By Martin Williams | John Beaufoy Publishing | 2018 | Paperback | 160 pages | 100 photographs | ISBN: 9781912081769
The Publisher’s View:
Discovering Hong Kong’s greener side, these 25 walks guide you through rugged hills, forested valleys, reservoirs and waterfalls, temples and ageing villages, long abandoned forts and lonely islands. The length of each walk is listed at the beginning and an introduction describes its character. Details on accessing the walk are given, and the author’s commentary accompanied by his atmospheric photographs bring each one vividly to life. Detailed maps illustrate the route.
The 25 Best Day Walks in Hong Kong by Dr Martin Williams is one of those seminal hiking books that I’ve been waiting for. As the founder and organizer of one of the world’s largest hiking groups, this book helps to expand my knowledge with information previously unknown to me about Hong Kong’s trails. I highly recommend it to novice as well as experienced hikers or visitors who want to get a taste of what Hong Kong could offer on its heritage and outdoors. Happy Hiking!
– SK Shum, Founder and Organiser, Hong Kong Hiking Meetup
Hong Kong’s hyper-dense urban area is matched by areas of great wilderness, villages, mountains and long coastlines. Martin’s book allows you to discover the best Hong Kong has to offer at a moment’s notice, and return to urban life with renewed vigour and inspiration. With his photographer’s eye for details and decades of wandering the trails, The 25 Best Day Walks in Hong Kong is a must-bring guide to your next hike
– Paul Zimmerman, District Councillor and co-founder of Designing Hong Kong
Martin Williams, originally from Yorkshire, UK, and based in Hong Kong since 1987, is a writer and photographer, as well as a nature tour leader and ecological consultant, with a strong interest in wildlife and conservation issues including global warming. He’s written numerous articles for magazines including BBC Wildlife, National Wildlife and Reader’s Digest. He’s the author of Enchanting Hong Kong and co-produced the nature film Explore Wild Hong Kong.
While I have visited Hong Hong my walking days are very limited… as will be my comments. This is certainly very portable, nicely laid out and illustrated with good quality photographs. The maps are simple and very clear. I wish I had had this with me on my visit as there are clearly far more ‘birdy’ areas than I realised and much more green nature.