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8 cycling routes to explore Hong Kong on two wheels

Cycling routes across Hong Kong’s districts are very scenic.

With so many scenic routes stretching across promenades and easily accessible bike rental shops, it’s no surprise that cycling has become a favourite weekend pastime for locals. From famous routes in the New Territories to urban exploration in the city, read on to discover the best cycling spots in Hong Kong.

Hills and thrills

From Sha Tin to Tai Mei Tuk: where the ocean meets the sky

Cycling trails in Sha Tin are most popular for the scenic coastline of Tolo Harbour.

Cycling is a great family activity at the weekends, especially in Sha Tin. With a flat route and convenient bicycle rental spots, a smooth ride is guaranteed. Start off at Shing Mun River, ride along the breathtaking coastline of Tolo Harbour, then finish off at Tai Mei Tuk just in time for a stunning sunset. This easy route makes an ideal day trip for the whole family.

Average cycling time: 2.5 hours
Distance: about 22 km

Read more: Cycle along the Shing Mun River from Sha Tin to Tai Mei Tuk

From Sha Tin to Wu Kai Sha: serene sunset by the pier

Don’t miss the magnificent sunset at Wu Kai Sha Public Pier when you end your cycling trip.

Image by HK Discovery

If you’re looking for an easier route, there is a shorter version of the Sha Tin to Tai Mei Tuk route that is just as scenic. Also starting off at Shing Mun River, ride along the eastern shore of Tolo Harbour into Ma On Shan and end the journey at Wu Kai Sha Beach and Public Pier instead. As the sun sets, pink and purple hues paint a picture in the sky so stunning that you wouldn’t want to miss. 

Average cycling time: less than 2 hours
Distance: about 8 km

Read more: An easy coastal bike ride from Sha Tin to Wu Kai Sha

A blast from the past

From Tuen Mun to Sha Tin: historic villages and temples

Explore the New Territories’ rich cultural history while strolling around on the bicycle.

Cycling around the New Territories is a great way to soak up the beauty of nature. Pedal along the Tuen Mun to Sha Tin cycle track as you take in spectacular views of the wetlands, Pat Sin Leng mountain range and Tolo Harbour. You will also pass by many ancient temples and monuments drenched in history, such as Hau Kok Tin Hau Temple and Tsang Tai Uk.

Average cycling time: 6 hours
Distance: about 55 km

Read more: Experience the cultural heritage and scenery of the New Territories

From Yuen Long to Butterfly Beach: a taste of old village life

Enjoy the serene sea view of Tuen Mun along the cycling trail from Yuen Long to Butterfly Beach.

The Yuen Long to Tuen Mun cycling route is located in the New Territories. Starting from Yuen Long city centre, the cycling route offers a picturesque view while tracing through the urban landscapes. Stop by the Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery to take a peek into the old Hong Kong village life and rich cultural heritage. Butterfly Beach, where the route ends, is also a great place to unwind during the weekends.

Average cycling time: 3 hours
Distance: about 14 km

Read more: Yuen Long to Butterfly Beach: take a leisurely bike ride through cultural and recreation sites

Cycling through urban landscapes

Central Waterfront Promenade: bike-sharing in the heart of the city

Apart from the New Territories, there are also biking trails located in the heart of Hong Kong, offering city-dwellers a chance to de-stress on two wheels. From August 2022 to August 2023, visitors can rent bicycles for free to pedal along Victoria Harbour on the one-kilometre harbourfront Shared Path from Central to the Wan Chai Promenade. The bike-sharing stations on Expo Drive and across Pier 10 in Central offer bikes for both adults and children. Visit their official website for more information.

West Kowloon Cultural District: front-row seats to Victoria Harbour

Visitors can ride around freely on their bikes at the West Kowloon Cultural District.

Home to the Xiqu Centre, M+ and Hong Kong Palace Museum, West Kowloon Cultural District is a popular cultural destination for a day out. The little oasis has it all: promenade paths, grass patches for picnics and bike rentals for exploring the park freely. Enjoy the sunset from this front-row seat overlooking Victoria Harbour.

Read more: 5 West Kowloon Cultural District must-sees

Island getaways

Cheung Chau: a feast for the eyes and stomach

Explore the timeless charm of Cheung Chau on a bicycle.

Cheung Chau has always been a top destination for locals to blow off steam during the weekends. Many bike rental shops are located along the waterfront. There is plenty to see as you cycle around the island. Experience the island’s timeless charm on two wheels while visiting Pak Tai Temple and Cheung Po Tsai Cave at sunset and learn about its history as a fishing village. You’ll also find many hip boutiques opened by young people who moved to the island in search of a more laid-back lifestyle.

Read more: Cheung Chau: enjoy the best of old-world charm and trendy attractions

Inspiration Lake: family cycling fun

Inspiration Lake is a family-friendly cycling spot.

Located next to Hong Kong Disneyland, the Inspiration Lake is a one-stop shop for family fun. In addition to having a picnic on the grass, families can cycle along the lake while taking in the stunning views. Apart from bikes, you can also rent a paddle boat to cruise around the beautiful destination.

Tips for cycling in Hong Kong

Before hitting the road, follow these tips to experience cycling fun in Hong Kong to the fullest:

  1. Plan your route carefully and familiarise yourself with it. Plan as much of your route along available cycle tracks as possible.
  2. Be aware of other road users if you need to cycle on the highway. Do not ride on expressways or within tunnel areas.
  3. Check the condition of your bike before paying for a rental. Make sure you understand the terms and conditions, including rental costs, duration and bike return location.
  4. Be aware of the weather conditions. If the weather is inclement, avoid cycling on slick roads and consider shortening or cancelling your trip.

Click here for more tips on cycling in Hong Kong. In the event of an emergency, call 112 or 999.

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