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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!

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Pak Kung Au to Mui wo via Lantai trail (Sunset Peak - Tai Tung Shan - 大東山)

Duration: 
4 hours (10 km)

Difficulty: 7/10

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 2 liters

Appreciation: 10/10. If you go in November, you'll be in prime silver grass season, which is quite nice. Views are also superb.

Transportation: Bus 3M,11,11A,23 from Tung Chung MTR. Get there early because it gets very busy. Or, get 3M from Mui Wo which won't be crowded. Return via ferry in Mui Wo.


Why it's worth it:
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Tung Chung MTR, exit B. Go to the left of the mall. The bus terminus are on the right after the mall.
Very crowded on weekends. 3M is usually less crowded. Let the driver know you are going to Pak Kung Au before paying; it is a sectional fare.

Get off at Pak Kung Au. Walk in the direction the bus was going for about 50m. Take the first path going up on your left (then left).

Go towards Sunset Peak. Rest is just a matter of following the trail. No way to get lost; it is Lantau trail all the way to Mui Wo. You can make a little detour up to the top of Sunset Peak if it is not overcast.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Discovery Bay (愉景灣) to Mui Wo via Tiger's Head (Lo Fu Tau/老虎頭)

Duration: 
4.5 hours (10 km)

Difficulty: 7/10

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 2 liters

Appreciation: 10/10. Much better than the Tung Chung to DB as every bit of this trail is scenic.

Transportation: Ferry from Central, back and forth


Why it's worth it:
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Right off the ferry in Discovery, head right towards the beach

Right, still towards the beach

First left when you are at the beach. Go through the housing complex...

... until you reach Discovery Bay road, take a right

Walk on Discovery Bay road...

... until you see the SKH Wei Lun Primary School on your right. Cross the road and there's a green sign pointing to the path going up

The climb begins!

You'll go back down a bit after the height marker. Then head right.

Right

The head is in sight... but there are still a lot of climbing. Once you have reached the Tiger Head however, it is pretty much all the way downhill to Mui Wo afterwards. Just one path so, no need for more instructions...

Always go towards Mui Wo... Take the ferry to Central after having had some nice food at one of the local restaurants.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Grass Island (Tap Mun - 塔門)

Duration: 
1 hour (1 km)

Difficulty: 1/10

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 1 liter

Appreciation: 7/10. While it is very far and not easily accessible, Tap Mun is quite pretty and populated with friendly feral cows. Nice local food to have on the island as well. Snacks from the aunties (no uncles in sight for some reason)

Transportation: Ferry from the Ma Liu Shui @ University MTR station, or from the Wong Shek pier in Sai Kung. About 1h15 ferry

Why it's worth it:




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The island is so small that I won't bother with trails there; there's one that circles the part of the island open for visit. Instead, I'll show you how to get to the island itself.

First way:
On weekends and public holidays, the bus 96R will take you from Diamond Hill MTR to Wong Shek Pier. Then take the ferry to Tap Mun from there

Second Way:
Take the ferry from University MTR station

University MTR exit A. Exit and go left
Stop by the sign right at the exit on the left

Here's how to get to the pier. About 10 minutes walk



Around and over the highway

Over the highway again, down the stairs on the left, then through. Then go through the parking lot. Once you are through all the roads, head left



Saturday, October 29, 2016

Braemer Hill (寶馬山) short hike

Duration: 
2 hours (7 km)

Difficulty: 2/10

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 1 liter

Appreciation: 7/10. There are not a lot of viewpoints but the ones that are there are unusual. And the trail itself is easily accessible, short, and mostly shaded. So that's a nice and easy summer trail for a Saturday morning, or, right at sunset, the main view would be quite spectacular.

Transportation: Take minibus 24M from Admiralty MTR exit A, get off at the terminus at the Mount Butler Estate. Return via Taikoo MTR.


Why it's worth it:

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Admiralty MTR station, exit A

The minibus stop is right off the exit, on your left. 24M. Ride should be about 15 minutes


You will be dropped off here at the terminus. Get out of the estate and head right on Mount Butler Road.


About 200m on Mt Buttler road, you'll be heading left at the junction. Still on Mt Buttler Road

Mount Buttler Road sort of merges into Sir Cecil's Ride. Go straight

After about 500m on Sir Cecil's ride, there will be a path on the left, just before the road curves on the right. There's a little sign with Chinese lettering. Take that path on the left.

Vistas will open up on your left

After about 1 kilometer on Sir Cecil, you'll reach this point (the little loop at marker 2.62km on the map). Go on the bushwack path on the left first to get to the peak and have the nice view. Then retrace your steps to come back to this fork, don't climb the stairs but instead continue on the path (right on the picture above)

Nice view. Would be even nicer on a clear day, or night.
Unfortunately, lots of morons left their rubbish there

This is despicable and by extension, IF YOU left your litter there, YOU ARE freakin' despicable!
There are no valid excuses! You brought it with you, bring it back and dispose it in a trashcan somewhere. I hope I would like to believe that no-one reading my blog would do this. But you can help in telling anyone you catch leaving trash behind that they have to pick it up. Sorry, done ranting now, but it makes my blood boiling that some idiots would think that they can make beautiful pictures but completely trash the environment in which they take these pictures
Follow Dan's directions, he knows his stuff! (Yeah right...)

Then, pretty straightforward, just keep going on
Sir Cecil's trail

Follow the map instructions, you'll eventually merge into the Quarry Bay Jogging Trail

Then follow your lovely hosts Dan and May's directions towards Mount Parker's Road.

Little shrine

Straight thru at the shrine, don't go right


There you go, Mount Parker road! Head left. You will come by a building, The Woodside, which has a small but nice exhibit on Hong Kong's fauna. Worth spending 20 minutes there. They keep going on Mount Parker road until you hit King's road in Taikoo, go right and the Taikoo MTR will be about a 200m walk on King's road.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

A lighthouse, a whale, and a few caves at Cape d’Aguilar (Hok Tsui - 鶴咀) - the easy way

Duration: 
3 hours (9 km return)

Difficulty: 1/10

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 1 liter

Appreciation: 7.5/10. A lighthouse, caves, the ocean breeze, and a whale's bones (fake but hey, who cares), what else do you need?

Transportation: Bus #9 from Shau Kei Wan MTR and back. Get off a Cape D'Aguilar Road.


Why it's worth it:

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Take the MTR to Shau Kei Wan (Hong Kong Island line), exit at A3.
The find boarding station 'J' where you will take bus #9. It gets quite busy on weekends as it is the same bus that will take you to the beginning of Dragon's Back. 

Get off at Cape D'Aguilar Road (鶴咀道).Then just follow Capre D'Aguilar.
A bit boring until you get to the end but really easy.

About 1.5km in, you'll get to the only major intersection.
Do not turn left, stay on Cape D'Aguilar Road (straight).
Afterwards, there will be some smaller paths going off, just stay on the same road
Keep going straight at the village's mailboxes
Another few hundred meters and you'll see the radio towers at a distance

The you will reach the HKT H.F. Radio Station. You won't be able to stay on the road.
Just bypass on the left, as instructed above
After the fence, just get back on the road that went through the radio station's grounds.
Don't climb the path to the hill
Little bit further down Cape D'Aguilar road, you'll reach this fork. On the right is the way to the Institute of Marine Science and the whale's bones. But we decided to go to the lighthouse first, on the left
After about 150m, you'll see a few houses and a path to the right. Take it and the lighthouse will be in sight.
There will be a set of stairs on the left
Once you are done taking half a million photos of the lighthouse, trace your steps back to the fork and head towards the Institute of Marine Science (the sign says "Cape D'Aguilar Marine Reserve")
Before long, you will see the white building of the Swire Institute of Marine Science at a distance, and the island of Kau Pei Chau on the right
Just before you arrive to the building (about 150m), you'll see an opening on the left.
That's the "secret" path to the cave. A little bit dirty but an interesting rock formation
The cave. Once you are done, retrace your steps and head to the white building of the Institute of Marine Science
The bones of Miss Willy (海威骨架), in front of the institute
Explore the surroundings

Another cave, underneath the rock pile. Once you are done enjoying the sights, retrace your steps to the bug stop.
Take #9 back to Shau Kei Wan