Hong Kong Trail covers 8 stages with a total length of 50km. In its entirety it offers views of almost all of Hong Kong Island and for the avid hiker it can be completed in about 10 hours, if you are fast. Distance posts are located every 500 meters along the trail starting with H000 and ending at H100. Stage 1 covers distance posts H000 to H014. Sign posts are marked with a logo of a man and woman hiking together.
Hong Kong Trail Stage 1 starts at The Peak and finishes at Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road. The Peak Lookout tower, a common tourist attraction, offers extraordinary views of the city below both on Hong Kong Island and over in Kowloon, with Victoria Harbour cutting through the middle.
The beginning of this hiking trail is the same as Victoria Peak Loop Trail which is filled with informative plaques describing native flora and fauna. At every turn along the first half of this trail you will be greeted with exquisite views of Victoria Harbour and parts of Hong Kong Island including Central, Sheung Wan and Kennedy Town. Further along Hong Kong Trail Stage 1 you will be greeted with views of Pok Fu Lam and Lamma Island (on a clear day), before heading inland around Pok Fu Lam Reservoir.
During the wet season (April to September) many waterfalls flow down the mountainside, crossing the trail. This makes for some beautiful sights and sounds along the trail.
The most common wildlife spotted along this trail, as for Victoria Peak Loop Trail, is the eagles which glide effortlessly alongside Victoria Peak. These birds are a sight to behold with their very large wingspans and gliding capabilities. If you keep your eyes peeled you may spot the odd snake or two, with the Chinese Mountain Snake (Sibynophis chinensis chinensis) being the most common. This snake is non-venomous and will generally flee when you get near.
This hiking trail starts at Victoria Peak which can easily be reached on the Peak Tram at a cost of HK$22 (or HK$33 return), by taxi, or by catching the number 15C Peak Tram shuttle bus from the Central Bus Terminus near Star Ferry pier 7.
Hong Kong Trail Stage 1 ends at the beginning of Stage 2. You may continue onto Stage 2 or you can double back on yourself a little and return to The Peak Lookout, up the hill, via Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road. If you don’t fancy walking back up a hill at the end of Stage 1, you can exit the trail at Pok Fu Lam Reservoir, heading down to Pok Fu Lam Reservoir and down onto Pok Fu Lam Road where you may catch one of many buses to Central or jump in a cab. This early exit will shorten the trail to about 5km.
The Peak, Pok Fu Lam
Start at The Peak Lookout Tower.
Exiting The Peak Lookout Tower, turn to your right and head towards Lugard Road.
You will see signs marking out the beginning of Hong Kong Trail Stage 1.
When you reach the park on your right, take a sharp right, and then follow the trail down to the left.
When you reach Pok Fu Lam Reservoir (signposted), you may continue straight on Hong Kong Trail Stage 1, or you may exit the trail early by heading down to Pok Fu Lam Reservoir and down to Pok Fu Lam Road where you may catch a bus or a Taxi to your destination.
At the end of Stage 1 you may continue onto Stage 2 up to the left, or turn around and head up the hill to return to The Peak via Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road.
Michael Pieper at Hiking Hong Kong
Website: Detailed photo tour of this hike
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Easy | 1 hour | 4.5 klmHong Kong Trail covers 8 stages with a total length of 50km. In its entirety it offers views of almost all of Hong Kong Island and for the avid hiker…