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#852Basics: 5 hiking trails in Hong Kong for solo hikers

By Natalie Fung 15 April 2020

Header image courtesy of @alleged.danger (Instagram)

As social distancing hits hard but you really want to get out of home for some fresh air, hiking—possibly solo—appears to be a wise choice. Yet, the thought of hiking alone seems quite discomforting, if not daunting. No sweat! Here, we are going to introduce five hiking trails which are not that demanding and suitable for solo hikers, even for those who are no genius in map reading or do not have much prior experience in hiking.

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Sir Cecil’s Ride

Starting at Mount Butler Road, Sir Cecil’s Ride is an intriguing combination of stairs and well-paved paths, both steep and flat alike. Enclosed by flora and fauna, the hiking trail is comfortable to trek even when the sun is out. As there are close to no crisscrosses along the trail, it is quite safe for solo hikers. There are quite a few pavilions on the way, so hikers can take a rest whenever they feel like it. In particular, solo hikers can try mingling with other hikers also chilling in the pavilions.

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Duration: 1.5 hours

Distance: 2 kilometres approx.

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Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path

For those looking for an extremely easy hiking trail with spectacular views, Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path is your to-go option! Starting at Wong Nai Chung Gap Reservoir Park which is quite beautiful itself, Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path extends all the way to Repulse Bay. Although the path is quite narrow, it is extremely well-paved, flat, and straight all the way. In half an hour or so, though, the path becomes slightly rocky and bumpy as it opens up to the breathtaking panorama of Repulse Bay. Now sit (or stand) back and enjoy!

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Duration: 1.5 hours

Distance: 2 kilometres approx.

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Brewin Trail

Unlike the previous trails, Brewin Trail is rather steep and requires quite a bit of physical strength and perseverance. Beginning at Brewin Temporary Park, this hiking trail consists of several paths with high gradient, including Brewin Path, Clovelly Path and May Road. After reaching the public toilets at May Road, follow the directions of Central Natural Trail to Chatham Path, which is the steepest and longest of all. Despite so, the view along the path is worth all the sweat and efforts. In a matter of twenty minutes, you will arrive at Victoria House at Barker Road and just call it a day perhaps. For hikers up for the challenge, move on all the way to The Peak!

Difficulty: 4 out of 5

Duration: 2 hours

Distance: 2.5 kilometres approx.

Keep scrolling for the rest of the list 👇

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Black’s Link

Beginning at Wan Chai Gap Park, Black’s Link is a well-paved trail which ascends moderately in the first half and descends slightly in the second half. While the first part of the trail is enclosed by flora and fauna, the middle part opens up to an extensive view of southern Hong Kong Island. After being carried away by the panorama, continue straight on the path (but not to the right as it will lead you to elsewhere) and in fifteen minutes or so, you will reach Aberdeen Country Park. Keep on trekking and you will arrive at the end of the trail. There is a huge flight of stairs right at the end; if you are still not tired, try to climb up for an adrenaline rush. Otherwise, just call it a day!

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Duration: 2.5 hours

Distance: 3 kilometres approx.

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Mount Parker Road Green Trail

For hikers looking for a comfortable hike with striking views, Mount Parker Road Green Trail is a must-go. Located near Quarry Bay MTR exit, Mount Parker Road is easy to access and extremely wide. With a slight ascent at the beginning, the trail opens up to breathtaking scenery of lush green mountains. Yet, do not get too excited as there are no fences at all! Continue trekking as the trail starts to descend. All the way down you will reach Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir where the view just leaves you in awe. There is a bridge leading you from one end of the reservoir to another end, where you ascend again. In half an hour or so, the trail starts to flatten and you are about to reach the end.

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Duration: 4 hours

Distance: 6 kilometres approx.

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Natalie Fung

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Born and bred in Hong Kong, Natalie is a medical student never bored with her hometown but is always infused with immense energy to explore everything inside out—intriguing spots, scrumptious food, hiking, and running trails, to name but a few. Supposedly burying her head in books or notes to keep up with her studies, she instead often hits the gym, new restaurants, and cool shops. If she is not in town, though, she is definitely out having fun—sometimes on her own—in exotic cities which you have barely even heard of. Follow Natalie on Instagram or take casual English lessons with her on her brand-new YouTube channel, Yinglish.

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