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Hiking and good eats in Hong Kong: From The Peak to serious peaks

The challenging hike up Hong Kong’s third-highest peak on Lantau Island – the 869m Sunset Peak – rewards daring and dedicated hikers with amazing views of the ocean, islands around Lantau, and beaches below.

You will also see the city’s second-highest peak, the 934m-high Lantau Peak.

Making the hike even more interesting is a group of mysterious stone chalets scattered on a grassy plateau near Sunset Peak. They are part of the Lantau Mountain Camp, built in the 1920s as holiday accommodation for missionaries. 

The walk takes you through an ancient village trail and a stone watchtower built in the early 1940s to protect villagers from pirates and bandits, before ending at the town of Mui Wo, where a cluster of restaurants serving anything from Chinese and Western to Nepalese and Turkish awaits you. 

Check out Wah Kee’s seafood, Baan Rao Thai Restaurant’s offerings or Deer Horn Restaurant & Bar’s take on Nepalese cuisine.

The Sunset Peak trail is accessible by bus from the Tung Chung Station Bus Terminus near Tung Chung MTR station.

Other difficult trails to try

Tai To Yan, Northern New Territories: 10km, four hours
Info: str.sg/5TCD

This hike along the ridgeline is a hill-walking challenge for experienced hikers, but will reward you with panoramic views of the Yuen Long Plain and Lam Tsuen Valley below Tai To Yan, which at 565m, is Hong Kong’s ninth-highest peak. 

MacLehose Trail Section 4 – Shui Long Wo to Tai Shui Tseng: 9km, four hours
Info: str.sg/kJad

This challenging trek in Ma On Shan Country Park takes you from Shui Long Wo to Tai Shui Tseng, with spectacular views over Sai Kung Peninsula in between. The trail is steep and rugged at certain parts, but the views are worth it.

Ng Tung Chai: 7km, four hours
Info: str.sg/oXs9e

For a refreshing change, try this hike in the foothills of Tai Mo Shan that takes you past the waterfalls of Ng Tung Chai. Parts of the trails are steep and rocky, but well worth the effort.


Trekking tips

  • Do not underestimate Hong Kong’s trails. While they may not be far from the city, the rough terrain, steep slopes and changing weather can turn a half-day jaunt into a real adventure.
  • Hikers are advised to download the Safeguard HK mobile app, which tracks their location and facilitates rescue if needed.
  • Familiarise yourself with the route.
  • Ensure your fitness level is appropriate for the route.
  • Check the weather before you start, and watch out for changing conditions.
  • Avoid hiking alone if you are inexperienced.
  • Wear appropriate gear and take along extra clothing and supplies.
  • Pay attention to route signs, watch out for warnings and stay on the right path. 
  • Do not take short cuts, especially when alone.
  • Do not litter, vandalise, or destroy vegetation or wildlife.
  • Do not pick or eat wild fruit or drink spring water.
  • Do not cook or start fires except in designated areas. 
  • Do not stand on cliff edges, climb onto rocks, or swim in reservoirs or unmanned beaches.

Info: str.sg/pKDz

Getting there

A number of airlines – including Singapore Airlines, Scoot and Cathay Pacific – offer direct flights of about four hours from Singapore to Hong Kong. 

For more travel inspiration on Hong Kong, go to www.straitstimes.com/hello-hong-kong



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