With steep hills, crowded streets and small spaces, Hong Kong might not seem like an ideal city for cycling. But it's a lot easier to find a great spot to cycle than you might think, whether you're just learning how to ride a bike or are an experienced cyclist. Here are six great places for cycling in the city, whatever your level.
1 Kowloon Walled City Park
Difficulty level: easy
The park has a medium-sized cycling track that is perfect for amateurs who aren't the daredevil type and just want to have a good time.
There are bicycle rental shops nearby, and one in the park, so you don't have to worry about bringing your own bike.
The course is relatively easy, and you don't need to be an athlete to complete it. The track is basically a circle, so you loop round and round the course until you're ready to leave.
2 West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade
Difficulty level: easy
This course is a beautiful track that goes along the harbourfront. The path is flat and easy, making it a great place to learn to ride a bike. There's a bicycle rental shop there, so again, no worries about getting all your gear.
The view is amazing, particularly at dusk as the daylight fades and the skyline lights up, making this a great choice for an evening ride.
3 Po Kong Village Road Park
Difficulty level: easy to moderate
There are two difficulty ratings because there are two tracks in the park. The first one is very easy; it's simply a clearing for children and beginners to practise in.
The other track is much more exciting, built like a bridge at places, with one route up and a different route down. It is the perfect place for cyclists to train while enjoying themselves at the same time.
The course is longer than the one in the Kowloon Walled City Park, so if you found that difficult or couldn't complete it, you shouldn't attempt this track. There is also a bicycle rental kiosk, so it's easy to get your hands on a bike and all the related gear.
4 From Shatin to Tai Po
Difficulty level: moderate
Once you've mastered the simple tracks and training courses, you're ready to move on. This route is a very popular one, and it's relatively easy compared to other long cycle tracks in Hong Kong.
There are bicycle rental shops at both ends, so it's up to you where you want your journey to begin. Conveniently, some shops even have branches at both ends, so you can rent a bike from point A, arrive at point B, return the bike there, and head home.
5 Tai Po Waterfront Park
Difficulty level: easy
As the largest park in Hong Kong, it has a beautiful track for cycling enthusiasts to try out.
The scenic route is amazing, with birds chirping, and it's surrounded by calm waters.
With a bicycle rental shop on site, it promises cyclists a marvellous ride through the park.
6 The Peak
Difficulty level: extremely hard (Do not attempt unless you're an experienced cyclist)
This recommendation is only for cyclists who have plenty of experience riding on the busy roads.
Beginners should not try this track. Along with the cars and buses that cyclists have to share the road with, there are sharp bends and it's uphill all the way. If you can handle all that, this will be a very memorable experience as you ride up towards the Peak.
The route offers stunning views of Hong Kong, although you need to maintain a solid speed on the road upwards. Riding too slowly means you're not only putting yourself in danger, you're creating a hazard for drivers.
The steepest climb is on May Road, where the gradient is 27 degrees. If you can't manage this without getting off your bike to push it up the hill, don't attempt this route. Stopping in the middle of the road and getting off your bike is extremely dangerous.
Even for experienced cyclists, this route is challenging. A road bike is recommended as they offer better grip and are better equipped to deal with the uphill struggle.
How to get ready:
Before you head off on a cycling trip, you'll need a few things:
- A helmet - all cyclists are required by law to wear a helmet.
- Trousers you can move around in/cycling clothes - your legs do a lot of moving when cycling, and it wouldn't be practical or comfortable to wear tight jeans. Specific cycling clothes are advisable, but they're not necessary if you're only doing a short ride for fun.
- Water/sports drinks - you are guaranteed to lose lots of water when you cycle, so make sure you have enough to drink, especially during summer, so that you don't become dehydrated.
- Cycling gloves - in case you fall and scratch your hands
- Trainers - you need to cover your toes, but make sure your laces don't get caught in the wheels.
Buying all things bike related:
Flying Ball Bicycle Company Ltd
Shop G58, Lai Sun Commercial Centre, 680 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon (Lai Chi Kok MTR Exit B1)
11am - 8pm daily
Chung Yung Cycle Co
G/F, 132 Sna Fung Avenue, Sheung Shui, N.T.
9am - 7pm daily
Wun Pang Bicycle Company Ltd
Flat D, 2/F, Hung Wai Ind Building, 3 Hip Yip Street, Yuen Long, N.T.
9.30am - 7pm (Mon-Fri); 9.30am - 1pm (Sat). Closed on Sunday and public holidays
Bull Bike (Yau Ma Tei)
1/F, Kam Tong Building, 831 Canton Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong
12pm - 9pm (Mon-Sat); Closed on Sunday