INTRODUCTION  Hiking the great outdoors might not be the  first thing that comes to mind when planning  a trip to Asia’s w...
HONg KONg gLOBAL geOpARK OF CHINA                                                                                         ...
A. sAI KUNg vOLCANIC ROCK RegION                                                                                          ...
B. NORTHeAsT New TeRRITORIes                                                                                              ...
GeoloGical landscapes                                                                                         3           ...
RECOMMENDED HikiNg TRails                     cult         Fairly Diffi                                                   ...
COAsTAL TRAIL                                                                                                             ...
recoMMenDeD HiKing Trails                      cu    lt         Fairly Diffi                                              ...
URBAN LANDsCApes                                                                                                          ...
recoMMenDeD HiKing Trails                                                                                                 ...
Hong kong hikes and parks
Hong kong hikes and parks
Hong kong hikes and parks
Hong kong hikes and parks
Hong kong hikes and parks
Hong kong hikes and parks
Hong kong hikes and parks
Hong kong hikes and parks
Hong kong hikes and parks
Hong kong hikes and parks
Hong kong hikes and parks
Hong kong hikes and parks
Hong kong hikes and parks
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  1. 1. INTRODUCTION Hiking the great outdoors might not be the first thing that comes to mind when planning a trip to Asia’s world city. After all, with so many great shops, markets, restaurants, bars, and cityscapes, where exactly does one even hike here? The answer is simple – most of Hong Kong’s land area is actually rural. Not only that, it’s gorgeously rural. A mere hiking boot throw from the teeming downtown is some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the region, and you don’t need legs of iron to enjoy most of Hong Kong’s trails. With insights from local hikers, this guide presents you with a series of easy to moderately difficult walks and hikes that will take you far from the city’s restless pace, while leaving your calve muscles intact for post-hike recreation. Stunning natural scenery, local insights and minimal aches – you now have no excuse to miss out on the real wild side of Hong Kong. Geo-areas of Hong Kong DiscoverHongKong.com/hikes_walks Global Geopark of ChinaCONTeNTs Hong Kong Global Geopark of China Complimentary Guided Tours & Exhibitions A. Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region p.4 – 5 Hong Kong Wetland Park p.34 – 35 B. Northeast New Territories Sedimentary Rock Region p.6 – 7 Ngong Ping Fun Walk p.36 Mai Po Wetland Experience | Prehistoric Story Room p.37 Recommended Hiking Trails Geological Landscapes – MacLehose Trail Sections 1 & 2 p.8 – 11 Commercial Guided Tours Coastal Trail – MacLehose Trail Section 2 (Tai Long Wan) p.12 – 15 Sai Kung Coastal Treasures p.38 Urban Landscapes – Dragon’s Back p.16 – 19 Geopark Hiking Tour | Northeast New Territories Geopark Tour p.39 Leafy Trail – Shing Mun Reservoir p.20 – 23 Deserted Beaches Hike | Dragon’s Back Hike p.40 Heritage Hike – Tung Chung to Tai O p.24 – 27 Dolphin Watching Tour | Hong Kong Biking Tour p.41 Panorama of Victoria Harbour – Peak Circle Walk p.28 – 31 Outlying Islands – Cheung Chau, Lamma Island and Peng Chau p.32 – 33 Hiking Tips | Quality Tourism Services (QTS) Scheme p.42 Free iPhone AR App | Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Information Services p.45
  2. 2. HONg KONg gLOBAL geOpARK OF CHINA Hong Kong global geoparK of cHina 5 You don’t have to be a rock buff to enjoy the Hong Kong Global Geopark of China. Located in the East and Northeast New Territories, the park includes the Sai Kung Volcanic Rock 6 Region and the Northeast New Territories Sedimentary Rock Region and showcases Hong Kong’s timeless and eerily beautiful landforms. 7 8 1 2 3 4 MAp OF HONg KONg gLOBAL geOpARK OF CHINA A. Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region 1 High Island 2 Sharp Island 3 Ung Kong Group 4 Ninepin Group B. Northeast New Territories Sedimentary Rock RegionDevil’s Fis 5 Double Haven t - one of th 6 Tung Ping Chau e best-kno wn geolog ical feature 7 Port Island — Bluff Head s in the are a. 8 Tolo Channel pHotos of Hong Kong global geoparK of cHina are provided by tHe agriculture, fisHeries and conservation department. Hong Kong global geoparK of cHina 2|3
  3. 3. A. sAI KUNg vOLCANIC ROCK RegION Hong Kong global geoparK of cHina 3 upUnique Volcanic Columns Ung Kong Gro of BluffSai Kung — ‘the back garden of Hong Kong’ — is a picturesque and popular holiday spot Group consists The Ung Kong and. Thewith locals. It is also home to hexagonal volcanic columns of rare formations. Averaging au and Basalt Isl Island, Wang Ch develop1.2 metres in diameter and covering an area of 100 sq km (including the sea area), they are wind have helpedalso rarely matched in terms of scale. forces of sea and on the ffs and sea arches numerous steep cli the islands, inc luding the 1 southeast coast of the 45m- High Island h at Wang Chau, 30m-high sea arc d the Tiu Basalt Island, an high sea arch at The easiest location to view the park’s most Island. Chung Arch at Jin remarkable geological feature is High Island. From here, the hexagonal volcanic columns are visible Setting off! Sea Arch of Wang Chau along the island’s coasts, as is the rock colum Geo-areas n 3 and 4 ar to get to on e difficult wall near the East Dam of High Island Reservoir. your own. jo in the to You can ur of Sai Ku You’ll also see other geological phenomena Treasures (p ng Coastal .38), which such as faults, folds, twisted columns and dyke Hung Shing includes th Temple at Ka e intrusions. Also note the volcanic-rock coast of Tai — designate d as an ‘Out u Sai Chau 4 standing Project’ in Ninepin Group Long Wan – one of ‘Hong Kong’s Top Ten Natura the UNESCO l Pacific Heri Asia- Attractions’. tage 2000 Aw ards. The Ninepin Group is made up Setting off! of South e Pak land via th Hexagonal Volcanic Columns Ninepin Island, North Ninepin Island, t to High Is and East You can ge ng Au route of to Chui Tu Ninepin Island, along with several Tam Chung cL ehose Trail small rock 2 of the Ma Sections 1 & park islets. North Ninepin Island has the ing the Geo most eye- (p.8-11) , or by jo in pleasing abrasion landforms with (p.39). hexagonal Hiking Tour rock columns overspread with joint s formed under long-term wind and wave eros ion. 2 Sharp Island Island isTombolo ’s western edge, Sharp South Ninepin Island and North Nine Located at Sai Kung er than the pin Island rocks, which are old covered by igneous nd, you can In the west of the isla hexagonal columns. tombolo — entary landform — a see a coastal sedim connecting t 250m-long sand bar which forms an almos ips Hiking T . At low nearby Kiu Tau Island Chan Yat-fong Seasoned Hiker Sharp Island and the a temporary The founder of Righteous Hiking Group, Chan has published books and magazines on hiking. He also e the water, creating tide, it emerges abov contributes hiking content to print and broadcast media in Hong Kong. o islands. bridge between the tw It is best not to attempt to go ashore when touring the Geopark by boat because the loose, eroded rocks of certain islands are dangerous to walk on. Also, some Setting off! landforms cannot be approached closely, so bring ferr y (Kaito) binoculars. Get more out of your visit by reading the You can hire the village and sail from Sai Kung pier. Geopark information online (www.geopark.gov.hk) before departing and joining a guided tour. Hong Kong global geoparK of cHina 4|5
  4. 4. B. NORTHeAsT New TeRRITORIes Hong Kong global geoparK of cHina 7 seDIMeNTARy ROCK RegION Port Island – B luff Head Devil’s Fist red landforms name for red-colou China Danxia — a the UNESCO 5 specific to China — was included on Yan Chau Island is a similar Double Haven t in 2010, and Port World Heritage Lis landforms in a 00 to 8,000 years ag o submerged se rare geological Rising sea levels 6,0 rock formation of the es the island’s in Double Haven, leading to the Rich iron oxide giv the river valleys seascape setting. hue. The rocks headlands and tstone a bright red ted shorelines with sandstone and sil formation of inden was caused formed by deposit s at estuarine rms you see today at Bluff Head were bays. But the landfo and became ons some 160 mi llion years ago, million years ago, by volcanic erupti deltas about 400 movements. volcanic ash forme d rock strata. uence of geological en lava mixed with ve rtical under the infl wh mountains and tal erosion, this d down from high athering and coas Later, rivers flowe Together with we liar landforms, lands, forming ed in some pecu Setting off! stones to coastal low phenomenon result washed sand and about 500 metres thick. Popular Setting off! most notably the ‘D evil’s Fist’. You can join the Northeast sedimentery rock Camp Cove in the Northe ast e Hung Shek Mun, You can jo Tour New Territories Geopark dforms here includ ri es Geopark Tour (p.39) to see Port New Territo lan e Do uble Haven. and Double Island. (p.39) to se Island. 6 8 Tung Ping Chau Distorted Sedimentary Strata Tolo Channel Kang Lau Shek Ping Chau, Hong Crescent-shaped Tung The oldest rocks in Hong Kong are found along the nd, has long been Kong’s easternmost isla north coast of Tolo Channel and near Bluff Head. its strange rock popular with locals for Ma Shi Chau located west of the channel, features youngest rocks in formation. It boasts the sedimentary rocks formed some 280 million years 55 million years of Hong Kong — merely ago which is the second oldest in Hong Kong, t its formations are age — but differs in tha while the rare volcanic sedimentary rocks at Lai ted siltstone and composed of fine lamina Chi Chong are about 146 million years old with the eerie landscape. mudstone that form an area displaying distinctive folds, faults and various include Lung Lok Notable landforms here sedimentary structures. Cham Keng Chau. Shui, Kang Lau Shek and Ferry service hours Setting off! From Ma Liu Shui – 8:30am e hours How to get there Ferr y servic – 9am and and 3pm every day Setting off! From Ma Liu Shui m on From MTR University Station, Saturday; 9a take a taxi to Ma Liu Shui From Lai Chi Chong – there 3:30pm on How to get Publ ic Ho li days Pier, Sha Tin, and board a 11:40am and 6pm every day om MTR Un iversity Sunday and Fr au – 5:15pm ke a taxi to Tung Ping Ch ferry to your destination. Ferry service hotline Station ta From d Public Pier, Sha , Sunday an Ma Liu Shui on Saturday +852 2272 2022 Tin, and board the Ho li days Territories the Northeast New ferr y to Tung Ping *You can also join e hotline Chau. Ferr y servic Geopark Tour (P.39). +852 2272 2022 Hong Kong global geoparK of cHina 6|7
  5. 5. GeoloGical landscapes 3 Caves RECOMMENDED HikiNg TRails Unusual Sea erosion d s have crafteMaclehose Trail secTions 1 & 2 Wind and wa ve over the year ves along Sa i Kung Penins ula. At the ve a closer unique sea ca Trail, you ha gh Island Geo is only safe end of the Hi a cave. But itMarch Towards a Marvellous World of Rocks lo ok at th e entrance of r enter the ca ve or stance – neve to vi ew from a di ck cliffs.Winding round the Sai Kung Peninsula, the MacLehose Trail Sections 1 and 2 is theperfect route to browse the amazing hexagonal volcanic columns of High Island. climb the ro co lumnsThe route also passes two of Hong Kong’s ‘10 Best Scenic Sites’, the High Island Hexagonal rock mbling a ‘petrified waterfall’Reservoir and Long Ke Wan. ese co lumns rese Wan have exist ed Th d Sai m, Long Ke an in the East Da ns of years. Th ey were of millio ture of for hundreds ntracting mixSection 1 of the MacLehose Trail follows the lower half of the Sai Kung East Country ing and coPark, passing through both the West Dam and East Dam of the High Island Reservoir. form ed by the co ol anic ash. Later, violent bris and vo lc s andMost of the route consists of flat roads and concrete paths. lava, rock de existing tw ist t created the e crus tal movemen ’ is best vi ewed from th fo lds. This ‘natural fresco East Dam. rdam Bizarre Coffe erdam of do losse protects An EastDam coff of lentless force t from the re Sai Kung’s coas e East Dam 00 do losse, th the ocean. With 70 the ocean. On ‘Great Wall’ in 2 lo oks like a giant do los e East Dam, a th e trail near th o died during A Scenic Reserv the workers wh oir commemorates nd Reservoir.1 n of High Isla From the dams of Hig h Island the constructio Pak Tam Chung take in the pano Reservoir, Starting Po int - and coasts. Built ramic view of mo untains Po Pi n Chau the East Dam, from 1971 to 19 h Island facing reservoir has a 79, the East of the Hig s chopped off capacity of 280 oks like it wa surpassing any million m2, Po Pin Chau lo by a giant axe. It other in the cit e adjacent rock November 2009, y. Since from th rt of Hig h Isla nd, but iso lated it has been liste was actually pa ves. of the Hong Ko d as part of powerful wa ng Global Geo China, hig hlig hti park of by the chronic erosion d is called a such an islan acid ic rhyo lite ng its sizeable series of Geographically, vo lcanic co lumn ’sea stack’. seen in the world s rarely . 4 Long Ke Wan Wan has r bay, Long Ke A splendi d inne ite ter and wi de wh cr ystal-clear wa hills and capes, 5 between sands. Lying in ck Conic Island blo no isles except the Sai Wan Pavilion g the im mense South End po int - your view facin Ch ina Sea.PhoTos of This TraiL are Provided by hk discovery. MacLehose TraiL secTions 1 & 2 8|9
  6. 6. RECOMMENDED HikiNg TRails cult Fairly Diffi East Dam 3 Reservoir High Island est Dam Starting Po int 2 R eservoir W1 High Island hu ng Pak Tam C End Point 5 ilion4 Sai Wan Pav Long Ke rt ing point To the sta tion Exit C2, ond Hill Sta red MTR Diam us Terminu s.Area cove ict 1. From Sai Kung B rSai Ku ng Distr ta ke bus 92 to Town, take bus 94 fo Then at Sai Kung off at P ak Tam oint Pier and get Starting p Wong Shek hung tion; or, Pak Tam C Chung Sta ier (this ong Shek P take bu s 96R for W n Sundays and End point n Pavilion) operates o Au (Sai Wa route only MTR Diam ond Hill Chui Tung lidays) from off at Pak Tam public ho et iking time t C2 and g Average h rs Station Exi hou Chung S tation. Approx. 7 ely Alternativ la za B u s Distance e w To w n P 4km F ro m S h a T in N to Sai Kung Bus Approx. 1 ke bus 299 ke ns Terminus, ta at Sai Ku ng Town, ta ing statio r th e Pak Tam inus. Then d get off Replenish t kiosk nea Term Wong Shek n. Pier an refreshmen bus 94 for There is a ung Statio ing Area. at Pak Tam Ch Chung Park Pak Tam the bus at 2. After getting off d the Pak Ta m n, you’ll fin i C hung Statio G a te . Wa lk a lo n g Ta Chung B a rr ie r minutes to the Road for 5 Mong Tsai the trail. int of starting po end point From the xi back a green ta minibus or Take NR29 g Town. un to the Sai K available to transport is From h ere, public ations. other destin 10 | 11
  7. 7. COAsTAL TRAIL recoMMenDeD HiKing Trails MACLeHOse TRAIL seCTION 2 3 (TAI LONg wAN) Ham Tin Wan Ham Tin Beach is a e Overlo oking th bridge crossin g plank Beaches and Peaks on the Sai Kung Peninsula rickety single- s. Enjoy a stream on the sand dune idge Walking Section 2 of the MacLehose Trail, you’ll be treated to views of scenic a vi ews on the br village and se ing in the people com as you avoi d coastline, mangroves and a chain of some of the most beautiful beaches in Hong Kong. White sands, emerald and blue waters are all tempting diversions for hikers in other direction! need of a refreshing dip. Tai Long Wan, literally ‘Big Wave Bay’, has four beaches, all looking east to the 4 surging Pacific Ocean. Tai Long Au throug h Tai Long ss You must pa one up Sharp Peak – Au to climb ng Kong. Ev en st in Ho of the steepe im b, the out on the cl if you w imp of Ham Tai Long Au views from are still d Sharp Peak Tin Beach an . breathtaking 1 Starting po int - Sai Wan Pavilion 5 2 Chui Chek Keng lage in an Sai Wan Sai Wan Pavilion, pass beach Chek Keng is a 200-year old vil are several ing at Wan, a i Kung. There art St Saifor inner gulf of Sa ow ing near the and head d surfers. There Tung Au hikers an to o. kinds of mangroves gr ed by lar w ith ries here which are inhabit popu all eate shallow waters, d mu dskippers. are a nu mber of sm abs an pHotos of tHis trail are provided by HK discovery. lively fiddler crHiking Tips Jan Chan Seasoned Hiker Founder of green company HK Discovery, Jan leads expeditions to such challenging environments as the Arctic, the Antarctic, Kenya and Borneo with his Mighty Rovers project. In Hong Kong, he operates over a hundred eco-tours yearly and hosted his own radio programme 6 Pak Tam Au about ecotourism. ds cLehose Trail en The path via Tai Long Sai Wan has soft soil that ction 2 of the Ma This is where Se er with the near by favours the growth of numerous Chinese herbs. The gins. Togeth and Section 3 be eal spot for ca mping and most famous ones are China root and False Pineapple Tun this is an id ct of (Pandanus tectorius) – nicknamed after its funny Ngau Wu also comman ds a fine prospe orienteering. It Pier below. shape and bright colour. (As tempting as these herbs d the Wong Shek Ko Tong Hau an might look, please only take photos away with you.) macleHose trail section 2 (tai long Wan) 12 | 13
  8. 8. recoMMenDeD HiKing Trails cu lt Fairly Diffi 5 4 u Chek Keng 3 an Tai Long A Starting Po int 2 Ham Tin W Sai Wan1 vilion Sai Wan Pa End Point6 u Pak Tam A t rting poin tation Exit C2, To the sta mond Hill S 1. From MTR Dia ng Bus Terminus; red 2 to Sai KuArea cove ict take bus 9Sai Ku ng Distr or, rminus, Plaza Bus Te us. from Sha Tin New Town in oint ng Bus Term Starting p avilion) 9 to Sai Ku (Sai Wan P take bus 29 Sai Wan Ch ui Tung Au taxi to the e a green 2. Then tak r, End point Pavilion; o e McDona ld’s), u wn (outsid n Pak Tam A at Sai Kung To us to Sai Wan Pavilio take N R29 minib iking time inutes ride ). Average h rs (about 35 m hou Approx. 7 end point s Terminus From the ai Kung Bu Distance Take bus 94 to the S the Sai Ku ng xi back to 11km or take a green ta ing statio ns e Town. Replenish m Tin Villag sport is ava ilable to an and Ha public tran Eateries in Sai W , From here ations. other destin 14 | 15
  9. 9. URBAN LANDsCApes recoMMenDeD HiKing Trails DRAgON’s BACK Best Urban Hiking Experience in Asia Not only does the Dragon’s Back score high for cool hiking trail names, it was also voted the ‘Best Urban Hiking Trail in Asia’ by Time (Asia Ed.) in 2004. A short hop from the bustle of Hong Kong East, the trail provides stunning views of Shek O, Tai Long Wan, Stanley, Tai Tam, and the South China Sea. 3 Park Shek O Countr y country park was 1 n oasis, this An urba e 93 and has thre Shek O Road established in 19 ction Starting po int - ng Kong Trail Se 2 hiking routes: Ho Village ck) and near To Tei Wan 7, Section 8 (Dra gon’s Ba tinger untry Trail (Pot Po ttinger Peak Co ad). The rare Shek O Peak eeing Gap to Cap Co llinson Ro the hilltop sig hts s the forests he re. At 284m hig h, is the perfect barking deer roam ek O Peak platfor m on Sh breath while plac e to catch your Shek O, Tai 4 enjoying th e panorama of nd. even Tung Lung Isla Long Wan and Tai Long Wan g Kong Another ’Big Wave Bay‘ on Hon Island. In the sum mer, this makes a ck the Dragon’s Ba hiking and High Energy on all mountain gap goo d excuse to pack in the bstructed bay, waves People come to a sm s go for a dip. An uno fly kite all seasons, Dragon’s Back to reach several metres high in hig h up on the er the great blue yond making this a surf er haunt. You can also or jump off into s. with paraglid in g wings. fuel up at nearby outdoor cafe pHotos of tHis trail are provided by HK discovery.Hiking Tips Jan Chan Seasoned Hiker Info l Trai As the Dragon’s Back is an exposed trail that runs me along a mountain ridge, remember to protect got its na rag on’s Back nnecting Wan yourself from UV rays, even on dull days and How the D ack is a path co 84m), The Drago n’s B O Peak (2 and Shek sula. in the cooler seasons. For example, a hiker’s cap an (226m) ilar Penin Cham Sh ver D’Agu ve rtically o ese hilltops, with a neck flap will keep you protected, cool stretching between th undulates dragon’s and comfortable. The path ape of a of the sh reminiscent backbone. dragon’s bacK 16 | 17
  10. 10. recoMMenDeD HiKing Trails End Point Easy 4 an 3 Tai Long W ap 2 Pottinger G ack Starting Po int ge Dragon’s B i Wan Villa1 d near To Te Shek O Roa rt ing point To the sta ke Exit A3, ta an Station i red Shau Kei W us Terminus to To TeArea cove ict From MTR ei Wan B Distr hau KSouthern bus 9 at S Road. W an, Shek O oint an Village Starting p ar To Tei W point O Road ne end Shek From the O. an to Shek Tai Long W O Road back to End point 1. Walk from ek bus 9 at Sh Tai Long W an 2. Then take n Bus Terminus. a Shau Kei W r iking time ble to othe Average h ort is availa pu blic transp About 5 ho urs From here, s. destination Distance 8.5km ns ng the ing statio station alo at a Replenish lenishing no rep d water There is ith food an i ock up w in Shau Ke way, so st r convenience store superma rket o t. starting ou Wan before 18 | 19

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