Saturday, February 25, 2012

Discover Hong Kong with Kess - The Peak's Hong Kong Trail

Many visitors to Hong Kong don't know that the Peak is the starting point of the Hong Kong trail, a 50 km walking route that spans across Hong Kong island. In fact, my humans who used to visit Hong Kong regularly in past years never knew about this until we came here to live.

Exploring Stage 1 of the Hong Kong trail is a fun and free way to get a view of Hong Kong. Instead of forking out HKD30 to go up the Sky Terrace at the Peak Tower, you can get a view and some exercise by walking this easy paved trail. The trail which starts at Lugard Road, continues all the way to the Pok Fu Lam Reservoir. However, if you're only interested to get a 360 view of Hong Kong, you can turn off at Harlech Road and head back to the Peak.

This is exactly what we did on one of our past trips to the Peak. That time we drove up to the Peak and did this leisurely walk. My humans figured that hiking up to the Peak from our home and combining that with this one hour walk may be too much for this old beagle (I turn 10 this April).

At the start of Lugard Road, you will see a lovely colonial building which serves as the headquarters for the Peak Tram Manager.

As you keep going, you will get to see the Peak Tower in the background.

It was a cloudy morning, so the view of Hong Kong was pretty gloomy. But I would imagine that it would look pretty spectacular on a blue sky day.

Honestly though, this beagle wasn't as interested in the views. I much prefer checking out the scents. And boy oh boy, there were lots of interesting scents to sniff out - from other canines, squirrels and other little creatures...

Naturally, I could not resist leaving some scents of my own during our hour-long circular walk!

So there you have it, a cheap fun way to see the island and get some exercise so that you don't feel guilty for pigging out during your vacation!


Molly the Airedale said...

What a wonderful way to spend an hour! Hong Kong skyline would be spectacular on a clear day! What beautiful pictures, Kess!

Love ya lots,


Pawsome pictures Kess.

Essex & Sherman

Cinnamon and Mint said...

It's nice to hear that you enjoyed sniffing scents left by other dog and animals, while your humans enjoyed the views. The Peak Tower is in an interesting shape!

Unknown said...

what a great idea, Kess - and as you say: so much healthier to for both doggies and humans! :-) My humans will remember this for the next time they visit Hong Kong. You're a very fit "old dog" to be even doing that hike, I think! :-)

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