Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ma Dai Stream (馬大石澗)

(Updated: 2022-04-17)

(5 kilometers)
2 hours

Difficulty: 6/10.

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 1 liter

Appreciation: 9/10

Transportation: Tai Shui Hang MTR exit B. Return via Hang On MTR

Why it's worth it:

At Tai Shui Hang MTR, take exit B. And then head left (North) following Hang Tak street.

Until you reach this point, about 100-150m in. Take the road on the right.

At the end of the road, just climb the fence on your left and take the steps.

Cross the bridge, then head left...
... the stream entrance is right there.

Hero's cliff. Magnificent waterfall. Nice place for a picnic and a swim.

Keep going. No significant waterfalls afterwards but at one point, you'll hit a fork, head left and there will be a bridge-like thing. Head left. Now, you will know you went on the wrong side of the fork ("Use the fork Luke!") if you arrive at the dam on the right on the picture. Just retrace your steps to the fork and head left and out of the stream. The stream portion is over, you are about 50 minutes away from the MTR.

At this point, the trail should be somewhat visible, just make sure you don't go there at night the first time...

You'll eventually get to this farm. Go through on the left. Be respectful of private property.

As you get out of the village/farm, you'll hit Man On Shan Country Trail, head left.

You'll get to the pic-nic area where there are toilets if you need a pit-stop. 

Otherwise, keep going on the Man On Shan Tsuen road.

At one point, you'll see a hole in the fence on your left, next to a concrete structure, that's a shortcut, go through and go down the steep path.

Left at the trail.

About a hundred meters  onto the trail, there's a shortcut path on the right. Take it.

You'll get to the road. Head left.

You'll be able to go under the road-bridge

Then connecting to another road and sidewalk. Head right.

Then take the subway under the road. Should be relatively straightforward to the MTR (there are signs)

Through the garden. Admire the Chinese "bas-relief"

You'll end-up at Hang On MTR station. Quite a nice stream, isn't it?

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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!