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Please, don't litter!

Hiking is about communion with nature. So please pickup after yourself. There's no excuse to leave plastic bags, water bottles or any rubbish on or around the trails; if you managed to bring it, you can manage to bring it back!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Shorter Chi Ma Wan loop (Sesame bay-芝麻灣半島)

13k, 4.5 hours

7/10, 8/10 if really hot as the first few kilometers are in plain sun and climbing.
477m elevation gain

Cel phone coverage: Coverage everywhere.

Water needs: 1.5 liters.

Appreciation: 9/10. Although not as scenic as MacLehose section 2 and 3, Chi Ma Wan has some gorgeous sights. And it starts and ends at a beach so that's quite nice in itself.

Transportation: Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo. 35 to 50 minutes depending on whether you take the fast or slow ferry. Then take NLB 1 and stop in Pui-O (about 10 minutes), you can ask the bus driver for cheaper fare as this sectional. Return the same way.

Why it's worth it: 

Exit the bus in Pui-O. That's the first village after the drive in the hills.

At the 'Welcome to Pui O' statue, take the Chi Ma Wan road.

Follow the Chi Ma Wan road.

You will be walking on Chi Ma Wan road for 25-30 minutes.

Eventually, on your right, you will see the start of the Chi Ma Wan country trail for you to take. 

Take the stairs next to the map. Don't take the left nor right path.

About an hour and 3.5km in, you will have reached the Miu Tsai Tun peak.
Soak-in the amazing views. The path path will go down a bit then back up to the Lo Yan Shan peak. After Lo Yan Shan, it's mostly shaded and a relatively easy hike.
About 1.5 hour in and a little bit more than 4km, you'll reach this intersection. If you head left, you'll get the long version of Chi Ma Wan. But this time, head right and up
About 1h50 hour in and 5.25km, you'll reach this intersection. Head right. Then keep going straight on that trail until you have looped back at Pui-O beach, at the beginning of the trail.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Tai Kam Chung (大金鐘)/Pyramid Hill, West to East

12.6km, 4 hours

7.5/10. 622m ascent

Cel phone coverage: 100%

Water needs: 1.5 liter


Tai Shui Hang MTR station, Exit B.
Return via Bus 299x, 99 to Shatin (going left when exiting the trail), or to Sai Kung (going right)

Why it's worth it:
At Tai Shui Hang MTR station, take exit B (head left at the end of the corridor, and up the stairs)

You'll be walking on that path for about 15 minutes until you reach this path on the right. Take it

At the gate, go right

Keep going past the BBQ site

Head left and follow the MA On Shan Country trail for a while

Right on Ma On Shan Tsuen (don't expect the green cab to be there...)

You'll reach this little village which has a coffee shop, shall the mood strike

Once replenished, take stairs

Then right at the top of the stairs, back on Ma On Shan Country Trail

After another 20 minutes walk, you'll reach this crossroad (there's a pavilion on the right).
If you head left, you will bypass Pyramid Hill so, head right!

After a few more minutes, you'll reach an open plain where you'll have a great view of Sai Kung. behind you is Pyramid Hill (pictured). When you are ready, climb it! Hands required at some points...

After you have come down Pyramid Hill, there's a path to the left.
That's the bypass path of earlier. Instead, follow the MacLehose sign and go straight

You'll see this guy from time to time...

Just before the next big climb, (about 3 hours and 7.7km into your hike), you will veer right, following the MacLehose sign. That hill will be for another day!


Left. Just follow MacLehose basically

Last junction. You are almost there. Head right. You'll soon reach Sai Sha Road. The closest bug stop is about 3 minutes walk to your left. You can choose to go to Sai Kung, or Shatin

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Lower Double Dragon stream (雙龍石澗)

Stream is 2km, 2.5 hours
Walk to South Lantau Road is another 1.7km. 40 minutes
Walk from South Lantau Road to Mui Wo is another 2.2km. 
7/10. 260m ascent in stream. Slippery

Cel phone coverage: 80%

Water needs: 1 liter

6.5/10. There are better stream. However, some of the waterfalls are quite nice

Ferry to Mui Wo. Take any of the buses there (we took #1) and get off at the Swire Holiday Village stop.
Return via bus to Mui Wo, or walk there.

Why it's worth it:

Get off the bus at Swire Holiday Village, on South Lantau road.
Keep walking in the seem direction the bus was going

About 120m (2 minutes) into your walk along South Lantau road, you'll see a road on the right. Take it

Then, no more a few tens of meters into the path, you'll see a concrete path on your right. There are concrete basins right after. Can't miss it. Take the path. Note that you'll see the house on the left in the distance. Don't try to go through there. After about 50m, you'll get to the stream

Many pools to have a swim in...

After about 2.5 hours, you'll reach the South Lantau Country trail crossing the stream. Exit here on the right. 
You can then walk all the way to Mui Wo, or take a bus back at South Lautau road.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Leisurely Shing Mun reservoir hike

2.5 hours, 9km
2/10. Flat

Cel phone coverage: Partial

Water needs: 1 liter


MTR to Tsuen Wan. Then green Minibus 82 will get you right at the beginning of the trail at Pinneapple Dam  (Shing Mun Reservoir). 

Why it's worth it:

Take the MTR to Tsuen Wan station. Exit B1. Then go straight.

(1) You'll pass the garden down on your right, then arrive here, in front of the red building. Go down the stairs on the left. Then turn right at the first street on the same block. Right again on Shiu Wo Street.

Minibus 82 is right there at the corner. There are quite a lot of them so, you'll quickly be on your way

No need to "yau lau" the driver for this one, minibus 82 's terminus is at the Pineapple dam which is your trail's starting point. Right off the bus, climb the stairs.

Follow the Pineapple Dam nature trail. Quite nice actually with the cicadas singing their heart's content and the butterflies in large number.

At the top of a bunch of steps, about 15 minutes, you will reach the road. Head right.
Pretty easy afterwards, just loop around the reservoir until you get back to your starting point at the bus stop. Hard to get lost!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Shek Lung Stream (石龍坑 )

2 hours, 10km
8/10. 200m. Light rock climbing, rope climbing, bushwacking

Cel phone coverage: Mostly everywhere

Water needs: 1 liter

10/10 after a lot of rain when waterfalls are full (as pictured) , 7/10 otherwise. Very tall waterfall.

Bus 234B or 53 from Tsuen Wan West MTR station (Bus terminus on top of station). Return via same bus across the road, or any one of the green minibus stopping at MTRs.

Why it's worth it:

Get off at the Ting Kau stop. 
Go over the bridge behind you
Climb the little "bump" in the road, and take the road to the right...

... that road to the right...

About 15 minutes walk in, you'll see the waterfall which is the stream's entry-point

You need to cross the catch-water on the left of the waterfall, cross the waterfall, and climb-up on the right to bypass it. There's a visible footpath at the top. Then hop back in the stream

You'll reach this nice waterfall and pool. Most likely will be dry-ish if it has not rained a lot.
Bypass is on the left as pictured. There's a yellow ribbon marking the bypass

The last, big waterfall is the Stone Dragon Waterfall (石龍飛瀑). Bypass is on the right.
The stream section is no more than 500m long

At the top of the bypass, you can go left to reach the top of the waterfall, snap a few pictures and come back. Head right to go back to town
Just follow the path which should be mostly visible throughout, until you reach this concrete catch water...

... which leads you to these stairs which you must take

Back on the service road. Head right and it will get you back to where you started

Head-left and take one of the numerous buses/mini-buses that will take you back to Tsuen Wan