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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Big Wave Bay (大浪灣) to Chai Wan via Big Wave stream

5.6 km (2.5 hours)

6.5/10. Elevation gain is 230m

Cel phone coverage: Full.

Water needs: 1 liter. 70% shaded

Appreciation: 4/10. Trickle waterfalls. Not especially pretty. Skip for some of the much better streams in Hong Kong.

Exercise Area: No

Transportation: Bus #9 from Shau Kei Wan (exit A3). Return via Chai Wan MTR.

Why it's worth it: Meh. Not worth it.

Exit A3, take bus #9

Just as you get into a pinhole curve, ring the bell and get off at the first stop next to the gold course. Then retrace your step on the road and go straight towards Big Wave Bay.

Big Wave Bay parking lot. Stay on the right

Take the path on the right at the end of the parking lot

Another right

Here, if you go right, you will go to Big Wave Bay beach.
You can spend some time there if that's your thing...
Otherwise, head left...

(Big Wave Bay beach)

Don't miss this left turn. Otherwise, you'll be going on the Hong Kong trail

The stream is to your right. The access point is at the green house at the end.
That is about 2km from the bus stop you dropped-off at. Take the steps down.
The stream trek is about 1.25 to 1.5km long.

Climb to the right. Relatively easy without the rope but you can always use it to help if it is in good condition.

The 'main waterfall' (not too impressive) is a further 40m away.

Bypass it on the left

A bit of a canyon, to bypass on the left as well...

The stream will fork and you will recognize this tree in the middle with bark missing. 
Head right and up through the bushes. You are just about 50-75m away from the trail.

You will see this waterpipe. Head right, then the path is to your left.
Take the path and go left.

Left again

Right after the pavilion (not the road)

Down the stairs, towards the cemetary

Then down and through the cemetary

Down the stairs

Get in the Hing Wo building and up the stairs, then head right.
Aaaaah AC!
Keep going and you will soon see the indications for the Chai Wan MTR

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

3 Fathoms Cove (Kei Ling Ha Hoi - 企嶺下海) with Lai Chi Chong (荔枝莊) detour

15km (5 hours)

7/10. Elevation gain of 450m

Cel phone coverage: Almost none.

Water needs: 2 liters. 50% shaded

Appreciation: 8/10. Nice forested path will have you go through the villages of Pak Sha O, Nam Shan Tung, Lai Chi Chong, and Sham Chung.

Exercise Area: No

Transportation: Get to Sai Kung Pier (Many ways to get there. Check-out https://www.hkemobility.gov.hk/index.php?golang=EN) .Then take minibus 7 and stop at Pak Sha O Youth Hostel. You can show the bus driver the following if you want to make sure not to miss your stop (that's the second last stop).
Return to Sai Kung via bus 99, or 299.

Why it's worth it: 

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Pat Sin Leng, 八仙嶺, The 8 immortals

12.5km (5 hours)

8/10. For distance and elevation gain of 744m

Cel phone coverage: Parial.

Water needs: 2 liters. 20% shaded

Appreciation: 9/10

Map & Details: https://www.mapmyhike.com/workout/4043295136/

Exercise Area: No

Transportation: From Fanling MTR exit 'C', take green minibus 52B. Get off at Hok Tau. Return to Tai PO MTR via Bus 75K, or minibus 20C to Tai Po.

Why it's worth it: 

Right out of Fanling MTR ground-level exit 'C', you will see the green minibus terminus. Take 52B.

Then, it really depends on how comfortable you are telling the minibus driver to drop you off where there isn't a stop. We dropped off at 'A' because we weren't sure, but the actual final stop (not need to tell the guy, he will kick you out!) is 'B'
Drop off point 'A', usually, a few people will get off there. Otherwise, the end-stop is 'B". If you got off at 'B', retrace your steps to Hok Tau Road, and turn right. If you dropped off at point 'A', just keep following Hok Tau road.

If you dropped-off at point 'A', you will go by the 'Hok Tau' recreation centre.

Walking along Hok Tau Road
(1.5km, about 20 minutes into the hike) You will eventually reach this bridge/dam (above and below pictures), cross it.

You have a few of some of the peaks you'll be climbing!

A little later,  you will get to this pavilion (above and below pics), head left. 

You are on Wilson trail so, if you follow the trail marker posts, you can't really get lost. There is one marker every 500m.
There's even clear signage of Pat Sing Leng (in yellow on the marker stone)

Climb up here. Again, very clearly marked. You are going to Pat Sin Leng.
Keep following the Pat Sin Leng signs all the time. By the way, at this point, the signage states that you are 6km away from Pat Sin Leng's "immortals",; there's more than 6km left to hike in total!

About 7.2km and 3 hours into the hike, you will get here. You have not reached Pat Sin Leng yet but are quite close! The first of the immortals, Shun Yeung Fung, is about 500m and 25min away.

That's it, you have gone over the 8 immortals and are now descending towards Tai Mei Tuk.  At about  4h30m and 9.5km, you will reach this fork, head right. Bridal's Pool is on the left.

30 minutes later, you'll reach this final junction point, head right towards Tai Mei Tuk

You've come back to civilization. That's Bride Pool's Road, which merges into Ting Kok Road. Right, then continue until you reach the bus terminus which will be on your left in about 600m. Bus 75k or minibus 20C will bring you back to Tai Po Market MTR station

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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!