October 9, 2017Posted by Bethany Larson Bloch
As dense and populated as Hong Kong is, it’s also rich in natural, green spaces and sandy beaches. For those who appreciate Mother Nature, there are several easy and rewarding hikes in and around the city.
The easiest and most convenient is the trail that leads up from Central to The Peak, via Lugard Road. Instead of taking the tram, walk up and build those thigh muscles. The view of the city from above is well worth it, and there are plenty of restaurants to welcome weary legs.
The Tai Tam Gap Road to Stanley trail rewards with lunch and pints of beer by the waterfront. There’s a double hill with roughly 1,000 steps you’ll need to scale but the 360-degree view right at the top is breathtaking (literally and metaphorically).
Another easy hike is the Dragon’s Back trail starting from Chai Wan and ending on Shek O beach. Take a dip in calm, cool waters on your arrival or head straight to the restaurant on the beach, Cococabana and treat yourself to a Mediterranean feast.
Or venture further away from the city and catch a ferry to Sai Kung or Lantau, then make your way through trails that lead to Hong Kong’s best stretches of white sand or fishing villages. In Sai Kung, the route from Pak Tam Au to Tai Long Wan ends at the beach, where you can set up camp for the night. If glamping — that’s camping in style and comfort — speaks more to you, skip the hike and go straight to Lantau’s Cheung Sha Beach. Here you can work your legs across the 3km of coastline or walk to the fishing village on stilts in Tai O during the day and be pampered in air-conditioned safari tents at night.
About The HUNT Hong Kong Writer: Born in Kuala Lumpur and raised in Sydney, Grace Entry is a trained professional chef who swapped the heat of the kitchen for ink and paper. Previous years have seen her based in Shanghai, Singapore and Abu Dhabi, developing her appetite for different cuisines and a penchant for good wine. Though she’s now a writer, food stylist and social media fanatic, you’ll still catch her sharpening her knives daily and having private conversations with food while cooking.
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