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
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
  • 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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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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids China | Lonely Planet
  • De perfecte reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde als de zelfstandige reiziger. Naast een algemene inleiding van het land / streek vol met praktische informatie over hoe je er het beste kunt reizen: slapen, eten, vervoer, excursies ... alles kun je er in vinden. Lonely Planet China is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Out Of Steppe
  • Central Asia is the general name for the landmass between Iran, China, Siberia and Afghanistan. An area of enormous diversity both geographically and ethnically, it has been shaped by trade and commerce (the Silk Road) and by many invaders, including Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Stalin. Today the area is divided into five 'stans:... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Out Of Steppe
  • Central Asia is the general name for the landmass between Iran, China, Siberia and Afghanistan. An area of enormous diversity both geographically and ethnically, it has been shaped by trade and commerce (the Silk Road) and by many invaders, including Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Stalin. Today the area is divided into five 'stans:... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Sheila's Guide to the Five Most Beautiful Towns and Villages in China
  • Our first visit to China in 1989 was light-years ago. Tourists were only allowed to tour with a State Guide shepherding you around, shopping was reserved for the "Friendship Stores," and it was strictly forbidden to wander off on your own. Cosmopolitan China today is a revelation and constantly reinventing itself. Houses sell for millions of... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Sheila's Guide to the Five Most Beautiful Towns and Villages in China
  • Our first visit to China in 1989 was light-years ago. Tourists were only allowed to tour with a State Guide shepherding you around, shopping was reserved for the "Friendship Stores," and it was strictly forbidden to wander off on your own. Cosmopolitan China today is a revelation and constantly reinventing itself. Houses sell for millions of... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
  • Reisgids ANWB extra Beijing | ANWB Media
  • Compacte reisgids inclusief grote uitneembare kaart. ANWB Extra Beijing beschrijft 15 hoogtepunten: dé plekken die je moet bezoeken om de stad optimaal te beleven. De belangrijkste bezienswaardigheden maar ook suggesties voor unieke ervaringen en ontdekkingen. Op de grote uitneembare kaart staan naast de 15 hoogtepunten ook de... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • Zu Fuß durch China (DuMont Reiseabenteuer)
  • 4800 Kilometer, sechs abenteuerliche Monate, ein etwas verrücktes Projekt: Autor Rob Lilwall und der Kameramann Leon McCarron haben sich vorgenommen, China zu Fuß von Norden nach Süden zu durchqueren, um darüber eine Reportage zu machen. Die Reise beginnt beim Tee in der Jurte eines Mongolen, der sie vergeblich vor China warnt. Sie laufen durch... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • An Author's Perspective on Independent Publishing
  • Lee Foster has published a new book about the independent publishing process, titled An Author's Perspective on Independent Publishing: Why Self-Publishing May Be Your Best Option. After doing 16 books with traditional publishers, why did Lee switch to doing four books "independently" published or "indie?" Why does he now recommend this path... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • An Author's Perspective on Independent Publishing
  • Lee Foster has published a new book about the independent publishing process, titled An Author's Perspective on Independent Publishing: Why Self-Publishing May Be Your Best Option. After doing 16 books with traditional publishers, why did Lee switch to doing four books "independently" published or "indie?" Why does he now recommend this path... Read more
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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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • 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
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Bradt Travel Guide Taiwan
  • <DIV><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Written by an author who has lived in Taiwan for 19 years, Bradt’s brand-new <I>Taiwan</I> explores the island’s breathtaking mountains, bird-rich forests and quaint villages where folk religion thrives. Travellers are discovering there’s much more to Taiwan than... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • The Bradt Travel Guide Taiwan
  • <DIV><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Written by an author who has lived in Taiwan for 19 years, Bradt’s brand-new <I>Taiwan</I> explores the island’s breathtaking mountains, bird-rich forests and quaint villages where folk religion thrives. Travellers are discovering there’s much more to Taiwan than... Read more
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Maps

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
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
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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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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