Because most Hong Kong hikes tend to head straight up a mountain with steep stairs, it’s a rare occurrence to find a flat, easy trail. But that’s what the Fung Hang Family Walk in northern New Territories is. Not only that, but this dog-friendly hike has beautiful views of Starling Inlet and the Yantian District of Shenzhen. It’s a perfect way for the whole family to enjoy some time in nature.
As other countries return to a semblance of normal, Hong Kong’s quarantine policies continue making it onerous to travel to the city. Recently returned to Hong Kong from the U.S., I’m in my third week of a 21-day hotel quarantine. So, it’s the perfect time to share a detailed look into my travel and quarantine experience with helpful tips and lessons learned along the way.
Nestled in the cozy Hebe Haven, or Pak Sha Wan, neighborhood of Hong Kong with a stunning waterfront location, The Pier Hotel is an excellent place to relax for a couple days. Nearby to hiking trails, beaches, plus delicious restaurants in Sai Kung Town, you can have a quiet getaway without sacrificing comfort. In this article, I’ll review our recent stay at The Pier Hotel so you can see what it’s like to stay there.
The Tai Tan Country Trail in Sai Kung’s West Country Park is a gorgeous, easy hike that’s perfect for summer. With stunning views of turquoise waters and the verdant green hills of Sai Kung, this hike highlights Hong Kong’s incredible natural beauty. Although best enjoyed on a sunny day, we hiked it during our recent rainy staycation in Sai Kung. In spite of the rain, it was a beautiful hike that I’ll share with you, plus provide tips for hiking it in wet conditions.
With its fishing villages, lush green parks full of hiking trails, and pristine beaches, Sai Kung is a world away from Central Hong Kong. As a result, it’s a perfect spot for Hong Kong residents and visitors alike to get outside the urban core and discover some of Hong Kong’s hidden gems. In this 3-day itinerary, I’ll show you what to do and where to eat in Sai Kung to have a fun-filled trip!
On the western end of Hong Kong Island, Kennedy Town is a vibrant, seaside neighborhood with great coffee shops, parks, and delicious food. Convenient to central Hong Kong, it’s a great place to live or just explore for a day. In this neighborhood guide, I’ll show you what you should do to make the most of one day in Kennedy Town. Plus, share my favorite places to eat and drink in K-Town!
Despite living in Hong Kong for three years, I’d never really explored the Tseung Kwan O area until last month. Tseung Kwan O (abbreviated TKO) is one of nine new towns built on reclaimed land in the northern part of Junk Bay in southeastern New Territories. Upon first glance, it’s just a bunch of tall skyscrapers built upon a spiderweb of shopping malls. But after living in Tseung Kwan O for a month, I found a wealth of fun things to do which I believe make this Hong Kong neighborhood worth a visit!
The Sunset Peak hike from Tung Chung Station to Pak Kung Au is a challenging trail which takes you up into Lantau Island’s rolling hills and past several beautiful peaks. As you climb, you’ll have incredible 360-degree views, including Hong Kong International Airport, nearby islands, and the sea. Use this hiking guide for tips on how to climb Hong Kong’s third-highest peak!
Climbing Ma On Shan peak is a fantastic challenge for hikers in Hong Kong. An adventurous, steep, rocky trail with stunning 360-degree views from several peaks, this trail will get your heart racing! In this guide, I’ll show you how to hike from Ma On Shan to Sai Kung by way of two notable Hong Kong peaks – the Hunch Backs and Ma On Shan.
As the days grew colder in Hong Kong, I knew it was time to hike one of those tall peaks in New Territories. So a couple days before the new year, we set out to tackle Tai Mo Shan – the tallest peak in Hong Kong! A steep climb, incredible views, and LOTS of wind – climbing Tai Mo Shan is certainly an adventure. In this guide, I’ll share our route and other tips for hiking this epic Hong Kong trail.
The Lion Rock hike is famous in Hong Kong for the incredible views you’ll find atop the steep rocky cliffs which from afar resemble a lion. On a clear day, you’ll be amazed at the panoramic views of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island from this picturesque trail. In this hiking guide, I’ll show you how to hike up Lion Rock then continue along the trail to Beacon Hill.
Hiking on the High Junk Peak Country Trail in Clear Water Bay, you’ll experience a picturesque trail offering incredible 360-degree views of the sea as well as Hong Kong’s eastern neighborhoods. Due to a steep climb up High Junk Peak, it can be a challenging hike. However, give it a try and I think you’ll agree that it’s well worth the effort! Follow this guide for my tips on hiking to High Junk Peak as well as how to get to the trailhead in Clear Water Bay Country Park.
Since the end of 2020 is drawing near and international travel still seems like a distant dream, another staycation treat in Hong Kong was in order. For our second staycation, my friend and I chose The Peninsula Hong Kong. This historic hotel on the Kowloon Peninsula is known for its colonial elegance and luxury. Combine that with an incredible staycation + dining package deal and we couldn’t resist! In this post, I’ll share my staycation experience and overall review of The Peninsula Hong Kong.
A challenging trail with stunning views, the hike from Discovery Bay to Mui Wo on the Lo Fu Tau Country Trail is a Lantau Island gem. Connecting two of Lantau’s eastern towns, this trail takes you up into the mountains and provides 360-degree views of the South China Sea and Hong Kong. In this guide, I’ll show you the route we took for this amazing Hong Kong hike.
Despite living in Hong Kong for almost three years, until recently, I still hadn’t been to the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Sha Tin. A few weeks ago, Jeremy and I decided to fix that and take a day trip up to Sha Tin to explore. In this post, I’ll share our day trip itinerary, as well as what to expect when visiting the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery.
Despite being a large, modern city, Singapore offers a wide variety of activities for an outdoor lover. From nature parks to interesting street art to open-air hawker centres, you can easily fill your days in Singapore’s steamy, tropical outdoors.
As 2020 crawls along, the coronavirus continues to make international travel difficult. If you’re used to traveling frequently, you probably agree with me that it’s been strange to be stuck at home for so long. A couple weeks ago, a friend and I decided to break out of our routines with a staycation at the Mandarin Oriental in Central Hong Kong! I’ll share our experience so you can decide whether this is a treat you’d like to try for yourself!
If you’re feeling restless to travel and dreaming about all the places you want to go next – you’re not alone. But since I’m grounded for the moment, I’ve been looking back at previous trips, reliving some fun memories. In doing so, I’ve compiled a list of memorable activities from my travels around Asia that I’d recommend for visitors. If you’re already thinking about your next trip to Asia, perhaps you’ll be inspired to add some of these memorable activities to your bucket list for future travels!
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!
Hiking from High Island Reservoir East Dam to Sai Wan Beach is an awesome workout in nature so pristine that you’ll wonder how you can still be in Hong Kong. With sweeping views of the High Island Reservoir, the South China Sea, and the hills of Sai Kung’s East Country Park, you’ll have plenty to admire as you make your way over the sun-drenched trail. Follow my hiking guide for tips on how to have the best day on this beautiful Hong Kong hike!
What better way to end the week than with a local craft beer? This past Friday, I decided to visit Moonzen Brewery in Kwun Tong, a neighborhood on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong. For craft beer lovers, this is the perfect spot to spend the evening catching up with friends while sampling a variety of Moonzen’s delicious brews! In this post, I’ll show you how to get there and give you a few tips on visiting the brewery.
Vibrant and colorful, George Town, Penang is a city with a multicultural heritage and laid-back vibe that is sure to charm you. Exploring George Town, I was hooked by the colorful street art and historic buildings. Plus, its plentiful street food and hawker centers means you can always find something delicious to eat!
The Chi Ma Wan Peninsula on the southeastern side of Lantau Island has roughly 18 km of hiking trails on it and provides a nice escape from Hong Kong Island. Though some could probably hike that in one day, we chose to hike a shorter loop trail instead. In this hiking guide, I’ll be sharing our ~6.5 km (4 mi) loop hike on the Chi Ma Wan Peninsula.
The Ling Kok Shan loop hike from Sok Kwu Wan is a perfect afternoon hike on Lamma Island. With beautiful views and interesting rock formations along the way, it’s a lovely way to work off that big seafood lunch! Or, just to work up a sweat before relaxing on a secluded beach. Come with me and I’ll show you how to get to Ling Kok Shan and what to expect on this gorgeous hike!
Sitting here on this overcast Saturday in my apartment in Hong Kong, I can’t help but reflect on this past month – surely one of the craziest of my life. Currently I’m on day 3 of my compulsory COVID-19 home quarantine. I’m wearing a wristband to track my location and I’m not allowed to leave my apartment. It’s a weird feeling.
Unspoiled and remote Ham Tin Beach in Sai Kung is a great escape from the crowds in Hong Kong. Hike through green hills with views of bright turquoise waters, then end on a pristine beach to relax. This guide will show you how to hike to Ham Tin Beach and includes tips for how to get out to Sai Kung East Country Park.