Huge update: Hong Kong Pathfinder is no more; superseded by The 25 Best Day Walks in Hong Kong.
For info on this fully updated book, packed with photos and from a new publisher – John Beaufoy Publishing – please check out The 25 Best Day Walks in Hong Kong.
While for info from yesteryear, here’s a press release I drafted:
Asia 2000 announces the publication of the eighth edition of one of Hong Kong’s most successful guidebooks: Hong Kong Pathfinder: 24 day-walks in Hong Kong.
“We believe this is the best-selling [English language] Hong Kong hiking guide ever,” says Asia 2000 director Mike Morrow. “It was first published in 1995, yet remains popular because it covers routes to suit all hikers – whether they want to stroll short, easy trails, or tackle more challenging itineraries. We’ve kept it up-to-date, by revising information on transport and trails, as well as expanding route descriptions, and adding new places and new walks.”
New to this edition is Po Toi Island. “It’s only a small island, and I first knew little but the seafood restaurants popular with junk parties,” says Hong Kong Pathfinder author and photographer Dr Martin Williams. “But when I returned to explore, I found there are some excellent hill and coastal trails, with a wonderful wild headland at the southern tip. This is typical of Hong Kong – there are surprises in store throughout the territory.”
Hong Kong Pathfinder introduces people to a host of other places that might surprise even long-term residents. These include the lovely beaches at Sai Kung’s Tai Long Wan; hilltops overlooking the city to the north, green hills to the south; waterfalls in a wooded ravine on the slopes of Tai Mo Shan; a Chinese landscaped garden in Lantau’s hills; old villages near Tai Po; and coastal paths and naturally sculpted rocks on Cheung Chau.
The 24 itineraries range from Fan Lau in southwest Hong Kong to Tung Ping Chau in the northeast, with routes that wind alongside inlets and reservoirs and climb peaks including Lion Rock and Ma On Shan.
Williams is a writer and photographer specialising in wildlife and conservation who has lived in Hong Kong for 18 years, and promotes local ecotourism, including through his Hong Kong Outdoors website. “I hope this new edition of Hong Kong Pathfinder will also help to encourage both residents and overseas visitors to explore beyond the city,” he says. “Then, more people will be encouraged to help protect rural areas, ensuring we can continue to enjoy Hong Kong’s wild side.”
Hong Kong Pathfinder is available in several local bookshops, and can be ordered online.