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Take on these runnings trails to get those miles — and steps — in. 

Got a weekend to spare? Forget sleeping in till noon. Dust off those running shoes, pack a snack and go for a nice jog in the spring breeze. Stunning picturesque views crown these running trails the best of the best in Hong Kong — some even end at beaches! — if you time it right, you can even catch the perfect view of the golden hour sunset. Here’s a list for any kind of runners to consider.

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Mount Davis

Distance: 3.8km
Difficulty: Easy 

Don’t be put off by its seemingly intimidating name; Mount Davis is no rigorous uphill climb, but a fairly gentle route that rewards with sweeping city views as you reach the top — a perfect contender for sunset jogs. Don’t miss the impressive fort ruins and World War II remnants dotted along the way; the trail was a key location as an artillery site once upon a time

How to get there: Take bus 23 from either Causeway Bay, Wanchai, or outside Pacific Place.

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Victoria Peak (Lugard Road Loop)

Distance: 3.5km
Difficulty: Easy

One that needs no extra description: For a trail that promises a consummate, picture-perfect view of the city, the Lugard Road circle loop atop Victoria Peak is the best one to head on. It’s also a wonderful spot to catch the sunrise or sunset. 

How to get there: Take bus 15 or green minibus 1 from Central to the Peak. Or for more challenging runners, begin your route at Hatton Road.

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Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

Distance: 4km
Difficulty: Easy

Sweeping views of the iconic Victoria Harbour accompany this leisurely route. Beginning from Star Ferry Terminal stretching all the way to Hung Hom, enjoy brisk waterfront breeze while sprinting past iconic landmarks: the clock tower, newly revamped srt museum, science museum and Avenue of Stars. Duck into neighbouring K11 Musea and alfresco bar, Ink for a quick refresher afterwards. 

How to get there: Hop off the Star Ferry Pier and start running from here.

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Bowen Road

Distance: 4km
Difficulty: Easy 

A comfortable route set against the backdrop of the city, Bowen Road is the ideal for anyone looking to squeeze in a quick jog during the day. It’s a track easy to love: flat, calming, shaded with plenty of trees, and overlooks the cityscape of Central and Wanchai. 

How to get there: Green minibus 1 from Central to Magazine Gap Road

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5
Tai Tam Reservoir to Repulse Bay

Distance: 5.5km
Difficulty: Moderate

A tranquil route that winds through Tai Tam Reservoir before ending up at Repulse Bay, this trail is one to patronise should you be the type of runner that anticipates a satisfying end reward: a quick dip in the ocean; a relaxed lie on soft white sand; a frozen fruit popsicle. Luckily, mid-route views on this track aren’t too shabby either, with endless waterfalls, reservoirs and lots of greenery. The 5.5km path composed of easy paved runs and more technical trails will be worth it.

How to get there: Take bus 6 from Exchange Square in Central, get off at Wong Nai Chung Reservoir stop and walk up to the Parkview entrance.

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The Twins

Distance: 4.7km
Difficulty: Hard 

It’s not the distance that gives The Twins its menacing reputation as the ‘Terrible Twins’, but rather the steep, continuous 1000 steps inclining skyward. Oof. What you’ll get when you do reach the top, though, are stunning seascapes that will hopefully make the climb extra worth it. It’s already a challenge in itself to complete as a regular walk, for those bold and daring? Try running up instead. 

How to get there: Take bus 6 from Exchange Square in Central, get off at Wong Nai Chung Reservoir stop and walk up to the Parkview entrance.

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Hong Kong Trail

Distance: 50km
Difficulty: Hard

For intrepid runners, the Hong Kong trail is the one to tackle if your weekend is looking for an exciting challenge. A lengthy 50km distance, it stretches across five country parks beginning from Victoria Peak towards Big Wave Bay with eight different sections dotted with winding turns, rocky paths and bumpy slopes. One positive note though, it’s generously shaded for cooling temps. For novices, begin with the smaller sections first before taking on the entire route.

How to get there: Take bus 15 or green minibus 1 from Central to the Peak.

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Lorria Sahmet
Style Editor
Two years of covering luxury retail later, Lorria is thrilled to be dedicated to writing about fashion, food and lifestyle. When not roaming around garden centres hauling back new plants for her indoor jungle, she is most likely hunting down the best fries in the city. She's happiest by the ocean with a fishbowl glass of ice-cold Aperol spritz.