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?
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
After a months-long hiatus (I really can't remember the last time I hit the trails), I finally made it back yesterday for the Monday off. Of course, I chose one of the easier looking itineraries to warm myself up for the full-blown hiking season: High Junk Peak Country Trail. Difficulty: Medium (2/4) Distance: 6.4 km Duration: … Continue reading High Junk Peak Country Trail: Medium Beach/Summer Hike
My stubborn attempts at trying every single trail in Hong Kong have resulted in several hits and misses. This one was a hit. Distance: 4km Duration: 2h Difficulty: 2/5 **Important: Read the photo captions, especially the last one, for information on how to get to the waterfall after the hike. What do you do in Hong … Continue reading Summer Hike: Pat Sin Leng to Bride’s Pool Waterfall
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date - The Bard A very very late post on my English summer. Since summer was gone in the blink of an eye (junk season seems like a dream now) - I thought I'd make one last tribute … Continue reading Travel Diaries: London-town
Everybody knows Tai Long Wan is Hong Kong's best beach. But not everyone knows how to get there without the 1 hour hike which makes you want to give up on life in the 100% humidity 30+ degree Celsius Hong Kong summer. Basically Tai Long Wan is comprised of 4 beaches connected to each other … Continue reading Ham Tin Beach (Tai Long Wan) the EASY way