Sunday, 12 March 2017

Weekend Wander: Wilson Trail (Section 2)

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: Wilson Trail (Section 2)

Duration: 3 hours

Difficulty: Medium

There are a number of huge trails that span across Hong Kong, leading to them being split up into various sections. The Wilson Trail is one of these, meandering all the way from the south of Hong Kong Island up to the border with China, 78 km in total. Section 2, however, stays on the island and I love this section because it’s got a bit of everything. It kicks off with a gradual incline up to Jardine’s Lookout (above) with sweeping views of Hong Kong’s harbour. Then, to your right, you get equally gorgeous views of Tai Tam Reservoir. Finally it snakes up over a dam and provides you with a bit more of a workout. It’s the hike that keeps on giving.

Getting there: Take bus number 6 from Exchange Square (Central) and alight at Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park stop and then there's sign posts most of the way. The trail finishes at Tai Koo MTR station (Island Line).

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.

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