Sure, the view of the city from the top of the ICC in West Kowloon is mesmerising. But the outlook and expanse of space from the peak of Hong Kong’s many mountains are awe-inspiring. Watching the vibrant orange sunset over Sunset Peak on Lantau Island or the sun slowly rising above Stanley from the crest of the Twins, sending cascades of light shimmering off the surrounding South China Sea is incomparable. After all, you doubly enjoy the view after the effort you’ve put in climbing to the top of the hill.
Three of my favourite hikes in Hong Kong are three of its most challenging ones. I chose these trails because you’ll push yourself physically and mentally, you’ll discover different parts of the region, you’ll get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and you’ll be rewarded with unparalleled views from all three peaks. Of course, being a populated part of the world, you’ll encounter other hikers along your way. However, as these are tougher trails, there are fewer hikers than on some of the more popular routes.
This guidebook contains two hikes on Hong Kong Island itself, two on nearby Lantau Island with its sprawling sea views, one in Kowloon, and one in Sai Kung on the mainland, where you can reward yourself with a local seafood feast, before cruising back on a speedboat.
From their high vantage points, these six heart-pumping hikes offer unique views over the city, mountains, and sea, and all can be easily accessed by public transport or by car.
Get your trainers on, pack lots of water, and get hiking!