Did You Know You Could Go Hiking and Cycling in Hong Kong?
There's more to see and do beyond shopping.
(SPOT.ph) Hong Kong is known as a shopaholics' paradise, especially for Filipinos who enjoy visa-free entry to the country. Its streets are lined with outlet stores, thrift shops, and night markets, and shop-til-you-drop is the tourist's motto when out there. But Hong Kong Tourism Board is now offering a completely different side of the city through its Great Outdoors campaign. Their newly released guide features hiking trails and cycling trails perfect for the adventurous traveler.
Plover Cove Country Park
Take for example the road to Hong Kong's 869-meter Sunset Peak, the third highest peak in the country that reveals a gorgeous sunset when you catch it. The trail starts at Pak Kung Au, which gives you a good view of the surrounding Hong Kong Provinces; continues to Lantau Trail, the only uphill climb of the hike; goes on to the twin ridges of Sunset Peak and Yi Tung Shan; descends to Nam Shan where you can walk on stone steps; and ends at Silver Mine Bay where you can swim at the beautiful beach.
Tai Mo Shan
Cityscape view from Tai Mo Shan
Another option is to challenge yourself by climbing Hong Kong's highest peak—Tai Mo Shan. It's the perfect spot to capture the sweeping views of the hillside in the morning as well as the spectacular city lights as soon as night falls.
Sunset at Tai O
For bikers, Nam Sang Wai is a safe space for cycling. You can start at the Nam Sang Wai Ferry Pier where you can load your bike on a small ferry to cross Shan Pui River. You can also hit the road lined with River Red Gum trees, enjoy the scenery of Yuen Long town, and end your sightseeing at the Fishpond Education Kiosk where you can indulge in local dishes.
For more information, visit Hong Kong Tourism Board's website.