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You may not think hiking and rolling hills when you think of Hong Kong, but there are a few spots that might make you change your mind.
When you think of Hong Kong, you probably think of a bustling and enterprising city, full of people and business, tall buildings and hustle and bustle. You’re not wrong. With just under 7.5 million people (that’s 6,777 people per square kilometer) it’s a busy place in the world to visit. And while the experience of people and the vibrant city should definitely be part of your Hong Kong visit, you might be surprised to learn that there are plenty of green spaces and nature to take in as well.
You might be surprised to learn that about 75 per cent of Hong Kong is considered green space including city parks and open spaces as well as larger swaths of green like the many islands and hiking trails. Although the city is very compact, there are ways to escape hustle in favour of getting in touch with your greener side.
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Here are a few that you absolutely need to check out.
1. Lamma Island
This fishing island is about an hour ferry ride from Central Ferry Pier on Hong Kong Island. It’s definitely worth the visit, offering up beautiful green scenery and includes hills, hiking trails and even a beach. Since the island focuses on fishing, you’ll also want to grab a fresh seafood lunch before heading back to Hong Kong Island.
2. Dragon’s Back
Considered one of the more popular hikes in Hong Kong, this trail includes a sightseeing vista near the peak where you can get an incredible view of Hong Kong Island’s shores. Based in the south-eastern part of the island, it’s relatively easy to get to and is a great way to take in sunrise and sunset.
3. The Peak
Head to Peak Tower and take the funicular to the start of this hike, which offers up more cityscape views as you wind your way through greenery. It’s a popular spot for local runners and is easy to get to if you’re staying amid the bustle and bustle of the city.
4. Tung Lung Chau Island
Head to this wild island for a completely different take on Hong Kong. There’s one trail that runs through the island and is often a spot where you’ll find people rock climbing. It’s also home to an incredibly old rock carving (some say about 3000 years old) which you’ll want to check out.
5. Lantau Island
On Lantau Island you’ll find plenty of hiking and stunning views. Be warned, these hiking trails can be a little more rugged and difficult but the views payoff big time.