Come Friday and my Hong Kong Hiking Chicks do tough hikes and we started February by doing just that.
We decided to hike up only Stanley Twin peaks but ended up climbing Violet hill too.
How do you get there: We took the number 14 bus from Sai Wan Ho MTR exit A bus stop till Stanley market which stops opposite Pacific Coffee and then took 6 to Wilson Trail Stanley gap which stops bang opposite the start of this hike.
Duration : 2.5 hours at a decent pace with an eating break
Difficulty: 7/10 because it’s over 2800 steps to climb along with rugged terrain
Lovely views whilst climbing the steps to Stanley. Every 100 steps is marked so we knew how many steps we climbed.
Stanley twin peaks are steep as there are 1369 steps to climb but you’ll feel extremely proud after having climbed these peaks.
We came to a little sitting and took a short break.
Then we climbed up again.
What lovely views, what a lovely path …we saw beautiful flowers , rugged terrain adorned the peak.
Climbing we did
And finally we had finished the Stanley twin peaks.
We felt that was too little a climb so we decided to conquer Violet Hill and away we went.
(If you want to stop with only hiking the twins you can take the path to Tai Tam Reservoir or you can take the path to Repulse Bay)
Violet Hill, also known as Tsz Lo Lan Shan (Chinese: 紫羅蘭山, literally meaning violet (flower) hill)
We saw loads of Violet flowers atop this hill. Lovely pink bells hanging from their stalks.
We could see the twins from the other side and realised Whoa we climbed a lot!
The Violet Hill climb was arduous too but we enjoyed it.
But the views were absolutely stunning. We could see Tai Tam Reservoir from atop the hill.
And a little more to climb and we were at the acme of Violet Hill.
We then took the Hong Kong Park view path down.
The views were still as stunning as ever…lovely green foliage.
And we were finally at the end. Two hours twenty minutes of sheer physical and mental strength. But we ladies did it.
Yes this is a tough hike but if you do push yourself you can do it. You need a strong heart and strong legs for sure 😁.