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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!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Castle Peak (青山)

8k, 3.5 hours

8/10. 568m elevation gain. High difficulty on the way down as it is steep and slippery

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere.

Water needs: 1 liter.

Appreciation: 7/10. Nice views on a clear day

Map & Details: http://www.mapmyrun.com/workout/2716491313/

Exercise Area: None

Transportation: MTR to Tuen Mun. Light rail back to Tsuen Mun

Why it's worth it: 
Tuen Mun esxit 'B'

Go West on Pui To Rd, over the Tuen Mun River

Left on Tsing Wun Road

Right on Hing Choi Street
(Castle Peak will be visible right in front of you)

Left on Yeung Tsing Road

Right on Tsing Shan Monestary Path

Take 10 minutes to visit the monastery which is one of the two most important in the area.

Once done, climb up the stairs with the yellow railing

Left at the first gazebo

Right. There will be signs saying the hike is hard

At the top, you'll find a gazebo. Head right and around the summit.
From there, try to more or less follow the main path.
Best to follow the GPS map because there are tons of little side-paths

Left around the rock, then right

Almost at the paved road

Follow the paved road down

Head right. Then right again at the main road...

You will reach the light rail station. The one on your left will bring you back to the Tuen Mun MTR

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Tsuen Wan loop; Tsuen Wan -> Ha Fa Shan (下花山) -> Shek Lung Kung Pavillion -> Tsuen Wan via Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail

12k, 4 hours

5/10. 432m elevation gain. Some bushwacking

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere.

Water needs: 1 liter.

Appreciation: 7/10. Nice views of Tsuen Wan and beyond on a clear day

Map & Details: http://www.mapmyrun.com/workout/2706310612/

Exercise Area: Not really (there's a single one when you reach the harbourfront but that isn't much)

Transportation: MTR to Tsuen Wan MTR. Exit 'A'. Return via Tsuen Wan West MTR. 

Why it's worth it: 
Tsuen Wan Exit A

Go all the way to the end of the pedestrian walkway. You'll see the Tsuen King Circuit Sports Centre Building
Get down the stairs, onto Mei Wan street. turn right onto Tsuen King Circuit

Stay on the right-hand side of the road

This is at about 25 minutes into the hike. You'll see stairs going down that you must take



First right

Right at the road

Take the yellow bridge on the left 

At the village, it gets a bit more confusing, first left

The right after the fence

I sort of more of less lost the path around here. In any case, you want to get to that rock on top!

Da rock! Nice view from up there. Once you are done, go in opposite direction (go West) and down the path

You'll reach a paved path. Go straight, following the Yuen Tsuen Ancient Path direction.
It is now a stone path

You'll eventually arrive at the Shek Lung Kung Pavilion.
Just after the pavilion, you will want to get off the stone path and follow the clearing on the left

There's quite a wide area that is cleared so it is easy to follow. 

Down among the rocks

At one point, you'll see the clearing veering to the left and the bridge (pictured above) in the distance.
Just follow the clearing down. You will eventually reach a dirt path. Follow it all the way...

... to the road by the water catchment. Head left on the road.

After about 800m on the road, you'll see stairs on your right with a sign indicating 'Yau Kom Tau Village'. Take the stairs

Take a right at the road at the bottom of the stairs (Po Fung Road).
It will get you to Castle Peak Road where you will take a left.

Take a right on Lai Shun Road

Then a left on Hoi On Road. You will be on the boardwalk all the way to Tsuan Wan West