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Twin Peaks and Violet Hill

Often referred to as The Twins, this short and sharp hike takes you over three hills and up more than 1,200 steps for breathtaking views of the island’s south side.

Hiking Difficult

4.7 km
405 m
598 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
88 m
High Point
414 m
Twin Peaks and Violet Hill Map

This well-known Hong Kong Island hike is as scenic as it is challenging. The start and end points are reversible, and both are easily reachable by bus or taxi, so you don’t need a car. There is also a point in the hike where you can opt out and easily end in a different location, which is just as well connected.


For a slightly more challenging route, start at Parkview. This option gives you the added benefit of ending your hike in Stanley, where you can regain your energy over a tasty seaside meal, relax by the beach, or rent a paddleboard.

Get off the bus at the Sinopec station and head up the steps to Tai Tam Reservoir Road. Walk straight up the hill, and at the top, you’ll see the start of the Wilson Trail on your right, directly before Parkview. This is where the hike starts.

After a leisurely start on a meandering earth path, you reach Violet Hill - your first peak. Catch your breath at the top and enjoy the surrounding scenery with rolling green hills, the sea, and the Tai Tam Reservoir.

As you walk down the long stairs, you'll see a steep trail sloping up the opposite hill. This is the first of the twin peaks. You have time to relax on the Tze Kong Bridge at the bottom, and decide if you want to opt out at that point. To opt out, turn right at the bridge and head on a short downhill trail to Repulse Bay. To continue, head straight up the 1,209 stairs.

Once you’re over both twin peaks, you’ll be rewarded with the most incredible and diverse view of Stanley and the South China Sea. At the end of the hike, hop on a short bus ride or hail a cab to Stanley, where you can tuck into a well-deserved meal before heading home.



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between October and March


  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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