Wilson Trail

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Opened in 1996, the Wilson Trail is a 78km long hiking trail which traverses Hong Kong from the South to the North, with one portion which requires to take the MTR.

Wilson Trail Section 1 (The Twins & Violet Hill)

Duration: (5 kilometers) 2.5 hours

Difficulty: 7/10. 631m elevation gain

Appreciation: 8.5/10. Great views 

Wilson Trail Section 2

Duration: (6.5 kilometers) Between 2 and 3 hours depending on walking speed

Difficulty: 5/10

Appreciation: 8/10

  Section 3

Duration: (8 kilometers) 3 hours

Difficulty: 6/10

Appreciation: 5/10. Boring. Lots of paved roads. Not a lot of nice views except for the first 2km if you detour to Devil's peak, in which case, better just do Devil's peak. I basically put in here just for the sake of completeness because it is part of the Wilson trail.
Wilson Trail Section 4-5

Duration: (16 kilometers) 5 hours

Difficulty: 7.5/10 for section 4, 3/10 for section 5

Appreciation: 6/10Skip it

 Wilson Section 6-7

Duration: (164 kilometers) 5 hours

Difficulty: 5/10. There is some mild elevation but mostly flat.

Appreciation: 7/10. While the trail doesn't have the absolute best views, it has some nice ones. And there's an almost constant bubbling of water from a nearby stream during a large part of section 7 which is nice. You also go through the best wooded area of Hong Kong. Most of the trail is shaded so it it is a good one to do in the summer.

Wilson Section 8-9-10 (Pat Sin Leng, 八仙嶺, The 8 immortals)

Duration: (23.4 kilometers) 8.5 hours

Difficulty: 9/10. For distance and elevation gain.

Appreciation: 10/10 on a non-smoggy day (was smoggy when I went). You'll also have a bonus view of the large statue of Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. Get some background on the 8 immortals before going: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Sin_Leng