It’s one of the nicest urban scenery hikes I’ve done in Hong Kong and it’s a really easy one, too. On a beautiful sunny day in Hong Kong I had some things to take care of in Central near Hong Kong Park and once that was done, I figured it’s a nice day to take the tram to the Peak and take a look at HK island.
When I got to the peak I suddenly recalled that there was this one hike I’ve always wanted to do, but since all the times I went to the peak I was always with other people coming to see me in Hong Kong that I never got around to do that. This is when I decided to head out the Peak’s circular walk and then walk down all the way to Pok Fu Lam reservoir on the western side of HK island.
It’s a very easy walk, mostly covered by trees and vegetation and the views, as you’ll soon see, are absolutely breath-taking. Perfect place for taking panoramas of HK island and Kowloon.
Let’s begin the walk…
Care for some panoramas?
Just to give you a feel of the actual path going around some of the most expensive real estate in the world… it’s quite gorgeous.
Along the path, you can expect a few places to relax and see something interesting.
For example… a deserted battery built by the British to defend from the Japanese (not that it helped when the Japanese simply marched in on Hong Kong).
Or an outside gym area with a few rest areas…
Once changing from the Peak circular walk to head down to Pok Fu Lam the scenery overlooks the west down towards the University of Hong Kong, where – ahhmmm – if only for the views, I wouldn’t mind working.
Down below, nothing grand, is the Pok Fu lam reservoir.
So, how did I get there? just follow the signs…
In case you’re in need of a map, the Hong Kong authorities have maps posted everywhere. I couldn’t get lost even if I really wanted to.
Oldpinetree posted the outline for the circular walk down to Pok Fu Lam and back to the peak on Everytrail :
If you’re up on the Victoria Peak, even if you’re with guests coming in for a short visit to Hong Kong, take them on the Peak circular walk. If you got some extra time on your hands, head down towards Pok Fu Lam or the University of Hong Kong. It will definitely offer one of the nicest views of Hong Kong’s urban insanity against the surrounding gorgeous natural scenery.
If you’re interested in my previous tour-guiding visits to the peak :
Other related links of interest :
- Things Asian – Hiking Hong Kong’s Victoria Peak
- Discover Hong Kong – The Peak
- The Peak nature walks
- HK Walkers – the Peak trail