Hong Kong

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Hong Kong Island from Star Ferry

Hong Kong was a British colony for many years. No surprise, hiking trails have been established here over the decades. And the Hong Kong citizens themselves do enjoy walking, so the tradition lives on. Good news for us!

If your image of Hong Kong is one of skyscrapers only, you're biased. The fact is that, among the densely populated financial centers of Asia, Hong Kong stands out in nature. Main asset of Hong Kong, from our point of view of course, are the Country Parks. These safe havens for nature were established in the seventies by Murray MacLehose, the governor who fought corruption and obstructed democracy. Four main trails, and more smaller trails, explore these Country Parks.

You are never faraway from the large population areas, and still, nature will present itself from the wild side: “hills” up till 1000 meter, beautiful coast line with sea inlets and quiet beaches, forests and shrub lands. Attractive also are the exotic small villages (yes, not far from towering skyscrapers) where you often can find a place to sleep. Hong Kong partially consists of islands, the best known is Hong Kong Island itself, and the largest of them is Lantau.

The four main trails are the Hong Kong Trail (50 km), the MacLehose Trail (100 km), the Wilson Trail (78 km) and the Lantau Trail (70 km). Often, it is possible to divide your trail in neat portions return to your hotel and the bustling city life at night, have a good sleep, and turn back, tidy and well fed, to your last evening's trailhead by public transport. Alternatively, you might enjoy camping in the outdoor. Most villages offer some kind of overnight staying, including temples.

There are many more smaller trails, indicated on the maps. Check out Roz's website (see links section below), if you want to find out more.

Hiking is possible year round, but during the hot season - June till September - you will sweat your bones out, if not washed away already in one of those plunge sessions. Dry weather or pouring rain, do carry lots of water on your hike.

We can recommend Pete Spurrier's guide to the four main trails: “The Serious Hiker's Guide to Hong Kong”, available in the English bookshops. Maps can be purchased from the Map Publication Centers. Best are the excellent Countryside Series, showing the main trails and smaller trails. In the field, the waymarking is up to date.

So, unpack at the airport, jump on the Star Ferry, and take a break halfway your business trip. And if you liked it, pray for the survival of the Country Parks.

Trails

Books

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  • The Kurious Kid Presents
  • The Kurious Kid Presents Pandas - A Awesome Amazing Super Spectacular facts & photo book on Pandas for Kids( a childrens book about Pandas) Probably the most loved animal in the whole world is the panda bear! With that gentle face, it looks so cute! Called the What is cuter than a little puppy? What is more adorable that a kitten playing with a... Read more
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  • The Kurious Kid Presents
  • The Kurious Kid Presents Pandas - A Awesome Amazing Super Spectacular facts & photo book on Pandas for Kids( a childrens book about Pandas) Probably the most loved animal in the whole world is the panda bear! With that gentle face, it looks so cute! Called the What is cuter than a little puppy? What is more adorable that a kitten playing with a... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids City Guide Shanghai | Insight Guides
  • Dé gids als het gaat om achtergrondinformatie en prachtige foto’s. De Insight Guide is niet alleen een reisgids het is tevens een leuk boek om in weg te dromen en is ook voor thuisblijvers interessante lectuur, geschreven door een team van auteurs, van wie de meesten zelf woonachtig zijn in het land waarover de gids handelt. Uitvoerige... Read more
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  • Angkor Wat Temples
  • Cambodia, a hidden pearl ready to be discovered, lies in Southeast Asia, bordering Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. To the south, hundreds of miles of coastline greet the never-ending surge and swells of the South China Sea, providing a paradise of surf, sand, and sun for the country's two million visitors. The Kingdom of Cambodia (its official... Read more
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Belgium
  • Angkor Wat Temples
  • Cambodia, a hidden pearl ready to be discovered, lies in Southeast Asia, bordering Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. To the south, hundreds of miles of coastline greet the never-ending surge and swells of the South China Sea, providing a paradise of surf, sand, and sun for the country's two million visitors. The Kingdom of Cambodia (its official... Read more
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De Zwerver
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  • Reisgids Three Gorges of the Yangtze River Chongqing to Wuhan | Odyssey
  • Leading readers through this popular travel destination in China, Shaw provides a compelling read. The famed ´long river´s´ gorges has held allure for travelers for centuries and any person whom now ventures to this ancient area, home to China´s most revered poets and archeological treasures, will be expertly assisted by this handy guide. The... Read more
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  • Tao Te King
  • El Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching, tambien llamado Tao Te King), cuya autoria se atribuye a Laozi (WG Lao Tzu, tambien trasliterado como Lao Tse, Viejo Maestro ), es un texto clasico chino. Su nombre procede de las palabras con las que empiezan cada una de sus dos partes: dao el camino , la primera del Capitulo 1, y de virtud , o poder , la primera... Read more
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Belgium
  • Tao Te King
  • El Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching, tambien llamado Tao Te King), cuya autoria se atribuye a Laozi (WG Lao Tzu, tambien trasliterado como Lao Tse, Viejo Maestro ), es un texto clasico chino. Su nombre procede de las palabras con las que empiezan cada una de sus dos partes: dao el camino , la primera del Capitulo 1, y de virtud , o poder , la primera... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids City Guide Shanghai | Lonely Planet
  • De perfecte reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde als de zelfstandige reiziger. Naast een algemene inleiding van het land / streek vol met praktische informatie over hoe je er het beste kunt reizen: slapen, eten, vervoer, excursies ... alles kun je er in vinden. Shànghǎi: few cities in the world evoke so much history, excess, glamour, mystique... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • China, Portrait of a Country
  • This is a sweeping portrait of China, its people, and its history since 1949. It is presented as seen by China's most prominent photographers and edited by Pulitzer-winning photojournalist Liu Heung Shing. This book brings together a vast selection of images by Chinese photographers since 1949, giving readers a visual journey across the great... Read more
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Belgium
  • China, Portrait of a Country
  • This is a sweeping portrait of China, its people, and its history since 1949. It is presented as seen by China's most prominent photographers and edited by Pulitzer-winning photojournalist Liu Heung Shing. This book brings together a vast selection of images by Chinese photographers since 1949, giving readers a visual journey across the great... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids China | Insight Guides
  • Een rijk geillustreerde reisgids met diepgaande teksten: één van de beste reisgidsen die er bestaan. Eerste deel bestaat uit een beschrijving van de unieke aspecten van de regio, daarna een deel echte reisgids en als afsluiting een deel met praktische informatie. De uitstekende informatie wordt vergezeld van prachtige foto's en heldere kaarten.... Read more
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  • History of Korean Karate
  • History of Korean Karate is an attempt to cut through the myths and hype surrounding the history of Korean Karate and all its subsequent styles. The book traces the history of these arts from China to Korea through its documented path. This is a perfect book to add to the collection of any serious Korean stylist. Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • History of Korean Karate
  • History of Korean Karate is an attempt to cut through the myths and hype surrounding the history of Korean Karate and all its subsequent styles. The book traces the history of these arts from China to Korea through its documented path. This is a perfect book to add to the collection of any serious Korean stylist. Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Vogelgids - Natuurgids Pocket Photo Guide Birds of China | Bloomsbury
  • A compact, easy-to-use bird identification guide for any nature watcher on a visit to China, one of the world's top destinations for watching birds. A total of 252 species is described here in detail, from the magestic Black-crowned Night Heron to the striking Large Niltava. All of these birds are clearly illustrated in a collection of... Read more
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Netherlands
2000
  • Merian live! 12 - Hongkong
  • Hongkong werd door koningin Victoria's minister van buitenlandse zaken afgedaan als 'kaal eiland'. Tegenwoordig is deze wereldstad de ontmoetingsplaats van oost en west. Hongkong leeft van haar haven, die zowel de sfeer als de economie bepaalt. Niet alleen Hongkong, maar heel Zuid-China wordt door deze haven verbonden met - en om historische... Read more
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Belgium
2000
  • Merian live! 12 - Hongkong
  • Hongkong werd door koningin Victoria's minister van buitenlandse zaken afgedaan als 'kaal eiland'. Tegenwoordig is deze wereldstad de ontmoetingsplaats van oost en west. Hongkong leeft van haar haven, die zowel de sfeer als de economie bepaalt. Niet alleen Hongkong, maar heel Zuid-China wordt door deze haven verbonden met - en om historische... Read more
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  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(1) - South China Sea - January
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
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  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(10) - South China Sea - October
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
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  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5150(6) - East China Sea - June
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(2) - South China Sea - February
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
Stanfords
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  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(11) - South China Sea - November
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
Stanfords
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  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5150(7) - East China Sea - July
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Mount Gongga Glaciers
  • Mount Gongga Glaciers on a detailed, contoured map at 1:25,000 published by the Chinese Institute of Glaciology and based on surveys carries out in early 1980s and aerial photography from December 1996. The map has contours at 20m intervals, enhanced by shading, plus graphics and/or colouring for exposed rock, scree, moraine, crevasses,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(3) - South China Sea - March
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(12) - South China Sea - December
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5150(8) - East China Sea - August
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(4) - South China Sea - April
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5149(5) - South China Sea - May
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Admiralty Routeing Chart 5150(1) - East China Sea - January
  • Essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages, Routeing Charts include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses. They also contain expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year.Individual chart scales of 1:5,000,000, 1:10,000,000 and 1:20,000,000... Read more
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