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Family-Friendly Cycling Trails: Where To Take The Kids Biking In Hong Kong

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Where to take your bikes in the city.

When the weather cooperates, the first thing we parents like to do is get the kids outside (buh-bye, mobile phones!). Cycling is a great option for a day out with the whole family. Not only is it fun, but there is the added bonus of fresh air and exercise. We also know Hong Kong offers up some fantastic scenery, and bike riding is a lovely way to take in some new places you may not have already visited. We’ve got great bike options (and we’ve sorted out rentals for kids, too!), that are surprisingly affordable in many locations, making this an accessible hobby on any budget.

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Cycling On Hong Kong Island

Quarry Bay Cycle Paths

If you don’t want to venture off the island and you and your children have bikes of your own, then this is the best option. It has a lovely long path winding through the park, making for a relaxing and beautiful ride. The cycle path is an enclosed loop, too, so children of any age can go around and around to their hearts’ content with no fear of cars or pedestrians getting in the way.

Getting There: From Quarry Bay MTR, take Exit E and walk approximately 10 minutes to Quarry Bay Park (near Hoi Tai Street), Quarry Bay, Hong Kong.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Bike Hire: Bring your own!

Chai Wan Cycle Paths

Got a little one who isn’t quite sure they’re ready to take on a trail? There are two cycle paths in Chai Wan – Siu Sai Wan Road Garden and Yee Shing Lane Sitting Out Area. Both perfect for younger ones to build up their confidence. These paths are quite short and definitely more suited for younger children. We think they’ll be ready to go on the other ones we’ve listed sooner than you think after this one!

Getting There: There are two cycle options in Chai Wan. For Siu Sai Wan Road Garden, head through the New Jade Shopping Arcade out of Chain Wan MTR. The cycle path is about a 20-minute walk away. To get to Yee Shing Lane Sitting Out Area, head to Island Eastern Corridor and walk for 5 minutes from Chai Wan MTR. Check out a map here.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Bike Hire: Bring your own!

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Family Bike Paths In Kowloon

West Kowloon Waterfront Cultural District

The West Kowloon Cultural District is quickly becoming one of our favourite places to take the kids in Hong Kong. What better way to enjoy a day out than cruising along the harbour on two wheels? It’s flat and there are designated bike paths, perfect for kids of all ages, including those little ones who are still using their training wheels.

Getting There: Take exit E4 or E5 from Kowloon MTR station in Tsim Sha Tsui, the waterfront is a 5-minute walk away.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Bike Hire: You can hire adult and kids bikes from SmartBike, located in the precinct.

Po Kong Village Park

Get the daredevils their free-wheeling fix because there are lots of cycling options on offer here with a 1km-long raised cycling track! There is also a beginner’s cycling area and a purpose-built BMX course. This is a popular cycling option and offers something for the whole family, including bike rentals available for everyone. If you have a little one who wants to learn this might be a great place to get the wobbles out.

Getting there: Head to Diamond Hill MTR and from there take minibus 19. Alternatively, bus routes 3B, 3D, 3M, 116 or 203E also head that way.
Difficulty Level: Various
Bike Rental: Available at the kiosk in the park.

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Family-Friendly Cycling Trails In The New Territories

Sha Tin

This is one of the most popular cycling routes in Hong Kong and takes in beautiful coastal scenery. Families will appreciate a dedicated bike path that remains flat throughout. Starting in Sha Tin, this route takes in views of Tolo Harbour and Ma On Shan and is a lovely leisurely day away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Getting There: Take the MTR to Sha Tin Station and then leave at Exit A. You will walk to Shing Mun River via New Town Plaza. Check out the map here.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Bike Hire: There are a number of places to rent bikes close to the cycling path in Sha Tin. You could try Bike Kiosk No.1, Rock N Roll Bicycle Hire Shop or Good Luck Bike Shop all by the riverfront. There are also some bike rental shops closer to Tai Wai MTR station including Extreme Bikes and Freshabikes.

Tai Po

Start a lovely day of biking from Tai Po. There are 8km of cycling trails to Tai Mei Tuk where you can take in the stunning views of Pat Sin Leung. Once again the route is flat and 8km would be perfect for older tweens or younger teens.  If you have younger children then you can also hire a bike and pedal around Tai Po itself.

Getting There: The bike shop is situated just under the lookout tower. Head to Dai Hei Street, Tai Po, Hong Kong from Tai Po Market MTR (you can walk or catch a cab); alternatively, get a cab from Tai Wo MTR Station.  Check out the map here.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Bike Hire: Good Luck Bike Shop also has a branch in Tai Po as well as a number of other small outlets located near the Spiral Lookout Tower.

Nam Sang Wai

In Nam Sang Wai, you will find an easily accessible 8km circular route that starts and ends at Yuen Long MTR. Explore the old village before heading out along the Shan Pui River and the Kam Tin River. The route is easy to follow along the riverbank and remains flat throughout. This is a great venture up into the heart of the New Territories and an opportunity to explore traditional Hong Kong. Once again younger children can also enjoy cycling in this area as the paths are flat and there is a lot to see along the river; you don’t have to do the full 8km, you can easily turn around and head back to the start at any point.

Getting There: From Yuen Long MTR, take Exit B and cross the street.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Bike Hire: There are a number of places to hire bikes along On Lok Road. Try Tin Fung Bicycle Company or Happy Bicycle. It’s also worth checking out HK Bicycle Tours, it’s a little further from the MTR, but they offer tours as well as reasonably priced bicycle rentals.

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Bike Paths On Hong Kong’s Islands

Cheng Chau

Cheung Chau is now one of our favourite escapes from city life due to the quaint village feel that engulfs you as soon as you step off the ferry. Take a ferry from Central Pier 5 to the island (timetable available here) and enjoy a seaside cycling path that runs along the west side. Once again the island is very flat and there is plenty to see as you cycle around. You can also hire cycling tuk-tuks for the whole family if the younger ones don’t feel confident on their own bikes. This is a fun way to spend the day and will make for some great memories.

Getting There: Take the ferry from Central Pier 5. Check out a map of Cheung Chau here.
Difficulty Level: Easy to Mid
Bike Hire: Various bike rental shops are located along the waterfront. One option is located on Pak She Praya Road at the corner of the Pak Tai Temple basketball court, but if you exit the ferry you’ll find plenty of options along the water.

Mui Wo

Peaceful and picturesque, the village has a charming feel with lots of cycle paths. One of our favourite Mui Wo cycling trails is the path to Silver Mine Waterfall. It has various sign postings along the way and is easy to navigate on a bike. Another option in Mui Wo is the beach path which is specifically geared up for cyclists and offers lovely views of the ocean. This is an excellent day out for children of all ages.

Getting There: Ferry from Central Pier 6 (timetable available here). Turn left out of the ferry pier in Mui Wo and the bike shop is a 3-minute walk away on Mui Wo Ferry Pier Road.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Bike Hire: Friendly Bike Shop

Tung Chung

With 15km of flat trail, older children can take in a longer ride or you can opt to do a smaller portion with younger ones. Views over on Lantau here are just spectacular and offer up great coastal sights. The 15km trail ends at Inspiration Lake in Disneyland, but alternatively, you can also head straight there as they also offer bike rentals. Loops of the lake make for a really enjoyable ride.

Getting There: Exit Tung Chung MTR at Exit B and head towards the bus terminus. From there, take bus number 38 Yat Tung Estate and then it is less than a 5-minute walk.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Bike Hire: Sunny Bike Shop, No110, G/F, Ma Wan Chung Village, Tung Chung, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Read more: Your Family-Friendly Neighbourhood Guide To Cheung Chau

Editor’s note: This article was originally published by Carrie Johnson on 18, July 2018 and updated by Jess Mizzi on 24, August 2020. 

 

Featured image courtesy of Getty Images, image courtesy Chromatograph on Unsplash, image courtesy of West Kowloon Cultural District, image courtesy of lcsd, image courtesy of Getty Images.

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