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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, December 10, 2017

Fotan to Pineapple dam

14k, 4 hours

570m elevation gain

Cel phone coverage: Partial.

Water needs: 1.5 liters.

Appreciation: 7/10. Not very scenic but a nicely shaded hike through forests.

Transportation: Fotan MTR, Exit B. Return at Pineapple Dam via minibus 82M (one every 10 minutes roughly)

Why it's worth it: 

Exit B at Fotan MTR

A bridge will be 40m ahead, right out of the MTR station

Take the bridge and then head right

You will be walking along Fotan Road for about 800m

There's a very small "park" (Kwei Tei Street Garden) at the end of Fotan Rd that you will go through

Go around on the right of the building (which may be done building when you hike this path), then up the stairs

Atop the stairs, head right again...

About 2.5km and 35min walk from the MTR station, head right at the fork

Then stay on the left as a few paths will be going right

Careful not to miss this one. 3.3km, and about 50 minutes into your hike, there's going to be a small sign and a dirt path going up on your right which you must take. If you miss it, it is not too bad as you can take the next right. Not as fun though!

Long pants for some bushwhacking. Path is quite clear however...

You will join the main road, Tai Po Kau Forest Track where you will want to head left

Keep left (@ 4.4 km)

Still left (@ 4.9km)



Right towards Shing Mun reservoir (@ 8.7 km)

Arboretum @ 9.9km


Right. You will then follow along the Shing Mun reservoir which is quite pretty

At about 13 km, you'll see a map, take the stairs going down next to it. Easy to miss from the road.
You are about 40 minutes away from the minibus stop

Here ya go; Minibus 82m stop which will bring you back in town (Tsuen Wan)

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