Although Hong Kong is often thought of as intrinsically urban, just a short distance from the big cities are lush mountains and attractive and varied countryside. This guide presents the highlights of this hiking-friendly territory, detailing 21 graded day walks and four short treks: Hong Kong Trail (presented in 3 day stages), Lantau Trail (5 days), MacLehose Trail (5 days) and Wilson Trail (5 days). The day walks - of 5 to 22.5km - cover Hong Kong, Kowloon, the New Territories and the islands and range from easy hikes suitable for families to challenging ascents of Hong Kong's highest peaks. The territory's compact nature and excellent public transport infrastructure make it easy to access the routes.
The guide has all you need to explore Hong Kong's excellent network of trails. Route description is accompanied by clear mapping and there are comprehensive notes - including Chinese place names - to help visitors navigate the public transport system. Alongside practicalities such as getting there, equipment and weather, information on local points of interest offers an insight into Hong Kong's rich geology, history and culture.
The Hong Kong archipelago is one of surprising diversity and contrast, where high-rise modern cities are set against a backdrop of verdant green mountains, and sandy beaches lie right alongside dense jungle. There are also plenty of opportunities for wildlife-spotting and chances to experience the fascinating 'East meets West' culture. This guide is the perfect companion to discovering the fantastic walking on offer in the 'Pearl of the Orient'.