One of the most striking things about living in Hong Kong is the wonderful contrast and balance between Hong Kong’s vibrant, urban city life and its serene, breathtaking natural outdoors. From white beaches to country parks to undulating mountains, you have a variety of outlets to experience Hong Kong’s wilder side.
There are many beaches on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories that you can explore. Big Wave and Stanley Beach are particularly popular among windsurfers, Cheung Sha for those looking for a more remote spot, and Repulse Bay for a more resort-like, luxurious day in the sun. You can also waterski, sail and kayak at many beaches.
With over 40% of Hong Kong’s total landmass made up of country parks, there is an endless amount of walking and hiking trails. Dragon’s Back is a popular route that winds through the southern side of Hong Kong island with incredible views of Stanley Beach and Hong Kong’s coastline; you can also hit the more rugged trails of Lantau and MacLehose which are more secluded, strenuous but ultimately rewarding with some of Hong Kong’s best views. Find a comprehensive list of trails here.