Discover Hong Kong’s off-the-beaten paths

There is never a shortage of things to do and see in Asia’s World City. Check these activities that are not in the usual travel guide and embark on shared experiences to discover a unique side of Hong Kong with family or friends. The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) can tell you exactly where to go.

Hong Kong, listed by Lonely Planet as one of the “Best in Asia” destinations for 2016, has the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark as main highlight. The park features the Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region and the Northeast New Territories Rock Region which both showcase Hong Kong’s timeless and beautiful landforms. 

For a leisurely walk along marvelous outdoor sites and beautiful beaches, go on a hiking tour on the Maclehose Trail. Listed on National Geographic’s “World’s Best Hikes: 20 Dream Trails”, the Maclehose Trail will take you to see the Sai Kung sections’ geological treasures. These are impressive collections of nature’s works of art like sea caves, sea stacks, hexagonal columns and dikes. 

Aside from a shopping mecca, Hong Kong is also rich in natural wonders such as the Maclehose trail that takes visitors to some of the world’s most magnificent geological sites and beautiful beaches.
Up for a hike and swim? Go on an island escapade in Sharp Island, located in the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark. This tiny elongated island is home to geological spectacles created 140 million years ago. Ride a kaito (a small motorized ferry) and enjoy the emerald waters of picturesque crescent-shaped beach, Hap Mun Bay (Half Moon Bay). It is also possible to have a picnic at the top of the hill, Hak Shan Teng, where a variety of fluttering butterflies will greet you. 

Organize a family outing on Lamma Island, where there are turquoise coves, traditional fishing villages, and environmentally friendly wind turbines. Famous for its wide variety of fresh seafood, visitors are welcomed by a street full of seafood restaurants as well as arts and crafts stores. The whole family can enjoy a Lamma Island Family Walk along the Hilltop Pavilion, and indulge in the magnificent view of Aberdeen, Repulse Bay, and Ocean Park. 

Another activity would be to go on a scenic ride along one of the best known cycling routes in Hong Kong, from Sha Tin Park until the majestic dam at Tai Mei Tuk. Another choice for a fun, half-day trip is to cycle along Nam Sang Wai where there is thriving wetland wildlife and scenic woodland paths, and taste village-style cuisine. 

Explore the unique side of Hong Kong  the next time you visit (clockwise, from top) Capture the perfect sunrise view of the Victoria Harbour at Lugard Road; Revel in the beautiful landforms of the Northeast New Territories Rock Region; Organize a family outing on Lamma Island; Go on a hike at Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region located in the Hong Kong UNESCO Geopark
Complimentary guided tours are also available. Visit the Ngong Ping Nature Centre and the area’s interesting corners like the Tea Garden and Wisdom Path. Take a tour around Hong Kong Wetland Park to have a closer look at wetland habitats like mangroves, freshwater marshes, and mudflats. You can even look for birds from nearby bird hides. 

Try going on the Dragon’s Back Hike to see a cool path that takes you through shady groves of bamboo and lush woodland. There is also the 360 Lantau Sunset Tour where you can take in the boundless beauty of Lantau Island along with the beautiful sunset and stargazing experience. 

Topics: Hong Kong , Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB)
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