Monday, February 28, 2022

Tung Chung MTR to Scenic Hill (觀景山)


(3 kilometers)

Difficulty: 2/10 76m max elevation. 

Cel phone coverage: 100%

Water needs: 0.5 litre

Appreciation: 6/10

Transportation: Tung Chung MTR, exit 'B'

Why it's worth it:

Map & Details: 

Exercise Area: No
Tung Chung MTR Exit 'B'

Go through the park

Take the pedestrian overpass, then walk along the road to the bridge leading to the airport.

Theer will be stairs on your right shortly after the bridge with a big green sign announcing the  way to 'Scenic Hill'

Tai O to Phoenix mountain (尖峰山), then Eagle mountain (牙鷹山), loop back to Tai O

(8 kilometers)

Difficulty: 6/10 363m max elevation. 

Cel phone coverage: 100%

Water needs: 1.5 liter

Appreciation: 8/10

Transportation: Get to Tai O via bus 11 from Tung Chung

Why it's worth it:

Map & Details: 

Exercise Area: No
Right off the bus, walk back on Tai O road in the direction the bus came from.

After 12-15 minutes into the hike and 700m, you will reach that bridge.
Turn right into the road just before it.

At the next fork, take a right instead of following the path along the river

The path will go up after another 100m and you will take the metal stairs on your right.
All the way up!

Head left at the top of the metal stairs.

You will go around on the left of the fenced buildings, then, immediately after, there's a path going down and one on the right. Take the one on the right.

About an hour into the hike and having climbed the first little hill, you will reach this point where the trail goes to the left, and to the right. The left goes to the relic of a statue.
Head right.

You should reach the Lantau trail 15 minutes later. Head left but the continuation of your trail is then immediately to you right. It is marked by a yellow ribbon around a tree.

You just have to follow the trail afterwards for about 1.7km, you will then be going down and...

...reach this point which is where you reconnect to the Lantau trail. Head right.

Another 1.75km or so, after downhill zig-zags, you will reach the shore and the trail to Tai O.
Head right.

As you arrive at the little village before Tai O (Fan Kwai Tong), you will see the pedestrian bridge (above pic). Take it and it will get you back to your starting spot.

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Red Incense Rock (紅香爐峰), Sir Cecil's ride's stream, then Jardine's Sky Gallery (渣甸山懸空棧道), to Wung Nai Chung gap road


(7.5 kilometers)
3h15 hours

Difficulty: 6/10 323m elevation gain. 

Cel phone coverage: 99%

Water needs: 1.5 liter

Appreciation: 8/10. 

Transportation: To Braemar Hill via buses and minibus 23B, 25, 25A, 27, 81A, 85, 85P, 108. Return @ Wung Nai Chung gap road via several buses at the stop.

Why it's worth it:

Map & Details: 

Exercise Area: No
Right off the bus (it is the terminus), cross the street and take the path down on the left of the school. Just follow the stairs and path afterwards

We will be looping back here but for the moment, keep going straight so we can go to the Red Incense Burner rock.

About 400m into the hike, you will get to this fork. Go to the right towards the Red Insense Bruner rock.

May atop Red Incense Burner rock. About 100m from the fork.

Retrace your steps towards where you came until you reach this point.
Take a right.

Just before the bridge, enter the stream and do a little bit in the stream, and some along when you cannot do it dry.

You will eventually reach this pavilion, go around on the right, then re-enters the stream immediately on the left.

Keep going and you will eventually see the radio antenna in front of view.
At that point, you are almost done in the stream

At the end of the stream, head right.

Up the stairs and then left. The radio antenna station will be visible on your right.

Getting close to the quarry...

After the curb past the quarry, take the stairs on your left.

At the top of the stairs, head right.

Right after the gallery.

Go straight, don't be tempted to go left or right even though the signs indicate Wung Nai Chung Gap.

Almost at Hong Kong Parkview (visible in the distance). 
Once you reach the road, head right and continue until you hit Wung Nai Chung Gap road. The bus stop is right in front of you.

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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!