Hong Kong is more than just a concrete jungle. In fact, the ease at which you can hop from bustling cityscapes to natural landscapes is one of Hong Kong's most endearing features. And with around 70% of the region being covered in lush countryside, there's no shortage of hikes to escape on.
Hike Name: Garden Hill
Duration: 15 minutes
Not so much a hike as an urban diversion, Garden Hill is one of my favourite chill spots in Hong Kong. A 15 minute climb up some pretty severe but well-maintained steps provides you with a dazzling view over Kowloon and it’s a prime photographer’s spot at sunset. Even when the hordes gather to get those coveted snaps, it manages to maintain an aura of tranquility about it as you watch the madness of Hong Kong below. Sham Shui Po is close to the popular residential areas of Prince Edward and Mong Kok and this is arguably one of the most accessible viewpoints in Kowloon. I'll never tire of visiting this place - the perfect tonic to the buzzing city.
Getting there: Take the MTR to Sham Shui Po station (Tsuen Wan Line) and head to exit D2. Walk straight until you reach Berwick Street, turn left then follow the sign and turn right up the steps.
The 'Bible' of hiking in Hong Kong - Hike Hong Kong - is one of the best resources out there for budding hikers in the region. There are a wealth of hikes on there with easy-to-follow directions and pictures to each one.