Time for best feet forward

Local | Bernard Charnwut Chan 20 Nov 2019

This is the time of year when Hong Kong's heat and humidity die down and much of our home becomes a hiker's paradise. There are literally hundreds of kilometers of hiking trails all over the SAR, notably in the country parks.

Some are short and suitable for kids while others are quite challenging. Some have great views while offer close-up looks at nature.

For a great list and lots of helpful information, see www.hiking.gov.hk

We also have a small number of heritage trails in urban and rural areas, which are existing public footpaths and other routes that happen to link sites of historic interest.

Several countryside heritage trails are well worth a visit. On Hong Kong Island, the Tai Tam Waterworks Heritage Trail takes you past well over a dozen dams, bridges and other structures dating back as far as the 1880s. These impressive water catchment works are, of course, still very much in use today.

In the New Territories, there is the Ping Shan Heritage Trail near Yuen Long and the Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail near Fan Ling. These are short trails of just two or three kilometers. Both of them connect a number of villages - including ancestral halls and temples - related to the Tang clan, who settled in the area around 1,000 years ago.

Last, World War II fans hiking section six of the MacLehose Trail shouldn't miss the late-1930s military defenses of the Shing Mun War Relics Trail.

For more details, see www.amo.gov.hk

Bernard Charnwut Chan is chairman of The Jockey Club CPS Advisory Committee

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