Sunday, November 25, 2012

Lung Fu Shan Country Park; Pinewood Battery

Appreciation: 7/10 for the historical background on the site. Note much hiking, views are mostly at The Peak. Hong Kong birds of prey flying around from time to time are nice to watch.
For more info on the PineWood Battery:

Why it's worth it: 

30m elevation gain
Total: 1 1/4 hour

Garmin GPS route:


Cel phone coverage: Coverage everywhere.

Water needs: 0.25 liter.

Transportation: From Exchange Square bus terminal in Central, take bus #15 to The Peak. At the end of the trail, there quite a few minibuses/buses which will take you wherever you want to go.

Once you arrive at The Peak, You take Harlech road, which will be on your left if you face the Peak building with tram tracks on your right. Harlech road is the first part of the Peak loop trail.

On the Peak loop trail, quite peaceful.

After a 20 minutes walk (about 1k), you will branch out of the Peak loop and into Hatton Road

You'll see a sign for the Lung Fu Shan Contry Park on your  left.

Just a few steps and you'll be at the Pinewood battery.

There are quite a few information placards so no need to give you the history of the battery here, it's well documented on site, and online.

Imagine with the big gun.

Once you are done, keep on Hatton road towards the University. There are various paths to get to bus stops. Follow my Garmin map to step in our tracks, or you can also exit earlier.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Hong Kong trail Section 8: Dragon's back (龍脊)

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/欣賞: 8.5/10 for the first kilometer, the rest is not all that interesting. 

Why it's worth it: 

高度差異: 230m elevation gain
Total: 2 hours + 30 min if you walk from Big Wave bay (Tai Long Wan) to Shek-O. 2小時.  如由大浪灣行到石澳: 30分鐘

Garmin GPS route:

Difficulty/難度: 5/10

Cel phone coverage/手機覆蓋範圍: Coverage everywhere. 全程

Water needs/需水量: 1 liter. 1

Transportation/交通MTR to Shau Kei Wan, Exit A3. Take NWFB bus #9 towards Shek-O, stop at To Tei Wan on Shek O Road. Return via same NWFB bus #9 in Shek-O which will bring you back to Shau Kei Wan.
地下鐵路至筲箕灣A3出口 乘坐新巴巴士9號線前往石澳在石澳道土地灣下車回程由石澳坐新巴9號巴士返回筲箕灣


MTR Shau Kei Wan, Exit A3. The bus terminus is right by the exit.
地下鐵筲箕灣A3出口 巴士總站就在出口處

Take #9

Stop at To Tei Wan on Shek O Road. 
The start of Hong Kong trail Section 8 is right by the bus stop.
港島徑第8(龍脊) 的起點 就在巴士站旁邊

From that point, there's really no way to get lost; the path is well signed at every turn (follow the little hikers pictograms).
從這起點真的沒有辦法會迷路的;  路徑在每一個地點也有很明確的標記跟著小登山者的標記行吧

After about 2 hours, you'll arrive at Tai Long Wan beach. You can walk towards Shek-O or take the red minibus that will get you there. From Shek-O, bus #9 will take you back to Shau Kei Wan.
2小時後你便抵達大浪灣海灘 你可以行向石澳或乘坐紅色小巴也可回程由石澳坐新巴9號巴士返回筲箕灣

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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!