Start your run with a short warm-up from Central to Admiralty, before crossing the harbour by MTR or Star Ferry (details below) to continue on the Kowloon side. Following Nathan Rd headed north, you will pass through trendy Tsim Sha Tsui, the shopping epicentre of Mong Kok and the blue collar neighbourhood of Sham Shui Po. Climbing up to Lai King station, you’ll then enjoy a gradual descent into Tsuen Wan.
Making your way through Tsuen Wan, run on the sidewalks through to Lai King. Here you will enjoy a downhill section past the Princess Margaret Hospital, making your way into the residential area of Cheung Sha Wan. Further on you will reach Nathan Road which you will follow all the way to Tsim Sha Tsui. Cross the harbour by MTR or Star Ferry (details below) to run the final kilometre of the route between Admiralty and Central stations.
For a nice 5km run, start at Lai King station (Exit A1), enjoying a gradual descent into Kwai Chung before running into Tsuen Wan.
If you do this route southbound, once you reach Central station, take the elevated walkways towards the waterfront and enjoy kilometres of running with scenic harbour views. See the Island Line route for more details. If doing this route northbound, you can tack on some extra kilometers by taking a run down to the Tsuen Wan waterfront.
Since the Tsuen Wan Line runs under the harbour, you’ll get a short rest break during your run to take public transport. The quickest option, and most in keeping with the MTR theme, is to take the train between Admiralty (Exit B) and Tsim Sha Tsui (Exit E) stations. A more scenic option would be to take Hong Kong’s iconic Star Ferry, which runs every 6-12 minutes between Central Ferry Pier 7 and the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier. More details here.
Browny Cafe in Tsuen Wan is a short walk from Tsuen Wan station and a great option for a celebratory coffee and a snack after your run. Friendly owners and staff and a couple of outdoor tables to sit at while you cool down.
Nathan Rd in Kowloon can be quite busy with pedestrian traffic, so consider beginning your run in the early morning to avoid the crowds.