As the majority at the people who visits Hong Kong escaped the city crowd for some hiking. It was end of December and, as in most parts of the world, people were out in the nature to do their final hiking before Christmas. Young kids sang songs about the Finish Santa Claus all around us while we were on our way to master the peak of Man On Shan – the mega mountain north east of Hong Kong.
Arriving in Hong Kong. So the big buildings are there, lots of people, looks developed too, all good. Next morning. Taking bus out of the city, climbing up the mountain roads, passing by smaller towns, beaches appears below, tons of islands near the shore. The change feels great and just a 20 minutes bus ride from Tseung Kwan O and one is relatively speaking in the countryside.
What about the weather? It is “cold” in December and it felt like a being in Sweden during spring. Still, the weather makes it perfect for walking around the small mountains around Man on Shan. We took the bus to Sai Kung and from there a taxi to the start off one if the many hiking trails that leads to the MacLehouse Trail – a 100km long trail that crosses some major parts of the Hong Kong area. Not to forget, Hong Kong exists of around 3/4 of countrysides including beaches and rocky foreshores, woodlands and mountain ranges covered by open grassland.
The hike itself was great and lasted for around 6 hours and covered approximately 6-7 kilometers. The goal was Man On Shan Peak, which is the prime target and highest peak around the MacLehouse Trail 4 (the part of the trail that we joined). The hike is not that advanced and anyone with healthy legs should be able to master the challenge. Bring enough of water and some calories and you will be fine.
Man On Shan Peak (702 meters above sea level) rewards any guest with the best panoramic view of the day. From there we decided to walk down the same way as we arrived, even if there are a couple of other options to choose. Amazing experience going down the trail as the afternoon soon was firing up the colours and shapes of the surrounding hills perfection. Compared to a sunset over a shopping street in central Hong Kong, this wins the prize. Recommend anyone to go and check it out.