Many cyclists like to set their bikes in Hong Kong because of the amazing cycling experience there. The sun is setting as you speed through the streets, the cool wind of autumn in your face, adrenaline coursing through your veins and your heart is pumping, but you feel serene.
In fact, it’s a pleasure too rarely experienced in Hong Kong where double-decker buses and maniac drivers rule the roads and there are few provisions for cyclists. Luckily, things are getting better, especially in the New Territories, where roads are quieter and the government is investing millions of dollars in new cycle tracks.
For cycling in Hong Kong, I prefer taking a easy route, Hong Kong’s longest and most popular bike route runs from Tai Wai to Tai Mei Tuk, a 20-kilometre stretch of paved cycle track that will take you through parks, past temples and along some stunning bits of harborfront.
While there is not yet a website with comprehensive maps and information about the cycle track – the government plans to launch one next year – the route is well marked, and you shouldn’t have trouble finding it from the Tai Wai, Sha Tin and Tai Po Market MTR stations.
When you reach Tai Mei Tuk, you’ll be greeted by spacious barbecue sites, outdoor restaurants and the gorgeous Plover Cove Reservoir. Some bike shops in Tai Po allow you to return your bike in Tai Mei Tuk. Just ask shop owners for details.
Anyway, it really feels good for doing whatever you want to do in Hong Kong. It is a beautiful and busy city of course, however, if you can put down your hustle and bustle and chirping car, set up your bike, life will be totally different for you in Hong Kong.