Hong Kong Island Loop

For most people the hills of Hong Kong make any hike a challenge. But for those who want to go extreme, we asked our subscribers to tell us what they thought was Hong Kong’s toughest day hike. Then of course we had to do them.

Starting in Stanley this hike takes in three steep peaks combining the first section of the Wilson Trail and the 5th and 6th sections of the Hong Kong Trail. The walk starts with the famous steep steps of the Twins before moving onto a slightly gentler agent but higher elevation of Violet Hill. From Violet Hill you decent down to Park View for a chance to lunch and visit the art museum if it is open.

The second half starts with climbs up to Jardine’s Lookout and Mount Butler with panoramic views across Victoria Harbour and the Southern District before a long descent past the two reservoirs in Tai Tam Park.


Get to the start: Take bus route 6/6X/260 from Aberdeen, Central and Chai Wan that will all pass Stanley Gap Road on the way to Stanley. Be sure to check your map and get off at the right stop or you will be left with an extra hill to climb.

Get home: From the Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir there are buses going across the dam towards Stanley or away from the dam to Chai Wan.