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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Ho Pui Reservoir (河背水塘), then Lui Kung Tin (雷公田)

3 hours, 10km.

2/10. Mostly flat

Cel phone coverage: Mostly everywhere

Water needs: 1 liter

Appreciation: 7/10. The loop around the reservoir is nice. Road walk afterward is average. Milk Farm has friendly goats, and good milk!

Kam Sheung Road MTR Station, exit C. Take Minibus 71 and exit at the terminus in Ho Pui Tseun. Return to Kam Sheung Road MTR via minibus 72 or bus 51 to Tsuen Wan/West MTR on Road Twisk.

Details: http://www.mapmyrun.com/workout/2031755036
(The end of the hike is incorrectly mapped. You should end at Road Twisk and take the bus or minibus there)

Why it's worth it:

Kam Sheung Road MTR Station, exit C

The minibus stop is about 100m from exit C

Take it all the way to the end stop. About 10-15minutes

At the Ho Pui terminus. Go through the village

You'll eventually hit Ho Pui Tsuen road, head left
After about 400m on Ho Pui Tsuen road, you'll see the campsite. Turn right and past the open gate.

Go via the Ho Pui Reservoir Family Walk. Quite easy, you'll loop around the reservoir.
Then come back to Ho Pui Tsuen and head right.
Before you do so however, you may want to stop for a drink at the organic farm

2km onto Ho Pui Tsuen, you'll reach the Tsing Tam Reservoir. Quite pretty.
Keep going on another 3km and you'll see the Milk Farm Co. on your left.

You can get fresh milk and some cup noodles. Once all rested, keep going on Ho Pui Tsuen until you reach Road Twisk. Bug stop will be on your left and will bring you back to the MTR

Monday, February 6, 2017

Short loop to Sharp Peak (Nam She Tsim - 蚺蛇尖 ) - 上蚺蛇尖 -較短的循環路線

(Updated: 2021-03-25)

Duration/時間: 4.5 hours, 10km. 4.5小時10公里

8/10. Hands required to climb some of the sections. Do not attempt if you are afraid of heights or don't feel comfortable scrambling. About 450m climb in total.
某些部分需要手攀爬如果你怕高或不不擅長攀爬, 最好不要勉強嘗試 總共攀爬約450m

Cel phone coverage/手機覆蓋: Partial coverage. 部分地方訊號不足

Water needs/建議帶水: 2 liters. 2升

Appreciation/欣賞: 10/10. 
One of the most scenic hikes in Hong Kong.

Take bus 96R from Diamond Hill MTR exit C on Sunday or public holidays an exit at Pak Tam Au. Take speedboat or ferry at Chek Keng Pier to Wong Shek Pier and return via 96R.

Why it's worth it/值得你去嗎?:

Exercise Area: No
Take 96R at Diamond Hill MTR station, drop off at Pak Tam Au.The trail head is on your right, across the road.
There are toilets there shall you need them before you start. Have a quick look at my map. Not too hard to get your bearing. That is Maclehose section 2 by the way.
在鑽石山地鐵站乘坐96R巴士,在北潭凹下車。過馬路, 行山的路徑在你的右邊。
起程之前,如需要, 有廁所在附近.  看看我的地圖 , 很容易找到你的方位。這就是麥理浩徑第2段

First fork, go right.

Then a left towards Chek Keng
跟住向左走, 往赤徑

At Chenk Keng, hang right. The path on the left goes to goes to the pier and the youth hostel
在赤徑, 轉在.  左邊的路是去碼頭和青年旅館的

Between milestone M40 and M39, about an hour in, you'll reach a little pavilion and a bench. That's where you break-off of Mac 2 and go up towards Sharp Peak. This is where the fun begins. You just have to follow the most direct path to the peak, Can't miss it. And yes, those steep patches are to be climbed...
大約一個小時後, 在里程碑M40和M39之間,你會到達一個小亭子和長凳。 那就是要和麥理浩徑第2段說再見
的地方,挑戰蚺蛇尖。 有趣的攀爬快要開始了。 你只需要遵循最直接, 向高峰路走便可。 是的,那些陡峭的地方是要手腳並用去爬的...

Top of Sharp Peak
On the way back down, you can bypass the first 2 steep pitches. From the top, just continue opposite from where you came from. It is a lot less steep. Then, you get to this point, turn right. A bit of bushwhacking, and you'll be back to the trail.
在下山的路上,你可以繞過首兩個陡峭的部分。 從頂部,只是從你來的地方相反方向走。 這不是太險峻。 然後,你到達這一點,右轉。穿過些叢林後,你會回到小徑。

Keep going until you get in the vicinity of the second scrambling pitch, head down and left instead. Then, there will be another bypass path on your right, as per the picture. You'll end-up right at the foot of the second pitch. You'll still have to scramble down the 3rd pitch but it is a bit easier. Then, it is smooth sailing back to Mac 2, retrace your steps towards Chek Keng
繼續前進,直到你進入第二個險峻的地方,向下走, 再左轉。跟圖片走,右邊會有另一條支路。 你會繞過剛才第二個險峻的斜坡。第三個斜坡你仍然必須小心爬下去,但比第二個容易一些。 然後,應該可以順利回到麥理浩徑第2段,走回頭路到赤徑.

You'll get to those stairs. No signage that indicate anything. Take them and you'll get to the Chek Keng pier.
There are speedboats to take you to Wong Shek pier. $150 to charter one. Wait a few minutes for other hikers to join and make it cheaper
你會見到那些樓梯。 沒有任何指示。下樓梯後,你會到達赤徑碼頭。
赤徑碼頭有快艇帶你回到黃石碼頭。包快艇要 $ 150。 等多幾個行山朋友便更化算! 

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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!