6 Scenic Hong Kong Running Trails Under 5km
Short and full of sweet views.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, more people are turning to running while the gyms are closed. To help you stay active while social distancing, we’ve handpicked our favourite routes to run under 5km, so the distance is no longer an excuse for not hitting the trail.
Bowen Road is a Hong Kong classic—and for good reason. A favourite among beginner and seasoned runners alike, this running trail is flat, car-free and easily accessible.
Boasting spectacular views over Central, Wan Chai and Happy Valley, Bowen Road stretches from Magazine Gap Road in the Mid-Levels to Stubbs Road in Happy Valley. Also referred to as the Fitness Trail, it is also a great route to keep track of your running records.
Quarry Bay Promenade
Connecting Quarry Bay Park and Tai Koo Shing park, the Quarry Bay Promenade is popular among joggers and dog walkers alike. Dotted with children's playgrounds, open spaces and a dog park along the harbour, the promenade is a flat route perfect for the whole family to enjoy.
While it’s only a short walk from the Quarry Bay MTR station, the panoramic views of the New Territories over the Hong Kong waters and fresh air feel a world away from the city.
Happy Valley Racecourse
If you think the racecourse is only worth visiting on Wednesday nights, think again. The infield of the Happy Valley Racecourse is paved with a 1.1km running track, but most runners prefer the 1.4km concrete track that is raised above the fields next to it.
Surrounded by Happy Valley skyscrapers that overlook the course, the Happy Valley racecourse offers a spectacular outlook for runners day and night.
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a route with as many points of interest as the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. This scenic route boasts not only breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour, but also attractions like the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Hong Kong Science Museum, K11 Musea and the Avenue of Stars.
Stretching from the Clock Tower just outside Star Ferry Pier to the Hung Hom Promenade, the 4km route offers plenty of places to stop for refreshments and bathroom breaks.
Of course, our list of Hong Kong’s most scenic running trails is not complete without The Peak. Whether you prefer to hike, run or take the tram to the Peak, once you get to the top there’s a Peak Circle Walk that covers a 3.5km loop connecting Harlech and Lugard Road.
At the Lugard Road lookout, you’ll be rewarded with a bird’s eye view over the Hong Kong skyline from the highest point on Hong Kong Island, which becomes even more magical during sunrise and sunset.
Central Waterfront Promenade
A harbourside promenade that meanders from Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park to Tamar Park, this running trail covers a distance of 3.5km, passing Central Piers, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and the Observation Wheel.
You can make it more challenging by taking a detour at Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, where you’ll find a circular jogging track ideal for interval training. With awe-inspiring high-rises on one side and harbour views on the other, this scenic trail will give you a fresh perspective of the city.