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Top 5 Scenic Drives in Hong Kong

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• Hong Kong is home to many scenic driving routes – here are five of our favourite ones to help you plan your road trips.

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Miss travelling? There’s no need to get on a plane for a change of pace – here are five scenic drives in town to satisfy your wanderlust. Buckle up!

1. Tai Tam Road

Route: From Stanley to Shek O Road via Tai Tam Tuk [map]

If you’re looking for a fun yet relaxing ride, this route is for you. It’s situated within the serene Tai Tam Country Park, offering picturesque views of verdant hills and the Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir along the way. Some stretches of the journey can be quite narrow – the Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir Dam is only five metres wide – and while it’s tempting to turn your head at the stunning views, do keep your eye on the road even as you’re cruising through the beautiful scenery.

2. Tai Mo Shan Road

Route: From Tsuen Wan to Tai Mo Shan Top Car Park via Route Twisk [map]

Drive up Hong Kong’s highest mountain and you’re guaranteed to enjoy some surreal views of the city, the mountain range – and if you go on a humid day with mild wind speed, even a sea of clouds beneath you. The uppermost section of the road is blocked, so you’ll have to walk the remaining three kilometres to get to the peak. The spectacular panoramas up there are worth the 45-minute hike though, we promise!

3. Fei Ngo Shan Road

Route: From Clear Water Bay Road to Jat’s Incline [map]

The postcard-perfect view of Victoria Harbour from The Peak is iconic, but seeing it from the other side – the Kowloon Peak, also known as Fei Ngo Shan – is a very different experience with much lighter traffic. The hilly road is steep and narrow, but offers many incredible vantage points that overlook the Kowloon Peninsula. Make sure to make a pit stop by the Kowloon Peak Viewing Point and Jat’s Incline Parking for some Insta-worthy photos.

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4. Ha Pak Nai

Route: From Lau Fau Shan to Ha Pak Nai via Deep Bay Road and Nim Wan Road [map]

Imagine a leisurely drive along a mangrove beach, the stunning sunset reflected on the wetlands and the shimmering ocean…it doesn’t get more romantic than that. This route will take you past landmarks like the Shenzhen Bay Bridge and a fish farm, and a part of Nim Wan Road offers unobstructed views of Deep Bay. Aim to arrive at Ha Pak Nai before sunset to see Hong Kong’s “mirror of the sky” at its most gorgeous.

5. Tai Mong Tsai Road

Route: From Sai Kung Town to Pak Tam Chung [map]

Expect lush mountains, turquoise waters and unobstructed views of islets like Sharp Island as you journey through this part of the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark. Once you’ve reached Pak Tam Chung, however, you’ll need a permit to continue to iconic spots such as the High Island Reservoir East Dam. Otherwise, take a taxi, or if you’re up for it, plan a hike – you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking sights of the famous hexagonal rock columns and more.

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