EP 3 – Hong Kong’s Five Best Walks
Not for the faint hearted this is by far the toughest walk of the five. So tough that a sign warns you “For safety reason, you are advised not to proceed.” But with the pain comes plenty of gain. Wild desolate beaches, abandoned villages and a feeling of complete isolation from the bustling metropolis that lies just beyond view. It’s a long day with the commute both ways so you may want to rent a tent on the beach and make a weekend of it. This walk should not be missed.
Take bus no.7 to the Sai Kung Country Park Visitor’s Center, then a local taxi to the Sai Wan Pavilion. From there set off along the path to Ham Tin Wan from where you set off up to Sharp peak. From there descend down to Chek Keng where you can take a ferry out or walk over to Pak Tam road.
See the map for Sharp Peak
EP 2 – Hong Kong’s Five Best Walks
There’s an easy and a hard way to ascend Hong Kong’s second tallest peak. I opted for the cable car that gets you half way. After a quick stop in Ngong Ping to see the Big Buddha statue, it’s a steep two-hour climb up for lunch at the top of the mountain. Allow time to take in the panoramic sweeping coastal views. There are paths in every direction for the walk home. A long path through to Mui Wo, a southern route past the Shek Pik reservoir to Tung Wan or a shortcut back to Tung Chung. With the cable car not starting before 10AM you will need to be fast to take the longer routes.
Start at the cable car from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping. Walk through the village past the Big Buddha and onto the wisdom path until you see signs for the peak. From there continue along the Lantau trail until you reach Tung Chung road where you can get a bus back to Tung Chung.
See the map for Lantau Peak
EP 1 – Hong Kong’s Five Best Walks
The Dragon’s Back trail rightly makes all the top hiking lists for it’s easy access to the city, relatively gentle slopes and spectacular views. Try and get to the start before 9 AM and enjoy a morning stroll across the ridge before descending for lunch in Big Wave bay. With most of the heavy walking done, climb over one more hill in the afternoon, taking time to look back across the bay and then down into Chai Wan with views along Victoria harbor.
Start on Shek O Road taking bus no 9, follow the trail around to Big Wave bay. Then take the path at the north side of the beach up and over the hill to Chai Wan where you can take the MTR.
Dragon’s Back Map