It’s that time of the year again when we flock to hiking trails and country parks. If Hong Kong’s heat feels discouraging, though, these waterfall hikes might answer your calls. Tucked away in secluded hillsides, tackle these trails and treat yourself to breathtaking views and a cooling dip.
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The waterfall’s name may have come from a haunted story, but the stunning sight says otherwise. If Bride’s Pool Nature Trail is too easy for you, follow Pat Sin Leng Nature Trail which overlooks the Tolo Harbour and Plover Cove Reservoir. The base pool is a popular swimming area in the summer months, so go early to avoid the crowd.
How to get there: Take the MTR to Tai Po Market Station, then take green minibus 20C for Tai Mei Tuk
Ng Tung Chai Waterfalls
If you’re a hiking buff and a nature lover, Ng Tung Chai Falls ticks all the boxes. Boasting an impressive series of waterfalls, the hike at Ng Tung Chai is located at Hong Kong’s highest summit, Tai Mo Shan. The hike is about three hours and it may not be the most gentle path. You’ll be rewarded with the raw beauty of Scatter Fall and the swim after a gruelling climb.
How to get there: Take the MTR to Tai Wo Station, then take bus 64K for Yuen Long
Ma Dai Streams
Ma Dai Stream is one of the less throttled spots in Hong Kong. The crystal clear pools and clean waters are hidden behind the rugged cliffs and lush wilderness of Ma On Shan Country Park. Grab your gear and get your hands ready for some climbing action as the hike is on the steeper side. This waterfall hike is also one of the favourites for canyoning fans.
How to get there: Take the MTR to Tai Shui Hang Station and head out at exit B
Ping Nam Stream
The Ping Nam Waterfall hike is for both experienced and amateur trekkers. Catch the Hula-skirt Waterfall at the base where water is clear and inviting, perfect for a post-hike dip. If you’re more of an adventurer, you can continue upwards to the main falls. Scramble up the rocks and take a plunge.
How to get there: Take the MTR to Fanling Station, then take bus 78K or minibus 56K
The Silvermine Falls is for those who are looking for something more laidback. Cut off from the city, this hidden gem on East Lantau offers an easy stroll down Olympic Trail, taking you to three picturesque waterfalls. The hike covers beaches, rural villages and historical temples, so be prepared to spend a day at Mui Wo and recover at one of its beachside bars after the hike.
How to get there: Ferries leave from Central Ferry Pier 6 every 40 minutes
Sheung Luk Stream
You’ve probably seen Sheung Luk Stream all over Instagram. This rock-pool near Tai Long Wan in Sai Kung is one of a favourite amongst Hong Kongers. As summer approaches, you can catch people jumping into the turquoise waters under its collection of waterfalls or picnicking on the side rocks. Hike down Sai Wan Pavillion to reach the stream.
How to get there: Take minibus 29R or a taxi from Sai Kung Town to Sai Wan Pavillion
Tai Tam Mound
Back on southside, Tai Tam Mound waterfall is right next to Tai Tam Reservoir. Soothe yourself with the cool and calming waters after a brief hike – you know the water is clean when you see fish swimming around. This is the perfect spot to get your dose of zen.
How to get there: Take the MTR to Chai Wan Station, then take minibus 16M or 16X
Yellow Dragon Stream
Catch gushing waters at the Wong Lung Hang waterfall hike after a good week of rainfall. Located near Tung Chung, Wong Lung – which means Yellow Dragon – the hike is packed with scenic views and you’ll find yourself surrounded by multiple waterfalls. Trek along the Wong Lung Hang Trail and you’ll be greeted by Yellow Dragon Waterfall first, then continue to find Left Dragon, Right Dragon and the Dragon Tail Waterfall.
How to get there: Take the MTR to Tung Chung Station and head out at exit A
Feature image courtesy of Chopsticks on the Loose