Hong Kong – Beyond the City Lights for Earth Day

Beyond the city lights and soaring skyscrapers, approximately 75% of Hong Kong is natural beauty and greenery, with mountain peaks, country parks and more than 260 islands making up its landscape. Ahead of Earth Day on April 22, here are five of Hong Kong’s most surprising outdoor adventures

Lantau Island

Lantau Island is the biggest of Hong Kong’s islands, situated away from the urban bustle of the city centre. Here, visitors can find some of the most stunning beaches and hiking trails such as Sunset Peak (pictured above), the third-highest peak in the region which provides incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding islands. In addition to hiking, visitors to Lantau Island can enjoy some of the lesser-known shorelines including Cheung Sha Beach and Pui O Beach, where they can try their hand at water sports or simply enjoy the long stretch of golden sand. 

Dragon’s Back

Located on the southeastern corner of Hong Kong Island is the Dragon’s Back mountain ridge trail. Suitable for families, amateur hikers and all adventure-seeking tourists, with a total distance of 8km, travellers can experience the striking landscapes on a four-hour hike. The trail consists of a collection of up and down mounds that resemble the back of a sleeping dragon which explains the name. Additionally, each checkpoint is marked with a dragon symbol further assimilating hikers into the experience.  

Tai Lam Country Park

One of nature’s most spectacular formations is Tai Lam Country Park, home to Tai Lam Chung Reservoir, also known as Thousand Island Lake (pictured above). The islands, which were once hills before the Tai Lam Chung Valley was flooded, make this one of the most popular reservoirs in the city. Visitors can hike to the Reservoir Islands Viewpoint for undoubtedly the best views of the mini-islands below. 

Tai Mo Shan

Tai Mo Shan, an extinct volcano, is Hong Kong’s highest peak surpassing all other peaks in the city for both its altitude, magnitude and, undoubtedly, its view. Whether visitors want to catch the morning sunrise or be besieged by clouds at dusk, Tai Mo Shan is the perfect spot. With an elevation of 957 metres, the peak provides striking views of the city. Hikers heading to the top will pass wild jungle and several magnificent waterfalls on the journey. 

Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark

A stunning geological feature in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, a 150 square kilometre area with hexagonal rock columns formed by volcanic eruptions approximately 140 million years ago. The landscape includes volcanic rocks and spectacular sedimentary rock formations, offering an outdoor playground for walkers and even budding photographers. High Island is a highlight, where travellers can explore the hiking trails and take in the scenic surroundings from the many viewpoints. 


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