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places and trails

Lantau Island Hikes for All Seasons

Lantau Island Hikes for All Seasons

Lantau Peak There’s a steep trail with flights of rough rock steps to the summit of Lantau Peak, at 934 metres Hong Kong’s second highest peak, and highest on Lantau…

Sham Chung – curiouser and curiouser

Sham Chung – curiouser and curiouser

With its traditional hamlets, old woods, setting in a basin ringed by hills within Sai Kung Country Park, Sham Chung should be one of the jewels in the crown of…

Step Right Down to Big Wave Bay beach

Step Right Down to Big Wave Bay beach

Think of beaches on Hong Kong Island, and I guess you first picture beaches with main roads right beside them – Repulse Bay, Deep Water Bay, even Stanley. They’re fine…

Tung Ping Chau beach

Tung Ping Chau beach

Though it doesn’t boast Hong Kong’s best beach, Tung Ping Chau is a place where you can sometimes stroll the sand and feel almost like Robinson Crusoe – though you…

activities

Five Fun Family Friendly Outings in Hong Kong Wild Side

Five Fun Family Friendly Outings in Hong Kong Wild Side

Everyone – whether in families or singletons – owes it to themselves to head out and make the most of what Hong Kong’s wonderful wilder side has to offer. Some…

Camping and campsites in Hong Kong

Camping and campsites in Hong Kong

While day and evening trips to the Hong Kong countryside are rewarding, a whole new experience awaits if you’re willing to camp. Pampered Campers n Trampers Minus Hampers While day…

Five Winter Warmers

With respite from Hong Kong’s summer heat and humidity, winter is great for hiking Jungle Jaunt: Tai Po Kau to Shing Mun Why The most extensive woodland in Hong Kong,…

Hong Kong Night Hiking is Far More Than a Walk in the Dark

As increasing numbers of people are discovering, night hiking may seem a little spooky, but there are rewards a-plenty, including tranquillity, scintillating scenes, respite from daytime heat, fitting in with…

Wildlife

Spectacular Swallowtails, Flying Tigers and Archdukes Arriving – Hong Kong Butterflies

Spectacular Swallowtails, Flying Tigers and Archdukes Arriving – Hong Kong Butterflies

If you happen upon a patch of brightly coloured flowers in a Hong Kong urban or country park, you may find they are also attracting brightly coloured butterflies. Chances are, these are swallowtails or close relatives, which include the largest…

Hong Kong’s Enigmatic Porpoises: Finless, and Almost Friendless

Hong Kong’s Enigmatic Porpoises: Finless, and Almost Friendless

As we (four researchers plus me) cruise the waters south of Lantau, scanning the sea for life but finding nothing other than occasional parties of gulls, Naomi Brannan chats matter of factly about her research work, and the current mission.…

Hong Kong Birds on Flights to Oblivion

Hong Kong Birds on Flights to Oblivion

Like canaries in a coal mine, endangered species are signs of danger facing planet earth, our life support system Perhaps for many people, learning of endangered species involves wildlife that lives “out there” somewhere – like giant pandas in bamboo…

Death in Stanley – Hong Kong’s Last South China Tiger

Death in Stanley – Hong Kong’s Last South China Tiger

Hong Kong’s last tiger was shot in Stanley, in 1942; prior to which this now extinct sub-species had become an occasional visitor to the territory. Though surely extinct in the wild now, South China Tigers were formerly widespread across southern…

Hong Kong’s Magnificent Six Wildlife Species – Ambassadors for the Wild

Hong Kong’s Magnificent Six Wildlife Species – Ambassadors for the Wild

Set on the coast of sub-tropical south China, Hong Kong is home to a wealth of wildlife, which is all the more astonishing for a place known mainly as a metropolis. With freshwater wetlands, hill forests and streams on hills,…

Red Tides n Sea Sparkle n the Mad Megalopolis

Red Tides n Sea Sparkle n the Mad Megalopolis

The end of November 2014 saw areas of inshore waters across Hong Kong and east Shenzhen turn improbably colourful thanks to extensive red tides. Night-time scenes were even more arresting, as seawater stirred by ferries or thrown stones flashed blue-green…