Most of you must have heard of Rhino Rock (if not do you even live in Hong Kong?). But you'd be surprised to find that there are so many other awe-inspiring formations around Hong Kong to be explored. From a short hike to a whole day expedition, we've got a whole list here for you!
Rhino Rock - Che Pau Teng
For those who are new to hiking in Hong Kong, Rhino Rock is a great starting point. Apart from being among the shortest (~1.5 hours round trip from trail head) and most accessible hikes to iconic rocks in Hong Kong, the view of the Rhino Rock with the ocean backdrop is just stunning and make for an incredible photograph. Ensure to wear proper hiking shoes with good grip as sections of the trail compose of loose sand. If you have more time to kill you can always head down to Stanley to enjoy the beach and cocktails!
Poodle Rock - Ling Kok Shan
This is another relatively easy hike, perfect for a half day excursion or to burn off your seafood lunch! The hike starts from Sok Kwu Wan and takes around 2-3 hours to loop back to the same starting point. By following the Ling Kok Shan trail, you will find the huge Poodle Rock sitting adorably at the top of the mountain, along with a 360 degree view of Lamma Island. Don't forget to bring your swimming gear if you plan to cool off after your hike by hitting up one of the beaches on Lamma!
Toad/Bee Hive Rock - Kam Kui Shek Teng
If you are a fan of Sai Kung hiking trails and have never been to this hidden gem before, be sure to put it on your list! For a short hike of roughly 2.5-3 hours starting from Sai Wan Pavilion you can get a gorgeous view of the Highland Reservoir from Kam Kui Shek Teng. From lower down the mountain, this huge basalt is said to look like a toad. However, to us the structure resembles a honeycomb from a bird's-eye view, what do you think? We highly recommend bringing a drone if you have one to get the perfect shot!
Sliced Bread Rock - Castle Peak Basin
Shout out to all carbs lovers out there, you have to check this sliced bread rock out! The rock is located in the Tai Lang Shui Stream, along the Castle Peak Basin trail, which could be hiked from Lung Kwu Tan to Leung Tin Au or vice versa. The trail is around 7km long and could take roughly 5-6 hours to complete. Apart from cool rock formations, the trail also offers interesting terrain to explore, from barren landscape, to what is known as the Moon Canyon, the Red Gullies, and finally the valley stream. Be sure to wear proper hiking shoes and bring enough water and sun protection as sections of the trail are slippery and highly exposed.
Angel Wing - Cheung Chau Peak Road West
This journey to Angel Wing Rock takes only around an hour round trip, which makes for a great attraction if you are spending the day to discover hidden gems of Cheung Chau. Starting from Cheung Chau Pier, turn right and walk straight through the village until you reach Tai Shek Hau Temple. From there, turn left up the hill until you reach Tin Fook Pavillion. Continue up Peak Road West that goes behind Kam Kong Primary School towards Cheung Chau Cemetery. Cross over the fence towards the ocean and then use the fixed assisted rope to descend to the coastline where you will find the iconic rock formation!
Mask Rock - Mount Nicholson
The Mask Rock always reminds us of the mo'ai statues of the Easter Island. The rock is so majestic that it could only be made by the gods or for their worship. Starting from Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park bus stop and up Black's Link road, the journey to Mask Rock only takes around 1.5 hour. However, because of the steep terrain, we would rate this hike an intermediate level. From the rock, you will get a panoramic view of southern Hong Kong, from the blue of Deep Water Bay to the greenery of Tai Tam Country Park.
Devil’s Fist - Wong Chuk Kok Tsui
The hike to Devil's Fist is among the toughest hikes in Hong Kong, taking around 11-12 hours, covering a distance of almost 30km. The significance of rocks in this area, apart from one looking like Thanos' hand, is that there are among the oldest rocks in Hong Kong, from over 400 million years ago. The trail starts from Wu Kau Tang and follow a small section of the Plover Cove Reservoir Country Trail before diverging to Wong Chuk Kok Tsui from Luk Wu Tung. You can make your journey easier by scheduling a speedboat from Wong Shek Ferry to drop you off at Wong Chuk Kok Tsui, but where is the fun in that?
Goldfish Arch (Tiu Chung Chau Aka Jin Island)
Want to take a little trip to Bali? All you have to do is to visit this part of Hong Kong from Jin Island! However, getting to paradise is never easy, there is no hiking trails, or public transport that can take you to the Goldfish Arch directly. If you love an adventure, we recommend kayaking there from Tai Hang Hau village, which will take around 2 hours round trip. Alternatively, you can get to Jin Island by taking a private ferry from Sai Kung Pier or joining a local tour. As tempting as it is to stay in the crystal clear water and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the arch, it is definitely worth it to hike up to see the goldfish from the top!
Hong Kong is just the city that keeps on giving and these rocks are not to be missed, especially if you're an avid hiker. We've rounded up a couple more places to check out for weekend adventures that's a little more off the beaten path. If you're a brunch and easy breezy type of person, explore Sai Ying Pun or check out these pet-friendly cafes in the Westside!