10 Gorgeous Hong Kong Hikes for an Outdoor Workout

July 21, 2020


One of the great things about Hong Kong is the abundance of natural beauty and greenery surrounding the city. It makes getting a workout in nature easy! But with all the hiking trails you could explore, it's difficult to choose which one to do. Here's a list of 10 gorgeous hikes that I recommend in Hong Kong for a great workout! 

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Whether you're living in Hong Kong or just visiting for a few days, I highly recommend hitting the trails. Hiking is a great way to get off-the-beaten path in Hong Kong in addition to getting a good workout!

Quick Notes about these Hikes

These 10 gorgeous Hong Kong hikes are listed in order of difficulty - starting with the easiest. My order and rankings are based on my own experience of hiking each trail and might be different for you. 

How is Difficulty Determined?

As a rule, steep uphill sections in the hike tend to increase the "difficulty" rating for me. Alternatively, if the trail is paved and doesn't require scrambling over loose rocks or large boulders, it may receive an "easier" rating. 

As I've hiked year-round in Hong Kong, I've found that the weather and the amount of shade on a trail makes a HUGE difference in how difficult the hike feels.

If it's a hot, humid, and sunny day, almost any hike makes me feel like I'm dying of heat exhaustion. I've tried to separate these factors from my ratings, but they might still play an unconscious part!

Need More Info on these Hikes?

Since I've written full hiking guides for the majority of these hikes, I've included links to the full articles below each hike listed. 

Each hiking guide provides information on getting to the hike, a map with the route I took, and various other tips.

Tips to Keep in Mind for Hiking in Hong Kong

With almost any hike in Hong Kong, it's a good idea to bring lots of water, wear sunscreen and good sneakers, and expect a lot of stairs! 

Tips for Avoiding Crowds while Hiking in Hong Kong

With the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong, gyms are closed again. This means more people out on the trails. Here are a couple tips for avoiding the crowds: 

  • Avoid peak times - Usually the trails are less crowded very early in the morning or at dusk. Some trails even have lights so you could hike them at night.
  • Hike on a weekday - Since we can't travel right now, why not take a weekday off work and go for a hike? The trails are significantly less crowded mid-week!

10 Gorgeous Hikes to Try in Hong Kong

Let's get started with these 10 gorgeous hikes in Hong Kong! Have you tried any of them? Let me know which ones are your favorites in the comments below!

1) Sai Wan Pavilion to Ham Tin Beach

Level of difficulty: Easy

Distance: 5.1 km / 3.2 mi

Total uphill climb: 90 m / 295 ft

Location: Sai Kung East Country Park, New Territories

Highlights: 

  • Incredible views of High Island Reservoir + Tai Long Wan bay 
  • Relatively short hike + mostly downhill
  • Finish at Ham Tin Beach - one of the most beautiful beaches in Hong Kong!

Hiking to Ham Tin Beach from the Sai Wan Pavilion in Sai Kung's East Country Park is an easy and gorgeous hike in Hong Kong. With beautiful views and several beaches along the way, it's a great choice for a hot, summer day!  

High Island Reservoir with teal water and greenery

Views of High Island Reservoir last year - the water is so much higher than it is this year!

This hike begins along the northeastern side of the High Island Reservoir. You'll have views of the stunningly vibrant teal-colored water of the reservoir for the first part of the hike. Then as you crest the hill, you'll begin to see the shimmering sea ahead of you.  

The first beaches you'll encounter are both at Sai Wan Village. For a shorter hike, you could stop your hike here. I recommend continuing on to Ham Tin Beach which is a larger and even more stunning beach.

Ham Tin Beach with aqua blue water, white sandy beach, and green hills

Beautiful Ham Tin Beach

It's just a quick climb up the hill separating the beaches and you'll have lovely 360-degree views the entire way.

**Read the full hiking guide - Hiking to Ham Tin Beach in Sai Kung.

2) Dragon's Back to Big Wave Bay

Level of difficulty: Easy

Distance: 7.6 km / 4.7 mi

Total uphill climb: 360 m / 1180 ft (gradual)

Location: Shek O Country Park, Hong Kong Island

Highlights: 

  • Incredible views of Tai Tam Bay and the South China Sea
  • Gradual uphill sections
  • Finish at Big Wave Bay Beach

Dragon's Back to Big Wave Bay is another perfect summer hike. This hike is extremely popular, in part because it's easier than many Hong Kong trails. It's also relatively convenient to many areas of Hong Kong. And the incredible 360-degree views don't hurt either!

The majority of this trail is flat with a couple gradual uphill sections. As you walk along the ridge - which looks like a Dragon's Back - you'll have gorgeous views on both sides of you. Sometimes you'll also see paragliders taking off from the ridge to sail across the sky.

Shek O Beach with blue water and island off shore

If you want a short hike, you could just hike the ridge portion of the trail. But I recommend continuing on the trail through the forests of Skek O Country Park. Then, finish by climbing steeply downhill to Big Wave Bay Beach where you can cool off and relax. 

**Read the full hiking guide - Dragon's Back to Big Wave Bay.

3) Lung Ha Wan Country Trail

Level of difficulty: Easy

Distance: 2.4 km / 1.5 mi - one-way

Total uphill climb:   

  • 170 m / 558 ft - (steep) one-way starting from southern end
  • 270 m / 886 ft - (gradual) one-way starting from northern end

Location: Clearwater Bay Country Park, Hong Kong Island

Highlights: 

  • Beautiful views of the islands in Sai Kung Bay
  • Interesting rock formations
  • Nearby beaches and kite-flying spots

The Lung Ha Wan Country Trail is a short and picturesque trail that runs the length of Clearwater Bay Country Park. It's another ridgeline trail with lovely, open views on all sides! 

Although the trail itself is relatively short, if you take public transportation, you'll have to walk to the trailhead from the bus stop at Tai Au Mun. If you'd like a shorter hike, I suggest taking a taxi to Clearwater Bay Equestrian Centre to start the hike. This means you'll only have to hike it one-way. 

Hiking the trail from north to south will give you a gradual uphill climb, then a steep downhill climb back to the road. Alternatively, if you hike from south to north, you'll have a tough uphill climb to start so this direction (and if you hike it roundtrip) could be considered moderate. 

becky on rock in Clearwater Bay overlooking blue sea

Bit hazy on the day we hiked this trail so hard to make out the islands behind me!

After you hike this trail, you can make your way down to one of the two beaches at Clearwater Bay to relax and go for a swim. They're located on the southern end of Clearwater Bay Country Park.

**Full hiking guide coming... in the future.

4) Mount Davis Battery

Level of difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Distance: 6.6 km / 4.1 mi

Total uphill climb: 260 m / 853 ft

Location: Kennedy Town, Hong Kong Island

Highlights: 

  • Pretty viewpoint over Lamma Island
  • Gradual uphill with lots of shade and paved road
  • Ruins of Mt. Davis Battery to explore at the top

Since I've hiked up Mount Davis so many times for an outdoor workout, I decided to include it in this list. Because I live in Kennedy Town, it's an easy and convenient way for me to escape into nature!

Getting to the Mount Davis Path from the Kennedy Town MTR is an easy, gradual uphill walk on the sidewalk that runs along Victoria Road.

Once you reach the path, you'll gradually ascend on the heavily forested road. There are also several staircases that lead up to Mount Davis but many are overgrown so I tend to prefer the road.

Lamma Island in blue sea on Mt. Davis hike

Lamma Island viewpoint

As you climb, you'll begin to see old ruins of buildings which were part of the Mount Davis Battery - an important WWII artillery depot for the British armed forces. At the top, you'll find several buildings that are quite fun to explore. 

ruins of Mt Davis with radio tower in background

Even though Mt. Davis Path is technically a road, most days you'll only have a few cars pass you. This tends to be a quieter section of Hong Kong and the wide road makes it easy to avoid getting to close to other hikers.

5) Mui Wo to Pui O Beach

Level of difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 9.1 km / 5.7 mi

Total uphill climb: 290 m / 952 ft

Location: Mui Wo, Lantau South Country Park, Lantau Island

Highlights: 

  • Easy to reach trailhead from the Mui Wo Ferry Pier
  • Gorgeous views from the top of Tai Ngau Wu Peak
  • Finish at Pui O Beach - a large beach with a beachfront restaurant

An easy 50-minute ferry ride from Central Hong Kong, Mui Wo is the jumping off point for this picturesque hike through the Lantau South Country Park. 

The trail begins by hugging the coastline of Silver Mine Bay, then turns inland to head up into the mountains. Although much of the trail is flat, it's peppered with steep staircases which are intense climbs.

mountain view from hiking trail in Hong Kong

When you reach the helipad at the top of Tai Ngau Wu Peak, be sure to cross the field to reach the viewpoint. You'll have a magnificent view of Pui O town and the tall peaks across the valley.

view of Pui O from hike with greenery in foreground

View of Pui O town from Tai Ngau Wu Peak

From Tai Ngau Wu Peak, you'll have a steep downhill climb towards Pui O Beach. And though you can hike this trail in either direction, I recommend hiking from Mui Wo because the climb is more gradual in that direction.

**Read the full hiking guide - Mui Wo to Pui O Beach Hike.

6) Ling Kok Shan / Sok Kwu Wan Loop

Level of difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 5.3 km / 3.3 mi

Total uphill climb: 273 m / 896 ft

Location: Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island

Highlights: 

  • Stunning 360-degree views of Lamma Island and HK Island
  • Interesting rock formations

The Sok Kwu Wan loop trail, or the Ling Kok Shan Hike, is a quite a workout. But as you climb the 1000+ steps to reach the top of Ling Kok Shan, you'll be awed by the views of Hong Kong Island and the South China Sea. 

Becky standing on rock looking out over island and blue water

Because the majority of this hike is a relatively easy walk through the villages of Lamma Island with one steep climb, I've rated this hike as moderate. But the climb up to the summit is intense due to all the steps - especially coming from Mo Tat Wan.

Once you're at the top, spend time admiring the rock formations as there are several unique ones to see. I missed photographing a few of them on my first time hiking up Ling Kok Shan, so I'll have to go back!

poodle rock on lamma island

**Read the full hiking guide - Ling Kok Shan Hike on Lamma Island.

7) Mount High West

Level of difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

Distance: 6.7 km / 4.2 mi

Total uphill climb: 490 m / 1,607 ft

Location: Lung Fu Shan & Pok Fu Lam Country Parks, Hong Kong Island

Highlights: 

  • Incredible 360-degree views of Kowloon, HK Island, Victoria Harbour
  • Waterfall - if it's been raining recently
  • Ruins of Pinewood Battery to explore along the way

Mount High West is one of the tallest peaks on Hong Kong Island and is a short, yet steep climb from Kennedy Town where I live. So if it's a clear day and I'm looking for a challenging outdoor workout - I climb Mt. High West. 

You can reach Mount High West starting from many locations in Central & Western Hong Kong, but I like to start in Lung Fu Shan Country Park. There's plenty of shade and occasional views of Victoria Harbour, Kowloon, and Hong Kong Island.

view of harbor from top of Mount High West

Once you reach the peak, you'll have incredible 360-degree views that are tough to beat! Generally, the temperature at the top of the peak will be much cooler than below and if it's a windy day, you'll have to hang on tight to your camera!

view of Lamma Island and Pok Fu Lam Reservoir from Mount High West

Heading down from Mt. High West, check out some of the other trails in Pok Fu Lam Country Park. Some fun places to explore are the old Pinewood Battery and the Hill Above Belcher's Falls. Only visit the falls if it's been raining recently though as they tend to dry up during dry spells.

**Read the full hiking guide - A Complete Guide to Hiking Mt. High West.

8) High Island Reservoir East Dam to Sai Wan Beach 

Level of difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

Distance: 6.6 km / 3.2 mi

Total uphill climb: 350 m / 1,148 ft

Location: Sai Kung East Country Park, New Territories

Highlights: 

  • Spectacular views of the High Island Reservoir and the South China Sea 
  • Hexagonal rock formations at the East Dam
  • Three beautiful beaches on the hike

The hike from High Island Reservoir East Dam to Sai Wan Beach in Sai Kung is one of the most beautiful hikes I've done in Hong Kong. The trail is full of unobstructed views of the lush green mountains and blue-green sea water. 

Due to its remoteness, this is one of the most difficult hikes to get to from Central Hong Kong. You'll have to leave early to allow enough time to get to the trailhead, enjoy the hike, and leave time for relaxing at the beach.

Starting at the High Island Reservoir East Dam, admire the unique hexagonal rock formations and the stunning teal-colored reservoir as you climb the first hill.

rock formations around the High Island Reservoir

You'll reach the first beach - Long Ke - shortly after you start. If you're hot, take a dip to cool off before beginning the steep climb to Sai Wan Shan - the steepest point of the hike (314 m / 1,030 ft).  As you climb, you'll be rewarded with stunning views, but little shade.

After reaching Sai Wan Shan, you'll gradually descend as you head towards the bay - Tai Long Wan - which has four incredibly lovely beaches.

View of green mountains and sea from trail in Sai Kung

Hard to beat the view of the beaches in Tai Long Wan

Depending on how tired you are, you could hike to any one of those beaches. When we hiked on a hot summer day, I only had enough energy to make it to the first one - Sai Wan Beach. 

9) Chi Ma Wan Peninsula Loop

Level of difficulty: Difficult

Distance: 6.5 km / 4.0 mi  
(9.5 km / 6 mi incl. walk from town)

Total uphill climb: 340 m / 1,115 ft

Location: Chi Ma Wan Peninsula, Lantau Island

Highlights: 

  • Spectacular views from two peaks
  •  Trail is a mix of both shady nature trail and intense peak climb
  • Pui O Beach is nearby so you could end with a swim

The Chi Ma Wan Peninsula on Lantau Island has roughly 18 km (11 mi) of hiking trails covering it. This loop trail is nice way to begin exploring the peninsula and includes spectacular views from two separate peaks.

Since this is a loop hike, you could go in either direction. Because I prefer a more gradual uphill climb, we started on the eastern side of the trail which meant we ended at the Temple Crag. If you're taking public transportation to the hike, you'll also have to get to the trailhead from either Pui O town or Chi Ma Wan Pier.

Pro Tip: Be sure to stay on the hiking trails on the peninsula as there are several mountain bike trails that run through this area as well. These are often wider, have no steps, and are less shady. A wrong turn can add a lot of distance and sun to your hike! 

The first part of this hike is on a nice forested trail which leads to a peaceful irrigation reservoir. Once you reach the Lung Mei statue, you'll begin climbing the first peak - Lo Yan Shan - which is the steepest point on Chi Ma Wan Peninsula. There's not much shade once you start climbing so I recommend wearing sunscreen!

Shap Long Irrigation Reservoir with water and green mountains

Shap Long Irrigation Reservoir

After reaching the top of Lo Yan Shan, you'll descend about 70 m (230 ft), then head right back up to reach the Temple Crag. In my opinion, the views at the Temple Crag are the best of the entire hike! 

view of Pui O Beach from Temple Crag

View of Pui O Beach from Temple Crag

**Read the full hiking guide - Chi Ma Wan Peninsula Hike on Lantau Island.

10) Wong Nai Chung Reservoir to Stanley

Level of difficulty: Difficult

Distance: 5.2 km / 3.3 mi

Total uphill climb: 480 m / 1,575 ft

Location: Tai Tam Country Park, Hong Kong Island

Highlights: 

  • Lovely views of the Tai Tam Reservoir, Repulse Bay, and Stanley
  • Relatively short trail, but an intense workout
  • Finish at Stanley where you have loads of activity options and plenty of buses back to Central

The hike from Wong Nai Chung Reservoir to Stanley is one of the more difficult hikes on Hong Kong Island, in my opinion. With three peaks in a relatively short distance, this is an intense outdoor workout!

Starting at the Wong Nai Chung Reservoir, the first part of the trail is a rather gradual ascent to Violet Hill. As you climb, be sure to look behind you for views of Wan Chai and Kowloon.

view from trail of skyscrapers in Hong Kong

Once you crest the hill, you'll be able to see the beautiful greenery of Tai Tam Country Park and the Tai Tam Reservoir as you descend towards Repulse Bay.   

After crossing Tze Kong Bridge - just above Repulse Bay - you'll begin the steepest part of the hike up to the Twins (221 m up in 650 m / 725 ft up in 0.4 mi). It's a tough climb. At the top, you won't find the best views because too many trees are in the way.

Jeremy on steep steps leading into forest

So many steps!

However, after you pass the second peak, you'll understand why this is such a gorgeous hike. The unobstructed views of Stanley and Tai Tam Bay make up for the lack of views at the top.

views of Stanley and south side peninsula with blue water and islands

If you hike this trail from north to south as we did, you'll be able to admire these incredible views the entire steep climb down into Stanley.

Ready to Choose a Hike?

Hong Kong has so many gorgeous hikes which offer locals and visitors alike a great workout in nature! Hopefully these 10 hikes show you the range of incredible hiking opportunities available and get you started hiking in Hong Kong!

Happy hiking! 


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  • I had no idea Hong Kong had so many amazing hikes to choose from and of course those spectacular views! Wish I’d known when I visited there as I would have definitely checked one out. I’m sure they are being well used these days πŸ˜€

    • Now you’ll just have to come back to Hong Kong, Linda! πŸ˜‰ The trails are certainly popular these days – for those who can withstand the heat – since no one is traveling. Hiking is a great way to “get away” from the city, even though you’re really not that far away!

  • Love that you write about these quieter parts of Hong Kong. The summary box for each hike is so useful too. Really want to get back there again and hit a couple of these trails.

    • Thanks for checking out my post, Steven! I’m glad you enjoyed reading about the hikes and found the quick summaries helpful! I hope that one day you’ll be able to come visit and try some of these hikes. Maybe I’ll have even more Hong Kong hikes up by then!

  • Hard to put my finger on which one I like best. Perhaps the Sak Kwa Wan (did I spell that right) has the finest of the views. And big rocks. That’s always a draw.

    • Completely understand the difficulty in picking a favorite, John! I’ve hiked them all and can’t choose either. Though I loved them all, the location often determines which ones I hike multiple times. And in the summer, how much shade there is! πŸ™‚

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