Hong Kong is vibrant, fascinating, energetic, but the buzzing metropolis and one of the most exiting destinations in the world for the inner city life, keeps a great secret. Its stunning natural beauty. Visitors are often surprised to discover that with almost 40% of Hong Kong’s land designated into 24 country parks, the opportunities are plentiful for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Rural land, remote beaches, rustic villages and serene islands and an abundance of hiking and cycling routes transform Hong Kong into an outdoors enthusiast heaven on earth. To facilitate and educate visitors The Hong Kong Tourism Board‘s (HKTB) newly-launched Your Guide to Hiking & Cycling in Hong Kong, illustrates a diverse range of trails all locates within walking distance from the city. Most of them are only two miles outside Hong Kong. The carefully selected trails highlight the best of the best of the 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 Hong Kong’s storied history and colonial past.
Picture-perfect Vistas: 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.
Geographical Wonders: Hong Kong’s 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.
Hong Kong is a widely known epicurean destination, but its green element is rewarding, fascinating and able to provide unforgettable memories to Hong Kong visitors.
Your Guide to Hiking & Cycling in Hong Kong is available at HKTB visitor centers throughout Hong Kong. An e-version is also available.
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