Take a Walk on the wild side of Hong Kong

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The wild nature of Hong Kong a big surprise.

The wild nature of Hong Kong clearly needs an introduction. It offers a number of unexpected out of town adventures.

But is there any nature not to say “wild nature”, is it not just buildings that almost reach the sky all the way? For most people, Hong Kong means a very densely populated “vertical city”. A busy metropolis with some of the world’s tallest buildings gathered in a relatively small area with just over 7 million inhabitants.

Wild nature is not really an exaggeration, you will find hundreds of islands, tall mountains, and lush golf courses, not to mention wide beaches only approachable by boat. This may well change your view of Hong Kong.

Tourist taking photo in Hong Kong global geopark of china. Sai Kung District, New Territories.

Tourist taking a photo in Hong Kong global geopark of China. Sai Kung District, New Territories.

Mountain hiking is very popular near Hong Kong

It is not wrong, but just outside of Hong Kong there is actually a beautiful scenery from pristine beaches to the hills of the hinterland with well-marked trails for mountain tours, mountain hiking or bike rides. There is even a geopark in Hong Kong  on the UNESCO Heritage list.

The busy metropolis of Hong Kong has more than 40 percent of its land laid out as protected green areas. This is new to most people.  In addition to providing a habitat for a myriad of  flora and fauna, the countryside is home to highly interesting rock formations and other geological phenomena. Most of these sites are in close proximity to the city, so visitors can easily reach them for a rewarding and educational outdoor experience, perhaps after a few days in the busy metropolis. The National Geopark was accepted as a UNESCO site in 2015.

So there is actually a lot to see and experience – outside of Hong Kong.  Come and see Hong Kong’s wild nature.

Hong Kong hiking trail scenery - Dragon's Back

Hong Kong hiking trail scenery – Dragon’s Back

River rafting or swimming in the sea outside Hong Kong

There are a few people out here. They are almost all busy in the City. On weekends, however, they go out and enjoy the wild nature of Hong Kong and have a good lunch with family and friends.
Well-marked River rafting tours are another option, visiting one of several national parks, or whatever with a canoe trip just outside of Hong Kong. And then a little fringe for golf because it shows Hong Kong’s nature from its best side:

kai sau chou golf course Hong Kong

Kai Sau Chou golf course Hong Kong

 

Golfing in Hong Kong with wild boars keeping score?

For golfers, there are actually 7-8 fantastic courses, when we count more than one course in the same club. From the famous The Hong Kong Golf Club (2 private golf courses), which host the annual major golf tournament The Hong Kong Open.

But we suggest the less obvious option: the highly-rated golf course Kau Sai Chou, approx. 45 mins, from Hong Kong by taxi (can be done cheaply) and from there with a short free boat ride (if you are going to golf) to a truly beautiful island with 3 x 18 hole highly qualified and beautiful courses. Especially North course out of 3 good courses can be recommended. The courses have several interested parties: They are also visited by wild boars swimming here from the neighboring islands to find food, but they do not enter the golf courses themselves. Kau Sai Chau is owned by The Hong Kong Jockey Club, which is the club behind the huge horse track in the middle of Hong Kong. Well worth a visit. Hong Kong’s residents are deeply involved in equestrian sports and huge amounts are spent on each race.

A day in the wild nature of Hong Kong

You can get a first impression of Hong Kong’s nature here. See the personal account, as it is passed on here by an Englishman living in Hong Kong who has been living there for many years, and therefore the city and nature outside the city know in and out.
It takes a little time, so much better, so put the coffee and enjoy!

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A trip back in time the Tai o Fishing Village

Tai O is the oldest fishing village near Hong Kong. It is also one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong. Make this very different fishing village your starting point to explore the water world of Lantau, the island near Island. Please see the map below in this post.

Tai O is more than a culturally rich attraction. It is now a hot spot for eco-tourism. Since the opening of Ngong Ping Cable Car, Tai O has become more accessible. It is only a 15-minute drive away from Ngong Ping Village.

Tai O is the oldest fishing village and one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong. Make this rustic fishing village your starting point to explore the water world of Lantau. Tai O is more than a culturally enriching attraction. It is now a hot spot for eco-tourism. Since the opening of Ngong Ping Cable Car, Tai O has become more accessible. It is only a 15-minute drive away from Ngong Ping Village.

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