Hong Kong ‘s buzzing metropolis keeps it well-documented as one of the most exciting destinations in the world for city life, but many are surprised to discover Hong Kong’s greatest secret: its stunning natural beauty. This is where lush rural land reveals spectacular cityscapes, remote beaches, rustic villages, serene islands and stunning hiking and cycling routes. With 40% of Hong Kong’s land designated into 24 country parks, opportunities are abound for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Hong Kong Tourism Board launches Great Outdoors campaign
Hong Kong Tourism Board’s (HKTB) newly-launched Great Outdoors campaign and its corresponding Your Guide to Hiking & Cycling in Hong Kong will educate visitors about the wealth of outdoor experiences available. By taking readers into a diverse range of nature trails, all located less than two miles outside of the city, the brand-new guide simplifies the planning for experiencing this spectacular, nature-filled wonderland. The carefully-selected nature trails highlight the best of Hong Kong’s great outdoors within three different areas: Hiking in Heritage, Picture-perfect Vistas, and Geographical Wonders.
Hiking in Heritage
Hiking in Heritage emphasizes beautiful urban hiking trails around Hong Kong that range from easy to difficult. The luscious greenery along these trails is not only home to stunning views and urban landscapes, but also offers a glimpse into the storied history and colonial past.
Photography lovers will be wowed by routes like the Magnificent Landscapes trail, which takes hikers up the 869-meter Sunset Peak (so-named for its glorious views of the setting sun) and the remote and romantic Silvermine Bay Beach, through plenty of breathtaking scenery along the way.
The “New Territories” are home to diverse geological formations that create eerily beautiful landforms. The natural wonders of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark include the Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region and the Sedimentary Rock Region. Both areas were formed between 140-160 million years ago from volcanic materials, and boast diverse geological formations and idyllic-looking islands formed entirely of sedimentary rocks.
Your Guide to Hiking & Cycling will be available from November 2017 at HKTB visitor centers throughout HongKong. An e-version is also available for download at:
HongKong’s storied history, award-winning food and libations, vibrant arts and culture scene, and stunning great outdoors has made it widely-known as one of the most exhilarating destinations in the world. Its mesmerizing contrasts of east and west, modern and ancient, and urban and natural leaves its visitors endless choices when planning a trip to Asia’s World City.
Cover photo: Tai Mo Shan by ©Jessica Li / HKTB