The 25 Best Day Walks in Hong Kong hiking guidebook
One book to hike them all
Hiking guidebook by Hong Kong Outdoors founder Martin Williams, who has chosen 25 of the best day walks in the Hong Kong countryside. Combining journeys by car or public transport with walking, the trails take you across rugged hills and through forested valleys, past reservoirs and waterfalls, temples and ageing villages, long abandoned forts and lonely islands.
Hong Kong’s hyper dense urban area is matched by areas of great wilderness, villages, mountains and long coastlines. Martin William’s day walks allow you to discover the best Hong Kong has to offer at a moment’s notice, and to return to urban life with renewed vigour and inspiration. With decades of experience wandering the trails and his photographer’s eye for details, the ’25 Best Day Walks in Hong Kong’ is a must-bring guide for your next hike.
Paul Zimmerman, District Councillor and co-founder of Designing Hong Kong
The 25 Best Day Walks in Hong Kong by Dr. Martin Williams is one of those seminal hiking books that I’ve been waiting for. As the founder and organizer one of world’s largest hiking groups, this book helps to expand my knowledge on information previously unknown to me about Hong Kong’s trails. I highly recommend this book to novice as well as experienced hikers or visitors who want to get a taste of what Hong Kong could offer on its heritage and outdoors. Happy Hiking!
Walks cover other islands too - with one each for easily overlooked Po Toi, popular Lamma Island and Cheung Chau, far flung Tung Ping Chau, and compact Peng Chau.
There are five walks on Hong Kong's largest, most beautiful island. Two start at the Ngong Ping plateau, with one dropping down to near the island's north coast, while the other ascends Lantau Peak, then heads for the lower hills in the southwest. A walk leads along Lantau's southwest coast to the almost deserted hamlet of Fan Lau; there are short strolls at the southern and east coasts, and a hike through the hilly southeastern peninsula.
Almost half the walks are in the mainland New Territories, north of Kowloon. One includes a steep climb to the top of the iconic Lion Rock; there's a circuit of nearby Shing Mun Reservoir; a loop through the "jungle" of Tai Po Kau; a walk up Hong Kong's highest mountain, Tai Mo Shan, followed by a ravine and waterfalls; and a visit to the fascinating Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden.
Leaving the central highlands, there's a chance to explore rural heritage, and head to the eastern New Territories, to walk through the Sha Lo Tung basin, hike to the heights of Ma On Shan, stroll the coast by Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park, revel in the beautiful landscape of Tai Long Wan, admire the valleys and waterfalls of Bride’s Pool, and hike to the almost uninhabited coast of northeastern Hong Kong.
Review in the South China Morning Post includes:
"With a modern, colourful and thoughtfully designed layout and sized to fit into the pocket of a backpack, the 160-page guide will appeal to those new to exploring Hong Kong’s wilds and who are looking for a trusty companion on the city’s tried-and-tested walks.
Generously featured throughout the book, Williams’ excellent photographs show the city at its most vibrant, celebrating all manner of creatures and plants, and bringing life to his equally vivid writing."
Published by John Beaufoy Publishing. Available in leading Hong Kong bookstores, including Bookazine; Swindon in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kelly and Walsh in Pacific Place and Landmark; Hong Kong Book Centre on Des Voeux Road Central; the University Bookstore at HKU; Joint Publishing, Chung Hwa Book Co and The Commercial Press stores; and Vibe on Lantau.
Also at online stores, including The Book Depository [no postage charge], such as via this link to The 25 Best Day Walks in Hong Kong.