Whether you are a beginner or regular – there’s always a route for those who likes to hike! With all the hiking routes spread all over Hong Kong, we are about to tell you the Top 5 Routes that might of your interest specifically on the Hong Kong Island side. Nothing too hardcore – most of the routes are suitable for those who rarely exercise (guilty as charged!) So if you are trying to be healthy by summer, read on and start prepping!
- To Tei Wan – Tai Tam Reservoir
- Siu Sai Wan – Big Wave Bay
- Pok Fu Lam Reservoir – The Peak
- Aberdeen Reservoir – Peel Rise
- Wong Nai Chung Reservoir – Stanley
To Tei Wan – Tai Tam Reservoir
Level 1 out of 5 (2.5 hours for 7.5 km)
If you don’t hike often, we strongly recommend you to try this route as it is all flat with only very little slopes. Take Bus No. 9 running between Shau Kei Wan and Shek O to get to the starting point. You start along the coast of To Tei Wan then walk your way to Tai Tam along the river. If you go in summer, you will get to see the breathtaking view of the dam made by the rainfall!
Siu Sai Wan – Big Wave Bay
Level 1 out of 5 (1.5 hours for 4.5 km)
Suitable for all ages – plan a trip during the weekends with your family and spend a day in the woods and the water! This 1.5 hour walk will lead you to a Big Wave Bay, passing through Leaping Dragon Paradise and Pottinger Peak. You can take Bus No. 314 starting from Stanley, or 788 and 789 to the starting point in Siu Sai Wan. Don’t forget your bathing suit so you can spend the afternoon on the beach as a reward of finishing the hike!
Pok Fu Lam Reservoir – The Peak
Level 2 out of 5 (1 hour for 3.5 km)
This easy route will only take you around an hour. Take bus No. 22 from Central pier to Pok Fu Lam Reservoir then start hiking all the way to the Peak along the side of the reservoir. Expect a spectacular view of the Victoria Harbour – that is, of course, if you make you way to the Peak! Even though it is a route towards the hill, it is pretty much flat most of the time so you should have no trouble with this easy hike.
Aberdeen Reservoir – Peel Rise
Level 2 out of 5 (3.6 hours for 8 km)
Take minibus no. 4A, 4B, 4C, 35M, or 52 and get off at either right at the reservoir of at the gas station - Hike around Aberdeen, down to the reservoir, then head over to the Hong Kong Trail Section3, which will lead you to Peel Rise. This 8 km route will take you around 3.5 hours and it is suitable for all ages – the location is also close to the city so it would be a great choice to spend half a healthy day on the weekend!
Wong Nai Chung Reservoir – Stanley
Level 3 out of 5 (2.5 hours for 5 km)
Take bus no. 63, 66, 315, 6, 61, 41A, or 76 – get off at the gas station after you have seen the Wong Nai Chung tennis court. Starting from Wong Nai Chung Reservior, you will pass by Violet Hill and The Twins on the way to Stanley. This 5 km long route will take approximately 2.5 hours. We do not recommend beginners to try this one as you will have to pass three hills (that means up and down hill all the way) – we think the experience is totally worth it though because you can overlook the sight of Tai Tam Reservoir, Kowloon, Northern & Southern part of Hong Kong Island and outlying islands, where it's also a famous place for watching Milvus migrans (a kind of eagle) closely in Hong Kong.
Now that you have all the info, it's time to take a hike!
Written by Kelsy Li
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