Poon Chi-ming, 45, and Sung Wai-ting, 40, met while hiking on Lantau five years ago. Yesterday, hand in hand, the married couple set off from Sai Kung Country Park for a three-hour trek along the MacLehose Trail. Mr Poon, a teacher at the Tsuen Wan Trade Association Primary School, has been hiking regularly for more than 10 years. Mrs Poon, who teaches at the Lee Wai Lee Technical College, has also enjoyed the activity for several years. What's on your mind? Mrs Poon: We decided today was a good day for hiking. The weather is good, especially in the afternoon when it's not too hot. Hiking's something we usually do during the holidays. It's good for our health and can help relieve stress. Enjoying the scenery helps you forget about all the bustle of life in the city. Do you think Hong Kong's trails are good? Mr Poon: Yes. Many destinations are easily reached by public transport. They are also well signposted. This is a big improvement compared to many years ago. Have you ever run into trouble? Mr Poon: I got lost once, but I was lucky to find the way out by just heading in one direction. I've come across a few snakes from time to time but so far I haven't been bitten. We usually don't take a compass or other emergency equipment. I think it would reduce the enjoyment if you worried too much about dangers. But we don't go hiking if the weather isn't good. Do you think more people should get outside to exercise? Mr Poon: Yes; it's a shame that hiking isn't as popular as it was in the 1970s. People like staying in places with air-conditioning. The economy is getting better and there are an increasing number of other attractions, like karaoke, where you can just sit comfortably in an air-conditioned room. People should learn to appreciate nature more. Does hiking strengthen your relationship? Mr Poon: Of course. If I went alone, I wouldn't have anyone to share my joy. Mrs Poon: Definitely. There are no distractions like television when you hike. We can have a real conversation. We can discuss things in depth and learn about how the other thinks. We even thought of holding the wedding on Lantau Peak when we got married last year.