The hectic, congested and staggeringly steep streets of Hong Kong don’t immediately appear bicycle friendly, but the city is home to a handful of cycling routes, and a growing number of cyclists who use them. Michael Tsang, financier turned founder of Hong Kong Free Tours and Stephen Cheung of Smooth Rides, have both set up businesses in Hong Kong, offering cycling trips around the city.
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Cycling in Hong Kong is an efficient way to travel, rich with terrain varying from flat urban rides to challenging climbs. Terrain and temperature vary with elevation, so plan your gear accordingly. Regardless of whether you choose leisurely sightseeing or a go-getter day in the saddle, be sure to pause and take in views across the water.
Chi Ma Wan. This trail follows the contours of Lantau Island’s southern coast. Keen cyclists gather at the Friendly Bike Shop in Mui Wo, where high-quality bikes can be rented. With river ...
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There are many all over Hong Kong, but Arthur says one of his favourite routes starts at Disneyland and ends in Tung Chung. Sometimes, instead of going to Tung Chung they go to the airport and do laps back and forth between Disneyland and the airport. Arthur says that two of those laps in a day can add up to 80km.
Sha Tin (Tai Wai MTR) to Tai Mei Tuk. The 22 km cycling track from Sha Tin (Tai Wai MTR) to Tai Mei Tuk is by far the most scenic cycling route in Hong Kong. However, you can choose to cycle from end-to-end, but personally, I like to split the track into three sections. Tai Wai MTR to Science Park.
Hong Kong’s reputation as a mountain biking hub is on the rise and there are now 15 designated mountain bike trails around the city. If a challenge is what you’re after, the Ho Pui Mountain Bike Trail in Yuen Long is rated as a black diamond route, meaning it’s very difficult and requires users to be comfortable with epic jumps and steep cliffs.
Modern Hong Kong is located in South China and is a special administrative zone of China. Although one would thinks that cycling in midst of skyscrapers and crowds of people is quite difficult, there are actually many beautiful cycling trails along the Shing Mun River shore and through the Nam Seng Wai wetlands, whereby many more cycle routes can be found with the bike route planner.
Cyclists in Hong Kong have the same rights and responsibilities as all other road users, except for prohibitions from expressways and some other designated locations, such as tunnels and many bridges. At least one hand must be kept on the handlebars at all times. Cyclists must use a cycleway wherever one is present. According to government statistics, 55% of the Hong Kong population is able to ride a bicycle.
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