Hong Kong’s world-renowned MacLehose Trail has been cited as one of the world’s top 20 hiking trails by National Geographic.
The nature-adventure magazine cited its “constant, grueling 1,000-plus-foot descents followed immediately by ascents along the fingers of ridgetops” that make it more challenging than its length suggests.
“While Hong Kong may be one of the most densely populated places on the planet, the surrounding New Territories are rural and quiet — and they are tough country to hike,” editor M. John Fayhee writes.
“The trail is broken down into ten sections, starting at the stunning eastern beaches before climbing up into tropical mountains, where monkeys chatter from the branches — watch out for cobras — and winding past 3,140-foot Tai Mo Shan, the highest peak in the area.”
The 100 kilometer trail usually takes five to six days to complete, but the hike has been made easier since the days of the Gurkhas, with stone steps and paths and free campgrounds available on a first-come-first-served basis.
National Geographic compiled a list of the world’s best hikes under its Dream Trail series.
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