DocMartin from wrote this article in 2000 and later in 2005 reassured that the thoughts from original article are still valid. Now, it's 2009, but most probably developing of rural areas in Hong Kong is still unfavoured.

But actually, how outlines Martin Williams in his article 24 day-walks in Hong Kong, more than 40 percent of the SAR is designated as country park, and even the most remote parts are seldom more than a couple of hours from the confines of the city. Martin Williams has even written a book about the day walks he designed.