Hong Kong’s MacLehose Trail one of the best hikes

Hong Kong’s first and longest hiking trail, the MacLehose Trail, has been named one of the best hikes in the world by the National Geographic Society.

The society said it had asked 20 “outdoor luminaries” including trail runners, CEOs and popular authors for the trails they dreamed about. The 100km MacLehose Trail was picked by veteran hiker and writer M. John Fayhee.

The trail’s 10 sections cross much of the New Territories, starting from Pak Tam Chung in Sai Kung in the east to Tuen Mun in the west, along a trail marked by distance posts at 500-metre intervals.

The experienced hiker, who has completed the 3,380km Appalachian Trail and the 1,368km Arizona Trail in the United States, said he had heard about the MacLehose Trail as a youngster from his Uncle Jack, a retired sergeant major in the British Army, as it had apparently been used for fitness competitions between the various national components of the army.

“While Hong Kong may be one of the most densely populated places on the planet, the surrounding New Territories are rural and quiet – and they are tough country to hike,” Fayhee said.

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