Hong Kong may be small, but the former British colony and gateway to the East packs in an array of sophisticated fitness and emerging health offerings for busy locals and travellers. Firstly, there’s the diverse range of outdoor fitness options that take in the iconic scenery: from challenging runs with breathtaking views along the harbour, peaks and historic roads, to some spectacular climbs on Little Tung Lung Chau island. With an emerging clean eating scene and home to state-of-the-art, innovative fitness centres, such as the Pure Chain of luxury Health Clubs and the sleek nightclub-inspired cycle studio, XYZ the island is no longer short of feel good activity.
For a picturesque and manageable 6km run that takes in views of the Victoria Harbour, Mount Davis and the magnificent, tiered Chinese Cemetery, the Victoria Road trail is a great choice. Take the MTR to the newly built station at Kennedy Town to begin the run. Passing the Chinese Merchants pier, the tree-lined track then winds around the lower slopes of Mount Davis. Your run concludes at Pok Fu Lam Road, where you can dine on some healthy seafood at the nearby, historic area of Aberdeen (or if you’re feeling energetic, head back for a 12km round trip).
Victoria Peak Course
Victoria Peak offers archetypal, panoramic views of Hong Kong and makes a great location for a challenging 7km run, which balances uphill climbs with some downhill stretches. Catch the historic tram to Victoria Gap and begin your run on Lugard Road, a narrow, slightly jungly path. After 2km, you’ll notice a turn-off to the right for the grand 50km Hong Kong Trail. Don’t worry though, you don’t have to run the whole thing. Once you the hit the Pok Fu Lam reservoir, it's time to turn left and finish the final uphill stretch back up to Peak Station, with its iconic, wok-shaped roof.
Little Tung Lung Chau Island
Nowhere in Hong Kong offers a better climbing experience than Little Tung Lung Chau island, located off the east coast. It’s accessible by ferry from Sai Wan Ho or Sam Ka Tseun but only on weekends (otherwise, chartering a boat is a possibility). First, head to the small island’s 300-year-old Tung Lung Fort. The climbs are located nearby over four main areas, with up to 60 routes at each, including: the four sided Technical Wall; Kite Rock which is great for short routes; Sea Gully and the dramatic 60-metre Big Wall, which also offers abseil stations.
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Opened in 1984, Lantau is a picturesque and extensive 70km trail located on an island to the west of Hong Kong and easily accessible by ferry or car. The extensive trail is broken into 12 sections, starting and finishing in Mui Wo, with markings every 500 metres. For views and track quality, we recommend the 14.5km stretch that forms stages 4-6, marked out with posts numbered 30-55. It starts at Tian Tan Buddha (aka the Big Buddha) and ends at the fishing village of Tai O, which makes an excellent spot for lunch.
Named after Hong Kong’s ninth Governor, Bowen Road is the city’s most popular running track – and it’s easy to see why. Closed to traffic for extended sections, with great amenities (toilets and outdoor fitness equipment dot the trail), it features four kilometres of shaded running with terrific views of Wan Chai, Happy Valley, and Hong Kong skyscrapers. The starting point is on Stubbs Road, which is regularly serviced by bus or the MTR. If you’re looking to extend your run, this route connects with the Victoria Peak course. Enjoy the run and make the Governor proud!