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
  • 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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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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  • The Book Depository, United Kingdom
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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
  • A Bamboo Raft and Mountain View in Guangxi China Journal
  • This journal with 150 ruled pages awaits your writing pleasure. You can use it to record your hopes and dreams, express your gratitude, to keep a bucket list, as a daily diary, or to jot down your “To-Do” lists. The possibilities are endless and the choice is all yours. Enjoy! Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • A Bamboo Raft and Mountain View in Guangxi China Journal
  • This journal with 150 ruled pages awaits your writing pleasure. You can use it to record your hopes and dreams, express your gratitude, to keep a bucket list, as a daily diary, or to jot down your “To-Do” lists. The possibilities are endless and the choice is all yours. Enjoy! Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • DuMont Reise-Handbuch Reiseführer China, Der Süden, Hongkong, Macau
  • Für die 1. Auflage des DuMont Reise-Handbuches war Autor Oliver Fülling intensiv vor Ort unterwegs. Chinas Süden ist ein Schmelztiegel der Kulturen und die Vermischung von Chinas Tradition und Moderne mit kolonialen britischen und portugiesischen Einflüssen in Hongkong und Macau nur ein Beispiel hierfür. Der Facettenreichtum dieser Kultur- und... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2009
  • Yunnan
  • Wedged between Tibet and the exotic lands of Southeast Asia, Yunnan Province is one of the least known and most beguiling regions of China. A mountainous wonderland, it is home to 24 diverse, colourful ethnic cultures. With a name meaning 'South of the Clouds', Yunnan boasts sparkling blue skies, red earth and green forests. The picturesque... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
2009
  • Yunnan
  • Wedged between Tibet and the exotic lands of Southeast Asia, Yunnan Province is one of the least known and most beguiling regions of China. A mountainous wonderland, it is home to 24 diverse, colourful ethnic cultures. With a name meaning 'South of the Clouds', Yunnan boasts sparkling blue skies, red earth and green forests. The picturesque... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Tic
  • Book summaryIn this book Tove Vine tells the story of how for years she felt she was living the wrong life and at the age of 57 was brave enough to make a huge change in her life. She sold off all her belongings, put on a backpack and went to China to teach English. Tove tells a fascinating story of how China set her on the path to becoming... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Tic
  • Book summaryIn this book Tove Vine tells the story of how for years she felt she was living the wrong life and at the age of 57 was brave enough to make a huge change in her life. She sold off all her belongings, put on a backpack and went to China to teach English. Tove tells a fascinating story of how China set her on the path to becoming... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Reisgids China der Osten | Reise Know-How Verlag
  • De enige deelgids van dit deel van China. Zeer gedegen en informatieve gids met Beijing en Shanghai. Dieser aktuelle Reiseführer führt mitten hinein in so pulsierende Wirtschaftsmetropolen wie Beijing, Tianjin und Shanghai und in die boomenden Sonderentwicklungszonen. Neben dem modernen Leben beschreibt er aber auch Höhepunkte chinesischer... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Finding Mojo
  • What does it take to finally let go of things that just aren t working in your life? The suffering of a broken heart? Losing a job? Or maybe the painful disintegration of a long-standing friendship?It is the cruel fusion of all these things and more that leads Natalie to believe the life she s living belongs to somebody else. On discovering... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Finding Mojo
  • What does it take to finally let go of things that just aren t working in your life? The suffering of a broken heart? Losing a job? Or maybe the painful disintegration of a long-standing friendship?It is the cruel fusion of all these things and more that leads Natalie to believe the life she s living belongs to somebody else. On discovering... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Capitool China | Unieboek
  • In de bekende reeks Capitoolgidsen is dit dikke en zwaar uitgevallen exemplaar (meer dan een kilo) gewijd aan China en Tibet. Ook deze gids voldoet aan het Capitool-concept: een luxe gids met enorm veel kleurenfoto`s in alle formaten, driedimensionale overzichtstekeningen, opengewerkte tekeningen van musea en paleizen, plattegronden van steden... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Black Dragon River
  • Black Dragon River is a personal journey down one of Asia’s great rivers that reveals the region’s essential history and culture. The world’s ninth largest river, the Amur serves as a large part of the border between Russia and China. As a crossroads for the great empires of Asia, this area offers journalist Dominic Ziegler a lens with which to... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Black Dragon River
  • Black Dragon River is a personal journey down one of Asia’s great rivers that reveals the region’s essential history and culture. The world’s ninth largest river, the Amur serves as a large part of the border between Russia and China. As a crossroads for the great empires of Asia, this area offers journalist Dominic Ziegler a lens with which to... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Lonely Planet China dr 13
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely 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. Pass through the Gate of Supreme Harmony in Beijing's Forbidden City, hike along the Great Wall, or slurp up wonton soup amid... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Lonely Planet China dr 13
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely 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. Pass through the Gate of Supreme Harmony in Beijing's Forbidden City, hike along the Great Wall, or slurp up wonton soup amid... Read more
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Maps

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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
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 (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
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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Bol.com
Belgium
  • 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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