Hong Kong Trail

The Hong Kong Trail, opened in 1985, is a long-distance footpath from Victoria Peak to Big Wave Bay on Hong Kong Island. It is a 50-kilometre walking route which passes through the five country parks on Hong Kong island.[2] The trail is extremely popular with local residents for its unique combination of well-marked paths (with reassuring trail markers every half-kilometre) through verdant woods that offer relief from the sun on sunny days, and featuring numerous streams and waterfalls. The trail offers a wide variety of terrain—it can be steep at some parts, flat at others, with both gradual ascents and descents. The trail takes a very indirect route; termination points Victoria Peak and Big Wave Bay are less than 11 km apart. Because the trail is composed of eight sections, much shorter runs or hikes are possible. The popular running path on Bowen Road connects to both Sections 3 and 4 via the steep ascent up the Wan Chai Gap Trail. In 2013, Hong Kong Trail was awarded the 10th best city hiking trail in the world by Lonely Planet.[3]

Hong Kong Trail
Length50 kilometres (31 miles){{[1]|date=January 2021}}
LocationHong-Kong
Elevation
Elevation gain/loss3,031 m (9,944 ft)
Hiking details
Trail difficultyMedium
Hong Kong Trail
Hong Kong Trail Start.jpg
Starting point of the Hong Kong Trail at The Peak, Hong Kong Island
Traditional Chinese港島徑
Simplified Chinese港岛径

StagesEdit

The Hong Kong Trail is divided into eight sections:[2]

Section Route Length (km) Time (hr) Difficulty
1 The PeakPok Fu Lam Reservoir 7.0 2.0    
2 Pok Fu Lam ReservoirPeel Rise 4.5 1.5    
3 Peel RiseWan Chai Gap 6.5 1.75    
4 Wan Chai GapWong Nai Chung Gap Road 7.5 2.0    
5 Wong Nai Chung Gap RoadMount Parker Road 4.0 1.5    
6 Mount Parker RoadTai Tam Road 4.5 1.5    
7 Tai Tam RoadTo Tei Wan 7.5 2.0    
8 To Tei WanTai Long Wan (Big Wave Bay) 8.5 2.75    

    Easy Walk
    Fairly Difficult
    Very Difficult

Green Power HikeEdit

The Green Power Hike is a 46km walk and running race along The Hong Kong Trail hosted by Green Power Hong Kong during February each year. Income from the Green Power Hike funds local environmental education in schools and the community. Green Power is an independent green organization which receives no Government subvention and is financed by public membership fees, sponsorships and donations.

Rainbow TrekEdit

The Rainbow Trek is a team race run during October or November each year. Teams of four must complete the 50 km trail together, though there is a mandatory 30 minute rest period after the first 25 km. Initiated in 2005, the trek seeks to raise funds for the Rainbow Project, a local based charity trying to improve education facilities for autistic children in the territory.

Trail Walker @ HKUEdit

Trail Walker @ HKU is a challenge tailored for over 300 HKU students in teams of 4. Organized annually by General Education Unit of HKU with support of Mr Panda Lee from 2002, it holds the record of only trail walk activity with no garbage left behind.[citation needed] The trail walk aims to challenge students to rediscover qualities like resilience, endurance, courage and team spirit. A briefing session is held one month prior to on-day to provide practical information for students' better preparation. The Trail Walk will span a full day starting at 8 am on a weekend in November, starts from Big Wave Bay and finishes at HKU.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "HONG KONG : THE FACTS - Country Parks and Special Areas".
  2. ^ a b Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department - Hong Kong Trail Archived 2011-03-10 at the Wayback Machine Country and Marine Parks Authority Agriculture
  3. ^ "《Lonely Planet》選全球最佳遠足徑 港島徑躋身第10位". Apple Daily 蘋果日報. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  4. ^ Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department - Shek O Country Park

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