Hong Kong 1-week itinerary (with hiking!)

Overview

Hong Kong is famous for many things but hiking is not really one of them. Yet, Hong Hong has some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world ranging from a few hours to several days and accessible to all levels.

This 1-week itinerary combines the unique urban marvels of Hong Kong with the breathtaking nature that surrounds it. In total, it’s 4 days to explore the main attractions of Hong Kong (+Macau!) and 3 days of hiking in Hong Kong Island, Lantau Island and Sai Kung.

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Trip route

Step by step

Day 1: Hong Kong, first feel of the city (Nan Lian Garden, Victoria Harbour)

If you are coming to Hong Kong from far away, you may want to rest a bit upon arrival before starting this ambitious Hong Kong 1-week itinerary with real chunks of hiking in it. After that start exploring the city to get a first feel of it. You could for example head to Nan Lian Garden to chill while admiring one of the most beautiful spots in Hong Kong.

After that, go for a late afternoon stroll on Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and Avenue of Stars. Nothing could be better then to finish this first day than a ferry ride on Victoria Harbour to enjoy Hong Kong Skyline and the astonishing Symphony of Lights that takes place every evening at 8 PM.

Day 2: Hong Kong (Victoria Peak, Kowloon)

For this second day, get up early (this part is important if you want to avoid crowds) and take the Peak Tram for a ride to Victoria Peak. Located 552 m (1,811 ft) high, it's the ideal place for a stunning view of Hong Kong.

Your options are open for the rest of the day: we particularly recommend the Hong Kong Museum of History to gain a deeper understanding of Hong Kong's history and culture and to then make a detour by Kowloon with Nathan Road and Temple Street Night Market to finish the day.

Day 3: Macau

Let's leave Hong Kong for a day to visit Macau, the other China's Special Administrative Region besides Hong Kong; certainly Asia's most famous gambling destination. You can reach Macau by ferry which takes about 1 hour.

We would recommend to spend the night there to feel the vibrating atmosphere of the city at night and perhaps even try your luck chips in hands. Besides gambling there a few interesting things to see in Macau like the spectacular House of Dancing Water show and the Historic Centre of Macau.

Day 4: Hong Kong hiking warm-up - Dragon's Back Ridge (Hong Kong Trail)

After exploring the urban pleasures of Hong Kong and Macau it's now time for some nature and physical exercise. We start easy with the Dragon's Back Ridge (part of Hong Kong Trail). Take a train (MTR) to Chai Wan and start this beautiful 1-2 hour trail with an amazing view of Hong Kong Island's landscapes.

If you feel like this is enough for you, it's possible to continue after Dragon's Back Ridge to reach Shek O beach and take a swim after this first day of hiking.

Day 5: Hong Kong, hiking the spot - Lantau Peak on Lantau Island

For this second day of hiking we take it up a notch with Lantau Peak on Lantau Island. Located 934 m (3064 ft) high, Lantau Peak is a 6 km hike that takes about 5 hours to complete.

Don't forget to make a detour by the Big Buddha and the Po Lin Monastery.

Day 6: Hong Kong's hiking Grand Finale - MacLehose Trail (stages 1&2)

For this third and last day of hiking in Hong Kong we picked the MacLehose trail,  a 100 km itinerary that covers most of the New Territories from East to West that is used every year for the Oxfam Trailwalker.

Since it's difficult to complete the full trail without 3-4 days, we recommend to focus on the stages 1 & 2 that cover Sai Kung for a total of 23 km (14 mi). On the way you will be able to see the most beautiful beach of Hong Kong: Tai Long Wan.

Day 7: Hong Kong, saying goodbye to the Pearl of the Orient

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