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Take a Bike: 8 best cycling trails in Hong Kong

By Jen Paolini 12 March 2020

Header images courtesy of @dickson_tc and @joelamfoto

Had enough of the hikes? If you’ve exhausted all of your favourite trails around Hong Kong’s peaks and are now in search for a more active (and faster) way to explore the natural beauties of rural Hong Kong, why not take to the humble bicycle? From beginner routes through wetlands and along coastlines to advanced tracks across mountainous terrain, here are our picks of the top eight cycling trails in Hong Kong.

Photo credit: Travel Weekly

Tai Wai to Tai Mei Tuk

One of Hong Kong’s most popular cycling trails suitable for both beginners and professionals alike, the Tai Wai to Tai Mei Tuk route offers scenic coastlines for cyclists and nature lovers. The trail follows Tolo Harbour as it pries its way into the innermost parts of the eastern New Territories. Home to breathtaking views and peaceful lakeside villages, the neighbouring towns and villages from Tai Wai all the way up to Tai Mei Tuk are ideal for cyclists to explore. The trail is mostly flat with a few occasional inclines, but nothing too strenuous or difficult to overcome—perfect for families with small children.

This route clocks in at about 40 kilometres for a round-trip, which will take most people the better part of a day. If you only want to dedicate a half-day to your cycling adventure, you can also choose to end your journey at Tai Po Waterfront Park, the halfway point between Tai Wai and Tai Mei Tuk. For our detailed guide on how to cycle to Tai Mei Tuk from Tai Wai, click here.

Nam Sang Wai

Suitable for beginners and families with children, Nam Sang Wai is the perfect choice for a fun half-day trip out of the city. From flourishing wetland wildlife and picturesque woodland pathways to scenes of ancestral halls and villages, Nam Sang Wai presents a wholly different side of Hong Kong that many inner-city dwellers may be completely unaware of. Shaped like a loop, the seven-kilometre trail takes approximately two hours to complete, though you’ll want to factor in extra time for exploring the surrounding wetlands, local cafés, and snack stalls. Plus, there’s an adorable ferry ride across Shan Pui River—the only river-crossing ferry in Hong Kong!—and you’ll get to pass through a corridor of river red gum, a species of trees are native to Australia famous for their refreshing lemon scent. 

How to get there

  1. Take the West Rail line to Yuen Long Station (Exit F).
  2. Head through Yoho Mall and rent a bike from the shops along On Lok Road.
  3. Head north and follow the signs to the Nam Sang Wai.
Photo credit: @ig.isme

Cheung Chau

Lined with seafood restaurants and hawker stalls, Cheung Chau is the perfect destination for a slow day out away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. While there is no official or recommended route, the seaside cycling path that runs along the western coast of the island is a good place to start your exploring—you’ll discover old temples and deserted beaches along the way. If you’re looking to do a full circuit of the island, beware that there are some steep hills and steps involved.

Rent your bi-pedal vehicle of choice from one of many bike shops along the promenade and start pootling down to Kwun Yam Wan Beach or Cheung Po Tsai in the southwest. On a clear day, you’ll get amazing views out to the South China Sea and beyond.

How to get there

  1. From Central Ferry Pier 5, take a ferry to Cheung Chau.
  2. Head to Tai Hing Tai Road via Praya Street to find a collection of rental bike shops.

Keep scrolling for the rest of the list 👇

Photo credit: @walterlam

Fo Tan to Sheung Shui

This lesser-known trail is an extension of the route from Fo Tan to Tai Po Waterfront Park. Here, you’ll pass through Science Park, Tai Wo, Fanling Highway, and Sheung Shui, ride along the Lam Tsuen River, taking in the serene atmosphere of rural Hong Kong over mostly flat terrain. While the majority of breathtaking views and stunning vistas are reserved for the Science Park leg of the ride, we highly recommend this trail if you’re seeking a quiet and peaceful ride along mostly empty bike lanes.

A little fun fact: This new trail extension to Fanling is built along the Fanling Highway and the East Rail line. It was formally released to the public in early 2014, making it easier for cyclists to ride to Fanling without going through villages along the highway, but due to tunnel and highway construction projects, the bike path has undergone several restructuring works in the past few years and the proposed super cycle track linking the Western part to the Eastern part of the New Territories continues to be delayed.

How to get there

  1. Take the East Rail line to Fo Tan Station (Exit B).
  2. Head to Fo Tan village to rent your bicycle from YY Bike.
  3. Follow the bike path out of Fo Tan and follow the signs to Tai Po Waterfront Park.
  4. Change direction to Lam Tsuen River towards Tai Wo Estate.

Yuen Long to Tuen Mun

Mostly used by commuting residents, the bike lane from Yuen Long to Tuen Mun is one of the oldest in Hong Kong, built in the 1970s along with the development of Tuen Mun New Town. Running along old Castle Peak Road all the way to Tuen Mun River, the 12-kilometre ride is dotted with villages and rural settlements, taking you past Ping Shan, Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery, Hung Shui Kiu, and Siu Hong, ending at the Tuen Mun Promenade. The bike lane is fairly narrow and comes with frequent road crossings up until you reach Tuen Mun, so a little bit of caution is needed.

How to get there

  1. Take the West Rail line to Yuen Long Station (Exit F).
  2. Head through Yoho Mall and rent a bike from the shops along On Lok Road.
  3. Head west along On Lok Road past Long Ping Station.
  4. You will eventually reach a bike lane when On Lok Road merges into Wang Tat Road.
Photo credit: @streets_in_hk

Fo Tan to Wu Kai Sha

This cycling trail overlaps slightly with the Tai Wai–Tai Mei Tuk route, though it’s nowhere near as long and it is as flat and easy as they come. Cycling along to stunning views of Tolo Harbour and Shing Mun River, the seven-kilometre ride takes you past high-rises and communities of the Ma On Shan neighbourhood, as your destination is Wu Kai Sha Pier at the foot of Ma On Shan. There’s also an option to extend your trip to Double Cove’s Starfish Bay for an opportunity to find little crabs and starfish around the swallow water in the beach.

How to get there

  1. Take the East Rail line to Fo Tan Station (Exit B).
  2. Head to Fo Tan village to rent your bicycle from YY Bike.
  3. Follow the bike path out of Fo Tan and follow the signs to Ma On Shan.

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Tung Chung to Sunny Bay

This understated waterfront ride offers stunning vistas of the South China Sea and about 15 kilometres of flat paths, making it ideal for a relaxed day trip. Simply follow the train tracks from Tung Chung to Sunny Bay for the majority of the way with humming motors providing a lo-fi soundtrack in the background. You’ll end up at Inspiration Lake, where you can set a blanket out for a post-ride picnic or board a paddleboat.

How to get there

  1. Take the Tung Chung line to Tung Chung Station (Exit B).
  2. Go to Ma Wan Chung village near Yat Tung Estate for Sunny Bike Shop to rent a bike.
  3. Head towards Tung Chung Crescent to enter the cycle network.
  4. When you hit Sunny Bay Station, bear right for Inspiration Lake.

Mui Wo to Chi Ma Wan

One of the few routes on this list that is reserved for intermediate and advanced cyclists, this mountain biking trail contours Lantau Island’s southern coast, offering a challenging without too much hill climbing. Ripe with spectacular ocean views on all sides, the 11-kilometre route takes you through varying sections of wilderness and coastlines, a far throw from the paved bike lanes of most other trails.

Due to the remoteness of the trail, it is best to come prepared with enough water and fuel. Furthermore, the entire trail is not rideable; there are at least four short sections that require the rider to get off and carry the bike. Still, the experience and striking scenery are second-to-none for thrill-seekers and if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of marauding water buffalos!

How to get there

  1. Head to Central Ferry Pier 6 to take a ferry to Mui Wo.
  2. Rent a good-quality mountain bike from Friendly Bike Shop.
  3. Go left past McDonalds, following the shore and the coastal road.
  4. Keep looking to your left for steps going upwards across from an industrial plant.
  5. Walk up about 60 steps and follow the concrete path left. It turns into a dirt track.

Jen Paolini

Content director

Born in Hong Kong, raised in Germany, and educated in the U.S., Jen is an award-winning creative with a background in illustration, communication design, art direction, and content creation. When she’s not getting lost in a good book, you’ll find her doing crosswords, eating dim sum, covering both sides of a Disney duet, and taking naps.

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