Peaceful hiking trails lie just outside bustling Hong Kong

Green spaces just beyond the busy metropolis of Hong Kong offer various trails for all levels of hikers, along with tranquility and awesome views.

One of the first things you notice is the silence. Minutes from Hong Kong’s frenetic core, yet seemingly a world away, lush landscapes, walking trails and scenic vistas overlook the vertical metropolis below.

There is so much to experience in the heart of Hong Kong — markets, temples, festivals, restaurants, shopping, heritage sites, big attractions, the night life — that you could remain happily ensconced for days without venturing further than a few city blocks.

But if you are up for a change of pace, a trip into the countryside is a welcome respite from the breakneck speed of the city.

Last year, more than 13 million people hiked, walked, camped and held picnics in country parks across Hong Kong. And nearly 40 per cent of Hong Kong’s undeveloped land is protected for conservation and recreation.

There are plenty of routes for hikers of all levels.

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