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To the trails! Hiking Season and The Chung Yeung Festival

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As temperatures in the city start to fall, there’s no better time to dust off the walking boots on one of the city’s numerous hiking trails. Many visitors are surprised to learn that Hong Kong boasts scores of islands, many with beautiful, wild expanses where you’re often the only person out walking, especially on weekdays. 

“Hiking is a very popular pastime in Hong Kong and there are a huge variety of trails for walkers to discover

from flat unchallenging routes to steepy slopes

One day when you won’t have the trails to yourself is October 9th, the Chung Yeung Festival. This special day is marked by families congregating to engage in the age-old practice of worshipping their ancestors. It is also popular to hike up to the city’s high points on this day, as it’s believed this will bring good luck. Many people like to take a picnic and eat a special cake called ‘Ko’ as the name in Cantonese sounds similar to ‘high’, so people eat them in the hope of being promoted to higher positions. 

As with many traditional customs, it dates back to ancient dynasties, in this case the Han Dynasty from 202 BC to 220 AD. Legend has it that a soothsayer advised a man to leave his town with his family for higher ground. He did so and on returning discovered that all the townspeople had been slaughtered, while he and his family were saved, hence the story became a tradition for blessings of health and safeness.

 

Hiking is a very popular pastime in Hong Kong and there are a huge variety of trails for walkers to discover, from flat and unchallenging routes, perfect for younger families, to some which would test even hardened and experienced hikers.

 

While concierge at Hotel ICON would be delighted to help advise on the best routes and options, depending on your ability and timeframe, there are also many government websites and even apps outlining choices for those who love exploring the great outdoors. For more, visit http://www.discoverhongkong.com/in/see-do/great-outdoors/hikes/index.jsp

 

 

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