Extreme Trail Building in Hong Kong

When most of us think of Hong Kong, we assume that with 7+ million residents and so many huge skyscrapers that there would be very little open space and very few trails. Well, that is half right, there are heaps of people and tall buildings but the topography is so rugged that all of the major development and most of the people reside along the coast.

Imagine hundreds of trails, ancient trails as they are called, created by villagers over hundreds of years tending their crops and livestock. These ancient trails typically run up and down ridgelines in a fall line manner, however there are also some bench cut trails on steep sideslopes that are a true testament that you can build trails anywhere if you have time, money, and “were before the time” of environmental regulations.