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Three Hong Kong Nature Escapes

Great hiking trails and trips out to sea. How to enjoy nature in Hong Kong.

Many people are surprised to learn that a large percentage, around 40 percent, of Hong Kong’s land is conserved as parks and nature reserves, meaning you’ll see a lot of greenery amid the variety of islands that comprise Hong Kong.

To truly savor this green space, here are three great adventures in nature in Hong Kong.

#1 Dragon’s Back Trail

The Dragon’s Back Trail is a fabulous urban trail on Hong Kong Island. A steady climb up and moderate hike, this trail offers awesome views along the way. Take in views of Shek O, Tai Long Wan, Stanley, Tai Tam, and the South China Sea as you climb up on this trail that consists of stairs and a dirt trail. Start at Shek O Road near To Tei Wan Village and allot a few hours, depending on how fast you move, for this hike.

Panoramic view from the Dragon's Back Trail in Hong Kong.

Enjoying panoramic views from the Dragon’s Back Trail in Hong Kong.

#2 Hong Kong GeoPark

Head out to Sai Kung to visit Hong Kong’s GeoPark. Designated by UNESCO as an area of great geological significance, the GeoPark is situated in the East and Northeast New Territories. A good way to see the formations is to take a boat tour from Sai Kung.

Chan Kui Wai served as my expert guide on our journey to see volcanic rocks, hexagonal rock columns, sea caves and spectacular cliffs. After your boat tour, you might want to visit Seafood Street for lunch or dinner.

Remarkable rock formations at Sai Kung.

Remarkable rock formations at Sai Kung.

#3 Peak Circle Walk

A lot of people take the tram up to Victoria Peak, they look at the views and they go right back down. To see Hong Kong from a completely different vantage point, try the Peak Circle Walk. It’s part of the Hong Kong Trail and it offers up tremendous views of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Victoria Harbour and the outlying islands.

This approximately 2 mile or 3.5 kilometer trail is flat and paved and winds around Victoria Peak, getting you away from the crowds and into Hong Kong greenery.

View from the Peak Circle Walk.

View from the Peak Circle Walk.

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