The Ultimate Guide to Hikes in Hong Kong


Hiking in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has some of the best urban hikes in the world. While many outsiders envision an urban landscape dominated by towering skyscrapers, residents of Hong Kong are well aware that the city has much more to offer beyond its stunning skyline.

Surprisingly, almost 70% of Hong Kong remains untouched by development, with the majority of this area designated as country parks. These expansive parks provide a plethora of breathtaking hiking trails that are as challenging as they are picturesque.

With hills encompassing the city and its surrounding islands, hikers can venture onto a multitude of amazing trails. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll, a demanding hike, or a route that offers unparalleled vistas, there is a trail for everyone right at your doorstep.

What sets Hong Kong apart is that even while hiking, you are never far from civilization. Despite being encompassed by the natural beauty of the trails, the bustling urban landscape is always within reach, creating a unique and intriguing balance between nature and city life.

Our Hong Kong Hikes Map

Navigate the map of Hong Kong below to select a hike. Click on an icon to reveal the name of the hike and the link to the hike’s guide.

  • Blue icons = Hikes on Hong Kong Island
  • Orange icons = Hikes in Kowloon
  • Red icons = Hikes in the New Territories
  • Green icons = Hikes on Outlying Island

Please note this is not an all-inclusive list of hikes in Hong Kong. These are hikes for which we have documented guides.

Top Hikes in Hong Kong Over the Past Week

Explore the Most Sought-After Trails

These are the hikes, trails, and excursions have been popular on this website, in the past week.

These trails usually offer a range of difficulties, from leisurely strolls to challenging treks, ensuring that there is something for every type of hiker.

Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retreat away from the city or an adrenaline-pumping adventure, these popular hikes in Hong Kong from the past week are not to be missed.

    Peak Hike
    Dragon's Back Hike hong kong
    Lion Rock Hike, Hong Kong
    Cheung Chau
    Violet Hill and Twin Peaks Hike Blog


Recommended List of Hikes in Hong Kong

For First Timers

If you’re new to hiking in Hong Kong, you want to go on a hike that makes an unforgettable experience. That could mean beautiful views that you thought weren’t possible in Hong Kong or incredible views of Hong Kong’s entire skyline.

  1. The Peak Hike (Victoria Peak)
  2. Dragon’s Back Hike
  3. Tai Mo Shan
  4. Lion Rock Hike

For Incredible Views

If you’re looking for hikes with the best views of the city, or of the beautiful landscapes Hong Kong has to offer, you’ve got to be ready to sweat it out! Here are our top picks for you:

  1. Kowloon Peak & Suicide Cliff
  2. Lion Rock
  3. Tate’s Cairn
  4. Victoria Peak
  5. Mount High West
  6. Jardine’s Lookout and Mount Butler
  7. Lantau Peak
  8. Kai Kung Leng

Easy And Family-Friendly Hikes

There are plenty of hikes that are suitable for families with kids in Hong Kong. Or to look at it another way, there are plenty of very easy hikes in Hong Kong that you could embark on if you’re not in the mood for a serious hike.

  1. Shark Rock and Hollow Tree
  2. Checkerboard Hill
  3. Eagle’s Nest Nature Trail
  4. Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path
  5. Lamma Island Family Walk
  6. Devil’s Peak
  7. Amah Rock
  8. Tsing Yi Nature Trails Hike
  9. Quarry Hill

Best Summer Hikes

Hong Kong’s hot and humid summer isn’t the most conducive to hiking.

But what if the hikes are short and shaded? Or end in a beach for you to cool off? What if the hikes passed by waterfalls?

Take a look at the best summer hikes in Hong Kong that we recommend.

Explore Hong Kong’s Abandoned Past

Apart from World War 2 relics, Hong Kong also has a rich heritage and colourful past that manifests itself in these abandoned structures and villages.

Would you like to visit these interesting sites, that are now abandoned or hidden in some part of the city?

  1. The Abandoned Treehouse At The Tai Wo Thai Temple
  2. Abandoned Hindu Temple in Burma Lines
  3. Yim Tin Tsai, Sai Kung – An Abandoned Island, Steeped In History
  4. The Abandoned Ma On Shan Iron Ore Mine
  5. Checkerboard Hill – A Monument To Kai Tak Airport
  6. Ma Wan’s Ghost Town (Unfortunately, the abandoned village has been razed)

The Tallest Peaks in Hong Kong

Want to conquer the tallest peaks in Hong Kong?

  1. Tai Mo Shan – 957 metres
  2. Lantau Peak – 934 metres
  3. Sunset Peak – 869 metres

Strange Rock Formations

Ever looked at a rock and said, “wow, that looks like a lion?” Well, Hong Kong has plenty of rock formations that resemble are types of creatures and things:

  1. Rhino Rock
  2. Shark Rock
  3. Dinosaur Rock
  4. Amah Rock (a mother holding a baby)
  5. Devil’s Paw
  6. Phallic-shaped Rocks:
    1. Penis Rock (Nui Po Shan)
    2. Lover’s Rock
    3. The one on the way to Mt. Stenhouse on Lamma Island

To Chase Waterfalls

Are you looking for the best waterfall hikes in Hong Kong? Look no further. Here are our top picks:

  1. Ng Tung Chai Waterfalls
  2. Silvermine Waterfall
  3. Tai Tam Mound Fall
  4. Waterfall Bay
  5. Little Hawaii Falls

For Unique Landscapes

Hikes that make you go, “Wow! I didn’t know this was in Hong Kong!”.

  1. Tung Ping Chau
  2. Pineapple Mountain (Por Lo Shan)
  3. Sweet Gum Woods (December to January only)
  4. Thousand Islands Lake (Tai Lam Chung Reservoir)
  5. High Island Reservoir
  6. Ma Shi Chau

Reservoir Walks

Reservoirs are spread fairly evenly across Hong Kong and fit very naturally into the city’s hilly terrain. Although they serve a very practical function to provide the city’s residents with water, reservoirs also serve a secondary function.

Most reservoirs in Hong Kong have walking tracks around them that are earmarked as easy family walks. These reservoir walks are perfect for the summer months when you want to immerse yourself next to water, trees, and hills.

These are our favourite reservoir walks in Hong Kong:

  1. Lau Shui Heung Reservoir and Hok Tau Reservoir
  2. Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir
  3. Shing Mun Reservoir
  4. Kowloon Reservoir Hike
  5. Ho Pui Reservoir

Explore World War 2 Relics

Hong Kong has a rich and vibrant history of pirates, old fishing folk, and the city’s role in World War 2. You can still hike to these relics that are hidden in plain sight throughout the city.

These are our favourite war relics in Hong Kong:

  1. Shing Mun War Relics Trail
  2. Wong Nai Chung Gap Trail
  3. Cape Collinson Battery
  4. Mount Davis Battery
  5. Devil’s Peak
  6. Sai Wan Battery
  7. Pinewood Battery
  8. Mau Wu Shan Observation Post

More war relics can be found here.

Did you know that Hong Kong also has numerous ancient rock carvings at various coastal locations?

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