I stumbled upon this "Secret Island" while checking ferry schedules to Tap Mun (Grass Island). There was a kaito (water taxi) that departed from Sai Wan Ho on Island East to a place I've never heard before: Tung Lung Chau. Little did we know we were in for such beauty on the most perfect of spring … Continue reading Hong Kong’s Best Kept Secret Island: Tung Lung Chau
Hong Kong may be experiencing a heatwave downtown, but you'll be surprised at how cool it can get in the forest landscapes of Kowloon north(west). Last weekend we headed to Kap Lung (west of Tai Mo Shan) for a dose of much needed green scene... Distance: 4km Duration: 1.5 hours Difficulty: Super Easy (downhill) The Kap Lung Forest Trail … Continue reading Shady Summer Hike: Kap Lung Forest Track (Easy/Beginner)
What do you do when it starts to get way too hot to hike yet you want to get out and into Hong Kong's great outdoors? How about... bird watching? "Avid birder" or not, the Mai Po Nature Reserve managed by WWF Hong Kong is well worth exploring for a few hours. It will take you … Continue reading Mai Po Nature Reserve: Outdoor Activity (Hong Kong’s Night Safari!)
Hiking in a bikini, anyone? With summer in full steam, it's time to check out Hong Kong's many beautiful islands. But if you're not a sunbather like me, you'll be wanting to go an adventure without passing out from heat stroke. Cue Sharp Island, arguably home to the 852's clearest waters... Distance: 2.5km Duration: 1 hour … Continue reading Summer Island Hike: Sharp Island, HK’s Clearest Water?
On the northern edge of Pat Sin Leng Country park, we took two country trails that intersected rivers, streams, farmland and mountainside... Distance: 2.5 km + 5.5 km = 8km total (plus short connecting walk) Difficulty: 3/4 Duration: 3.5 hours If you're still up for hiking in this hot, hot heat as we were (mainly to get … Continue reading Summer hike: Streams, rivers, waterfalls of Pat Sin Leng
More than just a summer hike, this one takes you through rivers and streams with giant rocks perfect for sunbathing, or shaded ones where you can read a book at leisure... Duration: 1 hr 30 Distance: 3km Difficulty: 2/4 We spent a wholly satisfying day yesterday at the Plover Cove Country Park doing a baby hike that took … Continue reading Great Summer Hike: Waterfalls and Tree Cover at Wu Kau Tang Country Trail
Feel like a serious fucking workout working up a bit of sweat? Look no further. The killer 3 mountains (5, if we're being honest) of Maclehose Trail Stage 3 got us huffing and puffing up and down five hills last Sunday in preparation for the Spartan Sprint. If you want to join our team by … Continue reading The Three Mountains of Maclehose Stage 3 (Long & Challenging Hike)
Yuk Kwai Shan (Mount Johnston) on Ap Lei Chau will have you rappelling down from ropes and scrambling on your hands, knees and butt... Distance: 3.6 km (round trip) Duration: 2-3 hours Difficulty: Hard! (Read: Don't bring your kids / grannies here!) UPDATE: I redid this hike in 2019 with a climber friend, scroll to … Continue reading Ap Lei Chau/Yuk Kwai Shan: Hong Kong Island’s Funnest Hike
There are many hikes to the Big Buddha, and most of them I've done, except for the The Ngong Ping 360 Rescue Trail, which follows the route of the cable car from Tung Chung. That one is quite convenient as the entry and exit points are easily reached via public transportation. HOWEVER, If you're not quite up … Continue reading Quick and Easy Hike to the Big Buddha: Shek Pik Country Trail
I know I'm gonna get a lot of flack for the clickbait-y title, because doh, there are so many photogenic (and dangerous) hikes in the 852! But this is one we kind of did just for the photos... because S saw a few friends posting shots and felt photo envy. Plus, it's not on a proper trail but a … Continue reading Suicide Cliff: Hong Kong’s Most Photogenic (and Dangerous) Hike?