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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Zimmerman's Loop Section 4 : Southern Beaches Walk (南區沙灘段)

Duration:  9 km (3h)

Difficulty: 4/10. Mostly flat. This is an extended version of the official walk with a few more beaches and closer to the coast in the South Bay Beach portion.

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 1 liter. 20% shaded. 

Appreciation: 10/10. 

Exercise Area: Yes

Transportation:  Ocean Park MTR, exit C. Return via various buses at Stanley bus terminus.

Why it's worth it:

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Make your way to the Ocean Park MTR station.

Exit 'C'

Head right, right off exit 'C'

Follow Wong Chuk Hang road. It will merge into Island road.

About 700m (10minutes) into your walk, you will see a path that parallels the road on your right, where the sidewalk stops. Take it. After a few meters, you will see stairs going down and a sign stating "Mills & Chung Path"

The path will quickly get you to the seafront


Deep Water Bay beach. First beach of the day!

Immediately after the beach, take the Seaview Promenade which hugs the waterfront (right)





Repulse Bay is now in sight (about 40 minutes into the walk)

Beach road @ Repulse Bay

Stay on Beach road. At this point, you are behind The Pulse mall. Quite a few beachfront restaurants there if the mood should strike

Beach Road ends. Turn right onto South Bay road.

The Middle Bay Beach will be on your right (stairs down), on your left is Ruby Court.

Head to the right, immediately after Ruby Court

Another 500m and you will see South Bay Beach in the distance

After you pass South Bay Beach (on your right), you will reach the end of South Bay road.
There's a flight of stairs at the end, take it.

Keep going straight. You will notice some white tiles on the ground.
Weird but that will do for a direction indicator! (That is the 'so-called' pigs' trail)

Some more stairs

You will see exposed rocks on your left. Climb these. Only spot that requires your hands but very short and not very difficult. Afterwards, the path is more clearly defined.

At the top of your climb, you will reach a fork in the path, head left.
The funnily twisted tree branch circled on the picture should help you identify you are there.

I little while later, you will reach another fork (again, spot the tree). Head right.


That's it, you are done with the pig's trail, head right onto Chung Hom Kok road.


After about 750m on Chung Hom Kok road, you will reach this roundabout. Just before the roundabout on your left, you will see this blue sign and behind, a path with stairs going down. That's the one you must take.

Go straight

The 'Sea Breeze' "secret" beach.

Here, you can go right and down the stairs to the 'Sea Breeze' beach, then left and up towards Stanley.

The 'Sea Breeze' beach

Right


The Murray Building

Walk all the way though the Stanley waterfront until you reach the roundabout.

Go through the market

First opening on your left in the market is the Stanley New street. Take it.

The terminus is at the end of the street.
Climb the stairs on your right, or just go around the slope

Bus terminus. Quite a few buses will take you back wherever you want to go!


Zimmerman's Loop Section 8 : ​Eastern Harbour Walk (維港東段)

Duration:  8 km (3h)

Difficulty: 1/10. Flat.

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 1 liter. 0% shaded. 

Appreciation: 8/10. Very nice harbour views.

Exercise Area: Yes

Transportation:  Shau Kei Wan MTR, exit D1. Return via Wan Chai ferry, or Wan Chai MTR.

Why it's worth it:
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Shau Kei Wan MTR, exit D1. Just walk straight towards the harbour. 

Take the pedestrian tunnel about 60m after D1, to cross Oi Lai Street

Just out of the tunnel, you will see the Alrich Bay park and the Tam Kung Temple on your right. With the temple on your right, walks towars the harbourfront


Just follow the harbourfront

You can either walk in front of these big residential estates (Grand Promenade) or behind

We walk in front, so just head right at the corner onto Tai Hong Street, heading back to the harbourfront

You will be walking along the harbourfront promenades for a good 1.5km...


...until you reach this point, at Hoi Yu Street, where you leave the harbourfront.

Leaving Hoi Yu Street, turning right into Java Road for about 600m



Turn right on Tin Chiu street...

... then left at the end of Tin Chiu street, back onto the boardwalk.

Crazy Hong Kong person, a.k.a Dan Lau

Turn left at the end of the boardwalk...

... then right at the lights, crossing Tong Shui road so you can walk to Wharf road.

Wharf Road, for about 1km


You will see the City Garden Park on your right, just before Power street on which you will take a left, then right on the next street, onto Electric road.

Electric road for about 500m

Cross the street, then right into Gordon Road


Back on the harbourfront

Noonday gun

Head right onto Hung Hing road so you can cross over the Cross Harbour Tunnel




Back on the harbourfront for the last few hundred meters before you complete the walk at the Wan Chai ferry pier




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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!