You might be surprised to hear this, but great running options abound in Hong Kong, China. Yes, the city is crazily congested and hilly, but with a bit of effort you’ll be treated to some truly spectacular runs. The “go to” option is Bowen Rd., a 4km trail easily accessible from Central. The other “must do” is the Peak Circle Trail, which is part a great network of trails on Victoria Peak, including the longer Hong Kong Trail. Running on the Happy Valley racetrack is one of the more unique runs out there.
If staying at one of the hotels in Central, there is some pleasant running along the water in either direction of the Star Ferry terminal. If you have time for an excursion, there is fabulous running on Lantau (also the location of the Hong Kong airport), accessible by ferry. Hop over to Kowloon on the mainland for some nice waterfront running and great views of HKI. Runners who enjoy hills and trails will find particularly good options in Hong Kong.
A bit of geographic orientation: most visitors to Hong Kong will stay on Hong Kong Island. “Central” refers to the business district where most of the hotels and offices are located. Most of our running options are accessible from Central or the Mid-Levels. The “mainland”, also known as Kowloon, is a short ferry ride away. There are some good running options there, but except for the immediate waterfront runs, they take some getting to.
If staying on the island, it is very unlikely you will have a car. There is an extensive transportation system, with the MTR subway being the fastest and most efficient option. There are also buses and trams. The famous Star Ferry runs between HKI and the mainland, and there are ferries to other islands. The Peak Tram gets you to Victoria Peak, but it is a bit pricey and there can be queues. It is possible to run/walk/hike to the peak.
We would like to add our thanks to the Namban Rengo running group in Tokyo for their tremendous help in connecting us with their network, who advised us on great running spots in Hong Kong.