgeving of het raadsel van het wandelende meer. A brand-new cultural and historical guide to China's westernmost region that explores both well-traveled... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • A Wizard's Wanderings
  • Excerpt from A Wizard's Wanderings: From China to Peru br /Alexandre Dumas, pere, laid down the dictum that 'prefaces were for failures.' However that may be, I fear it is not possible to dispense with one here, as, though I am pretty well known in the professional world, I fear the general reading public on first glancing at these pages would... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Hong Kong & Macau | Lonely Planet
  • De perfecte reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde als de zelfstandige reiziger. Naast een algemene inleiding van het land / streek vol met praktische informatie over hoe je er het beste kunt reizen: slapen, eten, vervoer, excursies ... alles kun je er in vinden. Nu met uitneembare stadsplattegrond! Hong Kong welcomes with an iconic skyline, a... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • A Wandering Student, in the Far East, Vol. 1 of 2 (Classic Reprint)
  • Excerpt from A Wandering Student, in the Far East, Vol. 1 of 2 br /In writing the book which is herewith submitted to the public, I have kept two classes of readers more especially in view - firstly, that part of the reading public which takes a general interest in records of travel in distant lands; and secondly, that part of it which takes... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Shanghai | 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 ! The ultimate insider's guide, covering everything from the huge new art galleries of the West Bund to the chic... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2009
  • Reisgids Wallpaper* City Guide Shanghai | Phaidon
  • Wallpaper City Guides not only suggest where to stay, eat, and drink, but what the tourist passionate about design might want to see, whether he/she has a week or 24 hours in the city. Featured are up and coming areas, landmark buildings in an 'Architour'; design centres, and the best shops to buy items unique to that city. Wallpaper City... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Eyewitness Travel Beijing & Shanghai | DK
  • The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide : Beijing and Shanghai will lead you straight to the best attractions both cities have to offer. The guide includes unique cutaways, floorplans and reconstructions of Beijing and Shanghai's stunning architecture, plus 3D aerial views of the key districts to explore on foot. You'll find detailed listings of the... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
  • Reisgids China | Insight Guides
  • Een rijk geillustreerde reisgids met diepgaande teksten: één van de beste reisgidsen die er bestaan. Eerste deel bestaat uit een beschrijving van de unieke aspecten van de regio, daarna een deel echte reisgids en als afsluiting een deel met praktische informatie. De uitstekende informatie wordt vergezeld van prachtige foto's en heldere kaarten.... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2009
  • Reisgids Xi'an, Shaanxi and the Terracotta Army - China | Odyssey
  • Beschrijvende reisgids over het onwaarschijnlijke TerraCotta leger van Xi´an en de bezienswaardigheden in de directe omgeving. Veel aandacht voor geschiedenis, maar ook toeristische zaken. Rijk geillustreerd (Engels) Situated in north central China, Xi´an is among the great historic centers of the world - it is China´s Luxor. Here the early... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (50K)
  • 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 2014.The map has contours at 50m intervals, enhanced by relief shading and altitude colouring, plus graphics to... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (100K)
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on a topographic map at 1:100,000 from its official Survey and Mapping Office, with bilingual place names and English language map legend. Current edition was published in 2015.The map has contours at 50m intervals, vividly enhanced by relief shading, plus colouring and graphics to show swamps, mangrove,... Read more
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