Hong Kong Trail

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Opened in 1985, the Hong Kong Trail is a 50km long hiking trail which goes from Victoria Peak on the West, to Big Wave Bay, on the East of Hong Kong Island. 

Comparatively to the other major hiking trails in Hong Kong, namely MacLehose, Lantau and Wilson, the Hong Kong trail is easier. It is also quite easy to access each of its sections and each section can be done in short amount of time. Most sections are also shaded, which make it a great trail for hot summer days.

Shorter on breathtaking vistas than other trails, the Hong Kong trail will nonetheless give the hiker new to Hong Kong a good appreciation for the urban/nature mix that is so great in the territory. This trail also has some great features worth mentioning such as the micro-climate of Section 1, which provides a cooler hike and unique flora. Section 4 features WWII remnants. Section 8, the "Dragon's Back", often referred to as the best "urban" trail in Asia, with spectacular views of Shek-O and ending at Big Wave Bay beach, completes the Hong Kong trail.

Hong Kong Trail Section 1-2

Duration: (11.5 kilometers) 3.5 hours

Difficulty: 4/10

Appreciation: 8/10. Leisurely hike with good views of the harbour. Shaded.

Hong Kong Trail Section 3-4

Duration: (15 kilometers) 4 hours

Difficulty: 4/10

Appreciation: 7.5/10. While there aren't many nice views, section 3 of the Hong Kong trail is shaded and goes through nice woods and streams, with the occasional waterfalls. Quite a nice trail on a hot summer day

Hong Kong Trail Section 4

Duration: (6.5k) 2 hours

Difficulty: 5/10

Appreciation: 7/10. An easy hike that is short and shaded. Perfect for a slow afternoon. A forest hike so no much in terms of views. Some WWII remnants and quite a few cats towards the end

Hong Kong Trail Section 5 & 6

Duration: (7.5 kilometers) 3 hours

Difficulty: 6/10.

Appreciation: 8/10. Great views of the harbour at Jardine's lookout

Hong Kong Trail Section 7 

Duration: (8 kilometers) 2 hours

Difficulty: 3/10. Flat all the way but for steps on the last 500m

Appreciation: 5/10. Pretty much walking by water catchment all along. Some occasional nice views. Beaches but not the most attractive ones. I don't think I will return to this one

Hong Kong trail Section 8: Dragon's back

Duration: 7.5k.  2 hours + 30 min if you walk from Big Wave bay (Tai Long Wan) to Shek-O

Difficulty: 5/10. 230m elevation gain

Appreciation: 8.5/10 for the first kilometer, the rest is not all that interesting