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

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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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
2018
  • The 25 Best Day Walks in Hong Kong
  • A new series of pocket-sized travel guides aimed at first-time travellers featuring an extended introduction to the natural history of the destination. In three parts, the first section describes the major highlights. The second section looks at the significant locations with information for each on plants and animals, cultural sites,... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2020
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Netherlands
2020
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Insight Guides Explore Shanghai (Travel Guide with Free eBook)
  • INSIGHT GUIDES EXPLORE SHANGHAI Let us guide you on every step of your travels...Focused travel guides featuring the very best routes and itineraries, now with free eBook.Discover the best of Shanghai with this unique travel guide, packed full of insider information and stunning images. From making sure you don`t miss out on must-see, top... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • The Monocle Travel Guide to Hong Kong (Updated Version)
  • A procession through Hong Kong`s outposts of good food, design, retail, and more, this definitive travel guide will make you feel like a local no matter where you are from. Vertigo-inducing skyscrapers that cling to mountainous slopes and busy fishing villages that proudly hold on to their cultural heritage: Hong Kong is more diverse than you`d... 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
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Great Sedona Hikes Revised 4th Color Edition
  • This is the most up-to-date Sedona full color hiking guide available. The Sedona hiking trail system is constantly changing. Other Sedona full color hiking guides books are printed in China which can result in long delays in incorporating changes, we keep Great Sedona Hikes Revised 4th Color Edition up-to-date by constantly hiking the trails... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Great Sedona Hikes Revised 4th Color Edition
  • This is the most up-to-date Sedona full color hiking guide available. The Sedona hiking trail system is constantly changing. Other Sedona full color hiking guides books are printed in China which can result in long delays in incorporating changes, we keep Great Sedona Hikes Revised 4th Color Edition up-to-date by constantly hiking the trails... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • Lonely Planet Hong Kong
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Hong Kong is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Ride the hair-raising tram to Victoria Peak, feast on seafood at Temple Street Night Market, or hike the delightful Hong Kong Trail; all with... Read more
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Belgium
2017
  • Lonely Planet Hong Kong
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Hong Kong is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Ride the hair-raising tram to Victoria Peak, feast on seafood at Temple Street Night Market, or hike the delightful Hong Kong Trail; all with... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Beijing & Shanghai
  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Beijing and Shanghai is your in-depth guide to the very best of these two metropolitan cities.Take in the major sights, from the breathtaking Great Wall of China to the imperial splendor of the Forbidden City; go on a canal cruise for your chance to contrast the old and new sides of Shanghai; or simply wander the... Read more
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Belgium
  • Beijing & Shanghai
  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Beijing and Shanghai is your in-depth guide to the very best of these two metropolitan cities.Take in the major sights, from the breathtaking Great Wall of China to the imperial splendor of the Forbidden City; go on a canal cruise for your chance to contrast the old and new sides of Shanghai; or simply wander the... Read more
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  • Rory's Cuban Journal
  • This book documents the writer s trip to Havana and Trinidad in Cuba in 2009.It was a trip off the normal tourist trail around the backstreets of Havana and Trinidad and far from the commercialized and characterless mass tourism resorts.The writer had previously worked behind the Iron Curtain in the Soviet Union, China and Czechoslovakia and... Read more
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Belgium
  • Rory's Cuban Journal
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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
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Lost Camels Of Tartary
  • This narrative reveals the author's experiences on three expeditions to the Mongolian and Chinese Gobi Deserts, in search of the mysterious wild Bactrian camel. They include a 30-day walk in the Kum Tagh sand dunes and his experience as the first foreigner to cross the Gashun Gobi from north to south. Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • The Lost Camels Of Tartary
  • This narrative reveals the author's experiences on three expeditions to the Mongolian and Chinese Gobi Deserts, in search of the mysterious wild Bactrian camel. They include a 30-day walk in the Kum Tagh sand dunes and his experience as the first foreigner to cross the Gashun Gobi from north to south. Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Magic Carpet Seduction
  • Close encounters with Carpet Casanovas in Turkey. A quest to meet a wizard-like hermit in the Lebanese mountains. Political intrigue in a Chinese classroom. A marriage proposal on a Nicaraguan chicken bus. Vicariously experience these and other adventures when you travel with the author, Lisa Egle, to China, Latin America, Turkey and the Middle... Read more
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  • Magic Carpet Seduction
  • Close encounters with Carpet Casanovas in Turkey. A quest to meet a wizard-like hermit in the Lebanese mountains. Political intrigue in a Chinese classroom. A marriage proposal on a Nicaraguan chicken bus. Vicariously experience these and other adventures when you travel with the author, Lisa Egle, to China, Latin America, Turkey and the Middle... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Dominicus China | Gottmer
  • Rijk geillustreerde gids over China met nadruk op historische en culturele hoogtepunten. Daarnaast nog veel besprekingen van toeristische plaatsen. Zonder meer een complete gids met in deze nieuwe editie aandacht voor landschap en natuur. Met veel foto’s is het een lust voor het oog. Een zeer uitgestrekt land met een grote diversiteit aan... Read more
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Maps

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  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(10) - South China Sea - October
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  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5150(6) - East China Sea - June
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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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  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(11) - South China Sea - November
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  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5150(7) - East China Sea - July
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  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(4) - South China Sea - April
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  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(12) - South China Sea - December
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  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5150(8) - East China Sea - August
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  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(5) - South China Sea - May
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  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5150(1) - East China Sea - January
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  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5150(9) - East China Sea - September
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  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(6) - South China Sea - June
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  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5150(2) - East China Sea - February
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