Hong Kong


Hong Kong is a city, and former British colony, in southeastern China. Vibrant and high populated, it’s a major port and global financial center famed for its tower-studded skyline. It’s also known for its lively food scene – from Cantonese dim sum to extravagant high tea – and its shopping opportunities in high-class shopping malls as well as in simple and chaotic night markets.

After 99 years under British Control, the territory became a special administrative region of China on 1 July 1997. Nevertheless, it has a high degree of autonomy with the principle of one country with two systems.

During the past decades, Hong Kong developed to a major trade hub in South East Asia and belongs to the three most important financial centres alongside New York City and London.

I call Hong Kong my home since 2012. Discover with me this special city! Let me show you what Hong Kong offers in terms of running and join me on my favourite road running and trail running routes.

Next to me, there are 7.2 million people calling Hong Kong their home. With just over 1’100 km2 Hong Kong belongs to the world’s most densely populated cities.

Runner's Paradise

Beyond a vibrant city life Hong Kong offers a variety of breathtaking trails for runners, hikers and simply nature lovers. Hong Kong trails are easily accessible from the city centre and they are a great way to take a time out from the busy crowds. Hong Kong is a very hilly terrain so most of the trails include hilly sections. All trails are very well marked.

In fact, 40% of Hong Kong are in protected areas. The terrain and the scenery are as varied as the city itself: wet & dry vegetation, beaches, creeks, reservoirs in a hilly scenery. Hong Kong’s highest Peak is Tai Mo Shan with a total of 957m. If you prefer exploring the trails in a group rather than alone, have a look at the Facebook group of the Hong Kong Trail Runners.

Running in the city might be a bit tricky due to the huge amount of people and vehicles. But there are also very beautiful and scenic routes, which are less crowded. Check out the Harbour Runners. They meet every Wednesday evening for a social run discovering the city.

Favourite Routes

BOWEN ROAD

PEAK CIRCLE ROUTE

WILSON TRAIL STAGE 1

  • Category: ROAD
  • Start: Magazine Gap Road
  • Finish: Stubbs Road
  • Distance: 4.2km
  • Duration: 20-40mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Category: ROAD
  • Start & Finish:

    Old Peak Road/Hong Kong Zoo
  • Distance: 7.0km
  • Duration: 40-90mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Category: TRAIL
  • Start: Hong Kong Parkview
  • Finish: Stanley Gap Road 
  • Distance: 4.5km
  • Elevation: 673m D+
  • Duration: 45-100mins
  • Difficulty: medium
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Must see places

Races

Hong Kong offers a big variety of race events. No matter whether you’re a road or trail runner, you won’t be disappointed! Check out the race calendar.

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About the Author

Hi, I’m Silke. I grew up in Germany – always being passionate about travelling and sports. I started practising yoga when entering university around the age of 20 and became a yoga teacher a couple of years later. 

Yoga is a great way to stretch and strengthen your body, regain focus and relax. However, I felt like I needed some cardio exercise to release stress and stay in shape. So I picked up running. The amazing thing about running is that you can do it anytime & anywhere. No need of much equipment and it is a great way to explore new places – either city or nature. 

After working as a business consultant in Hong Kong I decided to quit the corporate world to follow my passion of running & yoga and to inspire people to live a healthier and happier lifestyle. I am teaching yoga with a focus on Yoga for Runners in Hong Kong, Australia and Germany.