Sandy beaches and reservoirs; rolling woods and geological wonders – Hong Kong’s more than 200 islands scattered throughout the region’s waters offer diverse natural landscapes in which to immerse yourself. With long coastal walks and sunset paddles, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to nature-based activities. To help you with this choice, here is a selection of the best ways to fully experience Hong Kong on a great island-hopping adventure.

Cheung Chau

Coastal paths, sandy beaches and long green hikes await visitors on Cheung Chau Island


Old temples, sandy beaches, bizarre caves and coastal paths make up much of Cheung Chau Island, located just southwest of Hong Kong. Many of the activities available here center around reconnecting with nature and it is one of the easiest islands to get to. As the sun sets, head to Cheung Chau Windsurfing Center and paddle a sea kayak in the Nam Tam area. From here, you can watch the sky change and the lights of Hong Kong slowly fill the horizon. Then, be sure to book to spend the night on the island so you can stock up on famous seafood at the Cheung Chau Night Market.


Lantau is Hong Kong’s largest island and rewards early morning hikers with stunning sunrise scenes


Just north of Cheung Chau, Lantau dwarfs its neighboring islands. It is the largest of the Hong Kong Islands and is known for its picturesque sunrises. Your morning hike is therefore an additional pleasure. If you’re looking for a long hiking route with scenic views, hike from Tung Chung to Tai O, a fishing village famous for its stilt houses. This walk hugs the coast through Lantau North Country Park, with mountain views and serene coastal scenes everywhere. Beyond the scenery, this route also includes historical and cultural heritage stops like Fort Tung Chung and ends at the Tai O Heritage Hotel. The route takes about four to five hours, starting on residential trails before weaving into a mountain trail.

Peng Chau

The quaint fishing village of Peng Chau is the place to go for sensational seafood and gentle hiking


A little offshore from Lantau is the small island of Peng Chau, famous for its idyllic fishing villages and delicious seafood. Much of its coastline and greenery has been preserved and, like many other islands, Peng Chau has a network of hiking trails to get you away from the city crowds. Walks on the island are gentle, being mostly flat, and the scenery is peaceful. The Peng Yu Path is a great option for exploring the island at a leisurely pace, looping around the coastline and beaches while visiting Lung Mo Temple and Old Fisherman’s Rock.

Lai Chi Wo

Lai Chi Wo is a forested wonderland and one of Hong Kong’s best-preserved rural settlements


After touring the islands, head to Lai Chi Wo in Plover Cove National Park. This once-wealthy Hakka village is surrounded by walls and can only be reached by ferry or by hiking through the “feng shui” woods and Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark. While Lai Chi Wo is one of Hong Kong’s best-preserved rural settlements, it has also mastered the art of living in harmony with its environment, promoting sustainability and ecotourism in its mangrove and feng-shui”. Hike the Lai Chi Wo Nature Trail to spot the mammals and butterflies that inhabit this coastal and mangrove landscape.

Hong Kong Island

It’s not hard to see why a visit to Hong Kong Island for a hike and a forest bath is a balm for your mental well-being.


Beyond Hong Kong Island’s skyscrapers, you’ll also find serene forests and woodlands. At Lung Fu Shan, you can join a guide to experience forest bathing, with the aim of creating a deeper connection with nature as well as improving mental and physiological health – a great way to end your visit. nature-themed island hopping in Hong Kong. big spaces.

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