From the shining glass of its massive skyscrapers to the verdant slopes of its highest peaks, Hong Kong is truly a beautiful place. The best way to escape from the hectic city center and enjoy as much of the territory’s natural splendor as well as its various islands and mountains is to head out on a hiking adventure.
Best time to visit:
November to March
Hong Kong dollar (HKD)
Mandarin, Cantonese, English
How to get there:
Any trip to Hong Kong begins with a flight into Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). From here, it is easy to find public transport to the start of the trip
What’s the weather like?
During the climbing season, average daily temperatures in Hong Kong range from 25 ºC to 30 ºC (77 ºF to 86 ºF). While rain is less frequent at this time of year than in the wet season, Hong Kong still receives about 30 to 80 millimeters (1.2 to 3.1 inches) of rain per month
In spite of its high population density and reputation as a major cosmopolitan hub, Hong ong still offers plenty of natural escapes to explore on foot. The semi-autonomous city-state is composed of the main island as well as part of a peninsula that pokes out from the Chinese mainland. Rising to 957 meters (3,140 feet) in elevation, Tai Mo Shan is the highest peak in Hong Kong. Unlike the more popular Victoria Peak, it is located farther north of the main city on the peninsula. From its summit, there are incredible views out over the rest of the territory. Another popular option for hikers is to head to the western island of Lantau and climb Lantau Peak. Also known as Fung Wong Shan, Hong Kong’s second highest mountain rises to 934 meters (3,064 feet) in elevation. The hiking is quite easy, but most people opt to head to the summit on a two-day trip, arriving at the very top just before dawn on the second day in order to enjoy the sublime sunrise over the city and main island, to the east
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