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Discover Hong Kong's unspoiled nature

Comprising 70% pristine countryside and mountains, Hong Kong’s communion of city and natural landscape has the kind of visual appeal that hooks you from the get-go. Book your ticket to Hong Kong now and explore the great outdoors with our exclusive offers.

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Hong Kong is more than just the skyline

In addition to its bustling streets and breathtaking skyscrapers, Hong Kong is home to protected nature where rare species and migratory birds thrive. Along its shores are some of the most magnificent coastline in the world. Be amazed to find unspoiled nature and busy urban life in such close proximity. Visit Discover Hong Kong to find out more.

Hong Kong Wetland Park to Tsim Bei Tsui

A renowned bird watching site, Hong Kong hosts over 500 species of birds. Right by Mai Po Nature Reserve, Hong Kong Wetland Park is great for ecotourism. Come to join a guided tour, followed by walks alongside mangroves and fishponds where migrating birds, including endangered species, often hover.

Grade : Easy | Time : 2.5 hours | Length : About 6 km

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Hong Kong Wetland Park

This 61-hectare Hong Kong Wetland Park provides viewing platforms for visitors to observe the area’s wetland eco-systems. The park—the swamps, the mangroves, and the intertidal zones—is home to a great number of waterfowl, such as black-faced spoonbills and Eurasian kingfishers.

Photo credit: Samson So

Tsim Bei Tsui

On the edge of Deep Bay, Tsim Bei Tsui’s small lookout and its police post are both ideal for beginning bird-watchers. In winter months, they can observe black-faced spoonbills and northern pintails, among others; white-breasted waterhen are among the birds commonly seen in summer.

Photo credit: Samson So

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The above is just a selection of the Hong Kong Tourism Boards content on the great outdoors. For the full guide, please visit discoverhongkong.com, Link opens in a new window operated by external parties and may not conform to the same accessibility policies as Cathay Pacific .

 

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Stay at our hand-picked hotel near the closest MTR station of the hike, allowing you to explore Hong Kong to the fullest.

L'Hotel Nina et Convention Centre

  • Easily connected via West Rail Line
  • Travel between 1 May - 30 September 2019, book 60 days in advance to enjoy up to HKD100 discount on room rate per night

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Lau Shui Heung to Fung Yuen

Hong Kong has about 250 species of butterflies and over 120 species of dragonflies. Take the Lau Shui Heung Country Trail past scenic reservoirs and hidden swamps to get to Fung Yuen, where these beautiful, fairy-like creatures often rest on wild flowers or flutter all around you.

Grade : Moderate | Time : 3 hours | Length : About 7.5 km

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Lau Shui Heung Country Trail

Lau Shui Heung Reservoir. Surrounded by thick forests, its glassy surface is especially stunning on a clear, windless day. Visit during the colder months to enjoy colourful autumn foliage as the cypress leaves transition from yellow to burnt orange. You can also observe the white-flower derris, which is a vine that crawls up tree trunks.

Photo credit: Derek Yung

Fung Yuen Butterfly Reserve

With an abundance of plants providing food for the caterpillars, this part of the valley has become a prime habitat for butterflies. Try to spot and learn about as many species of butterflies as you can during your visit. White dragontail butterflies are a favourite with photographers. Also commonly observed here are pale awlet, common birdwing, and red-base jezebel butterflies.

Photo credit: Gary Chan

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The above is just a selection of the Hong Kong Tourism Boards content on the great outdoors. For the full guide, please visit discoverhongkong.com, Link opens in a new window operated by external parties and may not conform to the same accessibility policies as Cathay Pacific .

 

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Stay at our hand-picked hotel near the closest MTR station of the hike, allowing you to explore Hong Kong to the fullest.

New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel

  • Easily connected via East Rail Lin
  • Travel now until 31 March 2019, enjoy access to Residence Club with a minimum of seven nights stay

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Tai Mo Shan

Rising 957 metres above sea level, the frequently cloud-covered Tai Mo Shan is Hong Kong’s highest peak and is visible from many parts of the city. Despite its elevation, Tai Mo Shan is accessible by foot, with several hiking trails meandering around the summit. Climb up for panoramic views, a sea of clouds, winter frosts, and colourful seasonal blooms of flowers.

Grade : Moderate | Time : 2 hours (one way) | Length : About 5 km (one way)

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Weather Radar Station

Tai Mo Shan is topped by the Hong Kong Observatory’s weather radar station; when its gigantic sphere comes into sight, you’ll know that you’re almost at the peak. At 950 metres, this is also the highest overlook in Hong Kong. On a clear day, it offers expansive views in all directions. Around the station, silvergrass covering the slopes is tinged with gold by the sun.

Photo credit: Anthony Lau

Rotary Park

Before you hike uphill on Tai Mo Shan Road, check out the Rotary Park near the entrance of Tai Mo Shan Country Park. The park features groves of cherry blossom trees from Taiwan. From around February through early March, this is one of HongKong’s best places to see cherry blossoms.

Photo credit: Wandering Photography

Supported by Hong Kong Tourism Board

The above is just a selection of the Hong Kong Tourism Boards content on the great outdoors. For the full guide, please visit discoverhongkong.com, Link opens in a new window operated by external parties and may not conform to the same accessibility policies as Cathay Pacific .

 

Book a stay with us

Stay at our hand-picked hotel near the closest MTR station of the hike, allowing you to explore Hong Kong to the fullest.

Metropark Hotel Kowloon Hong Kong

  • Easily connected via Tsuen Wan Line
  • For entire stay between 7 October - 23 December 2018, 25-29 December 2018, 1 January - 5 February 2019 or 10 February - 31 March 2019, guaranteed upgrade to Deluxe Room with a minimum of three nights stay

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Dragon's Back

The last leg of the Hong Kong Trail, this meandering path on the ridge of Dragon’s Back is widely hailed as one of Hong Kong’s best urban hikes. Besides its attractive name, Dragon’s Back has a sightseeing platform near the peak that provides truly spectacular views of southern Hong Kong Island and its shoreline. Right at the trail’s end is Big Wave Bay. Take a dip or surf the waves for a relaxing finale to this hike.

Grade : Moderate | Time : 4 hours | Length : About 8.5 km

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Dragon's Back

Stay on the rolling ridge to trace the “dragon” while you climb uphill. Stop at the Dragon’s Back Viewing Point for a great view of the Tai Tam Bay west of Shek O Peninsula. On a clear day, even Lamma Island, to the southwest of Hong Kong Island, is visible from the deck. Once over the ridge, you'll arrive at Pottinger Gap. Here you get a view of Chai Wan’s urban high-rises against a forested landscape.

Photo credit: Joe Chen

Big Wave Bay

After passing a pavilion, you’ll begin a sharp descent on an uneven stone and dirt path. This very last stage of the trail is mostly shaded and can be slippery at times. Once you’ve exited the trail and cleared the village houses, a beach popular with surfers lies waiting. Big Wave Bay will greet your arrival with shimmering white waves against the blue sky.

Photo credit: Joe Chen

Supported by Hong Kong Tourism Board

The above is just a selection of the Hong Kong Tourism Boards content on the great outdoors. For the full guide, please visit discoverhongkong.com, Link opens in a new window operated by external parties and may not conform to the same accessibility policies as Cathay Pacific .

 

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Stay at our hand-picked hotel near the closest MTR station of the hike, allowing you to explore Hong Kong to the fullest.

EAST, Hong Kong

  • Easily connected via Island Line
  • Travel now until 31 March 2019 to enjoy special rate and heated outdoor swimming pool

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MacLehose Trail (Stages 1 & 2)

Cited by National Geographic as one of the world’s 20 dream trails, this 100 km trekking route known as the MacLehose Trail showcases the impressive coastline of the eastern peninsula in Sai Kung. Along the trail you’ll see sea caves, sea stacks, and hexagonal rock columns. Toward the end of the trail’s Sai Kung section, you can listen to the sound of breaking waves on the beautiful beaches.

Grade : Very Difficult | Time : 7 hours | Length : About 17.5 km

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High Island Reservoir East Dam

High Island Reservoir was built in the 1970s across a narrow channel. It‘s worth taking a look: although it’s a man-made structure, it still blends in with the impressive geology of its surroundings. The area near the East Dam is also the gateway to the many treasures of the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark.

Photo credit: Tugo Cheng

Hexagonal Rock Columns

Walking along the High Island Geo Trail, you’ll pass by the magnificent 100-metre-tall hexagonal rock columns that dominate the area near the East Dam. You shouldn’t miss these geological wonders up close, and the trail offers some of the best vantage points. We also recommend checking out the large sea cave and Po Pin Chau, which is a sea stack further down the coast. As an interesting side note: “Po Pin” means “riven” or “split” in Cantonese.

Photo credit: Matthieu Paley

Supported by Hong Kong Tourism Board

The above is just a selection of the Hong Kong Tourism Boards content on the great outdoors. For the full guide, please visit discoverhongkong.com, Link opens in a new window operated by external parties and may not conform to the same accessibility policies as Cathay Pacific .

 

Book a stay with us

Stay at our hand-picked hotel near the closest MTR station of the hike, allowing you to explore Hong Kong to the fullest.

Cordis, Hong Kong

  • Easily connected via Tsuen Wan Line
  • Travel now until 31 March 2019, book 120 days in advance to enjoy up to 38% discount

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The HK50 series will take you through the magnificent outdoors of Hong Kong - from the jaw-dropping views of dense skyscrapers, to the bizarre natural land formations and breathtaking vistas - making the trail run a pleasant challenge.

Apart from the 50km run only the most seasoned marathan runners can dare, HK50 also offers shorter routes for eager challengers.

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