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Discovery Bay to Mui Wo

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General view of The China Beach Club, at Silvermine Beach in Mui Wo. 14JAN12 (Photo by May Tse/South China Morning Post via Getty Images)
China Beach Club (Photo: Getty Images)

This scenic hike can take two to three hours depending on how often you stop to smell the roses—and trust us, there is plenty to see. This trail will take you through old fishing villages, a banana plantation, small farms, a monastery and plenty of lookout points.

Finally, it ends with a long, leisurely descent into Mui Wo beach where expansive views of the coast and surrounding islands are breathtaking. 

Where to eat: The China Beach Club is an ultra laidback beachfront restaurant and bar that serves Mediterranean cuisine and a few BBQ specials, too. Bonus: it's pet-friendly. 

If you walk a little further to Mui Wo pier, there's Bahce Turkish Restaurant which serves some of the best and most authentic Turkish cuisine in Hong Kong. 

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Tai Mo Shan

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Photo: Charmaine Mok
Photo: Charmaine Mok

Few activities will work up an appetite like hiking Hong Kong's tallest mountain—Tai Mo Shan. This stunning albeit challenging hike is worth the effort, as the well-maintained MacLehose Trail literally takes you above the clouds as you reach the summit (which sits at a cool 957 metres, or 3,140 feet). 

Where to eat: Duen Kee, located at the base of Tai Mo Shan, is perfect for a truly authentic dim sum experience. According to Hong Kong Tatler's Editorial Director of Food & Wine, Charmaine Mok: "This charming village teahouse is flanked by open watercress fields and fills up with elderly birdkeepers and hikers from the crack of dawn. The experience is two-fold as you’re able to witness Hong Kong’s underrated natural beauty while partaking in a centuries-old food tradition. It’s a hands-on restaurant, too—guests help themselves to what they want from the towers of bamboo steamers hiding all manner of dim sum, from nostalgic steamed Chinese sausage buns to those with a heart of silky egg custard."

Cheung Chau

Reclining rocks, southwest Cheung Chau, Hong Kong on November 15, 2017. 15NOV17 [30NOVEMBER2017 FEATURES] CREDIT / Martin WILLIAMS (Photo by Martin Williams/South China Morning Post via Getty Images)
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Photo: Courtesy of Heima Heima
Photo: Courtesy of Heima Heima

Perhaps not a hike per se, but there's a leisurely trail that wraps around Cheung Chau's coastline and weaves through otherworldly geo rock formations. If you aren't in the mood to walk, bikes are available to rent as well as the island's famous "tricycles"—a kind of rickshaw that's ideal if you have young children.  

Want to make a staycation of it? Stay in one of the geodesic domes at Sai Yuen Farm. Sitting on clifftops, they're strategically placed for utmost privacy and stargazing. 

Where to eat: Cheung Chau has a few pleasant surprises up its sleeve when it comes to food. For traditional Cantonese-style seafood that the island is famous for, So Bor Kee always hits the spot and is a favourite amongst locals. If you're after something more casual, Yu Lok CC is a cozy seafood shack that serves a simple but ever-changing menu of seasonal speciality snacks and cold Japanese beer. 

For coffee, Heima Heima is a chic Japanese-inspired cafe with a homey vibe. Another great option is Valor

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Dragon's Back to Shek O

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Photo: Courtesy of Cococabana
Photo: Courtesy of Cococabana

Dragon's Back is arguably Hong Kong's most popular hike, and its snaking ridge-top trail certainly lives up to its name. But the reason for its popularity is that it's both easy and scenic, making it ideal for novices while still enjoyable even for the city's most seasoned hikers. 

Where to eat:Cococabana will have you doing a double take to make sure you're still in Hong Kong. This light and airy space serves Mediterranean cuisine, and offers the kind of beachside atmosphere one would find in Portugal or Greece. 

Further afield, Ben's Back Beach Bar is something of a local legend. It serves (extremely) reasonably priced drinks, is both dog- and family-friendly and it sits right on the sandy shores of Shek O. 

Pok Fu Lam to The Peak

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Photo: Courtesy of Black Sheep Restaurants

For a hike that lasts less than two hours, you definitely get to see a lot as this moderate trail takes you past the Pok Fu Lam Public Riding School, through Pok Fu Lam Country Park and finally on to the Reservoir Trail where you'll walk along the edge of the reservoir. At the end of the hike, you'll find yourself just behind The Peak Galleria.

If you're feeling up for more, finish with a breezy 40-minute walk around the Peak Morning Trail—a flat trail that boasts unparalleled 360 degree views of Hong Kong. 

Where to eat: Newly opened Rajasthan Rifles offers all-day dining options that fuse British and Indian cuisines, harmoniously blending both in their finest form. 

Otherwise, head to the iconic Peak Lookout for a taste of days gone by. Housed in a 19th century Grade II historical building, has a warm and inviting ambiance and offers an international menu that spans from moules et frites to their signature Hainan chicken rice. 

See also: 5 Scenic Hong Kong Hiking Trails Near Your Country Club

 

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