We know how to have a wheelie good time! Get some good cardio while taking in the city’s pristine natural beauty with these cycling routes in Hong Kong.
Whether it’s diving into waterfalls, pitching your tent at campsites, or just basking in some sun at urban picnic sites, we’re big fans of getting outside for some fun. Even better if we can get a workout, as well. These cycling routes in Hong Kong make a great day out; plus, it’s autumn, so grab yo bikes and feel the breeze!
Best cycling routes in Hong Kong
1. Nam Sang Wai
This flat and easy route will have you feeling nostalgic for your childhood spent running around a farm (even if you didn’t)! Easily accessible by bus from Yuen Long MTR Station, Nam Sang Wai is one of the must-go spots for cycling with empty fields (perfect for pulling over for a picnic) and reflective ponds that WILL bring out your inner photographer.
Distance: Approximately 20 kilometres
Bike rental: Near Exit E of Yuen Long MTR
2. New Territories Cycle Network
The cycling track that connects Tuen Mun to Ma On Shan opened in 2020 and offers six different cycling routes, so fret not, you don’t have to peddle for six hours straight if you don’t want to! The track mostly runs along the waterfront, but the majority of it doesn’t have shade so load up on sunscreen (and water) beforehand. The track encompasses plenty of recreations on the way if you want to look into Hong Kong’s culture and heritage on two wheels. Expect passing by plenty of Buddhist monasteries, country parks, beaches, and museums.
Level: Beginner to intermediate (depending on endurance)
Distance: Approximately 60 kilometres
Bike rental: Available along the route and at the starting and ending point of the route
3. Sha Tin to Tai Mei Tuk
One of the most popular cycling routes in Hong Kong is between Sha Tin and Tai Mei Tuk. It’s accessible, scenic, and, well, also crowded if you’re out and about on public holidays. Passing through the Hong Kong Science Park, Pak Shek Kok Promenade and the Tolo cycling track, this entire route can stretch to about three hours of cycling. If you’re looking for a leisurely peddle, cycling around just Sha Tin, or just around Tai Mei Tuk, this route makes a great day out with the family. For ones with tods, you can rent a two-person cart with a seat in the front for children to sit.
Distance: Approximately 22 kilometres
Bike rental: At Sha Tin by Shing Mun River or at Tai Po
4. Chi Ma Wan
For those looking for a little challenge in the form of mountain biking, Chi Ma Wan on Lantau offers elevated (literally) sea views where you can also watch some paragliders by Cheung Sha Beach. The track starts and finishes at the same altitude but expect some gradual ascent and quite a steep descent – do not attempt this on your own if you’re new to mountain biking. Despite the rocky route, it’s definitely worth the effort as it’s not crowded and you’ll likely encounter a friendly companion (water buffalos!).
Distance: Approximately 9.7 kilometres
Bike rental: At Mui Wo
5. Tung Chung to Sunny Bay
Suitable for families, the other reason to venture to Sunny Bay aside from Disneyland is to get some workout done alongside the sea and catch the sunset. There’s something about sitting by the rocks, hearing the airplanes land, and seeing the cable cars in the distance (it also doesn’t get more Tung Chung than this!). The route ends at Inspiration Lake so if you get out nice and early, you can settle for a sweet picnic after the ride.
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometres
Bike rental: At Tung Chung (Sunny Bike Shop)
6. Cheung Chau
Cycle around the harbourfront and stop for a nibble of some of Cheung Chau’s famous snacks (a balanced workout, eh?). As leisurely as this can be, you will have to hit the brakes every now and then if you’re over at Cheung Chau during the holidays. You can rent solo bikes or family carts to tour around the island, although, be warned, making a U-turn with the cart takes a LOT of effort (whilst getting in people’s way).
Distance: Approximately 1.5 kilometres
Bike rental: All along the harbourfront
7. Tai Mo Shan Downhill Mountain Bike Route
While getting to the summit of Hong Kong’s tallest peak is worth the hype, going downhill on a bike is an even bigger adrenaline rush. Again, this route is for seasoned bikers and even so, you’ll have to be careful to not go on a day when the slope is too wet. Also, given that this is a popular hiking trail, it can get crowded during the holidays; so if you want to let loose, try going nice and early in the morning.
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Distance: Approximately 31 kilometres
Bike rental: None near the starting point, you may have to rent at Tai Po or Sha Tin, or bring your own bike
8. Mui Wo
When cycling from Mui Wo, you can decide how far you’d like to push yourself. Pedal out of Mui Wo towards Tai Po and, as you go along the trail, you’ll eventually spot the Big Buddha. This road is full of inclines, so be ready to test your stamina! From here, you can either head back to Mui Wo, or continue to climb further towards Tung Chung Road, where you’ll take on the “Beast”. The ensuing route will bring you right back to Mui Wo, but the journey will consist of some cement paths and staircases. You’ll certainly see a lot of incredible views throughout this route, but be wary of slippery paths during the rainy season.
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Distance: Approximately 7 to 45 kilometres
Bike rental: At Mui Wo (Friendly Bicycle Shop)
[This article was originally published in October 2021 and updated in 2023 by Min Ji Park.]