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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Pak Mong Stream - 白芒石澗 (Lantau)

8km (4 hours)

7/10. Wet trek. Rocks tend to be slippery. Bushwacking with lots-o-spiders.

Cel phone coverage: Full.

Water needs: 1 liter.

Appreciation: 6/10. Waterfalls are nice but it is such a drag to get out of the stream and bushwack up.

Exercise Area: No

Transportation: Tung Chung MTR exit 'D'. 

Why it's worth it: 


Right out of Exit 'D', go straight across onto Fu Tung Street. It will take you about an hour to get to the stream.

Go under the bridge, follow on the side of the road

This is the entry point to the trail. Refer to the building and signposts to get an idea of where the path starts (on the right).
It is a bit faint

Just 10-15m in, you'll get to this railing, head left.

You'll get to a road, just cross and keep going on the path

Keep going on the path.

Go down either paths and head right.


About 1 hour in, 3.5km, you'll reach the stream @ Pak Mong village. Just go right in.

Mostly very small waterfalls and slippery rocks. Be careful where you step

About 500m into the stream, you'll get to the 1st larger fall. The pool is very nice. Bypass is on the right before the pool.

Shortly after is the second large waterfall.
Climb on the left, then mid-falls, switch to the right side and climb the rest of the way.

The 3rd waterfall. The pool is also quite nice. Bypass is before the pool, on the rock-face on the right.
From this point on, you have another 30-40 minutes in the stream before the exit point.
There are no more large waterfalls afterwards

Once you get to this point, you are within 75m of the exit point.

That's the exit point. There is a shallow pool and you should be able to identify with the characteristics rock formation in front of you, and the orange mossy rock on the left. The exit is on the right and there's a small white ribbon showing the way.

This white ribbon. There's also orange-reddish ones all along the way up.

I did not like that climb much; narrow path full of spider-webs, rocky, just unpleasant climb...
It should take you about 35-40 minutes.

You will then reach the top of that hill.  Head  left...

... nice view of the airport

After another 20 or so minutes walk, you'll reach a fork. Take the path that goes down towards Tung Chung.
It will take you another 30-45 minutes to get to the road where you started.

Just keep going down...

Back to the road, head left. You will be back at Tung Chung MTR's Exit 'D" in 10-15 minutes...

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Tung Lung Chau (東龍洲) loop

7km (4 hours)

8/10 if not too hot. Some bushwacking, steep & slippery down. No shades. 10/10 on a hot day

Cel phone coverage: Full.

Water needs: 2 liters.

Appreciation: 8/10. 

Exercise Area: No

Transportation: Yau Tong MTR exit 'A'. walk to Sam Ka Tsuen Public Pier, then ferry to Tung Lung island. Back the same way.
Ferry schedule: 

Why it's worth it: 
Some nice views but there's also a few other things to see and do on the island, such as the 19th century rock carvings, the Tung Lung Fort, and a few places to get a decent meal.

Yau Tong, Exit A2

Go down the stairs on the right, right out of exit A2. Then just keep following Cho Kwo Ling Rd road, all the way

Will take you about 10 minutes to get here from the MTR
Right after the last bend, the road straighten-up and the ferry pier as at the end 

You will have to get a return ticket. They will ask you for return time; you can pick the last return as you always have the option to take an earlier ferry back.

After a scenic 30 minutes ferry ride, you will arrive at Tung Lung island. It is the terminus, you can't get it wrong.

At the first cross-road, hang-out left.

Then right at the Chinese restaurant. (You will be looping back here)

Paved path for most of the trail, and there's one path so, quite easy to navigate

At this point, you will get to a fork. I suggest you first go explore the ancient rock carving on the right.
Once done, you will come back to this fork and keep progressing on the path on the left (2)

There's an explanatory sign on the middle of a promontory. The stairs down to the carvings are on the left.

The 19th century rock-carving
Once done, retrace your steps to the fork and keep going

Luk Keng wan in sight.

You will get to this fork. If you feel like going to Luk Keng Wan, head right.
When done, come back here and keep going. You will be climbing to the summit; very painful on a hot day, easy otherwise.

Summit in sight

About 25m before arriving at the building, you will see a path on the left which you must take.
This is the way down from the summit. It is steep and slippery. If you are worried, trace your steps all the way back instead.

So, you have chosen to continue down the slope. There's a bit of bushwhacking but the path is quite clear and mostly follows underneath the electrical posts. 

The steep portion.

You made it all the way down!

You will reach this path, head right towards a small village where you can get a bit of food and drinks.
From there, you can follow the signs to visit Tung Long Fort (about 300m).
Once you are done, retrace your steps back to this village...

... and you can go back to the Public Pier by following the sign to 'Rock Carving' about 500m away.

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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!