Sunday, October 9, 2016

A lighthouse, a whale, and a few caves at Cape d’Aguilar (Hok Tsui - 鶴咀) - the easy way

3 hours (9 km return)

Difficulty/難度: 1/10

Cel phone coverage/手機覆蓋: Everywhere/無處不在

Water needs/建議帶水: 1 liter / 1升

Appreciation/欣賞: 7.5/10. A lighthouse, caves, the ocean breeze, and a whale's bones (fake but hey, who cares), what else do you need?

Transportation/交通: Bus #9 from Shau Kei Wan MTR and back. Get off a Cape D'Aguilar Road.

Why it's worth it/去看看吧:


Take the MTR to Shau Kei Wan (Hong Kong Island line), exit at A3.
The find boarding station 'J' where you will take bus #9. It gets quite busy on weekends as it is the same bus that will take you to the beginning of Dragon's Back.
找到登巴士站'J',坐9號巴士。 在周末會很多人,因為這巴士也是去龍脊的。

Get off at Cape D'Aguilar Road (鶴咀道).Then just follow Capre D'Aguilar.
A bit boring until you get to the end but really easy.
在鶴咀道(Cape D'Aguilar Road)下車,然後一路隨鶴咀道走。

About 1.5km in, you'll get to the only major intersection.
Do not turn left, stay on Cape D'Aguilar Road (straight).
Afterwards, there will be some smaller paths going off, just stay on the same road
Keep going straight at the village's mailboxes
見到村民的郵箱, 繼續直行
Another few hundred meters and you'll see the radio towers at a distance

The you will reach the HKT H.F. Radio Station. You won't be able to stay on the road.
Just bypass on the left, as instructed above
然後你將到達鶴咀高頻無線電發射站。 你將無法留在路上。
After the fence, just get back on the road that went through the radio station's grounds.
Don't climb the path to the hill.
Little bit further down Cape D'Aguilar road, you'll reach this fork. On the right is the way to the Institute of Marine Science and the whale's bones. But we decided to go to the lighthouse first, on the left.
在鶴咀道再走一點,你會到達這個分叉路。 在右邊是通往海洋科學研究所和鯨魚的骨頭。 但是我們決定先往左是去燈塔
After about 150m, you'll see a few houses and a path to the right. Take it and the lighthouse will be in sight.
There will be a set of stairs on the left.
Once you are done taking half a million photos of the lighthouse, trace your steps back to the fork and head towards the Institute of Marine Science (the sign says "Cape D'Aguilar Marine Reserve")
Before long, you will see the white building of the Swire Institute of Marine Science at a distance, and the island of Kau Pei Chau on the right.
Just before you arrive to the building (about 150m), you'll see an opening on the left.
That's the "secret" path to the cave. A little bit dirty but an interesting rock formation.
這是往洞穴的“秘密”之路。 有點骯髒,但岩層頗有趣的
The cave. Once you are done, retrace your steps and head to the white building of the Institute of Marine Science.
The bones of Miss Willy (海威骨架), in front of the institute.
Explore the surroundings.

Another cave, underneath the rock pile. Once you are done enjoying the sights, retrace your steps to the bug stop.
Take #9 back to Shau Kei Wan.

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