Hong Kong’s Nature Escapes

Craving a break from Hong Kong’s neon lights and bustling streets? You don’t have to travel far for a breath of fresh air and stunning scenery. Hong Kong boasts a surprising number of hiking trails and scenic retreats, perfect for a day trip or a relaxing weekend escape. Lace up your boots and explore these four escapes that offer something for every nature enthusiast:

Dragon’s Back

This easy-to-moderate hike on the southern tip of Hong Kong Island is a classic for a reason. Enjoy panoramic sea views as you walk along a ridge nicknamed “Dragon’s Back” for its resemblance to a mythical creature. Located just a 21-minute drive from Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong, the Dragon’s Back hike offers a refreshing getaway from the city’s hustle and bustle.

Lantau Island

Lantau Island boasts a unique blend of cultural and natural wonders. Ascend to Tian Tan Buddha, one of the world’s largest outdoor Buddhas, via the Ngong Ping 360 gondola. This scenic ride offers breathtaking views of the island, and on a clear day, you might even catch a glimpse of Hong Kong Disneyland, which is one of the most popular theme parks in Hong Kong. Upon reaching the top, explore the serene Po Lin Monastery and soak in the tranquillity of the surroundings. For a touch of local life, you can also detour to the charming fishing village of Tai O, built on stilts above the water.

Plover Cove Reservoir

Head to the Plover Cove Reservoir in the New Territories for a hike amidst scenic woodlands. The moderate hike offers a chance to spot diverse birdlife and discover hidden waterfalls, perfect for a refreshing dip on a hot day.

Shing Mun Reservoir

Shing Mun Reservoir – Image via Flickr

For a scenic and unique adventure, hike along the dam of the Shing Mun Reservoir. This moderate hike offers stunning views of the surrounding hills and a chance to spot a variety of birdlife, making it a great choice for nature lovers.