Hong Kong

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Hong Kong Island from Star Ferry

Hong Kong was a British colony for many years. No surprise, hiking trails have been established here over the decades. And the Hong Kong citizens themselves do enjoy walking, so the tradition lives on. Good news for us!

If your image of Hong Kong is one of skyscrapers only, you're biased. The fact is that, among the densely populated financial centers of Asia, Hong Kong stands out in nature. Main asset of Hong Kong, from our point of view of course, are the Country Parks. These safe havens for nature were established in the seventies by Murray MacLehose, the governor who fought corruption and obstructed democracy. Four main trails, and more smaller trails, explore these Country Parks.

You are never faraway from the large population areas, and still, nature will present itself from the wild side: “hills” up till 1000 meter, beautiful coast line with sea inlets and quiet beaches, forests and shrub lands. Attractive also are the exotic small villages (yes, not far from towering skyscrapers) where you often can find a place to sleep. Hong Kong partially consists of islands, the best known is Hong Kong Island itself, and the largest of them is Lantau.

The four main trails are the Hong Kong Trail (50 km), the MacLehose Trail (100 km), the Wilson Trail (78 km) and the Lantau Trail (70 km). Often, it is possible to divide your trail in neat portions return to your hotel and the bustling city life at night, have a good sleep, and turn back, tidy and well fed, to your last evening's trailhead by public transport. Alternatively, you might enjoy camping in the outdoor. Most villages offer some kind of overnight staying, including temples.

There are many more smaller trails, indicated on the maps. Check out Roz's website (see links section below), if you want to find out more.

Hiking is possible year round, but during the hot season - June till September - you will sweat your bones out, if not washed away already in one of those plunge sessions. Dry weather or pouring rain, do carry lots of water on your hike.

We can recommend Pete Spurrier's guide to the four main trails: “The Serious Hiker's Guide to Hong Kong”, available in the English bookshops. Maps can be purchased from the Map Publication Centers. Best are the excellent Countryside Series, showing the main trails and smaller trails. In the field, the waymarking is up to date.

So, unpack at the airport, jump on the Star Ferry, and take a break halfway your business trip. And if you liked it, pray for the survival of the Country Parks.

Trails

Books

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  • Beijing Walks - Exploring the Heritage
  • Beijing Walks in the Odyssey Guides series; aimed at travellers particularly interested in the culture and history of their destination; the guides focus on the atmosphere, customs, and distinctive character of a country, region or city. As the only English language publisher based in China, Odyssey Guides specialize in Asian destinations,... Read more
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2020
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2020
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The Book Depository
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2014
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2014
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2018
  • The 25 Best Day Walks in Hong Kong
  • A new series of pocket-sized travel guides aimed at first-time travellers featuring an extended introduction to the natural history of the destination. In three parts, the first section describes the major highlights. The second section looks at the significant locations with information for each on plants and animals, cultural sites,... Read more
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  • Insight Guides Explore Shanghai (Travel Guide with Free eBook)
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Stanfords
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  • Hong Kong Insight City Guide SUPERCEDED
  • This brand new edition Insight Guide to Hong Kong features a wealth of inspiring full-colour photography and detailed street atlases. Expert local writers ensure this guide is an inspiring background read, serves as an invaluable, on-the-spot companion and is a superb, visual souvenir of your visit. Hong Kong`s top attractions are identified to... Read more
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  • The Monocle Travel Guide to Hong Kong (Updated Version)
  • A procession through Hong Kong`s outposts of good food, design, retail, and more, this definitive travel guide will make you feel like a local no matter where you are from. Vertigo-inducing skyscrapers that cling to mountainous slopes and busy fishing villages that proudly hold on to their cultural heritage: Hong Kong is more diverse than you`d... Read more
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  • Hong Kong Step by Step Insight Guide SUPERCEDED
  • Take a fresh approach to Hong Kong with this ”Step by Step” guide, part of a brand new, stylishly designed series from Insight Guides. Lavishly illustrated in full colour, this book features 18 irresistible self-guided walks and tours, written by a local expert and packed with great insider tips. Whether you are new to the city or a repeat... Read more
Bol.com
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  • Stories on Silk; A Peek Into China
  • Here is a taste of China, through popular Chinese folk stories and Suzanna Leigh s photos, sketches, and journal entries. Well written and engaging, this little book provides a peek into China outside the tourist path. Read more
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  • Stories on Silk; A Peek Into China
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Insight Guide China (NL) | Cambium
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  • A Mountain in China
  • A Mountain in China is the fascinating account of an English woman s travels to Song Mountain, in Henan Province, China. Part memoir, part travelogue, Veena Schlegel takes us to the heart of what has made this mountain a place of pilgrimage for millenia. The peaks and valleys of Song Mountain gave refuge to Taoist mystics long before it became... Read more
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  • A Mountain in China
  • A Mountain in China is the fascinating account of an English woman s travels to Song Mountain, in Henan Province, China. Part memoir, part travelogue, Veena Schlegel takes us to the heart of what has made this mountain a place of pilgrimage for millenia. The peaks and valleys of Song Mountain gave refuge to Taoist mystics long before it became... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
  • Reisgids ANWB extra Beijing | ANWB Media
  • Compacte reisgids inclusief grote uitneembare kaart. ANWB Extra Beijing beschrijft 15 hoogtepunten: dé plekken die je moet bezoeken om de stad optimaal te beleven. De belangrijkste bezienswaardigheden maar ook suggesties voor unieke ervaringen en ontdekkingen. Op de grote uitneembare kaart staan naast de 15 hoogtepunten ook de... Read more
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  • Ten Thousand Miles Without a Cloud
  • Ten Thousand Miles Without a Cloud is a beautifully written account of Sun Shuyun’s journey to retrace the steps of one of the most popular figures in Chinese history – the monk Xuanzang, who travelled to India searching for true Buddhism. Xuanzang should be known as one of the world's great heroes. His travels across Asia to bring true... Read more
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Belgium
  • Ten Thousand Miles Without a Cloud
  • Ten Thousand Miles Without a Cloud is a beautifully written account of Sun Shuyun’s journey to retrace the steps of one of the most popular figures in Chinese history – the monk Xuanzang, who travelled to India searching for true Buddhism. Xuanzang should be known as one of the world's great heroes. His travels across Asia to bring true... Read more
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2014
  • Natuurgids a Naturalist's guide to the Birds of China | John Beaufoy
  • This easy-to-use identification guide to the 280 bird species most commonly seen in Southeast China is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from the region's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits and habitat. The user-friendly... Read more
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  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(2) - South China Sea - February
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  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(10) - South China Sea - October
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  • Mount Gongga Glaciers
  • Mount Gongga Glaciers on a detailed, contoured map at 1:25,000 published by the Chinese Institute of Glaciology and based on surveys carries out in early 1980s and aerial photography from December 1996. The map has contours at 20m intervals, enhanced by shading, plus graphics and/or colouring for exposed rock, scree, moraine, crevasses,... Read more
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  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(3) - South China Sea - March
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  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5150(8) - East China Sea - August
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  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(4) - South China Sea - April
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  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(12) - South China Sea - December
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  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5150(9) - East China Sea - September
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