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Hong Kong is often used as a stopover on the way to another destination or a quick shopping vacation destination. However, after spending one month exploring Hong Kong, I can tell you there are so many awesome things to do in Hong Kong that you need to stay for at least a week to experience the adventure, culture, and cuisine of Hong Kong. This guide will cover 30 epic places to visit and Hong Kong activities with a focus on adventure and nature rather than a city or shopping guide. So if you are adventurous and look to enjoy nature, this is a great guide for you.

In this guide, you will find 30 different places to visit in Hong Kong, which you can choose from to fill your itinerary. I did all of the activities in this guide personally, which is why I can recommend them to you. For almost of the things to do in Hong Kong, which are listed in this guide, there is a link to a more specific and detailed blog post about that individual activity. If you click on that link you will find directions, more photos, helpful tips and a guide on the best place to book if necessary.

So let’s get into it with my list of 30 adventurous things to do in Hong Kong.



Best Value Hotel: Metropark Hotel Causeway BayThis 4-star hotel in Hong Kong Central is just $73 and looks like a luxury resort worth 4-times that amount.

Best Hostel: Alohas HostelFor less than $12 USD, you have a great location in a clean and simple hostel.

Best Value Luxury Hotel: Hotel ICON$140 for a 5-star hotel with an epic pool. Need I say more!

Best Hiking/Adventure Base: Hotel Stage –  In Kowloon and right next to lots of epic hikes, a gateway to the hikes in the New Territories. 4-star ultra-modern and a great adventure base.

Want a more detailed breakdown? I wrote the biggest ever guide for where to stay (and why) in Hong Kong! You can check it out here: WHERE TO STAY IN HONG KONG: BEST AREAS & HOTELS




Hong Kong is one of the most unique cities in the world with the incredible, city metropolis meeting the jungle and mountains. The best way to see the contrast between the city and the jungle and to enjoy an epic fly-over view of the city is with a Hong Kong helicopter tour. I did the heli-tour and it was simply incredible. 

We took off from the Peninsula Hotel rooftop helipad and then toured out over Lion Rock and to the edge of the New Territories. Here we saw the wild nature in the mountains of Hong Kong before cruising back over Hong Kong Central to witness the towering skyscrapers at Victoria Harbor and Causeway Bay. It’s a little bit pricey compared to other helicopter flights around the world but one of the most epic things to do in Hong Kong if you have the cash to splash.

Read the full blog post for more photos and details: EPIC HONG KONG HELICOPTER TOUR FROM THE PENINSULA HOTEL



Kowloon Peak hike leads you on a journey up to the Kowloon Peak viewpoint and then along the ridge to one of the most well-known hiking photography spots in Hong Kong, which is Suicide Cliff. The total hiking trail is under 7-kilometers to see both viewpoints and is recommended for sunset. It’s not a hike for beginners but is relatively safe for the average hiker!

Both of the ledges at Suicide Cliff are among the best photo spots in all of Hong Kong with huge drops and an epic background of Kowloon behind. This is a great area to be for sunset as you can see from the photos below. Suicide Cliff is one of the best things to do in Hong Kong if you want a sunset with epic city views in the background.

Check out the full blog post for details and all the photos: KOWLOON PEAK HIKE TO SUICIDE CLIFF



The Victoria Peak Circle Walk is one of the simplest hikes in Hong Kong but offers some of the most spectacular views. For that reason, it is up there as one of the most popular things to do in Hong Kong and is accessible for all levels of hikers including children, elderly and even dogs! If you want the view but not the grind, this is a great one. You can take a tram or a bus up the peak and then do a full lap of the circle-walk, which is 3km in total. If you are keen on the workout, you can walk all the way up through Long Fu Shan Country Park. I did both ways and enjoyed it twice.

Check out the full blog post for details and all the photos: THE VICTORIA PEAK CIRCLE WALK



The Rhino Rock is one of the most incredible rock formations in Hong Kong, bearing an uncanny resemblance to a Rhinoceros. It’s a very short hiking trail in Stanley that is less than 1-kilometers each way. With stunning views of the coast, this is a great mini-adventure for a sunny day! This trail is also known as Che Pau Teng.

It really does resemble a Rhino so much and when you see it in person, the ridges and holes in the rock almost seem to resemble the eyes, wrinkles, and features of a giant rhinoceros. This is a very easy adventure and one of the most unique things to do in Hong Kong.

Check out the full blog post for details and all the photos: RHINO ROCK TRAIL IN STANLEY



The Lantau Peak hike is one of the most spectacular things to do in Hong Kong, taking you to the Lantau Peak summit, which is the second-highest point in Hong Kong. There are several routes to the top. One route includes a visit to the big buddha while another route is touted as the ‘hardest’ hike in Hong Kong. The panoramic views from the summit are just off the charts and nothing like you would expect when you think of the big city life in Hong Kong.

Wha I love about Lantau and Lantau Peak is that you are just so far away from the city and urban sprawl. Even at the summit, you don’t have the cities below you and it just seems that you are right out there in the middle of the natural wonders of Hong Kong. 

Check out the full blog post for details and all the photos: LANTAU PEAK HIKE



There aren’t too many (legal) cliff jumps in Hong Kong except for a couple but if you are looking for a bit of an adrenaline rush, you can head down to Sai Kung. Here you will find the rockpool cliff jump at Sheung Luk just near Tai Long Wan Beach. I visited the Sheung Luk Stream en route to Sharp Peak on a massive hike but there are lots of ways to get there without a big hike. 

The cliff jump is ‘relatively safe’ and ranges from 1-2 meters all the way up to about 10-meters depending on how adventurous you get. The rocks can be slippery here and the water is dark. This means you need to be careful not to slip on the rocks and check for debris under the water before you jump. There has been a death recorded here from cliff jumping so be very careful. I didn’t find it dangerous but keep that information in mind.

Read the full blog post for more photos and details: SHARP PEAK HIKE IN SAI KUNG



Jardine’s Lookout Hike is quite a short trail but it leads you to one of the best viewpoints over Hong Kong Central and the harbor. The great part about this hike is that it’s one of the lesser-known things to do in Hong Kong so you can often be one of the only people up at the viewpoint. Whereas Victoria Peak can be quite busy. If you are looking for an epic view of the city without having to hike for more than a few kilometers, this is your trail.

Check out the full blog post for details and all the photos: JARDINE’S LOOKOUT HIKE



At the end of the Ap Lei Chau to Ap Lei Pai hike you can find quite a unique place to visit.  Once you reach the end of the trail on the far side of the hill. This is where you will find the small Mount Johnston Lighthouse. It’s just a little structure and more of a marker than a beautiful, coastal lighthouse. It was a pretty area of coastline so we set off to explore around the rocks and see what we could find.

About 100-meters to the right of the lighthouse we found a little tide-pool. It was a hot day and the water was looking enticing so we stripped down and decided to go for a swim. The water in the tide pool wasn’t too deep but just deep enough for a little cliff jump off the side. This is a little hidden gem and one of the most off-the-beaten-path things to do in Hong Kong.

Read the full blog post for more photos and details: AP LEI CHAU TO AP LEI PAI HIKE (MOUNT JOHNSTON LIGHTHOUSE)



The Ma On Shan is one of the most epics but challenging hikes in Hong Kong with 866m of the incline leading you all the way from Ma On Shan to Sai Kung. The trail climbs hundreds of stairs and rocky paths before you make it to the Ma On Shan summit. The hike then winds along the ridge, all the way to Sai Kung. This is hands down one of the best attractions in Hong Kong.

Check out the full blog post for details and all the photos: MA ON SHAN HIKE



The Lion Rock hike in Hong Kong is one of the most popular trails in the region with an epic viewpoint over Kowloon all the way to Hong Kong Central. The lion-head shaped rock at the summit is the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the city from the forest. It is the kind of rock formation that you seem to spot out no matter where you are in Hong Kong but it isn’t until you are up there that you can enjoy the incredible view from the head of the Lion.

The hike up is only a few kilometers and once you reach the summit, you will find yourself on a winding ridge down the back of the Lion until you reach its head. It was one of my first hikes in Hong Kong and even after a month of hiking, it remains up there as one of my favorites. It’s a great spot for sunset and a lot of night photographers migrate here after dark to shoot the city lights. This is easily one of the best things to do in Hong Kong and is very popular among locals and tourists.

Check out the full blog post for details and all the photos: THE LION ROCK HIKE



The Castle Peak Hike in Hong Kong is a very steep 600-meter ascent to a radio tower that sits along the beautiful ridge overlooking the Tuen Mun region. There is a route that takes just 6-kilometers out and back from Tuen Mun MTR station or a longer 10-kilometer route that also includes a hike to Yuen Tau Shan. Watching the sunset from the radio tower atop the ridge was a pretty epic way to spend the evening and definitely one of the must-do things in Hong Kong.

Check out the full blog post for details and all the photos: THE CASTLE PEAK HIKE


The West Dog’s Teeth Hike in Hong Kong is billed as the hardest hike in Hong Kong. The trail involves 850m of incline and requires a very basic level of bouldering and scrambling to reach the end of the ridge. 

This ridge-hike reminded me of a lot of the hikes in Hawaii that take you along the jagged ridges to a summit. There were never any moments of danger but this hike would be among the most exhilarating hikes in Hong Kong with the basic bouldering and the rugged trail. It’s definitely the trail to pick if you love adventure and are wondering what to do in Hong Kong?

Check out the full blog post for details and all the photos: WEST DOG’S TEETH HIKE ‘HARDEST HIKE IN HONG KONG’




Hands down this tour is one of the best things to do in Hong Kong at night for all ages. The Aqualuna is a traditional red-sail Chinese junk boat, which will tour you around the harbor. At night the sails are lit up and just look incredible. Throughout the sail you can appreciate Hong Kong’s magnificent harbor views aboard what is one of the last sailboats of it’s kind! During the trip, you can relax in style on a comfy lounge bed, enjoy a complimentary drink and soak up the sights and sounds of Hong Kong’s fantastic scenery.

Then halfway through the cruise, the sailboat seems to come to a halt and the Symphony of Lights laser and lights show comes to life. Lots of the skyscrapers and buildings in the harbor participate in a co-ordinated show with lights seemingly dancing from the city in tune with the soundtrack. It’s a fun couple of hours and one of the more unique things to do in Hong Kong. 

To book your trip online at the lowest (This is where I booked mine)you can click here: AquaLuna Harbor Cruise




One of the best and easiest places to hang out during sunset is at the Avenue of Stars near Tsim Sha Tsui. The Avenue of the Stars has over a hundred of celebrity handprints, which is designed to take you on a ‘journey of the stars’. The Avenue of the Stars’ glamorous movie theme may be the drawcard but the star of the show is the backdrop. I came here many times for sunset when I didn’t have time for a full hiking adventure. The reflection of the water from the lights is pretty special as you look across to Hong Kong Central. It’s also a great spot to watch the Symphony of Lights, which is a laser, light and sound show, which happens at night.



The Dragon’s Back Hike is one of the most popular things to do in Hong Kong due to its impressive coastal views seen from the ridge-line but also because it is one of the less intense routes in the region. Really after Victoria Peak, I think this may be the second most popular hike in Hong Kong. The Dragon’s Back Trail gives hikers outstanding, scenic views of the coast without too much incline and climbing. The trail is suitable for families, amateur hikers and all tourists looking for an adventure.

Check out the full blog post for details and all the photos: DRAGON’S BACK HIKE



The High Junk Peak hike, also known as the Country Trail, is in the Sai Kung region of Hong Kong. Hundreds of steps lead you up and down the ominous, but relatively safe peaks, which overlook the stunning blue water of Clear Water Bay. This is another great trail for a sunny day as you should be surrounded on all sides with turquoise water and lovely beaches.  

Check out the full blog post for details and all the photos: THE HIGH JUNK PEAK HIKE IN SAI KUNG



The Ng Tung Chai Waterfall hike is one of the most epic things to do in Hong Kong. The trail guides you through the jungle, visit multiple waterfalls and can lead to the highest peak in Hong Kong (if you venture that far). Out in the New Territories, this is a wild hike. In fact, this hike was probably the most wild I saw the jungle in my entire time in Hong Kong. Huge leaves draped over the trail, which was often comprised of giant boulders. 

There were 4-5 waterfalls and then a few watering holes along the trail but the lower falls were by far my favorite. We climbed up to the second tier and enjoyed the mini slot canyon to ourselves. Few others were on this trail and it was definitely an incredible jungle getaway.

Check out the full blog post for details and all the photos: NG TUNG CHAI WATERFALL HIKE



Sharp Peak Hike in Sai Kung is one of the most scenic hikes in Hong Kong. The stunning coastline of Sai Kung wraps around the dramatic ridges below you as you stand atop one of the highest points in the region. The turquoise water and white sand of the beaches will blow away your perceptions of Hong Kong as a city destination.

The hike takes you through the forest, along the beach and then all the way up to the top of Sharp Peak. This is one of the more grueling Hong Kong points of interest (depending on your approach) because you go straight up the trail from the beach for hundreds of meters in a row without a break in the incline. Luckily the coastal views throughout the hike make up for the pain and suffering. This hike is best done on a sunny day!

Check out the full blog post for details and all the photos: SHARP PEAK HIKE IN SAI KUNG



With so many lights on at night, Hong Kong is, of course, one of the best places in the world for night photography. While you won’t be able to see the stars, you will be able to enjoy the sea of lights that switch on from all the skyscrapers after the sun sets below the horizon. There are lots of urban spots where you can reach rooftops and more but I prefer to view the lights from a hiking vantage point. My favorite night photography spots were Jardine’s lookout, The Peak Circle Walk, Braemar Hill, and Lion Rock.



The Twin Peaks Hike in Hong Kong takes you on a journey up and down Violet Hill while giving you incredible views over Stanley and the peninsula below. It’s up there amongst the toughest Hong Kong hiking trails due to the brutality of the stairs. No matter which direction you attack the trail from you will have to endure hundreds of stairs up and down the twin peaks. This Hong Kong hike is often nicknamed the ‘Terrible Twins’ because many people despise a thousand stairs that burn your legs as you make your way up and down the two peaks. This hike is up there with the toughest things to do in Hong Kong.

Check out the full blog post for details and all the photos: TWIN PEAKS HIKE & VIOLET HILL HIKE



The Pat Sin Leng Ridge Trail is one of the most epic hikes in Hong Kong. The trail climbs hundreds of stairs before you traverse the safe but scenic ridge-line throughout the rest of the route. The hike often feels like Hawaii but is less than an hour away from Hong Kong city-center. The Pat Sin Leng hike isn’t an easy journey with 856m of incline over the 10-km route. 

Check out the full blog post for details and all the photos: PAT SIN LENG HIKE: AN EPIC RIDGE TRAIL



The Braemar Hill hike takes you up to one of the best viewing platforms to watch the sunset over Hong Kong. It has a few names and this hike is often also referred to as, Hung Heung Lo Fung or the Red Incense Burner Summit. The hike is very short with an option to hike 3km in total or you can even reach the summit with just a 5-minute walk from the nearest bus stop! If you are looking for good night photography, this is one of the best places to visit in Hong Kong.

Check out the full blog post for details and all the photos: BRAEMAR HILL SUNSET HIKE



The Ap Lei Chau to Ap Lei Pai hike is a great little coastal trail that takes you out to Mount Johnston Lighthouse via a small sandbar. It’s an out-and-back hike that is just under 5-km but it will still serve up some solid incline with over 500m of ascent up and over the hills each way. This is a beautiful hike on a sunny day, so make sure you don’t forget to look out for the secret tide pool. By far, this is one of the hidden gems in Hong Kong making it an epic adventure and one of the more unique Hong Kong attractions.

Check out the full blog post for details and all the photos: AP LEI CHAU TO AP LEI PAI HIKE 



Sunset Peak hike on Lantau Island is an epic stairway climbing challenge to one of the best viewpoints in Hong Kong. As the name suggests, it is an excellent spot to watch the sunset over the peninsula below. This trail has a bit of everything. It begins with a grueling climb up a long set of stairs before a winding trail takes you through the forest. You then emerge on a grassy hilltop to make your way up to the viewpoints. From the summit, you can look over to Lantau Peak and down to the coast below. 

Check out the full blog post for details and all the photos: SUNSET PEAK HIKE ON LANTAU ISLAND



The Tai Mo Shan hike is a special adventure because it is the highest peak in Hong Kong, which is why I’d say it’s up there in the top ten things to do in Hong Kong. The hike takes you on a journey through the jungle, passing by several incredible waterfalls before you reach the peak, which overlooks Hong Kong on a clear day. It isn’t necessarily the most epic view from the summit even though it is the highest. However, the journey up to the top is quite scenic and the waterfalls along the way make the adventure well worth your time. 

Check out the full blog post for details and all the photos: TAI MO SHAN HIKE: THE HIGHEST PEAK IN HONG KONG


Devil’s Peak hike is a bit of a strange adventure, passing you through a huge cemetery and a number of fortification ruins. However, despite the sometimes eerie atmosphere, it is a great view of Hong Kong as you peer into Victoria Harbor with Kowloon on your right and Central on your left.

This is a very easy hike but a great place to visit in Hong Kong watch the sunset and the city lights from the old forts. I wouldn’t necessarily pick this hike if I just had one or two days in Hong Kong but can be a good little adventure if you are in Hong Kong for multiple days and have done some of the other more ‘epic’ hikes and viewpoints.

Check out the full blog post for details and all the photos: DEVIL’S PEAK HIKE



Okay! So those are my top 27 things to do in Hong Kong. By now, hopefully, I’ve convinced you to hit up Hong Kong for a hiking adventure. If that is the case, the sections below will give you some brief, basic information on logistics and things to know before visiting Hong Kong (as a hiker). They are all things I didn’t know and had to research and discover myself.


When is the best time to hike in Hong Kong?

The ‘best’ time to visit Hong Kong will depend on a few factors. The biggest factor will, of course, be the weather. All of these hikes I did were in my month-long stay during December 2019. The weather was quite chilly as it was winter but the sun was still out on at least 60% of the hikes. In the day it was warm most of the time but I always had a jacket for at the summit. The suggest months for hiking in Hong Kong are:

Winter: December to February –  Mild weather and pretty comfortable for hiking. Minimal rainfall and still lots of sun during 2/3 of the days. I would suggest the winter after having experienced it myself.

Spring: March to May –  Unpredictable weather with some sun and some clouds, Humidity is now rising quite high. Rainfall can happen regularly during the spring.

Summer: June to August – This is not an ideal time to hike in Hong Kong. The humidity is at it’s highest, temperatures can reach 30 degrees daily and rainstorms can be frequent. There are beaches in Hong Kong, more than you would imagine but they aren’t all necessarily close to where you will be based in Hong Kong Central or Kowloon. 

Autumn/Fall: September to November – This is rated as the best time to visit Hong Kong. You have nice sunny weather but humidity is at it’s lowest for the year. Rainfall is also low during these months. 


SUPER TIP: If you aren’t sure about the weather for the hike you want to explore, click here to visit this free Hong Kong Observatory website that has live-stream webcams from all over Hong Kong. I always check the region to see if it is cloudy, raining or prime weather for a hike.


What are the top five most epic hikes in Hong Kong?

I know I wrote out the 21 best hikes in Hong Kong (in my opinion) above but if you are only in Hong Kong for a week or less (likely), you want to know the five most epic. It’s tough for me to narrow them down but these are the five I can guarantee for a great adventure.

  • Kowloon Peak to Suicide Cliff
  • Lion Rock Hike
  • West Dog’s Teeth to Lantau Ridge Hike
  • Sharp Peak Hike
  • Ma On Shan Hike


Is Hong Kong safe?

I found Hong Kong very, very safe. It is extremely orderly and everyone is very respectful of each other. I was there during the protests of 2019 and even still, I found it very safe. I saw the protesters twice and just walked the other way to avoid involvement. Aside from the protests (assuming they won’t be happening forever), Hong Kong was one of the safest places I have ever been and the orderly manner of the locals and organized public transport made me feel safe when in transit to and from hikes even in the dark after a sunset mission. This is based on my experience. I am a 6ft bearded man so generally no-one hassles me too much!


Where is the best place to stay in Hong Kong (specifically with hiking in mind)?

I suggest staying in the Kowloon region or Tsim Sha Tsui. I stayed in the Tsim Sha Tsui shopping district and it was perfect because you are in the middle of all the hikes. You are connected by train to Sai Kung and the New Territories above, have all the hikes in Kowloon on your doorstep and can shoot across via ferry or train to the hikes on Hong Kong Island. I also liked having Kowloon Park to workout and take a break from the skyscrapers.

I did also stay for two weeks in Hong Kong Central (Hong Kong Island) and that was good too. However, as you saw above only a handful of big hikes are on Hong Kong Central. Nothing is too far when you have an efficient train system of Hong Kong. If you are staying for a longer period of time you could split your time to stay on both sides. It’s nice to experience something different. I tried both sides but I was there for 30-days so that’s a pretty damn long visit.


Do you need a visa for Hong Kong?

For me as an Aussie, I was able to stay for three months without applying for a visa. Most European countries and US citizens also receive 3-months free-stay in Hong Kong. However, the duration and requirements do change country to country so you can head to this page on the government website to check the requirements and allowances for your nationality.



Before I arrived in Hong Kong, I pre-booked my 4G sim-card for pick-up at the airport. It gives you unlimited data for 5 days of traveling in Hong Kong at 4G speeds. As soon as I arrived at the airport, I walked to the stall, the guy put in my new sim-card and activated it and I was connected from the very first moment. You can Click Here to pre-book your 4G sim-card here and you’ll be surprised it’s actually cheaper to book it in advance.

Book yours now: Pre-Book 5-days Unlimited Data 4G Sim Card



You will need to purchase an ‘Octopus Card’ and then you reload it at the machine at the subway station. I pre-ordered my octopus card through Klook, which meant that when I arrived at the airport I simply picked the card up at the Klook counter and caught the train to my accommodation. It saved me from catching an expensive taxi and figuring out the Octopus card later.

You simply scan in at the station you enter and scan out where you exit and the fee is deducted from your card. On the bus, you will pay a fee depending on how much of the route is left and you only scan the card once for a fixed rate. I found moving around in Hong Kong very cheap, efficient and safe.

Click Here to pre-order your Octopus Card with 100 HKD credit loaded onto the card. Pick-up at the airport desk. 100HKD is good for 6-8 train rides and then you can top it up as you go.

Book yours now: HKD 50 Pre-loaded Octopus Card



The airport in Hong Kong is on Lantau Island, which is about 40-minutes away from Hong Kong Central and 30-minutes away from Kowloon. If you don’t want to bother with public transport, you can book a private transfer that will pick you up at the airport and drop you to your hotel (or vice versa picking you up at your hotel and dropping you to the airport). It’s actually not that expensive and can save you valuable time. The cheapest option is actually the coolest and is in a Tesla car, which is pretty cool. I did this to and from the airport for less than $40.

Book yours now: Hong Kong Airport Transfer in Tesla



A complete guide to the best things to do: 27 AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN HONG KONG

My favorite hikes in Hong Kong: 21 AWESOME HIKES IN HONG KONG


The biggest ever guide for where to stay in Hong Kong: WHERE TO STAY IN HONG KONG: BEST AREAS & HOTELS


The most luxurious places to stay: THE TOP 10 LUXURY HOTELS IN HONG KONG (5-STAR LIST)






While I did all of my hikes independently, there are a number of affordable tours that will either take you on a private hike or add you to a group experience. I’m comfortable organizing the route, transport, and logistics for a hike in a new region because I’ve done it hundreds of times but if you prefer to have a local lead you then I can recommend checking out the links below, which offer guided tours of some of the hikes you will find on this list. The website to book through is Klook, which is a trusted platform for booking activities and employs local hiking guides who have tons of experience.

They range from $50-$100 and all the other details can be found by clicking on the links below.

Guided Hike: Lion Rock Hiking Tour

Guided Hike: Dragon’s Back Hiking Tour

Guided Hike: Lantau Peak Sunrise Hike

Guided Hike: Tai Mo Shan Waterfall Hiking Tour

Stella Wilson

Thursday 8th of October 2020

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