5 EASY HONG KONG BIKE RIDES
Hong Kong, renowned for its iconic skyline and bustling street markets, offers a surprisingly diverse and vibrant cycling scene. Despite being densely populated, it boasts numerous cycling routes that offer everything from urban sightseeing to off-road adventures, making it a true haven for bicycle enthusiasts.
In this series DJ sets off with a basic moutain bike to explore five simple routes to get the legs moving.
Cheung Chau, a charming outlying island in Hong Kong, is a wonderful escape for cyclists seeking tranquility away from the city’s hustle and bustle. The island, free from cars and skyscrapers, boasts serene, car-free cycling paths perfect for a leisurely ride. With its narrow alleyways, traditional fishing villages, beautiful temples, and scenic coastline, cycling in Cheung Chau offers an immersive cultural experience and a picturesque journey into the heart of Hong Kong’s heritage.
South Lantau Loop
Starting at the Chi Ma Wan ferry pier this ride begins with a windy road through small villages and up onto the south Lantau road. Following the coast you will cycle along Hong Kong’s longest beach and then up into the hills to the spectacular Shek Pik reservoir. From there you join section 10 of the Lantau trail which has been adapted into a mountain bike trail. The relatively flat concrete path follows the contours of the mountains all the way back to Pui O where you can return to the Chi Ma Wan ferry or choose to tackle Nam Shan mountain for a more direct route back to Mui Wo.
Tai Mei Tuk to Sha Tin
Cycling from Tai Mei Tuk to Shatin is an adventurous journey along one of Hong Kong’s most beloved cycling paths, the Tolo Harbour Cycling Track. This approximately 20-kilometer route offers an array of stunning views that range from the majestic Plover Cove Reservoir in Tai Mei Tuk, verdant hills, charming parks, to the sparkling waters of Tolo Harbour. The path is mostly flat and well-maintained, making it suitable for cyclists of all levels.
Tai Lam Mountain Bike Trail
The Tai Lam Mountain Bike Trail in Hong Kong is an exciting and challenging venue for off-road cycling enthusiasts. Nestled within the expansive Tai Lam Country Park in the New Territories, this trail is a labyrinth of steep ascents, thrilling descents, and tight turns that provide a true test of a cyclist’s technical skills. The trail winds through verdant forests and offers incredible views of the surrounding hills and reservoirs, providing a sense of immersion in nature rarely found in this bustling city.
Nam Sang Wai
Nam Sang Wai, located in the northernmost part of Hong Kong’s New Territories, is a stunning cycling destination known for its idyllic landscapes and rich biodiversity. Offering a peaceful retreat from city life, the flat and mostly unpaved cycling paths take you through lush mangroves, serene fish ponds, and picturesque farmland, offering a unique glimpse into the area’s rural charm. The area is also a birdwatcher’s paradise, as it serves as a significant stopover point for migratory birds.
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