Sunday, October 28, 2018

Wong Nai Chung Reservoir to Sai Wan Ho via Tai Tam and Boa Vista (野豬徑)

11km total. 3.5 hours

5/10. 2/3 of the hike is on concrete paths. Not a lot of elevation gain (375m over 11km)

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere.

Water needs: 1.5 liter.

Appreciation: 7/10. Easy access. Some nice views but a lot of concrete.

Exercise Area: No.

Transportation: Bus 6, 63, 66, 76, minibus 5, get off at Wong Nai Chung Reservoir. Return via Sai Wan Ho MTR.

Why it's worth it: 


Get off at the Wong Nai Chung Reservoir stop (gas station).
Climb the stairs and head left...

...going towards Hong Kong Parkview

You see the Hong Kong Parkview buildings in the distance

Keep on left at the Hong Kong Parkview estate

You will basically be following the main asphalt path all the way to Tai Tam reservoirs 

Tai Tam reservoir, about 30-40 minutes into your hike.

Take the bridge over a branch of Tai Tam reservoir.

Head right (although heading left gets you to the same place and may be a tad faster)

Head left at the next bridge

Go over the main dam

Then head left at the end of the dam. You are now on Mount Parker Road

You'll reach this fork about 5 minutes later, head right, leaving Mount Parker Road and onto The Hong Kong Forest Track-Boa Vista Track Section.

About 20-25 minutes after having forked-out of Mount Parker Road, you'll reach this point where the road makes a big U. Boa Vista is at the bottom of this U. But, as shown on the map, we skipped it and instead took the shortcut which is shown on the picture above. However, this completely skips Boa Vista so, keep going if you meant to see it.

If you don't take the shortcut because you want to see Boa Vista, keep going along the road for about 5 minutes until you reach the bottom of the 'U' in the road. You will see stairs going down on the right of the road. If you take them, you'll get to Boa Vista. Enjoy and retrace your steps to the road when you are done. Then keep going.

After about another 5-7 minutes, you will reach this point. Follow the path next to the catch-water.

Stay on the main path, don't take the stairs going up.

About an hour to 90 minutes walk after you have left the 'U' in the road, you'll reach this fork. Take a right.


Back to civilization. The road going down is at the end of the park and to the right.

Go all the way down to Yiu Hing Road. Then head left on Yiu Hing Rd

Keep going on Yiu Hing Rd...

Until you reach Shing On Street, then turn right onto it...

Sai Wan Ho MTR station is just a couple of minutes away.

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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!