With nearly 80 percent of Hong Kong’s territory being countryside, the city is home to some of the best hikes and beaches in Asia. Some may complain about the summer humidity, but when results bring a warm sun tan and induce extreme calorie burning, it’s well worth the trip. Cha Siu Papers Times’ contributor Get High HK rounds up five of the most refreshing hiking trails to embark on during the hot Hong Kong summer.
Siu Sai Wan
Siu Sai Wan begins with a short and explosive trail and then rewards you with a flat path to witness glorious sights from. It is the perfect trail to get a workout in, take amazing photographs, and then cool off at Big Wave Bay beach, where hikers can also grab a beer or go for a dip. Don’t forget to check out the local restaurants around the beach, all while enjoying the ravishing sunset.
How to get there: Get off at Chai Wan MTR Exit C and catch the 47M green minibus towards Siu Sai Wan Estate from the Chai Wan Public Minibus Terminus. Get off the minibus at “Scenic Heights”.
Tung Wan Beach
It’s easy to spend an entire day exploring Cheung Chau Island, from trying the exotic street food to visiting temples and taking a plunge into the stunning waters. The Tung Wan Tsai beach is relatively isolated in comparison to other beaches in the city. This trail allows for a good workout, and brings one to North Pavilion, the highest point on the island, standing at 312ft above sea level. Embrace the captivating view of the island from above and listen to the sounds of nature in the air.
How to get there: Take the ferry to Cheung Chau from Central Pier No. 5. You can view the ferry schedule here.
Ng Tung Chai Waterfalls
This hike is truly a hidden gem as it travels through not one, but four gorgeous waterfalls under Tai Mo Shan. This is perfect for Hong Kong’s hot summers as one can cool down between the climbs by visiting the chilly and irresistible waterfalls. The steep trail can be slippery and uneven, however, the views are glorious with great lighting for many photo-worthy shots. Each waterfall is stunning in its own way, and you can freshen up throughout the trek.
How to get there: Get off at Tai Wo MTR Exit A and take the 64M bus towards Yuen Long from the Tai Wo Plaza Transport Interchange or take the green minibus 25k. Alight at Ng Tung Chai, the 14th stop.
Tai Tam Mound Waterfall
This hike is ideal for Hong Kong’s summer heat. The magnificent waterfall is only a 15-minute walk away from the bus stop. Cool off in the pools and awaken your adventurous spirit by taking a climb down towards the smaller waterfall. After that, climb the rope down to the main waterfall for a swim and enjoy the refreshing water pressure from the falls.
How to get there: Get off at Sai Wan Ho MTR Exit A and take bus no.14, which is right outside the exit. Get off at “Tai Tam Reservoir (North)”.
Sharp island has beautiful waters and mesmerizing rock formations. The hike to Hap Mun Bay showcases fascinating sights during the day and dazzling lights in the night. This trek leads directly to the campsite behind the beach. Alternatively, set up a tent right on the beach beside the water to be awakened by a beautiful sunrise. Hiking, camping, and swimming in clear waters—it’s a wonderful combination.
How to get there: Get off at Hang Hau MTR Exit B1: The lane and take the 101M green minibus towards Sai Kung Town from the bus station. Get off the last stop and take a small boat, a sampan, to “Sharp Island” (If you do not want to hike).