Hong Kong is my second home after Singapore. I lived in Hong Kong for many years, but this week whilst visiting here for the long weekend, I attempted my first run yesterday.
I started early at 7am to avoid the heat – and I am glad I did because yesterday was the hottest day ever in recorded history in Hong Kong.
I ran the Taipo waterfront along the Tolo highway toward Taiwai. There is a running/cycle track all the way so it is a flat surface.
The whole route is along side the waterfront/river which offers amazing views and refreshing breeze.
The route is very very popular with cyclist over the weekend and there are several bike hire stations. Most popular is to hire at either TaiPo or Taiwai, and to return the bike at the opposite station – about 20km away.
I only ran a small stretch from Taipo to University (both connected by MTR trains). I only managed 4km before the heat sapped all my energy. But I will be back again later this week.
Kent, I agree that is a nice route along the river. However, next time you should try getting up into the hills. The Maclehose trail runs in a loop all the way round Tai Po, so you can access from either north or south (or west) of the town. Be warned that it is a decent climb up a seemingly never-ending series of stairs to get to the trail, but once you get up there you are rewarded with some amazing trails to run on and some incredible views of Hong Kong.
I have not tried the Maclehose trail yet.
I am a hiker, and only a beginner as a runner so not ran a trail yet. I have done a few hikes in Hong Kong and can say they are amazing. The views at the top are amazing and well worth the sweat, the struggle and the pain of the climb.
At the top, where it is peaceful and quiet and you can see to the end of the world, you can forget you are in the busy busy crowded city of Hong Kong.
There are so many hikes here all offering different degrees of challenge and different sights of beauty. I love the ones where you can see the mountains and the hills with the rivers underneath flowing out to the sea, I equally love the ones where you can overlook the skyscrappers of the city of Hong Kong.