Hiking in Hong Kong – From Lung Fu Shan to the Peak

Posted on April 27, 2016 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

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A view of Hong Kong from the Peak trail

 

Every time I visit Hong Kong, I have to fit in either a day hike or take the ferry to the outlying islands to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

One of my favourite hikes is the Lung Fu Shan trail, which leads you either up to the peak or towards Pok Fu Lam reservoir. I would start from Conduit Road in mid-levels, walk along Hatton Road, pass Lung Fu Shan country park, hike up to the Peak, and then walk down via Old Peak Road. The hike can be completed within 2 hours, but it can be stretched to a 1/2 day hike if you decide to have lunch or do sightseeing around the peak area. I once did this hike on a sunny morning (around 26 degrees) before my long-haul flight back to the UK in the evening, and I felt immensely exhilarated after the sweaty but fulfilling hike.

 

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When I am hiking up the trail, I am always amazed by the greenness around me; and it is hard to believe that the city centre is only 20 minutes away. I especially love walking through the bamboo forest, which tends to remind me of Japan or specifically Kyoto.

On Hatton Road, you can still see one of the city's seven boundary stones erected by the Hong Kong Government in 1903. Now six of these stones remained – one of them disappeared in 2007 – and they marked the city's historical boundaries.

 

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Established in 1998, Lung Fu Shan Country Park covers an area of about 47 hectares, and it includes the disused Pinewood Battery as well as the Pinewood Garden picnic area. The disused Pinewood Battery is a historic military site constructed between 1901 to 1905, and it received a Grade II conservation status in 2009.

 

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Lung Fu Shan Country Park and Pinewood Battery

 

From Pinewood Battery, one can walk along the Lung Fu Shan Fitness Trail – a 2750m long trail that leads up to the peak or another trail that heads towards Po Fu Lam reservoir. Being a semi-tourist, I have opted for the grand harbour view than the reservoir view, hence I have yet to do the reservoir trail.

 

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I started to appreciate Hong Kong more when I do these hiking trails, partly because they remind me that the city has much more to offer than shopping, eating and drinking. There are many inner city hiking trails that are minutes away from the crowded and polluted streets, so if you get a chance, try to explore the city's hidden nature through these trails.

 

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