Issue 5

Hong Kong Hikes

Words by Linda Moers & veronika Kinczli

Néi hóu

The city of Hong Kong is best seen on foot. Nomad has put together five walking trails — hikes taking visitors through the surrounding areas and right across the richly diverse quarters of the city.

TRAIL 1

LANTAUPEAK

LANTAU ISLAND 

 

Deep blue sea, the sound of waves crashing against the shore, the Buddha serenely welcoming visitors. Click! Let’s have a group photo. The traditional fishing village features a soundtrack of old fishing vessels idly bobbing while fresh fish balls sizzle in the pan.

 

Start this trail by taking the metro and the bus out of the city. We alight at Pak Kung Au bus stop and begin our hike towards our goal, the Ngong Ping Big Buddha. To reach the statue, we have to cross Lantau Peak, Hong Kong’s second highest mountain. Time and again we look out over different islands in the ocean. The Buddha is a popular tourist attraction. There is also a convent nearby, which visitors are welcome to view. Want to hike on? Walk to Tai O, a charming old fishing village.

 

SIGHTS ALONG THE WAY

PO LIN MONASTERY

NGONG PING
BIG BUDDHA 

WISDOM PATH

NGONG PING CABLE CAR 

 

HIKE ON TO

TAI O VILLAGE

BACK TO TUNG CHUNG METRO

 

LOVELIEST BEACH ON LANTAU ISLAND

PUI O BEACH

TRAIL 2

DRAGONS BACK

HONG KONG ISLAND 

 

Green, green, green — a trail over the lush, forested hillsides until you can feel the fine, white sand between your toes. Sizzling, cheers and bar­becues all around. Surfers exultantly ride the waves.

 

Once again, we leave the city behind and board the bus to the starting-point of Trail No. 2. Take the MTR line No. 9 from Shau Kei Wan Wan in the direction of Shek O and alight at To Tei Wan. A long way, but worth it. The trail again takes us through lush green country directly to the ocean at Big Wave Bay Beach. Don’t forget to pack your swimming gear. This is a popular beach, particularly with surfers, and offers a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

 

BEACHES

BIG WAVE BAY 

SHEK O BEACH 

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