Saturday, October 20, 2018

Lei Tung to Ap Lei Pai (鴨脷排) via Mount Johnston (Yuk Kwai Shan-玉桂山)

3.63km total. 3 hours

8/10. Steep but short and not too much elevation (266m). Not recommended if you are afraid of heights. There are ropes to help if you feel uncertain on your feet.

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere.

Water needs: 1 liter.

Appreciation: 8.5/10. Really easy to access. Nice views.

Exercise Area: No.

Transportation: Lei Tung MTR station, exit 'B'

Why it's worth it: 

Take the MTR to Lei Tung (Ap Lei Chau) and get out at Exit B. You'll see the bus terminus. Behind it, you'll see...

... 2 little cabin for the bus service 'management'. Walk in between...

... then hop over the ledge on the left. Following the large blue pipe.

About 20 seconds later, you'll reach this point with 3 flight of stairs. Take the leftmost. By the time you do the trail, they probably will have cleared these trees that fell during the last typhoon.

At the top of the stairs, head left at the fence and go around it to another flight of stairs.

Quite simple at this point, just follow the path. It will get quite steep but there are ropes to help you up.

Top of Mount Johnston (at about 25 min into the hike)

Keep following the path, you will see Ap Lei Pai and more ropes going down. Quite steep here too...
Keep going. At the bottom, you'll cross the little natural bridge and go up on Ap Lei Pai. The path is on the right.

You'll go up and down for a while and you'll reach this lighthouse. Nice place for a picnic (don't litter!). Once you are done, just retrace your steps back to the MTR.

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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!