Wild About Hong Kong

Hiking, birding, wildlife, conservation, environmental issues and more….

places and trails

Hiking a South Lamma Circuit – akin to far-flung New Territories

Hiking a South Lamma Circuit – akin to far-flung New Territories

While Sok Kwu Wan is familiar as a coastal village dominated by seafood restaurants, it’s also a good starting place for an easy hike to explore the relatively little visited,…

Ma On Shan – Ascent of Saddleback Mountain

Ma On Shan – Ascent of Saddleback Mountain

Soaring above the new town that bears its name, Ma On Shan – Horse Saddle Mountain – is among Hong Kong’s most distinctive and highest peaks. And while also near the…

Lai Chi Wo and Double Haven: Searching for Sustainable Tourism in Hong Kong Geopark

Lai Chi Wo and Double Haven: Searching for Sustainable Tourism in Hong Kong Geopark

Double Haven is among the most beautiful areas in Hong Kong, and a ferry ride through here to the village of Lai Chi Wo on the west shore makes for…

Hoi Ha Wan and Pak Sha O

Hoi Ha Wan and Pak Sha O

Early on a fine summer morning, Hoi Ha Wan – “Bay Beneath the Sea” – seems wonderfully serene, with the calm waters reflecting Hoi Ha village’s cluster of pale, three-storey…

activities

Cycling From Tai Po Market to Tai Mei Tuk on Rented Bikes

Cycling From Tai Po Market to Tai Mei Tuk on Rented Bikes

Especially while government sports centres are closed, one of the best ways of getting some outdoor exercise is to get on a bicycle, and ride away some of those coronavirus…

Hong Kong Forest Trails for Tranquillity and Wildlife Watching

Hong Kong Forest Trails for Tranquillity and Wildlife Watching

In this year that’s remarkable in Hong Kong for too many of the wrong reasons, it’s surely vital to try and find at least some brief escape from the perils…

Cheung Chau PhotoExplorer

Cheung Chau PhotoExplorer

On the Cheung Chau PhotoExplorer, resident and expert photographer Martin Williams will guide you around the village, along coastal trails, and to side trails even few locals know. Cheung Chau…

Day of Being Wild – East Coast to High West on Hong Kong Island

Day of Being Wild – East Coast to High West on Hong Kong Island

Shek O: Pure Morning Early on a clear summer morning, from a vantage atop Tai Tau Chau – an islet by Shek O, you can fully appreciate Hong Kong’s superb…

Wildlife

Birds of Shui Hau on Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Birds of Shui Hau on Lantau Island, Hong Kong

In his book The Seashore Ecology of Hong Kong (co-authored with John Morton), Brian Morton – dubbed the father of marine ecology conservation in Hong Kong – wrote: Of all soft inter-tidal shores these are the richest in life; and…

Birds of Windy Gap and Lion Head Mountain on Lantau, Hong Kong

Birds of Windy Gap and Lion Head Mountain on Lantau, Hong Kong

This spring (2022), thanks to birding naturalist Paul Aston, I helped discover that the hills near Ngong Ping on Lantau island are good places for observing migrating birds of prey – especially Grey-faced Buzzards and Chinese Sparrowhawks, along with seeing…

Spring Migration of Grey-faced Buzzards and Chinese Sparrowhawks in Hong Kong

Spring Migration of Grey-faced Buzzards and Chinese Sparrowhawks in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is usually a poor place for seeing migrating birds of prey; on many days, you might be hard-pressed to see even one passing over. But on some days – and perhaps not every year, two species can be…

Threats and changes to Hong Kong insect populations

Threats and changes to Hong Kong insect populations

While there’s no apocalypse now in Hong Kong’s insect world, threats and changes are cause for concern – including for us humans It’s nightfall on a grey, gloomy day, at a car park amidst woodland in Hong Kong’s central New…

Birdwatching Close to Home – in Your Hong Kong Local Patch

Birdwatching Close to Home – in Your Hong Kong Local Patch

Over 500 species of birds have been recorded in Hong Kong, which is around five percent of all the world’s bird species – a remarkable figure that partly reflects the sub-tropical climate, setting on the south China coast, and the…

Era of the Pig – Boom Times for Hong Kong’s Wild Boar

Era of the Pig – Boom Times for Hong Kong’s Wild Boar

If you visit the Hong Kong countryside on the edge of the city nowadays, you might come across something that would have seemed remarkable 12 years ago, as the previous Year of the Pig began: a wild boar, or even…