Dragon’s Back Hike

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Times flew by just as if you were fasting forward the video cassette, 6 months back into home land but yet I cannot forget how easy access Hong Kong is for hiking. You can hike any peak on any given good weather weekend without any advanced planning. Unlike my Brecon Beacons hike in September, took 3 days off for hiking.

Having been real slow with sharing some of my Hong Kong highlights, I pull myself to write up the hikes now esp its the best season in HK right now to hike. Hong Kong is still standing at above 25C degree, making it the perfect time to explore the nature again.

And here I am, sharing one of my beloved hikes in HK that I have experienced… The Dragon’s Back.

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All hidden before sunnies, I am sure my friends wouldn’t mind I shared this photos on my blog! There you go, a bad example of hiking gear was to wear converse to hike. Make sure you wear shoes with good support to your ankle for any hikes.

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Off we go, we took the bus to Shau Kei Wan MTR, Exit A3 towards the bus stop, for bus 9 towards Shek-O, alight at To Tei Wan on Shek O Road where you will see the hike sign that we took a selfie from.

From that starting point, we decided to finish the hike at Shek-O and aiming to hop on the Tai Long Wan (Big Wave Bay) for a dip of water to end our day. Literately, as soon as you start the hike you will not get lost, but rather crowded with loads of hikers around.

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That day was a warm day with loads of clouds blocking the sun, else I am sure I will get burn like crazy!  The path are all clear without any shelters, so you have to make sure you’re sunscreen covered, visor or hats ready for this harsh sun. Think HK has the deadly sunshine compare to UK…

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Look at the landscape views that you get from this hike,  any hard work is worth it right?

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And yes, our aim was to walk down hill to the Tai Long Wan (Big Wave Bay) and there its where we was aiming.

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Time flies when you’re having fun, a few more jokes, resting stops for the nice view, viola, we arrived at the bay to enjoy some chilled out by the bay. Enjoyed a few snacks by the stall nearby, brought a red bean ice lolly and sat by the bay….

Some useful information
Starting point:
From MTR Shau Kei Wan Station Exit A3, take bus 9 at Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus to To Tei Wan, Shek O Road.
End point: Walk from Tai Long Wan to Shek O. Then take bus 9 at Shek O Road back to Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus. From here, public transport is available to other destinations.
Distance: 3 km over duration 2 to 3 hours depending on your pace

Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail Hike

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Hong Kong once again is a hiking heaven. The easy accessible hiking trails on your weekend is as easy as finding a cafe alike. You can decide to hike on your last minute decision and still can make a day out of it.

I want to tick of all the major trails (obviously i did not! hahah) and hence we went for something more of a distance and interesting; in the end we went for this Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail 元荃古道 which is “a trail linking Yuen Long and Tsuen Wan in the New Territories of Hong Kong. The trail was the major trail for travelling between two major towns for villages trading their necessaries before the completion of Castle Peak Road.” (Ref. Wikipedia).

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We started off from Tsuen Wan MTR station, walked further up got to this deserted car park and think errr…??

Then we found the staircase (to the heaven!) of the start of the Tsuen Wan Ancient Trail sign and my god… I have not walked that many stairs for a very long time until this and We’ve managed our way up and this is the point were your bottom gets a little stiff.

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Walk further a bit we got to a bit of a rough path which was quite steep up and until you get to the more paved path route; though this is still going uphill.. and we get to the point where we see this further uphill path. We went on a dry good sunny day and I was sweating finally in Hong Kong…

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The uphill section wasn’t hard but it does give you a good bottom workout. When you reach this part of the trail, the scenic that you get to see is amazing and rewarding! What’s that hard work?

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We chilled a little bit at this location for some fun and back shots, can still smile as I am standing up…

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Look at how close the mother nature and the urban city is from this hiking trail.. isn’t it amazing? It felt like how if you’re step away you can reach the city by an arm reach length ….

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Wow…. you get to see the two major bridge that connects the islands together!

Overall the hike was mostly on paved paths and in some parts you get to share the path with cars. The hike was pretty steadily and manageable for any beginner. However, in around more than half way of the trail we realised we are pretty much out of waters and decided that we should cut short the hike which we ended up to Sham Tseng instead of Yuen Long. And what’s famous there… I had a gorgeous meal of the infamous roasted goose!

What do we exercise for? to eat…. speechless!

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In general, this trail was not difficult at all for any beginners but my advise would be to bring with you at least 2 litre of waters. It was a big mistake that we did not take enough water for us. And do make sure you have enough some sun protection ie hat, visor and suntan lotion and some enthusiastic to enjoy this trail!!!! =)

Some useful information
Starting Point – 
Take the buses from Tsuen Wan MTR Station to Allway Gardens. Alternatively, take public transport to Castle Peak Road and walk for 20 minutes to Allway Gardens.
KMB – 39M Allway Gardens – Tsuen Wan MTR Station
Distance – 12.5km over duration of 5.5 hours

Lung Ha Wan Country Park Trail

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Most people understand as a city that’s full of sky scrapers and neighbour area full of housing estates but the least you know is that Hong Kong has amazing green lands. Although, I didn’t do as many trails I would want within the 6 months that I was there but there are some unforgettable trails that I went on and definitely has been an eye opening experience to what country side of Hong Kong can offers.

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I went on this hike via meetup.com on Hong Kong Hiking Group, the trail organiser and assistants at the hike were amazing. Guided the hike all the way and make sure everyone is at the similar pace and ensure the same number of people are there from start to finish.

Beginning of the hike was a little too much of stairs, how on earth you do a nature hike on stairs I wonder, this is totally different to any UK hike that I have been on. Once I was 1/3 up, not to the summit but almost, the scenery that I have got rewarded was breathe taking.

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Took a photo with the girl, Sophia, that was queuing next to me before we got on the bus. She is such a nice girl with a more western mindset in comparison to local Hong Konger I would say. Quite enjoyable talking to people mixed age and widen my perspective on what kids nowadays thinking like..

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Would you not say these scenery is amazing?

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I went wonder how people lives in villages, must be quite tiring travelling so far for the city.

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Once we made up to the summit, there were some areas that were pretty easy and flat. We admire the scenery that we got rewarded and starting to hike downhill and reach the Lung Ha Wan aka Lobster Bay.

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We took some group photo for the meetup website and we quickly ran off for our own sport outfit shoots (hahahhaaa~~~~~~). In fact, I have taken more photos with myself in it than scenic only on this hike. Pretty good to have Sophia on board.

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Great hike. Hong Kong Government has made some really good website for hiking info, below I have included the official hiking link to this hike. Please do check out other routes while you’re there.

Lung Ha Wan Trail – Hiking gov reference

Trail information
Bus journey – Diamond Hill Plaza Holloway; Take Bus 91 and get off at Tai Au Mun Road: Journey should take around 40 -45 mins
Hiking route – Start off at Tai Au Mun Road, walk for 10-15 mins to the starting point of the Lobster Bay Country Trail; takes about 25-30 mins to reach to summit; another 30 mins down and walk back to the Tai Au Mun Road
Hike statistics – 5 km, total ascent 200 m, estimated time 2.5 hours
Finishing Point transport – You can catch Bus 91 and travel back to Diamond Hill Plaza Hollywood to take the MTR/Taxi/Buses for your next destination.