Articles on places and trails

Places in the wilder side of Hong Kong

Hong Kong Beaches

shek o beach tinyHong Kong is dotted with beaches, some of which are wonderful, and great to head to during the long hot summer.

One-day sightseeing tour of Hong Kong from the Peak to Tai Mo Shan

Whistlestop tour of Hong Kong, focusing on hiking and scenery.

Hong Kong city and country

ma on shanA short summary of Hong Kong tourist attractions including hiking trails, a nature reserve, and islands.

Hong Kong Forests

tai po kauThough there are places where wildlife is on the rebound, none is any more than a shadow of Hong Kong's forests past.

Hong Kong Islands

pui o beach tinyimageExploring Hong Kong's islands, you can stroll along narrow streets, hike trails across hills and headlands, admire waterfalls, and relax on beaches.

Hong Kong Geopark (香港地質公園)

jointed tuffThe Hong Kong Global Geopark comprises eight sites in eastern HK.

Second World War relics in Hong Kong

There are many Second World War relics in Hong Kong, several of which are well worth visiting.

Stanley Market, Hong Kong

Best known for its market, Stanley is a pleasant place for strolling around, with highlights including a temple and a small beach.

The Peak, Hong Kong Island (太平山)

high west view to eastVictoria Peak is a great place to walk paths with fabulous views.

Dragon's Back to Big Wave Bay, Hong Kong Island

big wave bayBig Wave Bay is on the relatively wild, east coast of Hong Kong Island, below Dragon's Back.

Wong Nai Chung Gap Trail, HK Island

pillboxesThe Wong Nai Chung Gap Trail is Hong Kong's only battlefield trail.

Kowloon Park (九龍公園)

Kowloon Park (九龍公園) makes for a pleasant green escape from the city streets.

Zoological and Botanical Gardens

The Zoological and Botanical Gardens is one of the loveliest outdoor places within urban Hong Kong.

Kadoorie Farm, New Territories

leopard cat mini imageIf you like scenery, wildlife, and plants, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (嘉道理農場暨植物園) should be high on your list of places to visit.

Tai Long Wan Sai Kung

tai wanTai Long Wan, on the east coast of the Sai Kung Peninsula, has white sand beaches flanked by rugged headlands.

Ng Tung Chai waterfalls

ng tung chaiNg Tung Chai has a series of waterfalls plunging down the north slopes of Tai Mo Shan.

Tai Mo Shan

tai mo shanHong Kong's highest mountain, Tai Mo Shan, dominates the central New Territories.

Tai Fu Tai Mansion (大夫第)

tai fu taiTai Fu Tai Mansion (大夫第) was probably built in around 1870.

Scenic Shalotung

shalotungSha Lo Tung is a wonderfully tranquil, beautiful place.

Kowloon Hills by taxi

kowloon hillsA narrow road leads up the Kowloon Hills, passing close by Kowloon Peak.

Buffalo Hill

view from buffalo hillViews from Buffalo Hill recall parts of the Scottish Highlands.

Kam Shan

smugglers ridgeA walk over Smuggler's Ridge passes Shing Mun Redoubt - one of Hong Kong's main Second World War relics.

Mau Ping

mau ping trailAn excellent hike from Sai Kung passes the abandoned village of Mau Ping.

Hoi Han Wan (海下灣)

Hoi Ha Wan (海下灣) is one of Hong Kong's best places for hard corals.

Lai Chi Wo (荔枝窩)

lai chi wo thumbThe northeast New Territories encompasses some of Hong Kong's wildest landscapes.

Tai Po Kau Forest

tai po kauThe Tai Po Kau (大埔滘) Nature Reserve is a splendid example of reforestation.

Northeast New Territories Tour

kat oThe Northeast New Territories Island Hopping Tour includes some otherwise hard to reach places.

Hong Kong Wetland Park

wetland park arcticHong Kong Wetland Park is a curious place - habitats small and visitor centre immense.

Ping Shan Trail

Tin Shui Wai station is the starting point of a fine heritage trail, with HK's only historic pagoda.

Clear Water Bay Peninsula

The hilly Clear Water Bay Peninsula lies between Kowloon and Sai Kung.

Sai Kung Peninsula

tai long wan thumbThe beautiful Sai Kung Peninsula (西貢半島) is larger than Hong Kong Island.

Mai Po Marshes Nature Reserve

mai poAt Mai Po Marshes Nature Reserve you can enjoy impressive wildlife spectacles.

Sam A Tsuen (三椏村)

sam a tsuenSam A Tsuen can be reached by an easy and very pleasant hike.

Nam Sang Wai (南生圍)

nam sang wai thumbNam Sang Wai is part of the Deep Bay wetland.

Sai Kung Threatened Beauty Spots

Sai Kung East Country Park was established in 1978, and protects some of the finest scenery in Hong Kong. You can enjoy vistas and tranquillity that seem far from the madding city. Spend a day here, and you can forget the pressures of work, whether you’re hiking, swimming, surfing, stream scrambling or simply chilling by the beach.

Oh to be in Deep Bay Now That Spring is Here

Deep Bay in northwest Hong Kong is a wetland of international importance, a magnet for migratory waterbirds.

Pak Sha O the Village Where West Saves East

Pak Sha O, a village in the wilds of the Sai Kung Peninsula, seems almost suspended in time.

Ping Shan Heritage Trail at Tin Shui Wai

At Ping Shan, there's a cluster of venerable buildings including two of the grandest ancestral halls and the only ancient pagoda in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Geopark - Realm of the Supervolcano

Hexagonally jointed tuff is the key formation in the Hong Kong Global Geopark, which comprises eight areas in eastern Hong Kong.

Pak Sha O - Hong Kong rural gem

Pak Sha O, a village in the wilds of the Sai Kung Peninsula, seems almost suspended in time.

Revitalising Hong Kong’s Remaining Villages

It may be possible to revitalise Hong Kong villages so they still have rural character and are great places to live – and visit.

Lion Rock w Hong Kong Spirit in the Clouds

Lion Rock is the most iconic peak in Hong Kong.

Pui O, Lantau Island

pui o beachPui O in southeast Lantau has buffaloes, a good beach, and fine scenery.

Cheung Sha beaches, Lantau

cheung shaCheung Sha Wan (長沙灣), Lantau Island, boasts one of Hong Kong's longest beaches.

Ng Yuen (龍仔悟園) Lantau

ng yuenLung Tsai Ng Yuen (龍仔悟園) is a Chinese landscaped garden in southwest Lantau.

Hiking southwest Lantau

southwest LantauSouthwest Lantau boasts some of the finest hiking and scenery in Hong Kong.

Chi Ma Wan Pui O

pui oThere's a pleasant stroll from Chi Ma Wan (芝麻灣) pier to Pui O (貝澳).

Lantau Trail stage4

ngong pingThere is tranquillity to enjoy near Ngong Ping, including along the Lantau Trail.

Tai O, Lantau Island

tai o drying fishTai O  is a good village to explore, on the west coast of Lantau.

Lantau Island, Hong Kong

southwest lantau inc kwun yam templeLantau has been described as, "Hong Kong's biggest and most beautiful island."

Nei Lak Shan Trail, Lantau

skyrailNei Lak Shan Country Trail circuits Nei Lak Shan, above Ngong Ping and the Big Buddha.

Silver Mine Waterfalls at Mui Wo on Lantau Island

silvermine fallThe Silver Mine Waterfall is among the best and most easily reached Hong Kong waterfalls.

Shui Hau n Tong Fuk on Lantau

tong fuk beach tinyimageA trip to the south Lantau coast makes a grand trip on a fine afternoon.

Tai O to Tung Chung, Lantau

tung chung bayThere's a fairly lon but easy coastal walk between Tai O and Tung Chung.

Chi Ma Wan Country Trail on Lantau

The Chi Ma Wan Country Trail loops within the Chi Ma Wan Peninsula, southeast Lantau.

Lantau lowlands

There’s much to see and do on Lantau Island.

Chi Ma Wan Peninsula Coastal and Hill Trails on Lantau

In southeast Lantau, there's an area that's easily overlooked, yet can make for a fine day outing: the Chi Ma Wan Peninsula.

Tung Ping Chau (東平洲)

east tung ping chauTung Ping Chau is set in the east of Mirs Bay.

Po Toi (蒲台島)

po toi viewPo Toi (蒲台島) offers fine hiking, excellent coastal scenery, and is a bird migration hotspot.

Cheung Chau (長洲)

cheung chau beachCheung Chau (長洲) looks tiny on a map yet boasts plenty to see and do in a day.

Lamma Island

Lamma lies just west of Hong Kong Island, and offers a great contrast to the city.

Soko Islands (索罟群島)

tai a chauThe Sokos are a tiny cluster of uninhabited islets south of west Lantau.

Sharp Island (橋咀洲)

sharp islandSharp Island and its neighbours are most popular for swimming at beaches, and snorkelling over coral.

Shek Kwu Chau is a quirky island

shek wu chau statueJust west of Cheung Chau, Shek Kwu Chau (石鼓洲) is one of the quirkier HK islands.

Peng Chau

Peng Chau has echoes of old south China, with paths along coastlines and through farmland.

Tung Ping Chau the Best Flat Island in the World

Look at a map of Hong Kong, and in the northeast corner you should just see Tung Ping Chau – “East Flat Island”, the furthest-flung land in Hong Kong.