Sunday, November 25, 2018

Central to Wan Chai via The Peak, Peel Rise, Aberdeen, and Wan Chai Gap

12km (3.5 hours). 

5/10. 693m elevation gain. Paved throughout. Nicely shaded pretty much throughout

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere.

Water needs: 1.5 liter.

Appreciation: 8/10. Nice views, varied scenery from iconic city views to forrest paths and reservoir.

Exercise Area: Yes, extensive: 12 areas along the way.

Transportation: Mid-level escalator, return via Wan Chai MTR.

Why it's worth it: 

You can start at the escalator level, next to the 100QRC building. If you wait for 10:30 am, the escalator should be going up. Just follow the path of the escalator all the way to its end (~15 min, 1 km).

Escalator ends here, on Conduit Road. Head right but stay on the left side of the road.

After about a 300-400m walk, cross the street at the lights and go up on Hornsey Rd

You'll reach Old Peak Road after having walked about 600m.
Head left, take the stairs, and then keep going up on Old Peak Road.

Stay on your right here. Be on the lookout for a city boundary stone which will be on your right, about 50m further up.
This was the boundary of Victoria City in 1903

Another km on Old Peak Road and you'll reach this point, head right. You will go by a big red house on your left.

Almost at The Peak! Just a few meters left...

At The Peak, the iconic Hong Kong harbour vistas can be seen be walking a bit more to your left. When you are done, come back to this point and head right on the road going around the Peak shopping mall (Peak Road).

Go left on Peak Road

There's quite a bit of traffic on Peak Road, so stay on the left side where there's a quieter side-road

About 700m onto Peak Road, you'll reach this point, keep to the right.

A further 100m and you'll reach Peel Rise Rest Garden. Take the road down that goes right by it (Gough Hill path).

Another 75m and you'll reach this junction. Take a right onto Peel Rise.

Ben, May, and Dan, our hiking models for today, are telling you to keep going straight at this intersection which is about 1.2km into Peel Rise... Basically, you just stay on Peel Rise/

Keep on going down on Peel Rise. Taking a left is a shortcut, but what fun would that be!?

You'll get into Aberdeen, past the cemetary. Then reach Aberdeen Reservoir Road.
Take a left on Aberdeen Reservoir Road.

At this junction, keep going straight, towards the Lower Aberdeen Reservoir.

Lower Aberdeen Reservoir. The dam will be on your right, don't cross it, just keep going straight.

Friendly wild boar

Another intersection, head left, following the direction to Wan Chai Gap

Straight, Wan Chai Gap

Keep going straight.

You have reached the Wan Chai Gap park, head left...

... then go right in between the four roads, crossing them, Wan Chai Gap path is there, going down.
Follow that path

After 15-20 minutes walks, you'll reach Kennedy Road, go right.

Across the street, go down the stairs, left of the temple.

There, back to Wan Chai!

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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!