When you think of Hong Kong, deserted beaches, lush woodlands, and bamboo-forested mountain ridges may not be the images that come to mind. But we’re here to tell you it’s true: Hong Kong has a vastly beautiful and often-overlooked wild side.
Believe it or not, although Hong Kong is best known for its tower-studded cityscape, delectable culinary scene, bustling ports and booming commerce, this Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China offers just as much wilderness as urban glitz, pound for pound. And what’s more, all this hidden countryside is easily accessible from downtown Hong Kong.
Just an hour outside of town is the incomparable Dragon’s Back Trail, a shady trekking path that winds through thick bamboo forests and offers stunning coastal views from several lofty summits. At the terminus of Dragon’s Back Trail is Shek O Village, which is home to sandy beaches, crystal waters, and lovely outdoor restaurants. This trek is just one highlight of our Hong Kong and Beijing Discovery tour, which blends the best of two modern Chinese metropolises with the beauty of its surrounding nature and traditional cultures.
Hong Kong is also home to 23 regional parks, 10 mountain bike trails, and countless hiking trails, not to mention a royal blue bay that’s great for island-hopping and seafaring daytrips on old-fashioned junks. The New Territories Global Geopark, accessible only by boat, offers a hidden gem of pristine coastlines, sparkling seas, mangrove forests, and even a rural Hakka village. There’s some unbeatable cycling and hiking in the New Territories, boasting some fascinating ecosystems, such as wetlands and deserted islands. Those who love geology will get a kick out of the Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region, or, if you’re in the mood to see some rare wildlife, just head to the Sha Chau and Lung Kwu Chau Marine Park to visit the pink dolphins. You’ll see the best of Hong Kong’s wild side and have the most quintessentially urban experiences on our 4-day Hong Kong at a Glance Tour.
If seen from another perspective, the urban center of Hong Kong also offers ecofriendly parks with plenty of quiet, green spaces to relax. These well-manicured gardens may not give you true wilderness, but they can provide great respites from the hectic pace of city life.
So, if you’re planning a trip to Hong Kong and want to include an escape from the city into your itinerary, just contact our Hong Kong–based Travel Specialists who are waiting to share their expert knowledge with you.