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

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
  • 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
  • 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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Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Reiseführer China
  • Kompakte Informationen, Insider-Tipps, Erlebnistouren und digitale Extras:Entdecken Sie mit MARCO POLO das Reich der Mitte intensiv vom sibirisch kalten Harbin bis zur tropischen Badeinsel Hainan - mit dem MARCO POLO Reiseführer kommen Sie sofort in China an. Erfahren Sie, welche Highlights Sie neben der Großen Mauer und der berühmten Tonarmee... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 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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Belgium
  • 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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Bol.com
Netherlands
2000
  • Merian live! 12 - Hongkong
  • Hongkong werd door koningin Victoria's minister van buitenlandse zaken afgedaan als 'kaal eiland'. Tegenwoordig is deze wereldstad de ontmoetingsplaats van oost en west. Hongkong leeft van haar haven, die zowel de sfeer als de economie bepaalt. Niet alleen Hongkong, maar heel Zuid-China wordt door deze haven verbonden met - en om historische... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2000
  • Merian live! 12 - Hongkong
  • Hongkong werd door koningin Victoria's minister van buitenlandse zaken afgedaan als 'kaal eiland'. Tegenwoordig is deze wereldstad de ontmoetingsplaats van oost en west. Hongkong leeft van haar haven, die zowel de sfeer als de economie bepaalt. Niet alleen Hongkong, maar heel Zuid-China wordt door deze haven verbonden met - en om historische... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Invisible China
  • In this eloquent and eye-opening adventure narrative, Colin Legerton and Jacob Rawson bring a hitherto unrevealed side of China to light. They journey to the farthest reaches of the country to meet the minority peoples who dwell there. They engage in a heated discussion of human rights with Daur and Ewenki village cadres; celebrate Muhammad’s... Read more
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Belgium
  • Invisible China
  • In this eloquent and eye-opening adventure narrative, Colin Legerton and Jacob Rawson bring a hitherto unrevealed side of China to light. They journey to the farthest reaches of the country to meet the minority peoples who dwell there. They engage in a heated discussion of human rights with Daur and Ewenki village cadres; celebrate Muhammad’s... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • Capitool Reisgidsen Top 10 - Hong Kong
  • Capitool Top 10 Hong Kong- Top 10 van onder andere de beste restaurants, de mooiste bezienswaardigheden en de leukste winkels- Met de uitneembare kaart vind je gemakkelijk de weg- De schitterende foto's brengen Hong Kong tot leven- Compact formaat, ideaal om mee te nemen- Diverse wandelroutes leiden je langs alle hoogtepunten van de stad Top 10... Read more
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2017
  • Capitool Reisgidsen Top 10 - Hong Kong
  • Capitool Top 10 Hong Kong- Top 10 van onder andere de beste restaurants, de mooiste bezienswaardigheden en de leukste winkels- Met de uitneembare kaart vind je gemakkelijk de weg- De schitterende foto's brengen Hong Kong tot leven- Compact formaat, ideaal om mee te nemen- Diverse wandelroutes leiden je langs alle hoogtepunten van de stad Top 10... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • DuMont Reise-Taschenbuch Reiseführer Shanghai
  • Shanghai ist das coole China – extrovertiert, aufregend, kosmopolitisch. Hier trifft chinesische Tradition auf koloniale oder revolutionäre Relikte und auf die Moderne: die höchsten Wolkenkratzer des Landes, extravagante Künstlerviertel, luxuriöse Shoppingzentren, ein hippes Nachtleben und grandiose Museen. Im Wasserland finden sich von Kanälen... 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
Netherlands
  • Hong Kong Islands
  • There are countless outlying islands in Hong Kong. Lamma Island is one of the most famous islands to the travelers. Near location from Hong Kong Island, well-prepared trails, beautiful beaches and tasty seafood restaurants are welcoming you. Only take a ferry at Central Piers of Hong Kong Island and you will arrive at the island in 30 minutes.... Read more
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  • Hong Kong Islands
  • There are countless outlying islands in Hong Kong. Lamma Island is one of the most famous islands to the travelers. Near location from Hong Kong Island, well-prepared trails, beautiful beaches and tasty seafood restaurants are welcoming you. Only take a ferry at Central Piers of Hong Kong Island and you will arrive at the island in 30 minutes.... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 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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Belgium
  • 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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Netherlands
  • A Learning Curve
  • Do you enjoy reading about myths and legends, ancient cities, Asian culture and cuisine? A Learning Curve takes readers on an interesting series of adventures through Southeast Asia. With a carefully selected amalgam of different stories from the author's own amusing expeditions to tales of ancient history, famous travellers, and legends that... Read more
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  • A Learning Curve
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Maps

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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
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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 (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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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
Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Kontinentalkarte China, Mongolei, Bhutan 1:4 000 000
  • Entdecken Sie mit dieser MARCO POLO Karte das Land des Drachens . . . Die Karten bestechen durch eine leicht lesbare, neue Kartografie, in der durchgängig landschaftlich schöne Strecken und Orte markiert sind. Schon in der im Kartendeckel befindlichen, ausklappbaren Übersichtskarte sind die schönsten Orte mit ´´´´Marco-Polo-Highlight-... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 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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