Friday, December 23, 2016

Wanchai to Aberdeen via Wanchai gap road

2.25 hour (6 km), 3-4 if you want to explore the urban part and museum

Difficulty: 6.5/10

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 0.5 liter

Appreciation: 8/10. Some historical urban exploration. Some views. Nice police museum

Transportation: Wanchai MTR exit A3. Return via any number of buses in Aberdeen. And, actually, via the Wong Chuk Hang MTR station, starting Dec 28th, 2016

Why it's worth it:
Get out at Exit A3, from Wan Chai MTR station

Go straight across Johnston Road, onto Toy Street, aka Tai Yuen Street (太原街).
Spend some time exploring the various toy stores, with classic, and modern kid-pleasers.
Once done, keep going on Tai Yuen until you reach Queen's Road

You will see the old post-office. Take Wan Chai gap road, immediately on the left of the post-office (now is the Environmental Resource Center)

Cross Kennedy Road and take the stairs up. A bit of a steeper climb at this point

You'll reach Bowen Road Park. Take a little break and admire this quaint little park

Then resume your climb toward Wanchai gap, still via Wan Chai Gap Road

You'll reach this point, Wan Chai gap proper. With its eponymous park. The Police Museum is on the right. Worth a detour

The police museum. It is free. Once you are done visiting, retrace your steps to the park.

Then take Aberdeen Reservoir Road

About 500m to the upper reservoir, another 150m to the lower reservoir

Almost done

Descending towards Aberdeen. Tons of buses to wherever you want to go. And MTR!
But, before you leave, try some local food at one of the Cha Chaan Teng

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Rhino rock in Stanley (斜炮頂), Turtle rock, and St.Stephen beach

1 hour (2 km)

Difficulty: 7/10. Slippery slopes

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 0.5 liter

Appreciation: 8/10. Nice views. A rock rhino head!

Transportation: Take bus 14 from Sai Wan Ho MTR station, Exit A (stop is right at the exit). Get off at the end stop, Stanley Fort. Return by either walking to Stanley and then taking whichever bus you want, or again, taking bus 14 back to Sai Wan Ho.

Why it's worth it:
The trail head is right by bus 14's final stop (Stanley Fort). These are military barracks.
Take the path up at the left of the gate

The path follows the fence

After about a 10 minutes climb, you'll have reached the top of the hill.
Take a right through the bushes

Left immediately into the bushes

The view will open up. Head to the right of the big round rock

You can see the path at this point, just follow. I circled your destination*

You'll reach this point where there's a fork. On your left, you can see the 'turtle rock' from where the peeps on the picture are. It is displayed on the second photo from my title picture at the top of this blog entry. You have to have a bit of imagination. This is not the rhino rock. To go to the rhino rock, head right...

This is the rhino rock from behind

There ya go! This one, no imagination required; quite a good rendition.
With the Stanley prison in the background. When you are done taking half a million pictures, retrace your steps all the way back to the top of the hill where you found the marker...

Here... So, you can always retrace your steps back to the end-stop of bus 14. But instead, I suggest, you go around the little building to discover some more cool stuff...

A little gem of a bamboo jungle!

Left, behind the big rock

You'll see a water pipe, just follow it on the right. It will lead you to the road. Head right on the road until you reach the bus stop to return to Sai Wan Ho. Alternately, you can go down to the beach!

St,Stephen's beach. Quite pretty

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Pak Kung Au to Mui wo via Lantau trail (Sunset Peak - Tai Tung Shan - 大東山)

(Updated 2020/02/08)
4 hours (10 km)
Difficulty: 7/10

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere
Water needs: 2 liters

Toilets: At the beginning on the trail, and 2km before the end.

Appreciation: 10/10. If you go in November, you'll be in prime silver grass season, which is quite nice. Views are also superb.

Transportation: Bus 3M,11,11A,23 from Tung Chung MTR. Get there early because it gets very busy. Or, get 3M from Mui Wo which won't be crowded. Return via ferry in Mui Wo.

Why it's worth it:
Tung Chung MTR, exit B. Go to the left of the mall. The bus terminus are on the right after the mall.
Very crowded on weekends. 3M is usually less crowded. Let the driver know you are going to Pak Kung Au before paying; it is a sectional fare.

Get off at Pak Kung Au. Walk in the direction the bus was going for about 50m. Take the first path going up on your left (then left).

Go towards Sunset Peak. Rest is just a matter of following the trail. No way to get lost; it is Lantau trail all the way to Mui Wo. You can make a little detour up to the top of Sunset Peak if it is not overcast.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Discovery Bay (愉景灣) to Mui Wo via Tiger's Head (Lo Fu Tau/老虎頭)

4.5 hours (10 km)

Difficulty: 7/10

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 2 liters

Appreciation: 10/10. Much better than the Tung Chung to DB as every bit of this trail is scenic.

Transportation: Ferry from Central, back and forth

Why it's worth it:
Right off the ferry in Discovery, head right towards the beach

Right, still towards the beach

First left when you are at the beach. Go through the housing complex...

... until you reach Discovery Bay road, take a right

Walk on Discovery Bay road...

... until you see the SKH Wei Lun Primary School on your right. Cross the road and there's a green sign pointing to the path going up

The climb begins!

You'll go back down a bit after the height marker. Then head right.


The head is in sight... but there are still a lot of climbing. Once you have reached the Tiger Head however, it is pretty much all the way downhill to Mui Wo afterwards. Just one path so, no need for more instructions...

Always go towards Mui Wo... Take the ferry to Central after having had some nice food at one of the local restaurants.

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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!