The Six Best Bike Rides for Your Hong Kong Summer
by: The Beat Asia
August 12, 2022
Arriving to the heat of the summer in Hong Kong, it is necessary to escape your monotonous rhythms and routines in the city and find yourself exercising on two wheels, having your hair and face whir in the air, breathing the true smells of Hong Kong nature. Listen in our guide to the best bike ride journeys for a little city scape this summer.
Tuen Mun to Ma On Shan – 60KM
With the 11 kilometre-long cycle track connecting Yuen Long to Sheung Shui opening September 2020, Hong Kong’s longest cycle track, a 60-kilometre-long paved track stretching from Tuen Mun to Ma On Shan completed, any adventurous can blast through the most beautiful sceneries in New Territories, covering roads paving through Yuen Long, Sheung Shui, Fanling, Tai Po, and Sha Tin. Find information for bike stores and waypoints on the official NT Cycle Track Network.
Estimated to take more than six hours for the average cyclist to complete the entire route, the Super Bike Track passes through Yuen Long City Centre, Nam Sang Wai, Kam Tin River, San Tin, Kwu Tung, and Ho Sheung Heung, exposing two-wheeled bikers to the ecological beauty of the northern territory's surroundings such as bird-watching spots, century-old monuments, and local Cantonese restaurants.
Tai Wai to Tai Mei Tuk – 21KM
One of the city’s most popular bike routes suited for the speed devils and beginners, the flat Tai Wai to Tai Mei Tuk route brings cyclists on a 21-kilometre journey following the undulating Tolo Harbour, breathing in the breath-taking views and urban sights in deep eastern New Territories. The route can be done one-way, taking a bus from Tai Mei Tuk back to Sha Tin, or completed as a mega marathon-long return trip. It is flat with few inclines, perfect for families with small children.
With the new extension of the East Rail Line passing through to Admirality, trips up to Tai Wai/Sha Tin are no longer a bother for day-trippers coming from the Island. Sit on the MTR for a short 18-minute ride before exiting at Tai Wai MTR station to Tim Ho Wan Bike Shop to rent a day bike for HK$70 or Lung Kee Bicycle Shop for a road racing bike at HK$120 for a day rental.
Nam Sang Wai Loop – 7KM
Located a stone's throw away from the Shenzhen border, almost appearing centuries away in scenery and state from Hong Kong’s tall and glitzy buildings, the Nam Sang Wai cycling loop is a perfect half-day trip out of the city, accessible from Yuen Long MTR within a 15-minute bike ride to the start of the area.
Suitable for families, the Nam Sang Wai loop promises a flat six-kilometre loop scouring through wetland wildlife, picturesque Instagrammable woodland areas, classic Chinese halls and villages, and river and lake crossings in the two-hour-long cycle. Head to Yoho Mall in Yuen Long and rent a bike from the shops lining On Lok Road for the day. We recommend Ting Fung Bicycle Company to rent adult bikes for only HK$120.
Tung Chung to Sunny Bay – 12KM Each Way
The bike ride stretched from Tung Chung to sunset-catching spot at Sunny Bay is a road biking route, advised to attempt for only experienced and comfortable bike riders. This is a popular cycling route with local Lantau Islanders and visitors. Keep to the left and you’ll be in for a treat of scenic vistas and serene road stretches. Start the 1.5-hour route to Sunny Bay from renting a bike at Sunny Bike Shop in Ma Wan Chung Village near Yat Tung Estate, or from a truck near Fu Tung Estate, a short walk from Tung Chung MTR. Daily rates for rental begin at HK$250.
The whole route consists of following Cheung Tung Road, with added stop-offs available throughout the bike ride. Stop off at the entrance of the Olympic Trail located beside Tai Ho Wan to explore the World War 1 history of the Pak Mong Watchtower, before exploring the views of the harbour. Set off to locate the hidden Cheung Sok lighthouse near Sunny Bay, Luk Keng village, and the breath-taking views of Tung Wan Bay. Enjoy the sunset with a treat of a picnic after!
Cheung Chau – 3.7KM Loop
Known for its lush beaches and famed seafood options, the best way to discover the ins and outs of Cheung Chau is by bicycle, the mobile transportation method that every visitor and local uses to travel the island’s myriad walkways. Once arrived via ferry from Central Pier, walk south to the edge of town, just above Tai Shek Hau, to Seaview Metals Bike Shop, where you can rent a bright-coloured bike for HK$10 an hour.
Now with your trusty bike, follow the newly renovated Cheung Chau Sai Tai Road south to Sai Wan, inhaling the fresh ocean air before grabbing some delicious chocolate, vanilla, and maccha tea creamy cakes at Heima Heima. Set your workout into full gear by turning your pedals heading to the wacky Kwan Kung Pavilion, decorated with ornate porcelain frogs, before climbing your way up to the North Lookout Pavilion for the highest viewpoint on Cheung Chau.
Kennedy Town to Telegraph Bay – 4.9KM
Fraught with hills on the Pok Fu Lam side, the coastal region of the Central and Western District stretching from Kennedy Town to Cyberport in Telegraph Bay plays for a perfect bike journey for young kids and accompanying parents.
Head to Sands Street and grab a city bike at Cyclingtown bike store for HK$200 whole-day (11 AM-7 PM). Begin your adventure at the Kennedy Town Praya, following the sidewalk for a comfortable and safe ride. Head west along Victoria Road, looping around the sunstroke Mount Davis headlands, circling down to Sha Wan Drive for a rest along the glistening South China Sea beside Stanley Ho Sports Centre. Climb up the hill and end your hilly journey riding with no care in the world down Cyberport Road to the Waterfront Park for a deserving rest in the sun.
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