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Breathtaking Running Routes in Hong Kong

Hong Kong offers runners a wonderful mix of possibilities from bright lights and harbour views to hilly forested trails.  Of course the best routes in the city depend on what you’re looking for, but here’s our list of top running routes in Hong Kong.  Let us know what you think of running in this city!

Where to run in central HK


NUMBER 5... Happy Valley Racecourse

A terrific 1.3k paved outer loop around the Happy Valley racecourse in Hong Kong.  Try it clockwise and anti-clockwise to take in the view from different angles.  Or try the the shorter inner loop with it’s red jogging track surface.

At night the track is magical: floodlight, the inner fields are full of football and hockey games and the Hong Kong city lights twinkle beyond the grounds.

You’ll find yourself running along with casual joggers and running groups doing interval training. Enjoy!

A short walk from Causeway Bay or Wan Chai MTR stations, there’s easy access to the grounds.

The recreation grounds is normally open daily from 8am to 11pm, except when the horse races are on, typically Wednesday nights.

There are changing and toilet facilities on site and bring a padlock with you to take advantage of the lockers.

For up to date venue information please see the HK LCSD website or the HK Jockey Club website.

NUMBER 4... Victoria Harbour HK Island Waterfront

A flat route accessible from central with amazing views across Victoria Harbour: what’s not to love?
The 5k path runs from the Hong Kong Expo in Wan Chai past the Central Pier to Sai Wan to the west.
The views along the harbourfront across to the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour are beautiful, morning to night.  One word of warning, it can get very busy along the path.

This route is, of course, one of the easiest to find for anyone new to Hong Kong.  There’s easy access from Central, or any stop along the MTR Island Line from HKU to Wan Chai.

There are a few toilet facilities along the route.  There are also a few water fountains, but they’re not always running so runners should bring their own water.

NUMBER 3... Bowen Road

An incredible 4km route carved into the side of the steep hills, the Bowen Road Fitness Trail is a classic running route in Hong Kong!

There’s a terrific contrast between the twinkling skyscrapers below and the jungle-like hills above.  The view changes as you curve around the route above Wan Chai and Happy Valley, from swimming pools and basketball courts built into the roofs of the residential buildings to waterfalls running down from the peak.

The route is mainly traffic free and unsurprisingly it is very popular.  Especially on the weekends, it can get busy with people taking advantage of one of the few flat running routes in the mid-levels.

Although Bowen road is flat, getting there either requires some serious climbing or a taxi ride to the start.

From Wan Chai, you can walk up a very steep Wan Chai Gap path which will lead you to Bowen Road at about the half way markof this route.

Another option is to take a taxi, which can drop you off where Magazine Gap Road meets the start of Bowen Road.


NUMBER 2... Kowloon Waterfront

There are beautiful views across Victoria Harbour towards Hong Kong Island along this 8k flat out and back route. 

Starting at the Clock Tower and running along the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade and then the Hung Hom waterfront the flat route draws a lot of runners to this pedestrian only route.

Another running route on the list with easy access.  From Hong Kong Island you can hop on MTR, or enjoy the terrific views and ride the Star Ferry from Central Pier 5 to TST.

There are lots of nice places to grab a coffee at the end of this run.  Try the Museum of Art or Elephant and Grounds on the K11 rooftop.

NUMBER 1... Victoria Peak

The crown must go to Victoria Peak!  If you’re only going to run in one place in Hong Kong, we highly recommend looping around the Peak.  In our opinion this is the best running route in Hong Kong!
From the peak lookout take Lugard Road, a flat, paved path that curves around the peak.  When you come to the end of the Lugard Road, turn left and continue circling the peak on Hariech Road, which will take you back to the peak lookout.  
If the weather cooperates, there are terrific views from every part of the loop. First, out to Victoria Harbour and Kowloon and as you loop around down over Pok Fu Lam Country Park to Lamma Island in the distance.
The loop itself is flat but this run is indexed as hilly, because, oh, the hills to get to the start!
If you’re up for a run to the start, the morning trail would be our recommendation.  The climb has an elevation gain of about 330 meters.  The morning trail is included on the map.
Otherwise take the peak tram, bus or taxi to the Peak Lookout and follow the loop around.