Central Green Trail
Central Green Trail
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,756 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
One of the interesting ways to walk up to the Peak involves the Central Green Trail. This roughly 2km hike begins as the Tramway Path, a walking stretch alongside the Victoria Peak Tram line just south of the Lower Peak Terminus. It ascends upward next to and near the line until you reach Magazine Gap stone arch bridge. There are some spots to stop and take pictures of the Tram, which is interesting now that the new 6th generation trains have arrived and are now in use.

From Magazine Gap bridge you have a couple of path options, I like to make way west to the Old Peak Road which then winds upward until you reach Victoria Gap, the main sightseeing location at Victoria Peak. There are quite a few windows through the trees as you ascend providing views of the Hong Kong Skyline and eventually parts of Victoria Harbour as you proceed upward to higher elevation points.

The walk upward is steep and takes around 45-60 minutes depending on your fitness and how many times you stop for rests or to take pictures. The entire way is on paved road, sidewalk and footpaths so basic tennis shoes are fine. There is a public toilet facility around 60% the way up the Old Peak Road path. You'll find additional facilities at the two malls at Victoria Peak once you finish the walk.

Note: If you still have energy once you are the top, do take the flat and easy Luggard Road walk to the west. There you will find some of the finest views of Victoria Harbour with large panoramic stretches that above the tree lines. These views are amazing and cost you nothing to see compared to the high prices of accessing the viewing deck of the nearby Peak Tower.
Written January 28, 2023
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EastmeetsWestAB
London, UK2,386 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Discover this trail by accident and indeed what a lovely find. Most of the paths here are paved properly and pls bring insect repellent.

The view from here is beautiful better than the more we'll known Lugard Rd one. As there are fewer people and you can enjoy the view better!

Do wear proper trainers although the road is paved, it may be slippery if it is wet!
Written May 30, 2021
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ihbToronto
Toronto, Canada62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
The Central Green Trail runs from Central to the Peak, more or less following the path of the Peak Tram. It's a very interesting hike though, perhaps at the risk of belabouring the obvious, very steep especially at its upper reaches.

The beginning of the trail is a bit hard to find, on both ends, but once you are there it is reasonably well marked. Personally I would bring a map -- when in Hong Kong I use a very detailed map book called the Hong Kong Guide which is mainly in Chinese but has enough English to be useable by non-Chinese speakers such as myself. You should be able to pick it up at any good HK bookstore. The bottom of the trail starts near the lower terminus of the Peak Tram: it starts more or less on the left side of the World Wildlife Fund building and you should find yourself walking up a concrete path with steps with the tram route on your right.

The first section of the path runs along the Tram up to Magazine Gap road, crossing several streets on the way. It's an interesting walk through the highly urbanized residential Hong Kong lower midlevels. Then you cross Magazine Gap (being thankful for the traffic signal installed there a few years ago) and walk a switchback (parts of which are known as Brewin Path and Clovelly Path) that zig zags from Magazine Gap to May Road. This is where the path starts to actually become green, a walk through lush subtropical vegetation surrounded by the tall condo buildings of the upper midlevels. When you hit May Road you will see the Tram tracks again and you rejoin the trail again left of the Tram tracks after crossing May Road. The trail here is also known as Chatham Path. Chatham Path is the steepest but also the most striking part of the trail, steep switchbacks through lush vegetation that with will eventually take you up to Barker Road. When you get up to Barker Road turn right and Barker Road will eventually take you toward the upper tram terminus via Old Peak Road (in the direction going up not down!), or via Plantation Road and Findlay Path. Again a good map will save you some grief here -- it's not very far, but the route is not straightforward.

Once you at the Peak there is a spectacular 45-minute walk around the Peak on Lugard Road and Harlech Road (they join up and form a circle).

This is a more adventurous way up the Peak than any of the usual alternatives, well worth it if you have the inclination and stamina for some steep climbing.
Written March 12, 2015
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Liz
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
Well signposted route. Crosses a few roads and just look around for the signs. Some parts are steps some is quite steep but it's relatively short and the top half is very pretty. You can reward yourself at Pacific Coffee with its great views.
Written January 17, 2017
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2039BobL
Sydney, Australia35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
If you are young, completely fit and healthy, and used to taking long uphill hikes then maybe this will be an easy hike for you. But don't be mistaken into thinking that this trails easy by couch potato standards. This is a 3km+ uphill battle along very very steep (albeit, paved) ramps and stairs. Add to this the humidity and heat of the Hong Kong climate, and you've got yourself a major sweat fest. If you have bad knees, a bad back or are unfit then this is not the trail for you. You will be climbing over 500m vertically from central, past the tram station and up to the peak. That's over 120 storeys... And this is without an elevator. Walking down is even harder on your already fatigued legs. This is not a walk to do in flip flops. Parts of the path have moss growing on them and can be quite slippery if it's raining or especially humid.

Don't get me wrong, the rainforest is beautiful and you rarely see anyone else until you make it right to the top, just the odd jogger. We managed to see a squirrel and a raccoon on the way up as well. It feels a world away from the bustle of the city and so quiet. As you get even closer to the top, you are rewarded with increasingly better views from above the city. I really enjoyed the sounds and smells of being in a natural place.

Now, if you are determined that you can manage the trail, I'll give you some idea about where to find the start of it. Make your way to the peak tram station where there will inevitably be a huge line of people waiting to go up to the top. Cross the road to where there is a big squash (game with racket) centre. It's a huge white building directly opposite the ticket booth. Follow the building toward the hill until it ends. You will see two paths/sets of stairs. The one on the left has a sign saying "St Joseph's path" and the one on the right says "Tram way 1". There is a building on the far right of both paths with a WWF poster on it. That right path is the beginning of the central green trail. After that point, it's pretty well sign posted with arrows pointing you in the right direction. If you're unsure, keep heading upwards and eventually you will get there.

Once you get to Barker Rd (You'll know you're there because it's the only park of the trail that is mercifully flat), turn right and keep walking along until you can see the peak galleria. It's about another 10 mins along that road (mostly flat too, hallelujah). It's pretty well signposted once you get to that point. Walk right up the last staircases and revel in the fact that you made it up. And try not to think about the wobble in your legs on the way back down.
Written May 30, 2016
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A Rob B
North Shields, UK101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
The walk up is a great alternative to the tram and it does feel very peaceful. You’re alongside the Peak Tram track for a few bits, so some nice spots to catch a photo of a passing tram. Lots of birds and butterflies when we walked it today (November 11th 2018). The signage got a bit confusing up at Severn Road and we went left instead of right, meaning a slightly longer, but no less interesting walk round to the Peak Terminus. We came back down via Old Peak Road which is also pretty.
Written November 11, 2018
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JP Explorer
Vienna, Austria457 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
Not a great path in my opinion, too much of it is on the road and everything is paved. Yes at the end you get a good view over the HK skyline, but I think it is better to go up the peak by taxi or bus and do the HK trail on top rather than this trail. Would not go the path when it is dark.
Written January 9, 2018
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David W
Coleshill, UK101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Solo
I did this walk on the last day of my stay in Hong Kong and just wanted to get some decent exercise and fresh air before catching my flight. I found the walk by accident as the trail isnt well advertised . It starts behind the building where you catch the Peak Tram to the left of the Tram track. The early part of the walk follows the track quite closely . Higher up it goes through nice rain forests . The way is signposted with numbered points along the way (see attached photo) . It was cool and cloudy when i went up but you'd want to take plenty of water on a warm day . After spending time at the top you have various options to get down . You can get a one way ticket down on the tram but as the weather wasnt that great i went for the cheap option and caught the bus from the terminus at the top.
Written January 21, 2016
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LouC151
Toronto, Canada547 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
This is a green side of Hong Kong that many visitors don't know about. One can walk up or down the hills, traversing the Central/Mid-Level districts and the Peak tourist areas. I also recommend the trails going around the Peak in one big circle. All the the trails are well marked and paved; and the views are spectacular, overlooking the harbour and the urban jungle along the foothills. It's a great way to spend a few hours on Hong Kong Island, and it's totally free!
Written August 11, 2015
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maloneranger60
Albany, NY141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017
This is the second time I climbed the Central Green Trail up to Victoria Peak. The trail head is relatively hidden but with its proximity to the Peak Tram base station you've got a helpful landmark to locate it. And there is something about walking past the lines of tourists that makes you feel good that you've decided to earn your way to the top. Starting out along the tram tracks you get an appreciation for exactly how steep it is. And that is a good reminder to pace yourself early especially if it is a humid day. The pitch has few real breaks but the views back to Central and Hong Kong Harbor as well as a voyeur's glimpse into Peak living makes it all worthwhile. There are some variations in the trail as you near the top of varying degrees of difficulty and interest but they all eventually do lead to the top. Congratulate yourself on your stamina and self-reliance by grabbing a taxi back to Central and head to Lan Kwai Fong for a cold beer. Cheers!
Written January 18, 2018
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