World's Most Scenic Walks
The Hong Kong Trail, Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
The Stroll: This vertiginous 60-minute loop around the summit of 1,811-foot Victoria Peak delivers a bird’s-eye view of one of Asia’s most striking skylines. You’ll see architectural masterpieces by the likes of I. M. Pei, Norman Foster, and César Pelli, lapped by a teal-hued harbor. After a steep ascent via a legendary funicular tram (first opened in 1888), walkers venture through pine and bamboo groves to discover a city vista full of colonial and modern gems.
When to Go: The mildest, driest months are mid-September to late February; visit during the Mid-Autumn Festival (late September/early October), when street vendors sell tasty moon cakes on almost every corner and the river fills with floating paper lanterns.—Donna Heiderstadt