Hong Kong has a wide network of spectacular, well-maintained hiking trails. Jungle and skyscrapers are located side-by-side, providing variety and contrast while hiking. The Hong Kong Trail is a 50-kilometer hiking route from Victoria Peak to Big Wave Bay, connecting five country parks on Hong Kong Island. The trail is not very demanding, but very long. It is divided into 8 sections. In total, the trail bridges some 3,000 meters of elevation gain.
During my Around the World journey in 2016, I had very limited time in Hong Kong on my way to Australia and New Zealand. Having guided in Norway the whole summer, I felt confident enough to challenge myself in completing the whole trail in one day. To return before dark, I had to start before sunrise. To add an extra challenge, I hiked up Victoria Peak from Hong Kong Centre, in the dark.
It truly became a challenge. The high temperatures and numerous small hills took their toll. Waterfalls, lakes, the lush rain forest, and stunning views of the sea, the city, and its bays made it worth it. The popular Dragon’s Back was a beautiful stretch to conclude the hike with.
To top it all off, one of my guests I had been guiding in Norway traveled to Hong Kong from mainland China to introduce me to the local cuisine and guide me through the city in the evening, even though my feet could hardly carry me any further.