Although the casual visitor to Hong Kong might think of it as a concrete jungle, out of the total 1,091 square kilometres of land, about three-quarters is countryside. Scenically, Hong Kong has a great deal to offer - a landscape rising from sandy beaches and rocky foreshores to heights of almost 1 000 metres, woodlands and mountain ranges covered by open grassland and a great variety of scenic vistas.
Walking trails cover much of the non-urban area, both within and outside the country parks. These range from the four long distance named trails, which are well signposted and maintained, through numerous traditional paths which used to connect the villages of the New Territories before they were all but abandoned in the 1970's, to rough bush tracks requiring a good map and local knowledge.
The long distance named trails are
For further information on trails maintained by the Country and Marine Parks Authority see their website Enjoy HikingThe rest of this page contains information about the David Liu Walking Group.
The David Liu Walking Group was founded by David Liu in 1954 and walks every Sunday from mid-October to mid-May. The programme may be viewed in html or downloaded in .pdf format for printing.
The group uses public transport (some starting points are accessible by private car and this is stated in the programme if applicable) and there is therefore no charge made and no booking required: If you want to join just turn up on time at the meeting place given in the programme.
Following the tragic deaths from heatstroke on 12 September 1999, I would like to stress that all walkers should carry plenty of water, particularly during the hotter months of our hiking season, October, April and May. If you feel faint or dizzy during a walk, tell another member of the group immediately. If another member complains of feeling dizzy or faint, get them to lie down in the nearest shade and cool them down rapidly by pouring water over them (preferably use mountain water to save drinking water.) Summon the emergency services to evacuate the patient - delay can result in death.
Please also note that participants in the walks do so at their own risk and no responsibility is taken for any inaccuracies in the itineraries. If during a walk you decide that the walk is too strenuous or the weather too hot for you, there are usually escape routes to public transport. Please consult the leader of the walk, usually Dr. Kenneth Siu (Mobile 6419 0022), by mobile phone if necessary.
The itineraries given on this website are quite strenuous. There is usually a less strenuous, "B Group", option. Please enquire at the meeting point about the B Group itinerary.
For the current programme click here.
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This page last updated on Monday, October 8, 2018
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