The team here at JLL have a lot of love for hiking in Hong Kong. Whether it’s one of the easier trails like Dragon’s Back or something a bit more punishing like the MacLehose Trail over in the New Territories – they love it. Here is a recent photo:
It’s also something that most newbies find themselves doing in the cooler months either after work or over the weekend – whether you’re new to hiking or a seasoned pro, now that you live in Hong Kong you’re sure to be giving this free bit of exercise a go. After all, it’s a great way to see the natural beauty and the other side of Hong Kong and not something one would normally associate with the 852.
Here are my four handy hiking tips:
- Do not leave the house without the following: Sun cream and general sun protection like a hat, water, a mini first aid kit, snacks (to keep you going) and a headlamp (they always look cool!) if you’re going for an evening hike.
- I’m going to get right into the gross part – feet. Avoid blisters by putting petroleum jelly on the areas of your feet before putting your socks on. Or in emergencies use aforementioned first aid kit that should have some decent plasters (I’m also told that gaffa tape does a good job?!).
- We’re Hongkongers – we take our mobile phones everywhere! Either get yourself one of those handy phone arm bands or put your phone in a sealable plastic food bag for a cheap and cheerful way to keep moisture out – especially if it starts to rain (note rain coat also handy for grey days).
- Now I don’t want to scare anyone, but Hong Kong is known for its’ nasties (of the snake, spider and tick variety). Most of the time these creatures will not bother you, but do be on the lookout for them. Watch where you step, and if you’re tall like me look where you’re walking trust me you do not want to walk into the web of a Golden Orb spider. Wear thick socks for some protection. If you do get bitten call for medical assistance immediately.
Enjoy the country side and treat it with the respect it deserves. I thought I’d leave you with a photo of the last destination of a favourite Hong Kong hike to Tai Long Wan. Can you believe this is Hong Kong?!