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:

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!