Oh the places you’ll go!
Over 75% of this glorious land lies untouched, every inch bursting with dramatic landscapes as wonderful in their range and diversity as they are intense with natural beauty. Best of all, the entire 2,754km which Hong Kong encompasses is perhaps one of the most easily accessible places on the planet. Between multiple MTR stops, bus routes, ferries, and hundreds of hiking trails which crisscross the mountains before leading to the ocean, any family can find suitable hikes here in Hong Kong. Here are our favourite six that range from levels of difficulty so you can pick and choose what’s best for your gang!
Difficulty Level: Easy hikes with few hills, great for little legs or parents carrying babies
1: Minibus 7 whizzes you from Sai Kung Town to its terminus which will have you at Hong Kong’s only marine park of Hoi Ha Wan in approximately 20 minutes. The village here will tempt you with hot food and beverages, but make sure you at least eventually continue onwards. Strolling east along the lusciously overgrown coastline, after approximately 45 minutes you’ll encounter the entrance to Wan Tsai Peninsular. On top of this stretch of land surrounded by sea, there’s a huge grassy field, fantastic for flying kites and completed with barbecues pits, easily within reach for families with children of all ages.
2: The ferry ride from Sam Tsuen Pier gets youngsters in the mood for adventure as you sail towards this little island gem. The hiking on Tung Lung Chau’s northern coast doesn’t rise much above sea level, which means you won’t find any large hills here. Near the campsite, you will, however, find an ancient fort that young kids love to explore along with a pebble beach, which once was used by pirates. Bring a picnic to enjoy the plentiful grasslands, and once revived after lunch, tackle the hillier south.
Difficulty Level: Although a little more strenuous in nature, the following hikes have clear and straightforward paths, allowing young adults freedom in easily exploring up ahead.
3: Despite being hidden in Hong Kong’s highest mountain, Tai Mo Shan, this impressive cascading river is easily reached via KMB bus 64K from Kam Sheung Road MTR, heading southwards. The hike itself, 45-minutes of gentle incline along the MacLehose, meanders through great views and a picturesque village, before bringing you to the spectacular base of a three-stage waterfall – which the fittest can hike up to its most impressive summit.
4: For a historic hiking adventure, take KMB bus 93 from Sai Kung town to Pak Tam Au bus stop, where the well-paved sloping section of the MacLehose trail delivers you deep into the verdant countryside. Ambling downhill without any rush, you can take your time to appreciate the stunning views and still finish hiking in an hour. At journey’s end, you’ll find Chek Keng, an abandoned seaside village great for exploring, along with a ferry pier for easy transportation back to the bus route and civilisation.
Difficulty Level: Looking to challenge your older children with a more arduous adventure? Look no further!
5: Sai Kung’s eastern beaches are the diamonds on Hong Kong’s crown jewels of natural wonders. Sai Wan Pavilion, the closest reachable point by car, is serviced via minibus 29R from Sai Kung Town. From here, you’ll be heading north along the MacLehose Trail, its first section mainly comprised of steep downward slopes to the beaches of Sai Wan. Continuing, the MacLehose will take you over a well paved but high headland, onto the beach of Ham Tin. Adventurous families should not stop here, but instead, continue on to the third stretch of sand – traversing a steep headland path behind the restaurant shacks – to be rewarded with the best beach in Hong Kong.
6: One of this land’s most incredible hiking trails takes you up many steps and slopes to Lantau Peak, the island’s highest. No climbing experience is necessary, as the paths are well maintained and easy to traverse, but you’ll need plenty of energy to reach the top. On the way down, children and adults alike will enjoy exploring Wisdom Path, Po Lin Monastery, and marvelling at the famous Big Buddha. This journey starts and ends with bus 23 from Tung Chung, but remember when setting out to ask the bus driver to drop you at “Lantau Peak Trail” for fear of missing the stop.
Happy hiking, mamas!