Grab your flashlight, your hiking books, and a sense of wonderment as you discover another side to the Hong Kong hiking world. The best way to avoid crowds on the trails and to get some exercise under the stars, hiking at night is quickly becoming a popular hobby amongst hiking gurus and adventurers alike.
In order to hike safely, always bring water (yes, even in winter), don’t hike alone, remember to stick to the designated paths, and avoid disturbing or stepping on any animals. We have also included some less strenuous “hikes” aka. short walks that require little to no fitness but have some breathtaking views of the city skyline. Why not take your next date for a romantic stroll to win over their heart?
Hong Kong Waterfront – Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park to Wan Chai
Time: 30-45 minutes
Beginning down in Sheung Wan and ending in Wan Chai, this route is more of a walk than a hike, but it is still one of the most breathtaking nighttime walks you can do in Hong Kong. Completely flat and entirely paved, this walk begins and ends in large grass promenades that offer you a place to sit down with a loved one and drink in the view. You’ll be beginning (or ending) at Dr Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, passing by the Central Ferry Piers, AIA Carnival, and ending at the Central and Western District Promenade. This small walk is ideal for when you have tourists visiting and need to show off just how amazing our harbour is at night. For this walk, you won’t need a flashlight or head-torch (unless it matches your outfit, in which case go for it!)
From the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, start walking along the promenade towards Central. When you reach the Macau Ferry, either bypass the carpark through the terminal itself or sneak around on Connaught Road West before returning back to the promenade. You’ll begin to pass the Central Piers and around AIA Carnival, before finishing in the large grass area near the Convention Centre. Consider bringing a jumper to keep warm in the winter as the wind off the ocean can leave you shivering.
Wan Chai via the Peak to the Central Ferry Piers
Time: 2.5-3 hours
Beginning as an urban climb and snaking around the Peak, this climb is perfect for taking visiting tourists on as they’ll begin in Wan Chai (pre-hike cocktail?), and then see the harbour by night followed by a grand finale at the Central Ferry Piers. As the route around the Peak is usually super busy during the day, this is a great way to explore Hong Kong’s favourite trail without the worry of getting run over by a cyclist or aggressive power-walking-pram-pushing mothers. If you finish this hike and still have energy left to burn, why not continue on with the Hong Kong waterfront walk? Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park is beyond tranquil at night.
Begin at the Hopewell Centre in Wanchai, and begin by climbing the steps behind the centre towards Bowen Road. Continue along Bowen road until you reach the Peak Tram at Magazine Gap road. There is a path from there that will lead you along May Road, Tregunter Path, and all the way up until you hit Old Peak Road. Once you reach the peak, the 4km loop is easy to navigate around and relatively flat. To finish the circuit, continue back down Old Peak Road until you hit Hornsey Road. Take a left and continue down Glenealy and head towards the escalators and through to IFC for the piers.
Quarry Bay to Tin Hau
Time: 2-2.5 hours
Quarry Bay to Tin Hau is a great hike to start your night hike hobby on as it begins and ends with MTR stations and has a toilet along the way. This hike will take you up into Tai Tam country park and along parts of the Hong Kong Stage 5 hike and Wilsons Trail Stage 2, so you will have the chance to explore both urban and jungle under the stars.
From Quarry Bay MTR, take a right and follow King’s Road towards Tai Koo. When you reach Mount Parker Road, take a right and start climbing uphill for around 3.5km and you’ll eventually reach Windy Gap which is where you can make a toilet stop. After finishing your pit stop at Windy Gap, look for signs to Jacob’s Ladder (you can find it if you continue on from the bathroom and turn right). Climb Jacob’s Ladder, which is not actually a ladder but just a name, towards Mount Butler where you will find yourself on Hong Kong Stage 5 trail.
Continue down the hill and turn right when you can to Wilson’s Trail Stage 2, don’t turn left to Jardine’s lookout as that is another hike for another day. As you continue along the trail, aim to walk downhill and left to walk around the quarry. If you take the wrong turn you’ll end up back in Quarry Bay MTR which isn’t the worst thing but there is still more to see on the trail. Follow the path along behind a few houses next to the quarry and continue down the path to Sir Cecil’s Ride road and eventually Mount Butler road.
It’s here you can take a short-cut past a government owned area which is fenced off to reach Tai Han road. Continuing down that way will lead you back to Tin Hau MTR and civilisation.
West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade
Time: 10-15 minutes
Also not technically a hike, but still a darn good reason to get some exercise after hours, West Kowloon is the home of Clockenflap and other wild festivals. Starting from the exit of Elements, this small walk is one of the more romantic strolls in Kowloon, as it’s less crowded than TST itself but you can still get a killer view of Hong Kong island. Aim to complete your walk during the Symphony of Lights at 8pm to really get the full harbour experience.
Begin at the Kowloon/Elements Shopping Mall MTR exit D1 and walk directly towards the harbour front. On your right you will see a bus stop for the cross harbour buses, keep an eye out for a crossing signal that is your gateway to a glorious views. Once across the road, take a sharp left and begin to walk towards Hong Kong island to reach the open area that is West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade.
Time: 1.45-2.30 hours
One of the best scenic views in Hong Kong, Dragon’s back hike is kicked up another notch in terms of views when completed at night. With the stars as your guide and the peace and tranquility as your soundtrack, you’ll have a blast hiking this iconic trail after hours. Keep an eye out for wildlife rarely seen during the day, and try not to disturb any snoozing animals.
The best way to get to the start of Dragon’s Back is to take the number 9 bus leaving from Shau Kei Wan MTR (exit A3) to To Tei Wan (it’s all well signed so you can’t miss it). Climb up the hill and begin your 7.5km walk along a single path to Bag Wave Bay (it’s a one way journey so you can’t get lost if you stay on the trail). Once reaching Big Wave Bay, turn left and continue along the beach until you reach the bottom of the steps towards Island Resort in Siu Sai Wan. At the top, you’ll find a plethora of bus stops waiting to whisk you back to the MTR.
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