ETC’s 4-day Hong Kong walking holiday is especially crafted for active travelers. Discover the city highlights, ancient civilizations and cultural roots of Hong Kong, as you walk the countryside, coastline, mountain path, food streets and bustling shopping areas. With our local guide, enjoy the spectacular Dragon's Back hike, and decide yourself to explore Hong Kong’s famous iconic landmarks or incredible cultural sites on foot. Embark on this walking journey, you will learn and experience every facet of Hong Kong, from its landscape, tradition, shopping, lifestyle to cuisine.

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Upon your arrival at Hong Kong rail station or airport, you will be met and welcomed by your local English speaking driver, and then transfer to hotel. The rest of today is free for your own exploration. If the time is enough, you can visit some highlights of this city, such as the Aberdeen Fishing Village, Victoria Peak, Victoria Harbour, Wong Tai Sin Temple etc. Each is easy to reach with convenient MTR or other public transportations.

Today, you will enjoy a private escorted walking tour of Dragon's Back Trail, one of the four best hiking trails in Hong Kong and is considered to be the easiest but most beautiful one. This hike has been selected by Asia Times as the best urban hiking trail in Asia. The walking distance is around 8.5km, with moderate difficulty (a decent level of fitness is required). Usually it takes 4-5hrs to finish the entire section. There’s no refueling stop along the trail, so water and snacks need to be prepared in advance.

After about 25min’s drive from your hotel (the driving time depends on which hotel you stay), you will reach the starting point for today’s walking - Shek O To Tei Wan (Shek O Road), and then start the walking up and along the trail. You will pass the Shek O Viewing Point for a overlooking of the Shek O Beach, reach the summit of Shek O Peak (284m) to get panorama of the coastline. While hiking along the rolling ridge, you will enjoy great view from both sides. Most of the route is dirt paths, so a pair of nice walking shoes would be needed, and sun cream of course. The walking ends at Big Wave Bay, which can be a nice last stop to relax yourself. After the tour, you will be transferred back hotel.

For your further information, if you prefer shorter distance for the hiking, we can offer different options such as 5km, 3km, by changing the starting or ending points.

Meal: B, L

Dragon's Back hiking trail views

Today, we will guide you to visit Hong Kong by public transportations, and offer you options by different walking routes.

Option 1: Hong Kong culture exploration by foot

Meet your guide at hotel, and then take taxi (or walk) to the nearest MTR station. Take the West Rail Line to Yuen Long. After a 15min walking, you will reach the Ping Shan Heritage Trail, the well-preserved heritage sites of Yuen Long. It’s a nostalgic reminder of a time. Wedged between residential and commercial developments, hundreds old ancestral halls are windows of local lives and culture. You will take a journey here in a historical part of Hong Kong since the late Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Firstly, you will see Hong Kong’s oldest pagoda, Tsui Shing Lau (Juxing Tower), which is considered to be built in 1486. The three-story building is hexagonal and 13 meters high. It’s one of the five residents of the New Territories, and is the only ancient tower in Hong Kong that has been in existence for more than 600 years. Continue the walking along the Ping Shan Heritage Trail, you will see the historic sites one by one. Visit what attract you the most. We would specially recommend the Tang Ancestral Hall, as it’s one of the finest examples of this type of building in Hong Kong, with more than 700 years history. Note the high elevation of the pathway in the courtyard which indicates that one of the Tang Clansmen held a high-ranking position in the imperial government.

The following sites Kun Ting Study Hall and Hung Shing Temple are also worthy for a stop. Kun Ting Study Hall was used both as an ancestral hall and a place of study, and now it also shows us a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. The Hung Shing Temple is widely worshipped, especially by fishermen and those people who rely on the sea for living. Out of the Ping Shan Heritage Trail, you will be continually guided to take a leisure walking to a local bakery for some Wife cake (Sweet Heart cake), which is well known all over the country. Wife cake is a traditional Cantonese pastry with a thin crust of flaky pastry. It’s made with a filling of winter melon, almond paste and sesame. When visiting Yuen Long, Wife cake shouldn’t be missed. Go back modern world by MTR, you will visit Tsim Sha Tsui business district, before taking Star Ferry to Hong Kong Island. Immerse yourself in the modern street view here at Central District. We will also guide you to experience the popular escalator, a pedestrian transportation system connecting the Central Business District with Mid-levels District, and pay a visit to the Soho Food District for a local style meal including authentic dishes like pork Cutlet, egg tart, Wunton noodle etc. Continue to visit the Avenue of Stars that honors celebrities of the Hong Kong film industry. The last stop for today is Tai Kwun, a center for heritage and arts. Tai Kwun is located in the heart of Central District, in the restored Central Police Station compound, comprising three declared monuments - the former central Polica Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison. Savor up the rich heritage of the unique historical compound through interactive tours, heritage storytelling spaces and thematic heritage exhibitions. After a fulfilling day, take MTR and taxi if necessary back hotel, for a good rest.

Stanley Market

Option 2: City highlights walking

Meet your guide at hotel, and then take taxi (or walk) to the nearest MTR station. Take the MTR to Admiralty station (金鐘港鐵站), out from exit C1. Firstly you will reach Hong Kong Park, an oasis of green in an urban setting. The park features a greenhouse, fountains, lily ponds, playgrounds… Besides, it’s a nice place for bird watching as there are more than 80 species of birds living in a well-designed tropical “rainforest”. Walk through the Hong Kong Park, you finally reach the peak tram terminus. Ride the tram, a kind of oldest funicular railway up to the top of Victoria Peak. Opened in 1888, now it becomes popular experience among tourists. On a clear day, the tram journey can be very pleasant. Victoria Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island. It’s said that the journey to Hong Kong is not complete without a visit to Victoria Peak. The view it offers attracts a large amount of tourists.

After the peak tram, you will start the first part of today, walking. The walking distance for the route today is approximate 7km, taking around 3hrs. The hike offers a glimpse of Hong Kong’s colonial history accompanied by beautiful nature above a spectacular urban landscape. Begin from Lugard Road, which was built in 1913-1914. After around 20 minutes along the plank road, you will reach a platform offering a spectacular panoramic view of the Victoria Harbor. At the intersection of Lugard and Harleck Roads, turn right onto the Hatton Road. Pass the Lung Pu Shan View Compass, you will see the signposted trail to the Pok Fu Lam Reservoir. About one hour, you will reach the Pok Fu Lam road; close to the reservoir. Pok Fu Lam Reservoir is the first reservoir in Hong Kong, with capacity of 260,000 m3.

Finish the walking, we continue for the second part of today. Take taxi to Stanley. Stanley is a coastal town and a popular tourist attraction in Hong Kong. In Stanley, you can shop at the Stanley Market, dine at Stanley Promenade, relax at Stanley Beach… we recommend you to take a Sampan boat for a ride along Victoria Harbor. You will get to see a different side of Hong Kong Island while travelling on sea. After the relaxing time in Stanley, return hotel by taxi. 

Meal: B, L

At an appropriate time, you will be transferred to airport/rail station for your flight/train to next destination. End of your 4-day Hong Kong Hiking Tour.

Meal: B

What's included

  • 1-on-1 Travel Consultant

    Your China based expert listens to your wishes carefully, provides professional advice, ensures unlimited itinerary revisions before done and 24/7 helpline service while traveling.

  • Private Local Guide and Driver

    Your guides are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and your drivers are professional, polite and patient. They are very flexible to accommodate your personal needs and happy to show you the local attractions, history, culture, foods and real life. 
    Private transfers from hotel to attractions, airport or train station are also included.

  • Accommodation to Suite Your Preference

    We hand pick hotels ranging from luxury 5 star, superior 4 star to comfortable 3 star. Luxury or cozy boutique hotels and budget guesthouses are also among your choices. You could decide where to stay to meet your taste and budget.

  • Gourmet Meals

    Most of the hotels we select offer both Western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner included are arranged in selected restaurants to taste authentic Chinese cuisine and local specialties. Thus you may also have a unique food tour.
    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Attractions and Activities Listed on the Itinerary

    Our city tour packages have included the (first/main) entry to all attractions and the expenses of activities on the itinerary (except the optional activities).

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