Hong Kong is known for its beautiful hikes and scenic views, but sometimes that’s too much for your kids or parents (or even you!). So why not hop on a bike: single, tandem, rickshaw or with a basket for your furry kid, and get exploring on these bike trails suitable for the whole family! Whether it’s an especially flat, scenic trail or offers plenty of water and recharge points along the way, these family-friendly cycling routes will ensure everyone has a safe, enjoyable time.
Sha Tin (Tai Wai) to Tai Po
Perhaps the most popular cycling route, but definitely one of the most spectacular, this relatively flat, easy bike ride is one for people of all ages! You can rent a bike right outside Tai Wai or University MTR and pedal away next to the picturesque Shing Mun River. With the wind in your face, and the trees providing some nice shade, the miles roll by without you even realizing you’re biking. And there are tons of cute cafés to stop at along the way for a bite, especially as you’re passing the Science Park. But we highly recommend the Tai Po Waterfront Park restaurant, a quaint little shop serving fish balls and sandwiches right next to the park’s spiral lookout tower.
Po Kong Village Road Park
For a leisurely bike ride with your family, you can check out the elevated Po Kong Village Road Park in Diamond Hill. Only 1 km long, the elevated cycling track is designed to follow the natural hilly terrain of the park, providing a stunning view of the surroundings. There is also an accompanying cycling area where you can teach your kids (or novice friends) how to bike. Or, if you have a more adventurous partner, they also have a skatepark, comprising of three half-pipe-shaped bowls with slopes at different gradients. People of all levels can engage in extreme sports such as BMX, skateboarding, inline skating and freestyle scootering. For a day of fun and adventure, head over the Po Kong Village Park and be sure to carry your helmet!
Cheung Chau is known for its beaches and seafood, but one of the ways to truly take in the island is by bike. You’ll have tons of options to rent a bike as soon as you get off the ferry, and you can begin your ride on the seaside cycling path that runs along the Western coast. You’ll have the beautiful views of the sea as well as old temples and scenic beaches to discover. It is an easy, flat ride for most of the path, suitable for people of all ages. If you want to take it one step further and get a workout in, you can ride your bike up to the highest point on the island, the North Lookout Pavilion. But don’t worry, there will be delicious mochi and fish balls waiting for you after at the local restaurants and beach shops!
Tung Chung to Sunny Bay
For more unbeatable views, walk over to Ma Wan Chung village from the Tung Chung MTR to rent a bike. It is a 15 km flat ride where you’ll have panoramic views of the sea as well as the steady drum of the MTR running nearby, providing a cool soundtrack. But be careful if you’re going on a sunny day, there isn’t much shade along the path. The best part is at the end – you will finish your journey near Disneyland at Inspiration Lake, where you can sit down and enjoy a picnic or continue the outdoor fun by renting a paddleboat – a great family Sunday outing! Also nearby you can explore Luk Keng village, where you can find the hidden Cheung Sok lighthouse and breathtaking views of Tung Wan bay.
Nam Sang Wai
If you’re looking to be fully emersed in nature while biking, this is the ride for you! The lush wetlands, green woodlands, abandoned farms, and fishponds of Yuen Long present a truly different side of Hong Kong that most islanders wouldn’t know about. Yet, this oasis is just a short ways away from the Yuen Long MTR Station. This trail is just 7 km long and is suitable for children and beginner cyclers. It is also the perfect way to disconnect from the world and explore nature while learning about conservation and ecological preservation. There are a ton of local cafés and snack stalls to try out along the route, as well as kite flying and bird watching activities, so make sure you factor in time for it all!
New Territories Cycle Track Network
Opened in 2020, this 82 km cycling track is a network interwoven across the New Territories where you can take in the beautiful sights of the northern part of the city. The extensive route can be completed in 6 hours at a moderate pace. It features stunning sea views, lush greenery and many hidden secrets. The track consists of a couple of backbone sections: the 60 km section from Tuen Mun to Ma On Shan (which traverses through Yuen Long, Sheung Shui, Fanling, Tai Po and Sha Tin) and the newly opened Tsuen Wan Waterfront section which passes through Tsuen Wan and Tsing Yi.
You obviously don’t need to complete the entire track, and there are multiple entry and exit points so you can customize the route based on your family’s needs. And if you’re worried about the little ones needing refreshments or toilet breaks, you are covered. Bicycle hubs along the track provide a number of convenient public facilities including sheltered benches, bicycle parking, first aid stations, refreshment kiosks, and toilets.
Hong Kong truly has something to offer for everyone, and regardless of your biking ability or stamina, you can surely find a trail from our list. So, grab a water bottle, and rent a bike to explore the trails and have a day of fun with your family and friends!