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    With regards to the HKSAR Government’s arrangements for mourning Mr Jiang Zemin, Former President of the People’s Republic of China, the Hong Kong Tourism Board has announced that the “Hong Kong WinterFest” will be suspended on 6 December (Tue). The Christmas Town at Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District will also be temporarily closed. Click here for more information.

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Trail running: easily accessible hiking routes make Hong Kong unique trail-running destination

Adventure

Trail running: easily accessible hiking routes make Hong Kong unique trail-running destination

Hong Kong’s diverse 1,108 sq km landscape — almost three-quarters of which is countryside, including 24 country parks covered by a criss-crossing network of dedicated hiking routes — provides a unique trail-running setting. Many road runners have shifted to trail running along the city’s many trails, which offer them an opportunity to enjoy exhilarating open running only a short distance from where they live in the city centre. The trails pass through areas of outstanding natural beauty they may not have seen before, including beaches, rocky coastlines, dense woodland and rolling mountains rising nearly 1,000 metres.
The easily accessible running trails follow long stretches of the city’s four long-distance hiking routes, which stretch over a combined 298 km: MacLehose Trail (100 km) from Pak Tam Chung in Sai Kung to Tuen Mun in the New Territories; Wilson Trail (78 km) from Tai Long Wan on Hong Kong Island to Nam Chung in the New Territories; Hong Kong Trail (50 km) from The Peak to Tai Long Wan on Hong Kong Island; and Lantau Trail (70 km), a loop course which starts and ends in Mui Wo. All of the trails can be accessed using public transport. Hong Kong’s countryside trails are a safe environment in which to run, with relatively gentle slopes without dramatic changes in elevation. All of them are well maintained, and easy to follow thanks to regular signposts and distance markers along the routes, with stations for making emergency calls.
Trail running first attracted attention in Hong Kong with the 1986 launch of the annual Oxfam Trailwalker charity team event along the MacLehose Trail, which has grown in prominence and remains the city’s biggest trail event. Interest in the sport has grown rapidly, and many other regular prestigious trail-running events are staged in the city — including TransLantau™ by UTMB®, a qualifying race for the UTMB® (Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc), the world's most prestigious trail races, and places often fill up quickly. Many overseas competitors are keen to take part in Hong Kong’s events, not only to pick up points for entering UTMB® races, but to savour the city’s memorable countryside.
Wear a good, worn-in pair of trail shoes with a suitable grip to tackle tough terrain. Weather conditions — and temperatures — change rapidly, so bring suitable clothing so you stay warm and protected from sun, wind and rain, and enough water and fuel, including energy bars, to avoid dehydration or other health problems. Before you leave, carefully study the course route and elevation and always carry fully charged communication devices with GPS tracking and map functions. Beginners should start off in the sport by joining a group of trail runners. Never run alone and always avoid dangerous spots such as cliffs or flowing streams.
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