Bicycles (and bike paths) abound in parts of the New Territories
Ditto on a number of the Outlying Islands
On my most recent trip back to Penang this past July, I met up with a childhood friend with whom I had spent many happy times. At one point, we got to regaling her son with stories of how we liked to bike up a nearby hill; or, rather, gritted our teeth and rode up the hill in order that we could ride down it as fast as we could!
As an adult, however, the thought of riding up steep hills seems too much of a challenge -- or, at least, bother. Which is probably why it was years before I decided to take my first ever bicycle ride in Hong Kong. In all honesty though, I've enjoyed myself tremendously each time I've gone biking in the Big Lychee; even on outings when the weather has been less than perfect and I ended up getting rained on. And despite Hong Kong having more than its fair share of hills, the (officially designated) bike paths I've been on (all of which are in the New Territories) have actually all been on the flat side as well as paved.
Of course if I wanted to go bicycling on more hilly terrain, there are a number of places that I can do so, including in some of Hong Kong's country parks. If truth be told though, I reckon some of those trails designated for mountain bike riding are on the dangerous -- if not downright insane -- side. I think here of the mountain bike paths along the Dragon's Back and Chi Ma Wan Peninsula: both of which I think are far more suitable for hiking than biking, especially since there are sections where if you veer off to the side, it will result in a pretty sheer drop down a high hill -- and, in the case of the latter, possibly down into the sea too!
Instead, should I stretch my Hong Kong cycling boundaries, it'll more likely be in such as the car-less -- and, perhaps not coincidentally, bicycle aplenty -- islands such as Cheung Chau, Peng Chau and Lamma. Mind you, should I do so, I intend to stick to the less hilly sections of the island -- unlike a Mainland Chinese tourist that the beach clean-up team I was with that day were shocked as well as surprised to see attempt to haul one of those tuk tuk-type contraptions up a pretty steep, even if not super high, hill -- only to abandon his attempt part way (but still a far longer way up already than we expected to encounter such a vehicle)! ;b