Running|2021 CNY trail routes for beginners

If you are planning to go for a run during CNY, the 6th Day of the Chinese New Year is the most auspicious time to run. 

Three quarters of Hong Kong’s land is countryside. In addition to the four well-known long distance trails, Hong Kong is also home to a wide range of other trails of varying distances. Trail runners Stephen and Wai Hung recently completed the Hong Kong Ultra-Triathlon 260 Challenge with the full length of the MacLehose Trail. If you’re new to trail running, take a look at these 5 routes recommended by Stephen and Wai Hung.

Hong Kong trail routes for beginners

Stage 5 of MacLehose Trail

Route: Shatin Pass Road, Wong Tai Sin > Lions Pavilion > Stage 5 of MacLehose Trail > Reunification Pavilion > Wong Tai Sin

Distance: 8 km

Duration: Approx. 2 hours

Review: This route is easily accessible by public transport and is suitable for beginners. There are toilet facilities and a snack store near Lions Pavilion. Wear a pair of sports trousers with a belt and carry a 750 ml bottle of water. The entire route is paved and is slightly hilly in places. A standard pair of road running shoes will suffice.

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Quarry Bay to Quarry Pass

Route: Quarry Bay > Quarry Pass > Tai Tam Reservoirs > Round route around reservoirs > Quarry Pass

Distance: 10 km

Duration: Approx. 1.5 to 2 hours

Review: Quarry Pass is the starting point of stage 4 on the Hong Kong Trail. Rest pavilions and toilet facilities are available en route. The reservoir section of the route is very scenic and the area is known for its clean air. Most of this trail is along asphalt roads. Although hilly in places, it is not a challenging route, so standard road running shoes will suffice.

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Shau Kei Wan

Route: Yiu Tung Estate, Shau Kei Wan > Reservoir Playground > Sir Cecil's Ride > Cloud View Road, North Point

Distance: Approx. 12 km

Duration: Approx. 1.5 to 2 hours

Review:  The route includes a number of gentle slopes and is not physically demanding. It passes through shaded forest along a stream, making it suitable for hot summer days. There are no facilities en route, so bring a hydration pack.

 

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Tai To Yan

Route: Fung Ying Seen Koon (Fanling) via Wu Tip Shan > Pak Tai To Yan > Tai To Yan > Kadoorie Farm

Distance: Approx. 8.5 km

Duration: Approx. 2 to 3 hours

Review: 

Tai To Yan provides scenic views over Kam Tin and Pat Heung to the left and Lam Tsuen and Tai Mo Shan to the right. The route climbs to 566 m above sea level and the trail is steep in places.

The first part of the route near Wu Tip Shan is mostly paved. The rest of the route is mostly along dirt tracks and steps, and requires a certain level of physical fitness. The entire route is shaded.

There are no facilities en route, so bring a hydration pack and trail running shoes.

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Kai Kung Leng

Route: Fung Kat Heung, Yuen Long > Tsiu Keng

Distance: 8 km

Duration: Approx. 2 to 3 hours

Review:  The first half of the route is less challenging than the second half. Starting from Fung Kat Heung, the route ascends via steps, after which you continue along a dirt track until you reach Tsiu Keng. The route then descends on a relatively steep gravel path.

 

The paths through Kai Kung Leng are unshaded and there are no facilities en route. Bring a hydration pack, sun cap, sports sunglasses and a pair of running shoes with a good grip. If starting from Tsiu Keng, beginners should bring a set of hiking poles, as the route is relatively steep.

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Wai Hung (Right)

Registered Track & Field Coach

OXYONE Coach

“疫境自強” star coach

Stephen (Left)

Best marathon time: 2 hours 38 minutes

Head coach for WeSport non-profit sports organisation

First Hong Konger to complete round-trip run around Taiwan (2014)

Author of 環台跑不是夢

RUNNING | 2021 CNY trail routes for beginners

Leave no trace

When planning your trail run, make sure that you bring enough drinking water and snacks. However, regardless of how much trail experience you have, always remember to take your rubbish with you! This helps to keep the trail clean for other runners and hikers.

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