If you’re looking to experience Hong Kong off the beaten path, you’ll seriously want to experience this 9 km (5.5 mi) Tai Po walking tour. With the many waterways that criss cross through Tai Po as well as the countless Hong Kong soul foods that you can sample along the way, Tai Po is arguably the Venice of Hong Kong.
But don’t take our word for it, have a wander yourself along Tai Po’s beautiful canals, through Tai Po’s vibrant open air street markets and even through a 126 year old ancient and solemn temple dedicated to both the God of Literature and the God of Martial Arts. Tai Po is a magical place just waiting for you to explore!
If you’d like us to guide you on this Tai Po walking tour (so all you’ll have to do is enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and tastes, and NOT have to worry about navigating) just give a click below, and we’ll get planning with you! We would be glad to guide you!
What You’ll Need
To enjoy this Tai Po walking tour, you won’t need very much gear at all. You’ll be on sidewalks and/or paved paths the entire time, and the entire loop is virtually flat. The only real “element” you should prepare for is the sun, both in terms of bringing some sun protection and also some water. When we do this Tai Po walking tour, we bring the following items, and we’re always well prepared. If you’re not inclined to eat at the many spots along the route, we also suggest you bring some light snacks.
Even on a this Tai Po walking tour, it’s important to have the right shoes. These are what we use/have used and love, so we think you will too!
If it’s super sunny, you’ll not need one of these. However, the summers in Hong Kong are rainy, and the fall/winters are cool. So, it never hurts to have a rain jacket*. On the off chance that the weather turns, and it very well may, these will keep you dry and a bit warmer.
We love these water bottles because they are insulated and reusable. Reduce your plastic waste by using these! You’ll be able to refill these at various points along this Tai Po walking tour, and that’ll save you a bit of money too.
If you do this Tai Po walking tour on a sunny day, you’ll seriously want to bring along adequate sun protection.
Camera and Lens
We love this camera and lens, and this whole setup is weatherproof too, so we don’t have to worry about it in the rain! There are TONS of spots along this route to take fantastic pictures, and that means you’ll want to make sure you have a camera.
Getting There and Getting Home
To do this Tai Po walking tour, simply take the MTR to the Tai Po Market Station. From there, we recommend you use our Tai Po Walking Tour picture guide and Tai Po Walking Tour Google Map, both located below.
Again if you’d like us to guide you on this Tai Po walking tour (so all you’ll have to do is enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and tastes, and NOT have to worry about navigating) just give a click below, and we’ll get planning with you! We would be glad to guide you!
Difficulty, Distance and Time
This route is very easy, and while it is a bit long, it’s completely flat the entire time. We consider this family friendly, and that means prams will be fine. You’ll even be able to bring your. dog if you have one!
This route is 9 km (~5.5 mi.) long.
If you walk quickly, and you don’t spend much time at each site along the way, this will take ~2 hours.
Walking at a moderate pace and/or spending a moderate amount of time at each site along the way, this Tai Po walking tour will take ~3-4 hours.
Keen to meander at a slow pace and/or spend a lot of time at each site along the way? Plan on this walking tour taking ~4-5 hours.
To guide yourself along this Tai Po walking tour, we suggest you use both our Tai Po Walking Tour Google Map and the Tai Po walking tour picture guide (below). Take your time, and enjoy the sites, sounds, smells and tastes!
Our Tai Po walking tour map has numbered waypoints all along the way. We recommend you start at number 1 and end at number 20, but feel free to do it in any way you’d like.
Tai Po Walking Tour Picture Guide
Our Picture guide below follows along with our Tai Po Walking Tour Google Map. Some of the numbered waypoints that you will find on our map are also pictured below. So, in any of the following pictures, when we reference a particular waypoint number, we are referring to the numbered waypoints in our map.
Start here, at the northern entrance of Tai Po Market, and walk straight ahead.
If you’re at Tai Po Market early in the morning, enjoy the locally sourced items at this informal farmer’s market.
Cross the street and walk through the Fu Shin Open Air Street Market.
If you go inside the 126 year old Man Mo Temple, be respectful of the people who come here to worship.
Heading Out to the River
A Riverside Restaurant
Enjoy a meal or beverage at Fu Kee Riverside Restaurant
The Tai Po Waterfront Park
Heading back to Tai Po Town Center
Food, Food and More Food
Tai Ming Lane Square
Well there ya have it, our Tai Po walking tour! If you’ve fallen in love with Tai Po by this point, you’ll definitely want to venture up this way again to discover more of Tai Po’s secrets. More specifically, you should consider checking out the Ng Tung Chai Waterfalls hike or even the Dragon’s Back of the New Territories hike, both located in Tai Po. If you want to go even father off the beaten path, the Ping Nam Stream waterfalls are some of the most spectacular in all of Hong Kong. If you’d like another family-friendly option, consider this Day Trip to Sha Tin!
Whatever you do, if you have questions or comments, leave them below, and we’ll get back to you in a flash!
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