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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Pat Sin Leng, 八仙嶺, The 8 immortals

12.5km (5 hours)

8/10. For distance and elevation gain of 744m

Cel phone coverage: Parial.

Water needs: 2 liters. 20% shaded

Appreciation: 9/10

Map & Details: https://www.mapmyhike.com/workout/4043295136/

Exercise Area: No

Transportation: From Fanling MTR exit 'C', take green minibus 52B. Get off at Hok Tau. Return to Tai PO MTR via Bus 75K, or minibus 20C to Tai Po.

Why it's worth it: 

Right out of Fanling MTR ground-level exit 'C', you will see the green minibus terminus. Take 52B.

Then, it really depends on how comfortable you are telling the minibus driver to drop you off where there isn't a stop. We dropped off at 'A' because we weren't sure, but the actual final stop (not need to tell the guy, he will kick you out!) is 'B'
Drop off point 'A', usually, a few people will get off there. Otherwise, the end-stop is 'B". If you got off at 'B', retrace your steps to Hok Tau Road, and turn right. If you dropped off at point 'A', just keep following Hok Tau road.

If you dropped-off at point 'A', you will go by the 'Hok Tau' recreation centre.

Walking along Hok Tau Road
(1.5km, about 20 minutes into the hike) You will eventually reach this bridge/dam (above and below pictures), cross it.

You have a few of some of the peaks you'll be climbing!

A little later,  you will get to this pavilion (above and below pics), head left. 

You are on Wilson trail so, if you follow the trail marker posts, you can't really get lost. There is one marker every 500m.
There's even clear signage of Pat Sing Leng (in yellow on the marker stone)

Climb up here. Again, very clearly marked. You are going to Pat Sin Leng.
Keep following the Pat Sin Leng signs all the time. By the way, at this point, the signage states that you are 6km away from Pat Sin Leng's "immortals",; there's more than 6km left to hike in total!

About 7.2km and 3 hours into the hike, you will get here. You have not reached Pat Sin Leng yet but are quite close! The first of the immortals, Shun Yeung Fung, is about 500m and 25min away.

That's it, you have gone over the 8 immortals and are now descending towards Tai Mei Tuk.  At about  4h30m and 9.5km, you will reach this fork, head right. Bridal's Pool is on the left.

30 minutes later, you'll reach this final junction point, head right towards Tai Mei Tuk

You've come back to civilization. That's Bride Pool's Road, which merges into Ting Kok Road. Right, then continue until you reach the bus terminus which will be on your left in about 600m. Bus 75k or minibus 20C will bring you back to Tai Po Market MTR station

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Tsuen Wan to Sham Tseng via Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail (元荃古道), Shek Lung Kung (石龍拱) and Tsing Fai Tong

8.7km (3 hours)

6.510. Elevation gain is 391m

Cel phone coverage: Full.

Water needs: 1 liter. 50% shaded

Appreciation: 7.5/10

Exercise Area: No

Transportation: GMB 95 from Tsuen Wan West MTR, 39A from Tsuen Wan MTR. There's a variety of other buses getting you to the trail-head. Similarly, the trail ends right at the bus stop with numerous buses and minibuses getting you anywhere you want, including Central.

Why it's worth it: 
If you are taking the MTR to Tsuen Wan West, exit at 'E2'
Find green minibus 95 at the minibus terminus right outside of Tsuen Wan West station Exit E2
Minibus terminus is Tsuen Wan Centre

Just keep going on the same road.

Head left on On Yin Street, following the signage to Hong Kong Adventist Hospital

Then right onto Tsuen King Circuit road. Hospital will be on your right.

Bus top for 30, 30x, 39A, 39M, 934A. A few meters after, you will turn left into the path and up the stairs.

Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail

Go towards Ha Fa Shan 

Go straight, don't take the path to the right
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Nice and easy trail...

The Shek Lung Kung pavilion, about 2.75km, and 1 hour into your hike. Keep going on the paved path.

Still on the Yuen Tsuen Anciant Trail's paved path.

Stay on the main path

Roughly 1.5 hours and 5.65km into the hike, you will arrive here where you branch to the left
and it gets a little bush-wackier...


Right, around the hill


Finally, a civilized path! Head left towards Sham Tseng.

Sham Tseng in sight

Sham Tseng

Left on Sham Hong street. The bus stop will be on the left on Castle Peak Road, at the end of the street. But, why not have a little bite at the famous Yue Kee Roast Goose Restaurant? (first on your right on Sham Hong Street

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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!