Get the fam together and head to this remote part in Tuen Mun to witness the only natural canyon formation in Hong Kong, where sloping valleys open up for breathtaking views!
This city has many amazing and family-friendly hikes, but perhaps none quite like Po Lo Shan, translating to Pineapple Mountain in Cantonese. The mountain was named due to the natural dark yellow rock formations resembling the sweet crust of the famous Hong Kong pineapple bun. However, many also refer to the “Grand Canyon of Hong Kong” as it is the only natural canyon formation in the city.
HOW TO GET TO STARTING POINT OF PO LO SHAN:
There are two starting points for this hike:
HIKING HONG KONG’S “GRAND CANYON”:
You and the kiddos will have reached the correct location once you see a blue sign stating “Dangerous Road, No Trespassing”, where military drills occasionally take place. To welcome you to the start of your hike, you’ll be greeted by the stunning sloping canyon. Although not as grand as its American counterpart, it’s still a sight to behold and ideal for taking amazing pics for the gram!
Do be careful when hiking here as there’s nothing but sharp rocks at the bottom! Make sure your steps are firm as the sandy ground is slippery and there are dangerous ridges and outcrops.
It’s definitely worth sticking around for sunset if you have the opportunity, as the canyon is transformed by warm hues of deep red and orange. However, do not linger enjoying the sunset for too long as the trail is not illuminated at night.
HOW TO GO BACK HOME:
Once you and your family have completed your picnic and well-needed rest, and you’re ready to head back home, continue along the path and look for another blue sign that says “Dangerous Road, No Trespassing.” Along this trail, you have mesmerizing views of the South China Sea. Do not take any of the smaller roads, as most are dead ends.
Continue on the main path leading to Sergeant Arnall Memorial Park, where you will encounter a roadblock. Take a right on Nim Wan Road and continue towards Ha Pak Nai Village. From here, take the minibus 33 to Tin Shui Wai Station and you will have completed your hike of Pineapple Mountain.
IMPORTANT NOTES BEFORE HIKING PINEAPPLE MOUNTAIN:
This unique hike in Hong Kong is definitely one for the bucket list, have an outdoor family day and check out the city's very own mini Grand Canyon!
Avid hiking families!
This hike gets fairly busy on the weekends and public holidays. Thus, if you prefer it to be more private, it is advised to go early in the morning or on a weekday.