Wan Chai Gap Road

Wan Chai Gap Road

Wan Chai Gap Road mapStart on a street where couples used to shop for wedding invitations. From there, quickly ascend into Hong Kong Island’s green belt. You will encounter views of the skyline, a rock that is believed to bless lovers, and colonial architecture.

Starting Point — Lee Tung Avenue
Lee Tung Avenue

Now an airy tree-lined pedestrian boulevard with sidewalk cafés and chic boutiques, Lee Tung Avenue used to be Lee Tung Street, known citywide as the place where most of Hong Kong’s wedding invitations were designed and printed.

 
Wan Chai Gap Road
Wan Chai Green Trail

Just two blocks down, you will find the entrance to Wan Chai Gap Road. Climbing up the valley, you will experience a transition of landscapes as you move from the edge of urban development into the heart of Hong Kong Island’s green belt. Take a few breaks on the steep incline to enjoy views of the skyline.

Bowen Road
Bowen Road

Commissioned by Sir George Bowen, the ninth governor of Hong Kong, this 4 km path runs along the hillside of northern Hong Kong Island from the Mid-Levels to Happy Valley. Bowen Road was the third major east-west thoroughfare on Hong Kong Island. Unbeknownst to many, Bowen Road was actually built on the aqueduct which transferred water from Tai Tam Group of Reservoirs to Central District.

Lovers’ Rock
Lovers’ Rock

Take a slight detour to visit this granite monolith where many locals pray for a happy marriage and fertility. Climb up the flight of stairs and go past the myriad of bright red shrines to see the nine-metre-tall phallus-shaped rock. Even if your love life is not in need of help, it’s worth a visit for the sweeping view of Happy Valley and beyond.

End Point — Police Museum
Police Museum

Continue on Wan Chai Gap Road via Bowen Road. You now walk under a lush canopy with trickling streams along the way. Relax and keep ascending at a comfortable pace. Before you go, pop into the Police Museum, housed in the former Wan Chai Gap Police Station. It might not be the most romantic place to conclude your walk, but it offers an interesting look at the history of the Hong Kong Police Force, with exhibits including old uniforms and guns.

Trail photos provided by HK Discovery.

This is one of the featured hiking and cycling routes of Great Outdoors Hong Kong 2017–2018. Be sure to check out the others here.

Info
Area:
Wan Chai District
Starting point:
Lee Tung Avenue
End point:
Police Museum
Average hiking time:
About 1.5 hours
Distance:
Approximately 3 km
Replenishing stations:
Fuel up at a café, restaurant or cha chaan teng (Hong Kong-style diner) on Tai Yuen Street or Queen’s Road East. There are also supermarkets and convenience stores on both streets.
Difficulty:
Moderate
Steep ascent at the start and end, with a level and paved path in between
How to get there
To the starting point:
  • MTR Wan Chai Station Exit A3, cross Johnston Road to Lee Tung Avenue; or
  • take the tram and get off at O’Brien Road Station; or
  • any bus that stops at Johnston Road or Queen’s Road East.

From the end point:
  • Take bus 15 or 15B (uphill) to The Peak; or
  • bus 15 (downhill) to Wan Chai, Admiralty or Central; or
  • bus 15B (downhill) to Causeway Bay or the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
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