🧨What's your plan for CNY? Besides gathering with friends and family during the holidays, why not try a lucky run to get a smooth start to the year of the rabbit!🐰 We’ve handpicked 4 running routes on Hong Kong island that are rewarding and challenging for your daily training!
If you’ve joined the Hong Hong Marathon in February, you can make good use of these routes to enhance your speed and skills.🏃🏻♀️🏃🏻♂️
1. Aberdeen Reservoir Loop
This 5.5km long Aberdeen Reservoir Loop is sure to reconnect you with the great outdoors. Located in Aberdeen Country Park, you can enjoy a pleasant jog free of noise and traffic, and visit the iconic arch bridge and dam wall of the upper reservoir.
💡 It’s suggested to study the map before trying out the trail, as this reservoir loop route has many sub-routes.
🗺️ Starts from Dam of Lower Reservoir > Aberdeen Fitness Trail > Aberdeen Reservoir Road > Hong Kong Trail Section 4 > Barbecue Area No.3 > Aberdeen Nature Trail > Back to Starting Point
Distance: about 5.5km
Storage: Yue Kwong Road Sports Centre, near Shek Pai Wan Estate
Transportation: 35M Mini Bus (Wan Chai - Shek Pai Wan Estate)
Magnificent Aberdeen Reservoir view
Gentle route overall. Lightweight equipment would be enough.
2. Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path - Repulse Bay / Stanley
For those looking for a refreshing way of training, this route is the answer to that. The terrain of Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path has a mix of paved road and natural trail, which the uneven surface will test your agility and coordination during the run. It’s suggested to lower your speed when running on the sandy trail.
🗺️ Wong Nai Chung Reservoir > Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path > Repulse Bay Gap > Follow the downhill small path (to South Bay Close) / follow Stanley West Catchwater (to Stanley)
Distance: about 5km (Repulse Bay) / 7km (Stanley)
Transportation: 6 Bus (Central - Admiralty - Wan Chai - Wong Naai Chung Gap Road)
View of Repulse Bay on the way, absolute eye candy.
If you want to go to Stanley, follow the 2km long catchwater after arriving Repulse Bay Gap (Tze Kong Bridge).
3. Bowen Road
Bowen Road is one of the running hot spots on HK island. The smooth and gentle path stretches from Central to Happy Valley. It gives you a great view of the city during your run. You won’t feel too hot since the air there is refreshing and the shadows of the trees mainly cover the road. Besides jogging, you can also try interval running there, to improve speed and endurance.
💡 Although it’s close to the city, this fitness trail has fewer street lights so it can get quite dark with fewer people at night.
🗺️ Bowen Road > Bowen Road Fitness Trail
Distance: 4km (one-way)
Storage: Hong Kong Park Sports Centre
Transportation: You can store your backpacks and belongings at Hong Kong Park Sports Centre and walk / take 2 mini bus at Hong Kong Squash Centre to Bowen Road (near Magazine Gap Road) to start your run.
An ideal flat route surrounded by greenery. Suitable for all levels of runners.
There're washrooms, water fountains and fitness facilities along the fitness trail.
4. Island North Promenade (Round trip Kennedy Town - Sai Wan Ho)
If you are looking for something a little longer for long slow distance (LSD) training, this flat paved path along the waterfront is perfect for you. The spectacular view of Victoria Harbour would make your runs even more enjoyable. Located at the heart of the city, the route is very easy to access, with washrooms and supply points in between.
🗺️ Western District Public Cargo Working Area > Central Western Promenade > Wan Chai Temporary Promenade > Hung Hing Road > Victoria Park Road > Electric Road > Wharf Road > North Point Promenade > Java Road > Quarry Road Promenade > Sai Wan Ho Ferry Pier > Aldrich Promenade Park > Return
Distance: 12km (one-way)
Storage: Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Sports Centre, Sai Wan Ho Sports Centre
Run along the promenade - with a spectacular view of Victoria Harbour.
Round trip is about 24km. Pay attention to the transport and traffic lights during Fortress Hill to North Point section.
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