Hong Kong is a strange place, a mysterious territory.
To explore the city space, you take the subway, the tram, the ferry or the taxi and you go to Sham Shui Po, Mongkok, Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, Admiralty. But you still keep an eye on the hills above Kowloon and on the Peak above Central.
So, you go to the book store and you get a copy of “The Leisurely Hiker’s Guide to Hong Kong”, “The Heritage Hiker’s Guide to Hong Kong””The Serious Hiker’s Guide to Hong Kong”, all three by Pete Spurrier. (No Commercial Interest).
I ran on Bowen road, going progressively from 1K to 8K and I noticed good indications mid way for Wan Chai Gap and a tough slope going up, while Bowen road is dead flat as it is built on a former aqueduc. I went up the road and discovered Wan chai gappark, with its water fountain, mini shop and toilets. And the map for Aberdeen Reservoir Park and, looking South, a large wooden area, quite hilly, going down towards Aberdeen and the South coast.
On another day, I went around the West side of the Island, from Central to Aberdeen, through Kennedy Town and Pok Fu Lam. When I reached Cyberport, I decided to go up hill to changed from the sea side road and I quickly reached the Hong Kong trail, that I followed until Aberdeen Country park reservoir. I discovered the city of Aberdeen, so different from my expectations! It is not a romantic city. It is full of ugly towers, hiding the bay and the sea side. But I did my first piece of the Hong Kong Trail ! I caught the virus and I still have it!
Over time, we covered all 8 stages of Hong Kong trail…