Great Outdoors Hong Kong
When Great Outdoors Hong Kong comes around, it’s time to dust off your hiking boots and put on your backpacks. The annual event allows nature lovers to explore the amazing great outdoors of Hong Kong with a series of guided hiking tours.
These guided hikes and other trails are also made available in a guidebook full of practical information, from transport to elevation charts. You can download the e-guidebook below to find details of the featured hikes of the 2012/13 season, which range from easy to difficult and cover a variety of themes and landscapes. Additionally, be sure to check out all the other great outdoors events on offer in Hong Kong.
From learning about Hong Kong’s diverse wildlife to hiking to its far-flung and deserted beaches, there are a range of free and paid tours and exhibitions and tours being offered by various groups in the city.
Complimentary Guided Tours and Exhibition
Commercial Guided Tours
The trails featured in Great Outdoors Hong Kong 2012 treat hikers to Hong Kong’s urban getaways, metropolitan woodlands, geological landscapes and beautiful outlying island scenery. Check them out! Better still try them out and on journeys that take in spectacular cityscapes, remote beaches, rustic villages, serene islands and historical and cultural landmarks, they will lead you away from Hong Kong’s bustling centre, while taking you deeper into its heart.
|1.||Before starting your hike, carefully make a plan and familiarise yourself with your route. Gauge whether your fitness level is appropriate for the difficulty level of the route. Amateurs should not go hiking alone or attempt to take any short cuts on their own; instead, they are recommended to go with experienced hikers so as not to get lost or have accidents.|
|2.||Pay attention to weather conditions. Wear appropriate gear and bring along extra clothing and supplies, such as maps, compasses, hiking sticks, water, food, electric torches, umbrellas, radios, first-aid kits and mobile phones, etc.|
|3.||Remain alert to changes in the surrounding environment and listen to weather bulletins and news reports in order to take appropriate measures as soon as possible. In the event of bad weather, consider shortening or cancelling all hiking plans.|
|4.||Bring a hat or parasol to prevent heat stroke. Also pack a raincoat or windbreaker in case it rains.|
|5.||Pay attention to the signs and terrain along the road to ensure that the route is correct. Always heed warning signs.|
|6.||Do not pick and eat wild fruit or drink spring water.|
|7.||Cooking or making fires is only permitted in designated areas. It is against the law to do so elsewhere, and could result in mountain fires.|
|8.||Avoid standing at a cliff edge or climbing onto rocks to take pictures or view scenery.|
|9.||The quality of mobile phone coverage varies throughout Hong Kong’s trails. Poor coverage is especially likely to occur in locations such as Tai Long and Ham Tin in eastern Sai Kung, southeastern High Island and the central part of Tai Lam Country Park.|
|10.||In the event of an emergency, note the number of the nearest distance post (e.g., M001) along your way, and call 112 to connect to 999 Emergency Centre or use the nearest emergency telephone.|
For more details on hiking safety, please visit the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department website at www.hkwalkers.net
|Useful telephone numbers:|
|24-hour emergency helpline||999 / 112|
|Hong Kong & Kowloon Ferry||+852 2815 6063|
|New World First Ferry||+852 2131 8181|
|Hong Kong Observatory||+852 1878 200|
|Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department hotline||+852 2418 9080|
Quality Tourism Services (QTS) Scheme
If you need to buy hiking gear in Hong Kong, look for sports goods and sportswear shops displaying the Quality Tourism Services (QTS) Scheme sign that you can trust for superb service with clearly displayed prices and product information. The QTS Scheme is also applicable to other retail shops, restaurants, visitor accommodation and hair salons.