After days of non-stop Chinese New Year festivities, which invariably involves copious amounts of food and drink, there is no better way to burn some calories than a good weekend hike. Well, apparently thousands of other Hongkongers thought it be a good idea too – everyone seemed to be hitting the trails this past Sunday, despite the gloomy weather and threat of rain.
How to get away from the crowds? Pick a challenging trail that separates the boys from men :-). On Hong Kong Island, the Stage 1 of the Wilson Trail offers just that. Starting from the Parkview apartment complex near Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park, this is a popular trail that leads south all the way to Stanley Peninsula. Along the way, we summit Violet Hill (Tsz Lo Lan Shan, 紫羅蘭山) and The Twins (孖崗山), with great views of Repulse Bay and Stanley village.
The ascent of the first “twin”, a peak at 363m, is a section famous for its 1000 steep concrete steps. This is a major cardio workout that will have you drenched in sweat by the time you reach the top. In comparison, the peaking the second twin at 386m is relatively easy. But regardless, by the time you’re descending to Stanley, your legs will be shaking, and that’s not just because of the stunning scenery!