Victoria Peak is Hong Kong island's highest point, providing an advantageous position for breathtaking panoramic views of this great city and the island as a whole. See the harbour as you never have before, as you cast your eyes over the beautiful Kowloon side and find yourself entranced.
Widely renowned as Hong Kong's most popular attraction, take the Tram Peak funicular railway for a delightful ride through lush greenery, as you steadily climb to the very top. This tram can understandably get very busy, so it may be a good idea to get a cab up to the top instead, which will provide equally good views and leaves you with a highly fulfilling ventures along the Hong Kong Trail which will see you get even better acquainted with the nature around the peak.
Perfect if you're in need of a temporary getaway from the city, Tai Mei Tuk - literally meaning "the very end" - is perfect for relaxation and rest. A beautiful village shrouded in verdant nature, this is truly a picturesque location, with a nearby mountainside to gawp at from the shore whilst the calm waves lap at your feet.
Kill some time with a host of activities that are available, including fishing, rowing and, of course, eating; with regular barbeques and plenty of Thai food on offer for you to sample in comfort. From here, you may also want to don your explorers cap and explore more of the area by foot or bike; find the Plover Cove Dam for an idyllic spot to watch over the area in sheer bliss.
Ping Shan Heritage Trail
A relatively short walk through 12th century villages, the Ping Shan Heritage Trail takes you through some of the most authentic parts of Hong Kong. Starting at the top of Ping Shan, you'll visit a small museum converted from a 19th century police station where you'll be treated to expansive views all the way to southern China - as far as Shenzhen.
Head down the hill, through tightly squeezed streets and witness everyday life for the villagers, taking in the traditional buildings, with temples, halls and Hong Kong's only ancient pagoda all to see. Interact with the locals and use a guide to translate for you, as you discover ever more about traditional life here. For a real treat, head here for a festival or special occasion to see the street full of colour.
Trail to the Hidden Oasis
Head to the New Territories and discover the natural side of Hong Kong, as you go beyond the hills of Kowloon and towards the sparse and rural villages and farms remaining from ancient times in the distance. Nearby heritage sites sit amidst overgrown plants in areas of land that have been otherwise untouched. Visit the Chuk Lam Monastery and learn more about Buddhist traditions before continuing onto the villages themselves for a double-dose of history and culture.
You'll also find the Lam Tseun Wishing Trees along the way and have the chance to partake in the traditional act of burning joss sticks and casting your own wish to the tree. For those of you wanting to see the Hong Kong of old, untouched and pure, this trail is most certainly for you.