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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!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Little compensation, benefit for you too...

Dear all,

   if you want to show me your appreciation of this now 5 or so years of HikeHongKong (and you are Hong Kong-based), from now to end of September, you can use my referral link and register for a Cathay Asiamiles AmericanExpress card. I'll get some referral Asiamiles and you will get my gratitude, as well as the following:

- fees are waved the first year (if you can make the spending minimum, just cancel after the 1st year)
- free access to the PlazaPremium lounges at all major airports (free food, great seats, a shower if you have a long layover). That's the best perk!
- Bonus 2000 Asiamiles for you from my referral
- Up to 78,000 Asiamiles during the first 3 months (enough for a trip to Europe)

So, the way I see it, a win-win situation.

Not that this blog is meant to be a get-rich-quick scheme and I won't stop posting no matter what. But hey, always nice to get a bit of extra...

Referral link is here: www.amex.com.hk/refer/jcclemjb01



Sunday, August 7, 2016

Urban walk in Ap Lei Chau


1-2 hours

Difficulty: 1/10

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 0.5 liter

Appreciation: 7/10. Travel back in time and have a very local experience. You have to go during the week for all the little stores to be open (they might be open on Saturdays as well, not sure)

Transportation: Bus 970x, exit at 'Tin Wan Street' and keep walking in the same direction to the foot-bridge over the highway. Return via the same bus, right in front of the Aberdeen promenade. Bus 95 gets you there as well, and returns the same way. MTR will get right to Ap Lei Chau at the end of 2016

Why it's worth it:

Get to the Aberdeen promenade. The ferry to Ap Lei Chau is, not surprisingly... by the water!

Accross the footbridge over Aberdeen Praya

The little ferry getting you to Ap Lei Chau. It even takes the Octopus card

Docking at Ap Lei Chau
The recommended path. Just a few hundred meters but you'll want to stop and enjoy sights, and tastes! Right off the ferry, head left and take Wah Ting street to number 84, Wah Ting on the left.
This is an traditional metal shop (open on weekdays). Then keep walking, to Ap Lei Chau Main street.
Then head right on Ap Lei Chau Main street
友和士多, at 110 Ap Lei Chau Main street. You will find traditional Cantonese sweets, including the Chinese style bowl pudding

Then retrace your steps to visit the wet market and its very fresh seafood. You can buy seafood and they will cook it for you upstairs at the cooked-food market...

... now, if you are just there for a snack, have a try at the very local cha chan teng 陳新記 Chan Sun Kee. I'd skip the pork bun though... doesn't compare to the real thing that can be found in Macau

Busy on a Sunday
Once you are done snacking, head back to Ap Lei Chau Main street and make a stop at #60. This is a 120 years old grocery store.

Then further down on Ap Lei Chau Main street, you will find this fish ball store at #31, and Foo Hing at #34, where you can buy traditional Chinese snacks behind the clothing stall

Once done, keep going down the road until you reach Ping Lan street, and head left towards the waterfront park and promenade. Follow the path left and you'll see the Hung Shing temple on your left which is worth a quick peek. Then, you can leisurely go back to the ferry

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Shatin walk: The Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre, and Lake Ad Excellentiam


2.5 hours

Difficulty: 4/10

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 0.5 liter

Appreciation: 6/10. The Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre is ok, not much of a view from there actually. The Chinese University of Hong Kong's grounds are very nice. Short walks. You can go straight to Chinese U if you want a relaxing hour in a nice setting. Maybe a picnic?

Transportation: Shatin MTR, Exit B for the Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre, and University MTR Exit C for Lake Ad Excellentiam

Why it's worth it:

For the Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre
Make your way to Shatin MTR station, Exit B, turn left as you come out
Go to the end (basically, follow the crowd) and down the ramp, to the right
After the ramp, turn-left...

... and back in the same direction you came from, but next to the ramp

You'll arrive at a signpost, about 30 seconds later which points the direction to To Fung Shan. Climb up the stairs next to the white building on the picture

Right. Always go right basically

After about 15 minutes walk, you'll get to this roundabout. Head right on 'To Fung Shan Road'

Another 5-10 minutes farther, you'll see these stairs with a gate. Gate is open, climb the stairs, it is a shortcut.


When you are done, just retrace your steps back to the MTR

Take the MTR to University station (2 stops away from Shatin), exit C

Just follow the path along the football field

There you go, Lake Ad Excellentiam. Velly pletty...

Saturday, July 23, 2016

(Upper section) Tin Mei Hang stream 田尾坑涧


3 hours

Difficulty: 7/10. Not too hard a climb but so narrow and full of branches at times that I had to crouch. 

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 2 liters

Appreciation: 3/10. For the upper section (up from the bridge). Really didn't like it. It is a minor stream, very few and small waterfalls. Ants bit me, grass cut me. Not a happy time

Transportation: Bus 94 from Saikung all the time, or 96R from Diamond Hill on Sundays and public holidays. Get off at Sheung Yui stop. Return the same way.

Why it's worth it:
Really, it isn't. Skip this one or keep to the lower section (but then again, why go all the way to Saikung for this). Will need to check out the lower part of the stream someday

Stream portion in red

Sheung Yui bus stop. Keep walking in the same direction the bus was going for about 1 minute to the fork

Head right at the fork, towards the High Island Reservoir

At the pavilion, take the left road. That's about 20 minutes from the bus stop

Keep walking past the first bridge

The second bridge is around this corner (notice the tombstone)

That's where you enter the stream. About 40 minutes walk from the bus stop

15 minutes into the stream

The only fork in the stream. Take a left and prepare to be... underwhelmed

The upper stream is a lot of this... I don't like it. And spider-webs aplenty...

At one point, you'll think you are lost as the stream gets ever narrower and is basically just a trickle. You will arrive at the source of the stream. There will be a path on the left. Take it and it will take you to a 4-way path fork

The 4 way path fork. Take a left and climb up. Stay on the leftmost path pretty much all the time.

Some nice views but no need to go through the hassle of climbing the stream

More nice views. You'll eventually loop back to the pavilion

Monday, February 8, 2016

Thousand Islands - Tai Lam Chung Reservoir (大欖涌水塘)


(3 kilometers)
2 hours

7/10. The last bit, which is the ascension to the top of the hill where you get the view is a steep dirt path that is quite slippery

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 0.5 liter

Appreciation: 6/10. I don't care all that much for hikes that are back and forth. There's the one view of the reservoir which is interesting but to me, there are much better trails around reservoirs in HK.

Transportation: Get to Tuen Mun MTR station. Take green minibus 43 in front of the market on Ho Pong Street. Get off at the end in So Kwun Wat Tsuen. Return via green minibus 43 to Tuen Mun MTR station.

Why it's worth it:


You can take exit C at Tuen Mun and try to take 43 at the minibus stop. However, that's pretty much the end point and the driver might not let you in. Instead...
... walk out and to Ho Pong street, the Green Minibus stop is in front of the market. Take it there.

Upon your arrival in So Kwun Wat Tsuen (that's the last stop before the bus loops back to the MTR), as you get off the minibus, the trail starts on the left of the temple. You will see a sign for Chan Uk Tsuen which shows the way.

About 300m into the hike, you'll get to an intersection at point #2, keep going straight

Another further 400-500m and you'll reach MacLehose section 10. Turn left.

You will only have about 100-150m to do on Mac 10 until you see a flight of stairs on your right, as well as a PCCW (I think?) sign on your left. That's the entry point to the dirt path that goes up the hill towards the various viewpoints
Right after the stairs, you'll see the dirt "path" on your left. It is not clearly marked but it should not be a problem to find your way up
The path is pretty much like this all the way up...

No rule here; just look back from time to time and once you are happy with the view, you have arrived! (I'd say about 20-30 minutes)
Just retrace your steps back to the minibus when done