Mind Your Step!
I’m certainly not a glutton for punishment, but the extreme vertigo I experienced when I hiked Suicide Cliff was 100% worth it. Suicide Cliff is breathtakingly spectacular. If you haven’t already hiked it, definitely add it to your Hong Kong bucket list. Standing at the edge of it, I felt like an ant in relation to it’s massive cliffs as well as the expansive panoramic views of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. And, since I mustered up the courage to look over the edge of the cliff, I not only got a massive rush of adrenaline but also an immediate understanding of why the cliff is called “Suicide Cliff.”
To top this, on my way home after the hike, I realized that the particular approach trail we took was equally if not more stunning than Suicide Cliff itself! The approach trail we took afforded us one of the best 360-degree views of Hong Kong I’ve ever experienced in my nearly 5 years of hiking ALL over this marvelous city. The view point I’m referring to allowed us to see Tai Mo Shan, Pat Sin Leng, Ma On Shan, Marina Cove, Victoria Harbor, Kowloon, Hong Kong Island, Victoria Peak, High West, Mt. Davis, Lantau Island, Tuen Mun and Shenzhen. Quite a list, I know.
Below, I’ll share with you all the details you’ll need to experience Suicide Ciff yourself. I’ll also let you know the specific approach trail to take (there are many options) so that you too can have your mind blown by being able to see the incredible 360-degree I keep mentioning.
By the end of this hike, and in spite of having hiked all over Hong Kong for the past 5 years, my partner Julia and I agreed that we had just discovered one of our new favorite hiking routes here in Hong Kong. We think you’ll feel the same way after you experience it all for yourself.
What You’ll Need to Bring
Day Hiking Gear
For a day hike, we usually pack quite light. Because there is always a chance of rain and/or a cold windy part of the trail, we bring our raincoats. Julia uses this Marmot raincoat*, and I use this Marmot raincoat (it’s the same as Julia’s, just cut for men).
We of course always bring water too. For this hike, we each brought 2 litres. These Hydro Flask water bottles are rugged, reusable and best of all, insulated. On hot days we fill them with ice water, and on cold days we fill them with warm water. We also feel morally good using them because we know how important it is to always be living greener here in Hong Kong.
This next item is one of our favorite pieces of hiking/travel gear, and it’s a super simple, super lightweight, super effective, and super affordable in-line water filter by Sawyer. This filter allows us to drink water from any cool and refreshing wild water source without having to worry about getting sick. On this hike, I found a seasonal spring (I’ll tell you where it is, below), and I would not recommend drinking from it without using a filter.
If we’re relying on our phones for navigation, we’ll also bring a power bank for our phone.
Last but certainly not least, on any day hikes much longer than 10km we both bring our hiking poles. We most often use them on the downhills, and everytime we do, our knees thank us profusely.
Difficulty and Distance
There are many ways to hike Suicide Cliff. The information below is for our route, the one that includes the beautiful 360-degree view that we’ve been ranting and raving about as well as, of course, Suicide Cliff.
Distance and Elevation Gain:
(Start) City One MTR Station → Suicide Cliff → (End) Fai Ngo Shan Road [Taxis available at FNS Rd.]
Distance: 10km / 6.25mi
Elevation Gain: 851m / 2791ft
City One MTR Station → Suicide Cliff → Fai Ngo Shan Road – Moderate
As you can see from the elevation profile above, the hike is a starts out quite flat and then transitions into a gentle uphill for most of the time. While it looks a bit challenging, it’s really suitable for beginner/intermediate hikers. While we were out on this route, we saw a number of families with young children, so don’t be intimidated by the elevation profile. It’s a lot easier than it looks.
More Than One Route
It’s possible to hike Suicide Cliff from the Choi Hung MTR Station. This route is quite short and goes directly to the cliff. However, this route does not include the approach trail with the spectacular 360-degree view.
In order to hike Suicide Cliff and see the 360-degree view on the approach trail, simply follow along on our Suicide Cliff route map, also displayed below. When you’re out on the trail, just click on the link above to display our route in your Google Maps app. (If you don’t have Google Maps, download Google Maps for iOS here and Android here.) Then, follow along on the map as you’re hiking, and you’ll not lose your way! Just don’t forget to look around and enjoy the scenery, even while you’re navigating!
+++If you only want to see Suicide Cliff, and you want to skip the approach trail, consider simply starting from the end of our route and just heading up Suicide Cliff.+++
MAP NOTE: Once our Suicide Cliff route map has popped up in your Google Maps app, don’t forget to click on “View Map Legend” at the bottom of the map to see (1) the location of the natural spring and (2) the location of the 360-degree view. On the map below, you can click on the arrow-symbol in the top left hand corner to see the map legend.
Again, if you’d like a guide for this hike, click below, and let us know! We’ll get in touch with you soon thereafter to start making arrangements!
Water Along the Route
As I mentioned above, you should NOT drink from any natural sources of water unless you filter it with something like this in-line water filter by Sawyer.
Location of Water Sources
- City One MTR Station (various convenience stores)
- Seasonal Spring – You can also find the location of this spring on our Suicide Cliff route map by clicking on “View Map Legend” at the bottom of the map.
What it Looks Like
We’re not going to spoil all of the spectacular views you’ll see along the way, so here are just a few, to wet your appetite!
Suicide Cliff in Hong Kong is For Everyone
This hike is rewarding yet family friendly, so all you have left to do at this point is lace up your hiking shoes, and get hiking! If you’re looking for other off the beaten path Hong Kong adventures consider taking a hike to this remote beach on Lamma Island or hiking the eight peaks of Pat Sin Leng. If you’re looking for something a little more mellow, how about you try an urban hike from Kennedy Town to Central? Why not stop at Instagram Pier along the way? And as always, if you have any questions about any of this, leave them in the comment section below, and we’ll get back to you just as soon as we can.
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