5 Unexpected Activities To Do In Hong Kong The Great Escape

Think Hong Kong is an over-crowded city only good for shopping and eats? Well, think again. 

When we were kids, there was a popular television commercial that touted Hong Kong as a place for “买东西,吃东西” (translation: buy stuff, eat stuff). There’s no doubt that Hong Kong is a great place for shopping and dining out, but did you know that 70 percent of the territory is undeveloped land? That means there are plenty of opportunities for adrenaline-pumping activities!

Here are five to check out the next time you visit:

1. Admire the sunrise from Lantau Peak

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Standing tall at over 930m, Lantau Peak is the second-highest mountain in Hong Kong. This is not an easy trek – it involves climbing over big rocks at a steep incline for about 2.5 hours. And if you intend to catch the sunrise, you need to start before dawn so you’ll be climbing mostly in darkness (save for the light from your headlamp, of course). However, the breathtaking view from the top more than makes up for the strenuous climb up. Atop the summit, the sky appears extra close and the brilliance of the sunrise is mesmerising, almost like a painting being slowly revealed across a giant canvas.

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2. Scale the Dragon’s Back

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For something a little less rigorous, head over to Dragon’s Back, which is a trail rolling across the ridges of Wan Cham Shan and Shek O Peak. This is an easy enough trek, even for those of you who are doubtful about your levels of fitness. At 284m high, this hilltop sightseeing platform affords you with picturesque views of Shek O, Tai Long Wan, Stanley, Tai Tam, and the South China Sea. Psst … from the top, you can even get a bird’s eye view of the most expensive property in Hong Kong!

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3. Hike through the “Deserted Beaches” 

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For a walk through history, be sure to explore the Sai Kung uplands and coasts. While this area has always been sparsely populated, the population decreased further in the 1970s when many villagers left their ancestral homes to seek out city lives. This hike takes you into the homes, lands, and beaches that these villagers left behind – walk across lush tropical greenery, forested ridges, and a network of paved paths across old Hakka clan villages. During the hike, you will also be treated to spectacular views of endless white beaches, making the noise and crowds of Mongkok or Causeway Bay feel impossibly far away.

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4. Cycling in the city

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If you prefer exploring the city on two wheels, you can easily rent a bicycle and get going. A popular route is the Sha Tin to Tai Po stretch, which takes you on a scenic ride along the Shing Mun River and passes beautiful mountain and coastal scenery in the New Territories. The entire route is about 16km and is pretty straightforward – you can get clear instructions here. If you cycle continuously, you should be able to complete your journey in less than three hours but I recommend stopping every now and then to soak in the fresh air and gorgeous scenery. There is a jetty along the Pak Shek Kok Promenade where you can chill with hobby fishermen and other fellow cyclists.

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5. Check out panoramic views on a kiteboard

Image Credit: Hong Kong Kiteboarding School

Image Credit: Hong Kong Kiteboarding School

For something a little more high-octane, why not take to the skies on a kiteboard? This extreme sport is a crazy combination of wakeboarding, snowboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, skateboarding and gymnastics! In Hong Kong, one of the best places to kiteboard is at Shui Hau in Lantau but before you take to the air, be sure to take a few lessons from the pros.

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For as long as she can remember, Vanessa has always wanted to escape to a place where no one knows her. But because that’s not always possible, she often retreats into the world of books and pop culture. When she does get to travel, she prefers going off the beaten track and back to nature. Some of her best memories include napping in a treehouse in Laos and cycling across padi fields in Bali.

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