This guided walking tour on Hong Kong Island is the start of the 50km Hong Kong hiking trail. Our walk takes in the astounding contrasts of cityscapes and countryside - a scenic and memorable journey of Hong Kong. Starting at Victoria Peak, and making our way to the south side of Hong Kong Island.
We share with you the history of Hong Kong as we walk across the spectacular and vibrant central business district with its soaring towers of glass and steel.
We then board the unique Peak Tram funicular railway and slowly ascend to its summit of 373 metres - time to marvel at this feat of engineering and at the views of Hong Kong city and Victoria Harbour unfolding below. Victoria Harbour is classed as one of the world's best natural harbours, the importance for Hong Kong being it is a natural wind break.
As we walk to the wilder, quieter side of Hong Kong Island we pass beneath Victoria Peak at 552 metres, also known as Tai Ping Shan, a mountain of great peace. We see old banyan trees and admire the distant views to the north, taking in Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories, and as we walk around the peninusula to the south we see Lantau, Lamma and Cheung Chau islands nestled in the South China Sea.
Our shaded walk leads us through Pok Fu Lam Country Park, with its lush emerald green forests and climbing plants, where we pass the first of Hong Kong's reservoirs, completed in 1863. From here we walk down to Pok Fu Lam Road and return to Hong Kong Central by bus, or you can continue your journey and visit the colourful quayside of Aberdeen, where you might like to take a sanpan ride around the harbour.
Cost: HK$500 per person, includes transport
Total tour time 4.5 hours Tour starts at 8.30am, General Post Office (beside green stamp-vending machines), 2 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong Island
Walking distance: 7km Grade: moderate
Facilities: Toilets en route
Directions from the MTR: Leave Central Station by Exit K. As you come to the top of the long escalator out of the station, turn right and immediately right again. Cross Chater Road at the pedestrian lights, and go straight ahead through the pedestrian underpass. As you emerge at the other end, the GPO is ahead and to the left of you.
Please provide us with a contact phone number in Hong Kong, or the name of the hotel where you are staying, plus the name the booking is made in.
We need notification of any cancellation before the morning of your tour, as no-shows do inconvenience our other clients. It is also important that you ring us if you are delayed, as it may be possible to direct you to another meeting point en route.
We recommend you wear either robust walking shoes or trainers/sneakers. Casual sandals or open shoes are not suitable for trails, which can be rocky in places.
Sun and rainfall can be intense and a hat is recommended. During the winter season (November - March) temperatures can drop with a chilling wind, so a sweater/fleece is advisable. During the wet season (April - September) a waterproof jacket is recommended. In warmer months (May - October) it is advisable to carry a spare T-shirt or other garment to change into at the end of the hike.
Suntan lotion should be used throughout the year, and applied frequently during the hike.
Please carry sufficient water for your own needs. In the warmer months, this may equate to one litre for every two hours of walking. Dehydration is a real risk on hot days. Choose mineralised rather than distilled water. Consider an electrolyte replacement drink as well.
Please notify us of any medical conditions that we should be aware of. We will assume clients have their own medications for asthma or known illnesses. Insect repellent is not obligatory, but advisable if you tend to attract insects.
Payment can be made in cash at the start of the tour, or by electronic money transfer pre-tour. Prices quoted in Hong Kong
dollars. HK$7.75 = US$1.00
Our tours and hikes are driven by client demand. Please consult our website for the current schedule.