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Bowen Road, located on the mountain side above the Wanchai District, is the best place to go for a jog or run in Hong Kong. Very popular on weekends, its closed to traffic and equipped with toilets for comfort. The road would be narrow for vehicles, but is completely adequate for joggers and pedestrians. Joggers share the road with walkers, dog walkers, and t'ai chi ch'uan practitioners.
The trail is officially 1.5 km long, but an extra 1 km or so is added with the access road from Magazine Gap Road. The trail is also equipped with outdoor fitness equipment, benches, and toilets in three small road side parks.
Although Bowen Road is built into the side of the mountain, the course if essentially flat, as the road runs parallel to the ground, rather than up and down the mountain.
Access is easy from locations on Hong Kong island, and a short MRT or ferry ride from Kowloon. The road starts at the intersection of Magazine Gap Road, where the entrance is not clearly marked, although all taxi drivers are aware. The first kilometer or so is a public road used for access to some residential condo buildings. The road soon turns into a fitness trail, closed to vehicles. The most convenient access by public transit is at the intersection of Stubbs Road, Tai Hang Road and Wong Nai Chung Gap Road, where the No. 15 bus from Central stops. Bowen Road is the safest and most convenient place for outdoor fitness in Hong Kong.
Bowen Road also hosts Lover's Rock, a local spot to wish for romantic good luck.
Its possible to run from the terminus of Bowen Road at the Stubbs Road intersection, up Stubbs Road to the Stubbs Road Lookout. A nice view and public toilet awaits at the lookout.
One other alternative is to take the No. 15 bus (or other transport) to Victoria Peak and run down to Central via Stubbs Road and Bowen Road. Its all downhill, although the run along Bowen Road is flat from Wanchai until the intersection with Magazine Gap Road, then steep downhill again to the Public Gardens.
Runners should use extreme caution as sidewalks are not available in many locations and traffic can be heavy in the late morning and afternoon. In the early morning traffic is light. Also, the peak can be foggy, which presents a visibility hazard.
The Victoria Peak run rewards runners with spectacular views of Aberdeen on one side of the Hong Kong island, and the skyline along the opposite side of the island.
The Wan Chai Green Trail (Wan Chai Gap Road) runs vertical uphill from Queen's Road East (Environmental Resources Centre) to near the Police Museum on upper Stubbs Road. About 1.5 km in length, its a 150 meter elevation change on a steep gradient paved trail. A bum buster.
On Stubbs Road and Peak Road runners should use extreme caution regarding traffic.
Air pollution can be very bad on occasion and unhealthy.
Guide map sign to the Bowen Road fitness trail
Buddha watches over runners and walkers on Bowen Road
Public toilets available and clean
Fitness equipment along the road
Small waterfall, part of civil water drainage works along the trail
End of the trail on the Wanchai side
Bonus view from Stubbs Road Lookout
Need to use extreme caution on public roads
Public bus direct to The Peak. Only HK$9.80
View of Aberdeen from Peak Road while jogging.
Entrance to Wan Chain Green Trail (steep hill trail) near the Police Museum