2. Hints

2.1 Safety

  • Plan carefully and choose a regularly maintained path with clear directory signs, and familiarize yourself with the area to be trekked, including the escape routes, transportation information, locations of police stations, country park ranger office, and emergency call telephones before setting out.
  • Pay attention to the latest weather information issued by the Observatory before and during the activity. Change or cancel the activity plan if inclement weather is forecasted.
  • Don’t go hiking alone. It is preferable to go hiking in a group of at least four.
  • Follow an experienced hiking leader who is familiar with the route. Ideally, for every ten members, one assistant leader with outdoor experience should offer assistance to the leader to coordinate the group.
  • Make sure that there are members with first-aid knowledge in the group.
  • Don't venture unmaintained path or take shortcuts. Exploring new routes will put you in danger, or get lost.
  • Don't walk, swim or play on natural streams, waterfalls or ponds.
  • Sleep well before your excursions.
  • Pay attention to your physical fitness and strength and avoid over-exhausted.
  • If get lost in the mountain, retrace your steps along the original route. Don’t force your way further and seek help immediately.

2.2 Hygiene and Health Tips

  • Avoid hiking on days of very hot weather, high humidity, with no wind, bad or unstable weather, or when the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) in general station is serious.
  • Personal belongings, such as towels and lip balm, should never be shared with others to avoid infectious diseases.
  • Cover nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing with tissue paper, dispose of soiled tissue paper properly in a lidded rubbish bin.
  • Always wash hands with liquid soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based handrub before eating.
  • Be considerate and keep the toilet clean after use.
  • Do not spit or litter. Offenders will be prosecuted.
  • Reduce litter production. Dispose your litter to major refuse collection point to avoid over-filling litter bins in the countryside.
  • Apply insect repellant on clothes and the exposed skin to avoid mosquito and arthropod bites.
  • Those who suffer from chronic illnesses such as heart disease and asthma are advised to consult the doctor before deciding if they should go hiking.