This is a good alternative to the more popular Dragon's Back Hike. We start hiking at Wong Nai Chung Gap, where the road from Central to the south side of the Island cuts through the mountain range that makes up Hong Kong Island. The hike ends in the popular village of Stanley on the southern coast of the Island where there are many restaurants, bars and the famous Stanley Market. The trail follows the western edge of the Tai Tam Country Park and provides spectacular views over the Tai Tam Valley and Repulse Bay, looking across the Lamma Channel and small southern islands.
Violet Hill means flower hill. Besides views over the hills and down to the turquoise waters of Tai Tam reservoir there are an amazing number of Chinese Bell Flowers (Enkianthus quinqueflorus) to be seen in this area during the winter months (December - February). The second part of the tour descends into a level path through shaded woodland all the way to Stanley. The guided tour ends right in Stanley village, if you choose to stay there, we'll give you full instructions on how to return to Central or Causeway Bay by bus.
At Stanley there are plenty of choices for lunch either in one of the restaurants in the reconstructed Murray Building or along the promenade. Sites of interest are the Correctional Services Museum and the old Stanley Cemetery dating from when British troops were first stationed there in 1841. There are also Temples dedicated to Tin Hau and Pak Tai, both local patron gods of seafarers and fishermen. And last but not least, Stanley Beach has all the facilities to enjoy a refreshing swim in the South China Sea.
Half-day hike Total Tour time 3 hours Walking time approx. 2 hours