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Sunday, March 31, 2019

HKWalls 2019 - Wanchai

3.5km (3 hours)

0/10. 0m elevation gain. This is a city/art walk

Cel phone coverage: Full

Water needs: 0.5 liter.

Appreciation: 8/10. This is not a hike per se but rather, an art-walk. You will explore Wanchai and discover the work of a number of street artists

Exercise Area: No

Transportation: Start at Wanchai MTR, exit B1.

Why it's worth it: 

HKwalls is a non-profit arts organisation that aims to create opportunities for local and international artists to showcase their talent in Hong Kong and internationally through the mediums of street art and street culture. We celebrate creativity, originality and freedom of expression; actively work on connecting and building relationships with artists, the community and organisations worldwide through high-quality public art, while making the creative process accessible to all.

HKwalls holds an annual street art festival in Hong Kong during Hong Kong’s art month each March, as well as year round programming that focuses on artists’ career development and raising awareness through the arts.


You can open the walking map I created that is in the header and just follow the path which will have you go through most of the street art pieces of HKWall2019. When we were walking it, some of the pieces weren't completed or even started. You will therefore have a chance to see even more!

High Island Reservoir (萬宜水庫; maan6 ji4 seoi2 fu3) to Sai Kung beaches

13km (4.5 hours)

6/10. 568m elevation gain. Sun exposed throughout 

Cel phone coverage: Partial.

Water needs: 1.5 liter.

Appreciation: 10/10. Best combination of beaches and mountain views. Hong Kong Geopark at the beginning. Fishing villages at the end.

Exercise Area: No

Transportation: Take a taxi in Sai Kung, in front of the 7-11 and ask the driver to get you to High Island Reservoir (萬宜水庫; maan6 ji4 seoi2 fu3). Return to Sai Kung via bus 92 at Wong Chek pier, or bus 94 all the way to Diamond Hill on Sundays & public holidays.

Why it's worth it: 

High Island Reservoir (萬宜水庫; maan6 ji4 seoi2 fu3). This is where the cab will drop you off. You can spend a bit of time going down to check-out the Hong Kong GeoPark's rock formations. When done, head left to the trail. 

About 35 minutes later, you will arrive at the first beach, Long Ke Wan. Keep going on the path which has been a bit beaten up by typhoon Mankut. The trail goes up the mountain and you'll get this view of Long Ke Wan if you look back

About 4km and 1.5 hour into your hike, you'll reach this point where you can admire, in order, Sai Wan, Ham Tin, and Tai Long beaches... 

You will then hike back down for another 40 minutes to this crossroad with a map. Head right and down towards Sai Wan

Sai Wan (little beach)

The path going up after Sai Wan is quite clearly demarcated.
You may want to cross the bridge on the left if water level is high 
After 8km and 3.5 hours, you'll be about at this point, overlooking the wonderful Ham Tin beach!

Rest for a while at Ham Tin beach, have a bit to eat, then when done, go through the store and head on the path to the left. Then just follow the path for about another 50 minutes (3km)

Exactly at trail marker M042 (encircled on the picture), you will see stairs on your right. Take them and follow the path to the Sha Tau pier. You can take a fast boat to Wong Shek pier where the bus terminus back to Sai Kung is.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Hike Hong Kong now has a free Android and iPhone app!

It's been a little while in the making but now ready for your downloading pleasure; our very own Hike Hong Kong app.

It is built to run on both iPhones and Android phones.



Made by Ben Searle at Softwarb, the principal advantage of the app is that you don't have to have any signal and you can still get the turn-by-turn hiking instructions with pictures, for hikes that you tag.

Depending on the interest from hikers (i.e number of downloads), we will keep improving the app with things such as offline maps/GPS, true turn-by-turn tying the photos and the GPS signal (even when disconnected), improved filtering, etc...

So, anyway, about this v1, it is quite easy to use but here's a short manual to help you out:

The main screen defaults to a list of the hikes from the blog. That is also accessible from the green bar's left-most icon . The middle icon  will show only the list of hikes you have 'liked' (Loved?). While the right-most iconwill bring you to the map where all the hikes can be found.

Once you have found a hike you like, just select it by pressing anywhere within the description or photo and you will be brought to be screen above. This is the exact equivalent of the information that is on the blog. If you want to have this information for offline consultation while you are hiking and there's no signal, press the little heart in the top-right corner and the app will download all the content for this hike to your phone. You obviously want to do this while you do have signal.

Back on the main screen, if you want to filter the list to show only a few specific ones that you are interested in, press the top-right icon which will bring up the filter screen.
The filter screen is quite straightforward; select the hike group you'd like to see in the list and then select 'GO'

Then, last but not not least, the map view, which lists all the hikes on a map of Hong Kong

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Central to Wan Chai via The Peak, Peel Rise, Aberdeen, and Wan Chai Gap

12km (3.5 hours). 

5/10. 693m elevation gain. Paved throughout. Nicely shaded pretty much throughout

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere.

Water needs: 1.5 liter.

Appreciation: 8/10. Nice views, varied scenery from iconic city views to forrest paths and reservoir.

Exercise Area: Yes, extensive: 12 areas along the way.

Transportation: Mid-level escalator, return via Wan Chai MTR.

Why it's worth it: 

You can start at the escalator level, next to the 100QRC building. If you wait for 10:30 am, the escalator should be going up. Just follow the path of the escalator all the way to its end (~15 min, 1 km).

Escalator ends here, on Conduit Road. Head right but stay on the left side of the road.

After about a 300-400m walk, cross the street at the lights and go up on Hornsey Rd

You'll reach Old Peak Road after having walked about 600m.
Head left, take the stairs, and then keep going up on Old Peak Road.

Stay on your right here. Be on the lookout for a city boundary stone which will be on your right, about 50m further up.
This was the boundary of Victoria City in 1903

Another km on Old Peak Road and you'll reach this point, head right. You will go by a big red house on your left.

Almost at The Peak! Just a few meters left...

At The Peak, the iconic Hong Kong harbour vistas can be seen be walking a bit more to your left. When you are done, come back to this point and head right on the road going around the Peak shopping mall (Peak Road).

Go left on Peak Road

There's quite a bit of traffic on Peak Road, so stay on the left side where there's a quieter side-road

About 700m onto Peak Road, you'll reach this point, keep to the right.

A further 100m and you'll reach Peel Rise Rest Garden. Take the road down that goes right by it (Gough Hill path).

Another 75m and you'll reach this junction. Take a right onto Peel Rise.

Ben, May, and Dan, our hiking models for today, are telling you to keep going straight at this intersection which is about 1.2km into Peel Rise... Basically, you just stay on Peel Rise/

Keep on going down on Peel Rise. Taking a left is a shortcut, but what fun would that be!?

You'll get into Aberdeen, past the cemetary. Then reach Aberdeen Reservoir Road.
Take a left on Aberdeen Reservoir Road.

At this junction, keep going straight, towards the Lower Aberdeen Reservoir.

Lower Aberdeen Reservoir. The dam will be on your right, don't cross it, just keep going straight.

Friendly wild boar

Another intersection, head left, following the direction to Wan Chai Gap

Straight, Wan Chai Gap

Keep going straight.

You have reached the Wan Chai Gap park, head left...

... then go right in between the four roads, crossing them, Wan Chai Gap path is there, going down.
Follow that path

After 15-20 minutes walks, you'll reach Kennedy Road, go right.

Across the street, go down the stairs, left of the temple.

There, back to Wan Chai!

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Please, don't litter!

Hiking is about communion with nature. So please pickup after yourself. There's no excuse to leave plastic bags, water bottles or any rubbish on or around the trails; if you managed to bring it, you can manage to bring it back!