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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Little Hawaii Falls dry hike (小夏威夷瀑布)

 Duration: 

4 km (1h15)

Difficulty: 
4/10. 

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 1 liter. 90% shaded

Appreciation: 8/10. Nice and easy hike with nice waterfalls.

Exercise Area: No

Transportation: Exit 'C', Po Lam MTR station. Return via bus KMB 91 to Diamond Hill MTR station, Green minibus 1 to Choi Hung MTR. Actually, there are tons of buses and minibuses at 2 stops at the end point. https://www.hkemobility.gov.hk/

Why it's worth it:



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At Po Lam MTR, use exit 'C' which is the one immediately in front of you once you have past the turnstiles.
Then immediately head right on Mau Yip Road

Mau Yip road

After 200m or so, you'll reach the end of Mau Yip road.
Cross the road and turn left onto Po Fung Road.


After another 200m, you will reach this point where you see a tunnel that goes under Po Hong Road. Don't take the tunnel, instead, head right on the path that parallels Po Hong Road.

After about 400m where you will have walk past the Po Tsui Park (on your right), you will reach this other tunnel which goes under Po Lam Road. Take it. You are about 5 minutes away from the beginning of the stream



As you get closer, you will see a waterfall in a distance (top encircled) as you enter the Tseung Kwan O village. You will also see a roundabout (bottom encircled)






About 1.8km into the hike, 25-30 minutes (from MTR exit 'C').
Head left to go see the Lin Yuen Terrace Falls



Lin Yuen Terrace Falls bridge

There's a waterfall on your left but you can't see it unless you go down on the rocks, on the left

And you will see these falls... quite nice

Upstream on the other side of the bridge, just hop on the rocks and about 20m out, you will see...

... these falls. Very very nice!

Once you are done, retrace your steps to the fork and the keep going on Little Hawaii trail (left)


At the next bridge, you can go downstream and on top of the waterfalls. Not has impressive as going up the falls but the only way to get that is to stream trek it.

Keep going. Not major waterfalls afterwards...








Clear Water Bay Road. Head left to the bus stops

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Po Lam MTR loop via Little Hawaii stream (小夏威夷瀑布) and Razor Hill (Che Kwu Shan - 鷓鴣山)

Duration: 

8.2 km (4.5 hours)

Difficulty: 
8/10

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 2 liter. 70% shaded

Appreciation: 10/10. Great waterfalls and very nice views of Sai Kung and Tseung Kwan O


Exercise Area: Some basic ones (chin-up bars)

Transportation: Po Lam MTR station; there and back!

Why it's worth it:

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Razor hill in itself is not very difficult. But doing it right after climbing all the waterfalls in the Little Hawaii stream is a bit more of a challenge...

Start with the instructions for Little Hawaii stream, from Po Lam MTR:

Only difference is that at the end, instead of turning left towards all the bus stops, you will be turning right towards Razor Hill Road and walk for 1.2km.

Then, you can follow the Razor Hill instructions:

Enjoy!

Razor Hill (Che Kwu Shan - 鷓鴣山)

Duration: 

3.7 km (1.75 hours)

Difficulty: 
6/10

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 1.5 liter. 80% shaded

Appreciation: 9/10. Very nice views of Sai Kung and Tseung Kwan O


Exercise Area: Some basic ones (chin-up bars)

Transportation: PIK UK prison stop. There are tons of buses and minibuses that stop there (1, 1A, 11, 11B, 91, 91M, 92, etc). Check-out https://www.hkemobility.gov.hk/Return via Po Lam MTR station. 

Why it's worth it:
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Get off at the Pik Uk (prison) stop. Then take the pedestrian walkway over the road and keep going in the same direction the bus was going (towards Sai Kung)

Shell station @ Razor Hill Road is on the right is about 50m away. Take a right on Razor Hill Road.


Right behind the Shell station, there's a grocery store, if you want to stock-up on water and munchies


At the very end of Razor Hill Road, you will find this dead-end with a narrow pedestrian path on the left. Take it

You will find a little park with a gazebo and benches. The path is behind. It is quite steep but relatively short (about 400m distance, and 110m ascent)

The very top!

Descending now

Keep left

Left still

Go left young man!

Straight

Done! Mostly...




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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!