8 Running Trails In Hong Kong For Your Next Outdoor Workout
A concrete jungle––that's how some describe Hong Kong. And while it might not seem like it, this bustling metropolis has a lot of natural and scenic spots to offer, from its country parks to nature reserves. It's not just a hiking, mecca but also a runner's paradise.
Running around the city is one of the best ways to discover all its hidden gems while staying fit and healthy, so we compiled a list of running trails for your next run––whether you're a beginner, an experienced runner, or simply looking for a new challenge.
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1/8 Bowen Road
Bowen Road is possibly one of the most well-known running trails in Hong Kong. And for good reason. It's calm, scenic and easy to run to––perfect for a morning jog. This flat trail spans four kilometres one-way where you are guaranteed to enjoy a peaceful time given its car-free policy, free of noise and traffic. There are sights of Wan Chai and Central to dazzle you just below. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned runner, Bowen road is suitable for all levels of runners.
Distance: 4 km
How to get there: Take green minibus route 1 from Central to Magazine Gap Road
2/8 Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
The Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade is one of the most pleasant and scenic running trails. This four-kilometre-long route starts from Star Ferry Terminal all the way to Fisherman's Wharf. Along the way, you'll encounter various landmarks including the Kowloon Public Pier, the Canton Railway Clocktower, and Avenue of Stars. The view of Hong Kong's cityscape from the promenade is definitely a feast for the eyes. The trail eventually leads to Hung Hom Promenade where you can unwind after a refreshing run.
Distance: 4 km
How to get there: Take the ferry from Wan Chai or Central and arrive at the Star Ferry Terminal. Alternatively, you can take the MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui Station and walk for about 10 minutes to the promenade
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3/8 Mount Davis
Despite its name and the fact that it's a mountain, Mount Davis is actually fairly easy to run. It's also a well-known place for hiking and biking. At the top of the summit, you'll get wonderful aerial views of the city. But there are also treats along the way. Mount Davis was an important artillery site during World War II so there are many remnants of fort ruins and even a secret bunker. Of course, don't forget to enjoy stunning views of the sunset.
Distance: 2–4 km
How to get there: Take bus 23 from Causeway Bay, Wan Chai or outside Pacific Place. You can also take buses 4, 7, 37A, 40, 40M, 90B, 91, 970, or 973.
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4/8 The Peak
To get the best view of the city, The Peak trail is definitely the one to go for. This running loop will bless you with commanding views of the city's most impressive buildings––from iconic towers to majestic skyscrapers. The Peak itself is the single highest point in Hong Kong so running around this trail and reaching the top is a feat itself. This trail is designed both for exercise and education as the surrounding ecology is well-worth knowing. Since you're already around the area, you might as well pay a visit to tourist attraction, The Peak.
Distance: About 4 km
How to get there: Take bus no. 13 from Central to Kotewall Road and begin your run at Hatton Road
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5/8 Wilson Trail
For those looking for a longer run, the answer to that is the Wilson Trail, a 78-kilometre-long trail with an incline footpath. The beginning of the trail is strenuous but you'll be rewarded with incredible views of the city. Admire the surrounding natural scenery including parks, forests, and mountains. Some of the notable sights include the Wong Nai Chung Reservoir, Violet Hill, Tsz Kong Bridge, and The Twins.
Distance: 78 km
How to get there: From Causeway Bay Station (Exit D), take the green minibus no. 5 at the crossroad of Jaffe Road and Cannon Street to Wong Nai Chung Reservoir. Alternatively, you can also take bus 76 on Pennington Street or bus 6 at Exchange Square. Alight at Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park bus stop.
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6/8 Hong Kong Trail
The Hong Kong Trail is your best bet if you're looking for a challenge. This long-distance footpath stretches from Victoria Peak to Big Wave Bay on Hong Kong Island and passes through five country parks. While the 50-kilometre trail is divided into stages, it's best to leave it to experienced runners. Since the trail has zig-zagged paths and numerous up-and-down slopes, you need to be at your best to handle it. But if you're really determined, no one's stopping you from taking the challenge.
Distance: 50 km
How to get there: Take bus number 15 from Exchange Square, Central. Alternatively, you can take green minibus no. 1 beneath IFC Mall.
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7/8 Rocket Man
This running trail is designed for more experienced runners thanks to the many hills and stairs along the way. The 16.7-kilometre trail starts from Kei Ling Ha Lo Wai bus stop in Sai Kung and ends at Sha Tin Pass Road. Despite being a gruelling run thanks to the various elevations along the way, you still get to see amazing views of the landscape filled with lush greenery, grassy bluffs, and an unbeatable view of Sai Kung and surrounding areas.
Distance: 16.7 km
How to get there: Take the MTR to Choi Hung Station. From there, take the green minibus to Sai Kung. Alternatively, you can take the MTR to Sha Tin Station and take bus 299X to Sai Kung.
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8/8 Lantau Trail
Those looking to really challenge themselves should try the Lantau Trail. This esteemed running trail spans 70 kilometres and features the third highest peak in Hong Kong, the Lantau Peak which measures 3,064 feet––definitely not for the faint-hearted. With that, you can expect a steep running path but with unstoppable views of mountains and abundant greenery. The trail is divided into 12 sections but the icing on the cake is between sections 4–6 which starts at the Big Buddha and ends in Tai O. You'll be guaranteed across-the-board panoramic views of the city. If you're looking for a less strenuous run, sections 1–2 are popular choices.
Distance: 70 km
How to get there: Section 1 begins at the Mui Wo Ferry Pier. To start at section 4, take the bus to Big Buddha from Mui Wo Ferry Pier.
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