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
  • 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
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Vogelgids - Natuurgids Pocket Photo Guide Birds of China | Bloomsbury
  • A compact, easy-to-use bird identification guide for any nature watcher on a visit to China, one of the world's top destinations for watching birds. A total of 252 species is described here in detail, from the magestic Black-crowned Night Heron to the striking Large Niltava. All of these birds are clearly illustrated in a collection of... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2000
  • Reisgids Merian live HongKong | Deltas
  • Handige en overzichtelijke, kleine reisgids voor een eerste kennismaking met het land. Voor- en achterin uitklapbare kaart. Aandacht voor o.a. taal, festivals en eten en drinken. Prettig formaat en toch met veel foto’s. Nederlands Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Reisgids Make My Day Hong Kong | Lonely Planet
  • Handige reisgids met uniek concept. Plan door middel van de ringband en de kleine flapjes jouw ideale dagje uit in de stad. Met aanduiding van reistijd tussen de verschillende activiteiten en eetgelegenheden in de buurt. De handige kaartjes laten zien waar de dichtsbijzijnde opstapmogelijkheden voor het openbaar vervoer zijn. Lonely Planet Make... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2009
  • Reisgids De ontdekking van China | Tuttibooks
  • Rabban, 15 jaar, bezoekt voor de eerste keer China, zijn geboorteland, waar hij als adoptiebaby vandaan komt. Zijn Chinese gids meester Kong en diens kleinzoon Yang nemen hem mee op reis door China. Ze bezoeken niet alleen de traditionele toeristische plekken maar ook het andere China in de grote stad en op het platteland.Zij vertellen hem over... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids National Geographic China | Kosmos
  • Kleurrijke reisgids van China met veel illustraties. Goede beschrijvingen van land, volk en geschiedenis. Prettige leesgids om enthousiast te worden. National Geographic Reisgids China is een exclusieve gids met sublieme fotografie die u meeneemt naar de bekende en minder bekende bezienswaardigheden. De experts van National Geographic nemen een... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids China | 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 de meeste landen meestal completer en beter dan de Lonely Planet ! This in-depth coverage of China's local attractions, sights, and restaurants takes you to the most... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2008
  • Reisgids Cultuur Bewust Hongkong | Elmar
  • Cultuur bewust! De Cultuur Bewust!-gids geeft toeristen en zakenlieden belangrijke informatie met betrekking tot de cultuur van alledag in het land van bestemming. Anders dan in de gebruikelijke reisgidsen wordt de lezer in deze reeks bijgespijkerd op het gebied van omgangsvormen, normen en waarden, hoe zich te gedragen en wat verwacht mag... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
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Maps

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
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
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