Where to Hike in Hong Kong: Yau Tong to Tiu Keng Leng -Wilson Trail

I like hikes that show off the beautiful HK sea and surrounding scenery.  Because after all the initial “suffering”, you get to admire the magnificent views that present itself to you and makes you feel its all worth the hike!

On this hike, it may not be suitable for people who are superstitious because the views atop comes with many Chinese tombstones.  Or for people who are terrified of bees because there is more nature than human traffic unlike the reservoir tracks.  Although the trekking path is narrow with tall grass overflowing onto the path, its a proper trekking path and much better than dragon back.

Exit A2 for Yau Tong MTR, walk towards Ko Chiu road, cross the road at the round about and walk up the slope towards Wilson Trail Sec 3 until you see a sign that says Chinese Cemetery. Where you see a narrow flight of steps.

The initial hike consists of many many steep steps, you will pass by a small temple on the right. Walk past the temple. The hike up the complete flight of steps took me 10 minutes without stopping. Then you will come to a road split. Here, you can see the cemetery below your feet.

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At this path split, I took a right turn. And went off the unbeaten path a bit with unblocked views of the whole cemetery below and vast sea ahead.

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I got back onto the trail again and there is a bit of human traffic. We seem to be the only ones coming up from Yau Tong, there was quite a number of joggers from the opposite direction. And also some uncles standing at the trek and enjoying the scenery. How nice!

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At the end of this path, we came upon a proper road for cars. Turn left, walk straight and came about a roundabout.

Then according to our guidebook, it mentions to take the path downwards towards the coast. Here we saw a sign that says beware of stray dogs. We met two really sweet aunts who warned us in Cantonese not to go down as the trail was too dangerous and there were many stray dogs. I totally believe her as that was when I got bitten by 5 times hands and legs by mosquitoes. It was almost like a warning sign not to go down.

And who will be foolish enough to not heed advice of those ladies whom seem really well acquainted with the area.

She told us to take the newly constructed bridge or path down to MTR Tiu Keng Leng. So instead of going down, we carried on walking along the pavement and at the road where taxis go up, we walk down.

And it was nice scenery, no mosquitoes, great sea breeze all the way down with  some human traffic struggling uphill.

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We walked to Tiu Keng Leng MTR. But I came here for those decaying village stilt houses and what I read somewhere as the last natural coastline in HK at Lei Yun Mun.

So, we took to Yau Tong exit A2 again but this time we walk towards the coastline. I nearly rented an apartment here because it was cheaper and bigger space than in HK island but though it was better to live work at Sai Wan Ho because of my consistently long working hours.

We walk along the coast, towards the seafood village, and finally to the Tin Hau Temple.

Old canons placed outside temple entrance. I expected bigger massive ones.

Old canons placed outside temple entrance. I expected bigger massive ones.

Tin Hau Temple

Tin Hau Temple

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Old village walkways and houses dotted the walkway

Old village walkways and houses dotted the walkway

I was told this is where the locals eat their seafood because its more affordable and less touristy

I was told this is where the locals eat their seafood because its more affordable and less touristy

Reminds me of aberdeen

Reminds me of aberdeen

Entrance to the long alleys packed full of seafood restaurants

Entrance to the long alleys packed full of seafood restaurants

Then we took a ferry back to Sai Wan Ho from Yau Tong. Lucky no rain!

Where should I do an easy hike next?

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2 thoughts on “Where to Hike in Hong Kong: Yau Tong to Tiu Keng Leng -Wilson Trail

    • It’s really boiling in hk now. Usually I will start hiking in October onwards. But will stop somewhere in jan or February when it gets a bit too cold for my liking. Summer is when those insects come out so definitely cooler and there less chance of being bitten. Happy hikes.

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