Top 10 non-mainstream beginner-friendly hiking trails in Hong Kong

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14th March 2023 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong’s urban jungle may be world-renowned, but there’s a whole different kind of paradise hidden amongst its skyscrapers: a paradise of hiking trails that cater to all levels of experience and fitness. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker, looking for a casual weekend stroll, or a family with kids and pets in tow, Hong Kong has a plethora of easy hikes to choose from.

We’ve put together a list of ten of the best non-mainstream beginner-friendly trails in Hong Kong, promising breathtaking views and a leisurely pace. What’s more, these trails are all easily accessible by public transport, and can be completed in under 2-5 hours. So, whether you’re in the mood for a walk or a journey to the breathtaking peaks, there’s something for everyone.

So lace up your shoes, grab some water, and get ready to discover the natural beauty that Hong Kong has to offer. These easy hikes are perfect for spring, and we guarantee you’ll come away feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Former D’Aguilar Battery – Cape D’Aguilar is located on the southeastern side of Shek O and D’Aguilar Peak on southeastern Hong Kong Island. The Cape D’Aguilar Lighthouse and rock formations are popular attractions, but the hidden Former D’Aguilar Battery is a must-visit for hikers. Although it involves some clambering, it is relatively easy for seasoned hikers and can be completed in under an afternoon. Click HERE for directions.

Kam Kui Shek Teng is located at the north side of High Island Reservoir Dam, and you can easily hike to view the magnificent 150m giant basalt column that resembles a toad standing on top of the peak. Hence the rock is named ‘Kam Kui’ or toad in English. Click HERE for directions.

Wan Kuk Shan, one of the nicest peaks located at Ma On Shan Country Park, takes around 4 1/2 hours to complete. Click HERE for directions.

Checkerboard Hill, standing at 98 metres (322 ft) tall, is a tiny hill located in the northern part of the Kowloon peninsula. It is next to Kowloon Tsai Park and the Lok Fu Service Reservoir Rest Garden of Lok Fu Park, and it is not far from Lion Rock Country Park. Click HERE for directions.

Red Incense Burner Summit on Braemar Hill is probably the best peak in Hong Kong to watch the sunset and the breathtaking night scene of Hong Kong. It is accessible via either an easy 15-minute hike from Braemar or a longer 2-hour hike from Mount Butler. Click HERE for directions.

Ngong Ping 360 Rescue Trail is a 6-kilometre trail in Lantau Island leading to the Big Buddha. Along the way, hikers can enjoy the cable car view and catch a glimpse of flights taking off at the Chek Lap Kok airport. Click HERE for directions.

Cheung Sok Island, connected via a tombolo with Sunny Bay, is a great destination for beginners as it only takes around 45 minutes to reach. It’s a fantastic spot to visit if you have only a short afternoon to spare, especially after 3-4pm to enjoy the sunset on the pebble beach. Click HERE for directions.

Waterfall Bay Park, located in Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong Island, is named after the waterfall that flows into it. The park includes family-friendly paths that are easy for kids, but unfortunately, the trails are not dog-friendly. Hikers can also see many coastal views and interesting cultural relics left by local residents. Click HERE for directions.

Pottinger Peak, located on the eastern side of Hong Kong Island, south of Chai Wan and Siu Sai Wan, and north of Big Wave Bay, offers stunning views and takes around 2-3 hours to complete. Click HERE for directions.

Siu Ma Shan, a towering hill on Hong Kong Island, is a destination worth exploring for those seeking to experience the breathtaking natural beauty of the region. Rising 424 meters above sea level, Siu Ma Shan is part of Wilson Trail Stage 2, which is popular among hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. At the summit of Siu Ma Shan, visitors are treated to a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape, which includes the Tai Tam Reservoir enveloped by verdant trees. Amidst this lush backdrop, the Hong Kong Parkview tower stands out prominently. While the trail leading to the peak of Siu Ma Shan is undoubtedly picturesque, it is crucial to come prepared. Hikers are advised to bring plenty of fluids as the trail is notorious for its lack of shade, which can result in heat stroke and dehydration. Click HERE for directions.

These beginner-friendly trails are perfect for a relaxing hike with stunning views, and most are easily accessible via public transport. So, grab your hiking boots and explore the beautiful trails Hong Kong has to offer.

Former D’Aguilar Battery
Wan Kuk Shan

Checkerboard Hill

Red Incense Burner Summit
Ngong Ping 360 Rescue Trail

Cheung Sok island in Sunny Bay
Waterfall Bay
Pottinger Peak