Average hiking time: 5 hours | Distance: About 16 km | Difficulty: Very Difficult
The crown jewel of Hong Kong’s amazing network of hiking trails, the 100-kilometre-long MacLehose Trail — named after Hong Kong’s longest-serving colonial governor — is a true test of stamina and one of the best ways to enjoy the stunning scenery of the New Territories.
The route begins along the east coast, hugging the coastline of the Sai Kung peninsula, before heading up over some of Hong Kong’s highest peaks. The 10-section trail takes in no fewer than eight of the city’s country parks before winding to an end near the reservoirs of Tuen Mun in the west.
Most people choose to experience the MacLehose Trail — named by National Geographic as one of the world’s 20 ‘dream trails’ — by tackling Sections 1 & 2, where you can enjoy magnificent coastal scenery. The trail takes in High Island Reservoir and some of the geological wonders near East Dam. Further along you will hit the beach at Long Ke and then climb up to Sai Wan Shan for some great photo opportunities. The wonderful views continue as you descend to more scenic beaches at Sai Wan and Ham Tin Wan.
Completing these sections of the trail requires a certain level of fitness and determination, but you will be well rewarded!