Hiking in Hong Kong is one of our favourite past-times. Throwing little legs in the mix can add complications, but that’s no reason to hang up your hiking boots. Check out these Hong Kong trails for some of the best hikes to do with kids.
Tired of your little couch potatoes sitting around the house? Get them outside to explore one of the many Hong Kong hiking trails! This is a great time to check out all the green there is (HK is three-quarters countryside, after all!). With dozens of country parks and hundreds of scenic hiking trails, we came up with a shortlist of the best hikes to go on with your kids. There are short hikes and easy hikes, hiking on Hong Kong Island as well as trails in Sai Kung, Lamma Island and more.
Best Hikes In Hong Kong With Kids
Dragon’s Back Hike
This hasn’t been dubbed Asia’s top urban hike for nothing. The Dragon’s Back hike offers stunning views of the South China Sea, remote islands, and Shek O village is sublime. Winding across the ridges of Shek O Country Park, this lovely hiking trail is manageable for older kids. If you’ve got a little one in a backpack, the sections of stairs and steep climbs make it a tad more strenuous.
Hiking details: Moderate hike; Distance: 8.5km; Time: 4 hours
Starting Point: Shek O Road near to Tei Wan Village
Finishing Point: Tai Long Wan (Big Wave Bay)
Tai Tam Family Walk
The calm and tranquil Tai Tam Family Walk follows the contours of the Tai Tam Reservoir – the primary source of fresh water supply on Hong Kong Island. Easily accessible by public transport, this family hiking trail is a popular option for a laid-back weekend adventure. For the architecture and history buffs, take a leisurely walk down the Tai Tam Waterworks Heritage Trail for a fun interactive history lesson with your children. Covering up to 21 declared monuments, the trail is perfect to spark your kids’ interest in learning more about local culture!
Hiking details: Easy hike; Distance: 1.6km; Time: 1 hour
Starting Point: Tai Tam Reservoir Road (near Parkview Mansions)
Finishing Point: Tai Tam Reservoir Road (near Tai Tam Upper Reservoir)
Sheung Yiu Family Walk
Located within Sai Kung Country Park, this peaceful and mostly flat hike offers breathtaking views of lush greeneries and gushing streams. About halfway along the route, there is a picnic site that is perfect for a short break and a bite. Take a detour to the Sheung Yiu Folk Museum and check out the stunning remnants of a 19th century Hakka village. Or make your way to an alfresco barbecue site located at the bottom of the hike.
Hiking details: Easy hike; Distance: 1.8km; Time: 1 hour
Starting Point: Sheung Yiu
Finishing Point: Tai Mong Tsai Road
Short Hiking Trails In Hong Kong – Hiking Trails Under One Hour
Pok Fu Lam Family Walk
Take the bus from Central to the entrance of Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road and walk another five minutes to arrive at the start of this pleasant family walk. Be sure to climb the steps at the end of the hiking trail to enjoy a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the reservoir!
Hiking details: Easy hike; Distance: 3.5km; Time: Roughly 1 hour
Starting Point: Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Management Centre
Finishing Point: Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road
Chuen Lung Family Walk
Stroll through the bamboo-lined path and enjoy the breathtaking birds-eye view of Tai Mo Shan Country Park. The entrance and exit of the relaxing family hike is connected to a spacious outdoor barbecue ground, which makes the perfect post-hike treat!
Hiking details: Easy hike; Distance: 0.5km; Time: Approx. 30 minutes
Starting Point: Chuen Lung Barbecue Area
Finishing Point: Chuen Lung Barbecue Area
Ping Shan Heritage Trail
Follow the historical hiking trail around Yuen Long to get a glimpse into Hong Kong’s early rural culture. Featuring 10 conserved sites, the Ping Shan Heritage Trail begins at the 600-year-old Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda – Hong Kong’s only surviving pagoda and a declared monument. The tower dates back to the Ming dynasty and was constructed to ensure the academic and professional success of the villagers.
Hiking details: Easy hike; Distance: 1.6km; Time: 40 minutes
Starting Point: Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda (take the MTR to Tin Shui Wai Station, Exit E3; when you arrive at the ground floor, cross Tsui Sing Road and you will see Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda)
Finishing Point: Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery
Easy Hikes In Hong Kong
Lugard Road Hiking Trail – Peak Circle Walk
The Peak has some super tranquil and mainly shaded, paved scenic walks. The most popular of these is the Peak Circle Walk – a flat 3.5km stroller-friendly hike (or take the kids’ scooter or bike – just be mindful of crowds) along Lugard Road and Harlech Road. It gives you one of the best views of the enchanting Hong Kong skyline. Jump on the historic Peak Tram and enjoy a bite on the terrace at the Peak Lookout (which has a massive menu with something for everyone) and you’ve got yourself a full day’s itinerary.
Hiking details: Easy hike; Distance: 6km for a roundtrip; Time: 1.5 to 2 hours
Starting Point: Just past the Peak Lookout Cafe – take the path to the right to start with Hong Kong city views, or to the left to finish with them
Finishing Point: The Peak
Pik Shan Path
You can spot this hidden gem tucked away just above the bustling Sai Ying Pun neighbourhood. Surrounded by a forest of trees, you will find yourself fully immersed in nature. The concrete-laden path makes this a fairly easy and comfortable walk, perfect for introducing your kids to hiking. If you want a bit more of a challenge, finish at the Pok Fu Lam Reservoir for a 6.5km hike (complete with amazing views and a few stair climbs).
Hiking details: Easy hike; Distance: 3.5km; Time: 1 hour
Starting Point: Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre (you can catch bus number 13 from Central all the way to the end of the route at Kotewall Road and, from there, it is a short walk to the starting point)
Finishing Point: Pok Fu Lam Road Playground
Flat, paved, shady in the afternoon, and extremely convenient – in other words, it’s super family-friendly. Add the parking lot and a mini playground and it’s a winner. A go-to for hiking with a pram, it’s also perfect for little ones who want to scoot or bike.
Hiking details: Super, duper easy hike; Distance: 4km or 8km for a roundtrip; Time: 1.5 to 2 hours
Starting Point: Bowen Road off Magazine Gap Road
Finishing Point: There are a few options – either back where you started if you make the roundtrip, near Stubbs road if you go one-way, or you can head down the hill near the playground/parking lot to Kennedy Road.
Hiking Hong Kong’s Islands
Lamma Island Family Trail
Lamma Island is a fantastic location to take the kids hiking and get a break away from the constant hustle of the city! Meandering through the island’s green interior, the paved trail runs between two buzzing villages. Starting in Yung Shue Wan, you’ll find a handful of little alfresco bars. We also love the choice of seafood restaurants in Sok Kwu Wan, which are perfect for an easy, no-fuss dinner at the end of the hike.
Hiking details: Moderate to easy hike; Distance: 3km; Time: 45 minutes
Starting Point: Yung Shue Wan
Finishing Point: Sok Kwu Wan
Cheung Chau Family Trail
The meandering trail spans across the entire Cheung Chau island and offers amazing views of a beautiful beach, colourful fishing boats along the harbour and busy market stalls. Kids will love stepping into pirate territory at the Cheung Po Tsai Cave – the hideout of Hong Kong’s notorious 18th-century pirate, and the scenic coastal walk Mini Great Wall. Be sure to look for the oddly named rocks along the path, such as Human Head Rock and Zombie Rock!
Hiking details: Easy hike; Distance: 9km; Time: 3.5 hours
Starting Point: Cheung Chau Pier
Finishing Point: Cheung Chau Pier
Peng Chau Family Walk
A thriving industrial centre in the 70s and 80s, Peng Chau remains home to abandoned factories and ancient temples that are reminiscent of its more glorious days. The best part of the island walk is surely the 30-minute climb up to Fung Ping Pavilion at the top of Finger Hill. You and your family will love the stunning views of Disneyland, Discovery Bay, and Tsing Ma Bridge from high above!
Hiking details: Easy hike; Distance: 7km; Time: 3.5 hours
Starting Point: Peng Chau Ferry Pier
Finishing Point: Peng Chau Ferry Pier
Things To Know Before Taking Your Kids Hiking In Hong Kong
Need a Hong Kong hiking guide?
New to hiking and want someone to show you the way? All you have to do is ask! Local tour company Walk Hong Kong offers special family guided hikes all around Hong Kong. It can also organise something special for your group – be it an urban walk through the markets or an easygoing hike through one of Hong Kong’s country parks. Alternatively, join a guided adventure and eco-tour with Wild Hong Kong to discover the many hidden gems of the city.
Get the Hong Kong hiking app!
Download Enjoy Hiking for free on iTunes and Google Play. Created by Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, the app showcases various hiking trails in Hong Kong. Search for hikes based on your interests and fitness level, review maps, and navigate in English or Chinese.
Books About Hiking In Hong Kong
For a more comprehensive look into Hong Kong’s hiking routes, check out Pete Spurrier’s paperbacks The Leisurely Hiker’s Guide Hong Kong and The Serious Hiker’s Guide to Hong Kong. These guidebooks are jam-packed with stunning landscape pictures and informative details. Get your little bookworms excited for hiking with Theadora Whittington’s The Dragon’s Back. This sweetly illustrated story chronicles a family hike into the mountains and sends a gentle message of environmental stewardship.
Bring more water on a hike than you think you’ll need
Make sure you pack the essentials! Dehydration is serious – even in the cooler months. Whip up a big bag of trail mix (packed with peanuts, raisins, M&Ms, and other yummy things) to give yourself a midday boost and quiet down the little hikers. Don’t forget to wear a hat and apply sunscreen and bug repellent! Lastly, jot down these helpful numbers and tips to make sure you can stay in touch while enjoying some of Hong Kong’s gorgeous parks.
Read more: 50 Things To Do With Kids In Hong Kong
Editor’s Note: This post was first published on 2, November 2011 and was most recently updated on 1, October 2021 by Jess Mizzi.