Welcome to Roz's Hiking Pages.

We are a friendly hiking group based in Hong Kong who do regular free weekly hikes, all over Hong Kong. Our hikes range from easy to difficult, so please take a moment of your time to read the information on this website before joining a hike. Any questions, let us know and we hope to see you soon.
PAST WALKS - AUTUMN
Listed below are past walks we`ve done through various years in Sept, Oct & Nov.

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SUN 27 OCT 2002: AROUND SHEK PIK RESERVOIR, LANTAU
Fairly easy walk. Mostly shaded with some nice views of the reservoir. We'll get off the bus on the west side of the reservoir and start along Lantau Trail stage 8 and then turn onto Keung Shan country trail up to join Lantau Trail stage 4. Up the hill towards the Big Buddha but turning right onto the 'orange' trail at the information point. After the walk we can have a late lunch at Mui Wo before catching the ferrry home.


Meeting Point: 9.20 at Lantau ferry pier for the 9.30 ferry to Mui Wo.
SUN 3 NOV 2002: SUNSET PEAK, LANTAU TRAIL STAGE 2
Good workout during the 600m climb to the top for a great view of Lantau (if it's not cloudy at the top). We'll take the bus to the start of stage 2 and finish at Pak Kung Au.


Meeting Point: 9.20 at Lantau Ferry pier for 9.30 ferry to Mui Wo
SUN 10 NOV 2002: CASTLE PEAK
We'll take bus #961 to Tuen Mun. We'll begin with a few hours of climbing steps to mount Castle Peak and view the remote far-western part of Hong Kong. From there we'll follow the ridge tops and join the old road through barren territory, unique in Hong Kong. The old road connects to the Western shore, where we'll find restaurants and minibuses.


Meeting Point: 9:00 am Admiralty at the bus stops in front of Pacific Place
SUN 17 NOV 2002: AROUND PLOVER COVE
A really beautiful walk - although a little long. We'll take a taxi to Tai Mei Tuk and start along the main dam, finishing at Wu Kau Tang (Bride's pool)


Meeting Point: 9.00 at Tai Po market MTR
SUN 24 NOV 2002: PLOVER COVE (BEACH WALK VIA LAI CHI WO)
We'll hike from Bride's Pool in Plover Cove Country Park to the ocean-side at Sam A Chung campground, then to Lai Chi Wo village and back to Bride's Pool Road at Luk Keng on Starling Inlet. We'll see waterfalls, sandy bays, an old temple, an ancient walled village, rice fields and woods. It's a long one with ups and downs throughout and we have lots of travelling to do, so make sure you allow all day for full enjoyment.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Tai Po MTR station, inside the station at the exit for the bus terminus
SUN 28 SEPT 2003: MUI WO TO PUI O (LANTAU 12)
We'll catch the ferry to Mui Wo and start walking straight off the ferry following the Lantau Trail stage 12 to Pui O. Finish with a late lunch somewhere on Lantau before catching the ferry back home. Maybe a dip in the ocean?


Meeting Point: Lantau Ferry Pier in Central 9.20am for the 9.30am ferry to Mui Wo.
SUN 5 OCT 2003: CLEARWATER BAY WALK
We'll take a taxi from the MTR to Clearwater Bay road and from there walk over the hills above Clearwater bay on the left and Tseung Kwan O on the right finishing near Clearwater bay golf course for a late lunch in Po Toi O and/or a swim in Clearwater Bay. This is a fairly easy hike with places to bail out and head for the beach if you are finding it too difficult


Meeting Point: Cheung Kwan O MTR 9.30am
SUN 12 OCT 2003: SHUI LO CHO POOLS, LANTAU
We'll take the bus to the Kwun Yam temple on Tai O Road (past the turnoff for the Buddha), then walk past Ngau Kwo Tin and Lung Tsai Ng Yuen, turn right at Man Cheung Po to Shui Lo Cho, then finish along the waterfront back to Tai O.


Meeting Point: 9.30am Exit B, Tung Chung MTR station (Allow 30 minutes from HK station. Remember the trains only run every 10-15 minutes)
SUN 19 OCT 2003: LUK WU HIKING TRAIL, SAI WAN
We'll catch the bus to the country park and then walk along this trail to the long yellow sands of Sai Wan beach passing by the Luk Wu waterfalls on the way. Of recent historical interest we will be passing near the Lady MacLehose holiday camp where potential SARS victims were quarantined earlier this year. We head back to Sai Kung via taxi or minibus from the Sai Kung Sai Wan road.


Meeting Point: 9.30am Exit C1, Diamond Hill MTR
SUN 26 OCT 2003: SHAM CHUNG TO HOI HA (MAYBE DETOUR TO MT HALLOWS)
So yes, this is an afternoon walk. The ferry takes us to the isolated Sham Chung Pier ($20) where we walk through some remote, but surprisingly well maintained villages. The trail climbs up through stands of bamboo and trees to Nam Shan Tung and Pak Sha O before descending to Hoi Ha. There we can feed ourselves on traditional fare. Better if you can bring a torch as we will probably finish eating after sundown. Don't worry, we will be getting on a minibus or taxi to return. I need to know if you are coming as I need to book the restaurant and the minibus/taxi for good measure.


Meeting Point: University MTR 2:45 pm (Do not be late as we have to get to the Ma Lui Shui Ferry Pier for 3:15 ferry. (15 mins from the MTR).NOTE FERRY IS NOW AT 3.00PM (we missed it on this day and walked from Shatin to the start of Lion Rock Walk instead)
SUN 2 NOV 2003: LAUTAU TRAIL STAGE 4 AND NEI LAK SHAN (ABOVE THE BIG BUDDHA)
We'll catch the ferry to Mui Wo and then the bus to the start of the trail. The trail winds gently above Shek Pik reservoir to the Big Buddha and then more sharply up to the fifth highest mountain in Hong Kong, 751m Nei Lak Shan (which is much lower than neighbouring Lantau peak (934m). After taking photos of hopefully stunning views of Lantau we'll make our way back down to the big Buddha for a late dinner and home


Meeting Point: Lantau Ferry Pier in Central 9.20am for the 9.30am ferry to Mui Wo
SUN 9 NOV 2003: YUEN LONG ANCIENT TRAIL AND LIN FA SHAN TO TSEUN KAN AU
We will catch a bus (short distance) to the beginning of the trail. The beginning is up and away, but once we climb up the first steps and hill, it's not bad at all. Great views including Tsing Ma Bridge at the start. The walk involves a few twists and turns, and we have been known to get lost in this area before - but there are some beautiful views and it should be a good walk


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Tsuen Wan MTR, exit which points to big buses (exit A)
SUN 16 NOV 2003: CHI MA WAN PENINSULA, LANTAU
We'll take the bus to start walking at Pui O and along the lovely little concrete path through the fields hopefully seeing some buffaloes along the way. And then on paved roads till we come to the start (end of Mui-Wo to Pui-O track). Then if I remember correctly it's UPWARDS for quite a while, first through a forest until we get to some rocks to sit and admire the view. Then down and up again till another lovely spot. And well, you get the picture. I would say moderate to strenuous with a small 's' because of the up at beginning and the time taken.


Meeting Point: Lantau Ferry Pier in Central 9.20am for the 9.30am ferry to Mui Wo
SUN 23 NOV 2003: RAZOR BACK OR TAI TO YAN
We take the bus 64K which takes us to Kadoorie Farm. The trail starts opposite. The first 30 minutes is hard going (more than a few huffs and puffs), as we climb up the path to the ridge (566m), but it is worth the effort. The walk along the ridge offers magnificent views. The hike finishes off at Fanling MTR station.


Meeting Point: 10.00 Tai Po Market (1 hour from Central!)
SUN 30 NOV 2003: PO LO CHE (NEAR SAI KUNG) TO WONG NAI TAU
We'll catch a minibus to just before Sai Kung bus station and start walking from there up and over Buffalo hill, joining MacLehose stage 4 for a while and then leaving it again to head down the hill to Wong Nai Tao from where we can get a bus to Shatin MTR


Meeting Point: 9.30 Choi Hung MTR Exit B
SUN 19 SEPT 2004: PENG CHAU ISLAND
We can completely circumnavigate the island and then have a bite to eat in the village, and it won't be too taxing in case it is hot.


Meeting Point: 9:20am at the Peng Chau ferry pier for the 9:30 ferry to Peng Chau
SUN 26 SEPT 2004: SHEK PIK TO SHUI HAU, LANTAU ISLAND
This is a short walk with a few ups and downs and quite a bit of shade, plus a beach! From Mui Wo we'll take the bus to Shek Pik and then walk on the Lantau Trail Stage 9 which rounds Shek Mun Shan, dipping down to the beach at Lo Kei Wan and finishing at Shui Hau. Let's have a snack on the beach, maybe a swim, and then head back to Mui Wo for second lunch.


Meeting Point: 9:20 am at the Mui Wo ferry pier for the 9:30 ferry to Lantau
FRIDAY OCT 1, 2004: SAI WAN BEACH (NR MACLEHOSE STAGE 2)
We'll taxi to the end of Sai Kung Sai Wan Road and then take an easy 45 minute walk to Sai Wan Beach. Once there we will swim (definitely bring a swim suit and towel). We may explore the pools on Kap Man Hang stream and maybe eat some noodles at the dai pai dong. Bring a snack in case the food isn't up to our standards. The walk will be cancelled if it is raining.


Meeting Point: 9:30 Choi Hung MTR Station, Exit C
SUN 3 OCT 2004: SHUI LO CHO POOLS, LANTAU
We'll take the bus to the Kwun Yam temple on Tai O Road (past the turnoff for the Buddha), then walk past Ngau Kwo Tin and Lung Tsai Ng Yuen, turn right at Man Cheung Po to Shui Lo Cho, then finish along the waterfront back to Tai O.


Meeting Point: 9.20am at ferry pier in Central to Mui Wo, Lantau to catch the 9.30 ferry to Mui Wo
SUN 10 OCT 2004: CLEARWATER BAY WALK/JUNK PEAK
We'll take a taxi from the MTR to Clearwater Bay road and from there walk over the hills above Clearwater bay on the left and Tseung Kwan O on the right finishing near Clearwater bay golf course for a late lunch in Po Toi O and/or a swim in Clearwater Bay. This is a fairly easy hike with places to bail out and head for the beach if you are finding it too difficult


Meeting Point: Hang Hau MTR Exit A, 9.30am
SUN 17 OCT 2004: CANOEING TRIP
We are going to the Sai Sha Water Sports Centre in Sai Kung www.sai-sha.com There are 7 singles and 7 doubles as well as some open ones so sign up early if you want to be sure of a place. Singles are 180 HKD for the day and doubles are 270 HKD. People with less experience should go for the open canoes which are a bit more expensive at about 400 (neg) for 2 people. You can pay on the day. We will canoe out to High Island or Leung Sheun Wan where we will stop at a restaurant for lunch and then canoe back -about two hours each way. We get the canoes for six hours so that gives us about an hour and a half for lunch. We recommend you bring as little as possible, leave valuables at home and if you must bring your phone etc make sure it is wrapped up well (zip-lock bags are good). Also wear clothes that will dry quickly if they get wet (no heavy jeans!). Hopefully, none of us will capsize but it is better to be prepared.


Meeting Point: 9.30am Choi Hung MTR and take a bus to the centre
SUN 24 OCT 2004: THE TWINS (WILSON STAGE 1)
An afternoon hike for a change. We'll hike up violet hill and over the steep twin peaks and finish in Stanley for an early dinner.


Meeting Point: 2.00pm Parkview lobby (Parkview is in the centre of Hong Kong Island - approx HK$60 taxi from Central)
SUN 31 OCT 2004: PLOVER COVE PEAK TOUR
We'll taxi to Wu Kau Tang and then search for the high route to climb Fan Kei Tok. We'll follow the ridge to Tiu Tan Lung and then drop down to the north towards Lai Chi Wo, the old walled village. From Lai Chi Wo it's a familiar and relatively easy trail via Kuk Po to end at Luk Keng. We won't resist the noodles at those two competing restaurants near the minibus stop.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Tai Po MTR Station
SUN SEPT 4, 2005: MUI WO TO PUI O, LANTAU ISLAND
We'll take the low route along the waterfront from Mui Wo to Chi Ma Wan Road and then to Pui O beach where we'll stop for a swim and/or cool showers. The walk will be mostly flat but quite exposed. Pui O beach is very pretty with paddy fields and fish-filled lagoons nearby. Bring a snack and your swimmers. Maybe we'll have lunch nearby or in Mui Wo before heading home.


Meeting Point: Lantau Ferry Pier in Central 9.20am for the 9.30am ferry to Mui Wo
SUN SEPT 11 2005: TAI LAM CHUNG RESERVOIR TO SHAM TSENG
We'll take a bus out to Tai Lam Kok off Castle Peak Road and walk up to the Tai Lam Chung Reservoir near the Women's Correctional Institute. We'll follow the shady winding path along the reservoir to the Kat Hing Bridge. Then we'll take the Tai Lam Nature Trail over to Sham Tseng?you know the place where they have that delicious roast goose restaurant. The route is quite long but mostly shaded and gentle. Bring plenty of water and a snack as our second lunch in Sham Tseng will be quite late.


Meeting Point: 9:00am Admiralty bus stops West bound outside Pacific Place on Queensway
SUN SEPT 18, 2005: SHUI LO CHO POOLS (LANTAU ISLAND)
We'll take the bus to the Kwun Yam temple on Tai O Road (past the turnoff for the Buddha), then walk past Ngau Kwo Tin and Lung Tsai Ng Yuen, turn right at Man Cheung Po to Shui Lo Cho. We need to leave the path at the bridge with the brown painted rails (see photos). After swimming in a choice of pools you finish along the waterfront back to Tai O. The hike is not too taxing but the descent by the waterfall is a steep scramble. Bring your swimming gear.


Meeting Point: 9:20 at the Central Ferry Piers for the 9:30 ferry to Mui Wo
SUN SEPT 25, 2005: LANTAU TRAIL STAGES 5-8
We'll take the ferry to Mui Wo and then bus to Tai O. After we see Shek Pik on our right, the bus turns right and goes uphill. We get off the bus just before the top of the hill and then follow stages 5 and 6 to Tai O. We will then follow stages 7 and 8 to Shek Pik Reservoir where we can catch the bus back to Mui Wo. Option to leave the trail at Tai O for those wanting a shorter walk.


Meeting Point: 9:20 at the Central Ferry Piers for the 9:30 ferry to Mui Wo
SUN OCT 2, 2005: LANTAU TRAIL STAGES 9-12
We'll take the ferry to Mui Wo and then the Tai O bus to Shek Pik Reservoir. We will follow the mostly flat but undulating walk on stage 9 to Shui Hau, walk along the catchwater on stage 10 to the Tung Chung Road, continue along a catchwater on stage 11 to Pui O, and finally take stage 12 all the way to the Mui Wo Ferry Pier. There will be several opportunities to leave the trail early for anyone wanting a shorter walk.


Meeting Point: 9:20 at the Central Ferry Piers for the 9:30 ferry to Mui Wo
SUN OCT 9, 2005: WILSON TRAIL STAGE 4 AND KOWLOON PEAK
We'll take a minibus towards Sai Kung getting off on Clearwater Bay Road near Man King Terrace. We'll follow the Wilson Trail through some lovely woods eventually climbing Tung Yeung Shan near Tate's Pass. From there we'll climb Kowloon Peak on some rougher trails and hopefully find a route all the way down to Hammer Hill and the Choi Hung MTR station. Our route around Kowloon Peak will vary depending on the condition of the trails.


Meeting Point: 9:30 at Choi Hung MTR Station, Exit C inside the station
SUN OCT 16, 2005: PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR CIRCUIT
We'll join the Trailwalker training team for the first leg of their walk in Plover Cove Country Park. This is a very scenic walk as we follow the ridgeline around Plover Cove Reservoir ending at Wu Kau Tang. The beginning is dead flat along the road over the dam. Slowly the pace builds as we climb up and down several steep hills with some rough patches. If you're still raring to go after 6 hours, you can continue with the keeners as they circumnavigate the park ending in Luk Keng.


Meeting Point: 9:15am at Tai Po Market MTR or 10:00 at Tai Mei Tuk car park
SUN OCT 23, 2005: HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR/ MACLEHOSE TRAIL STAGE 1 AND STAGE 2
We'll bus it to Pak Tam Chung and start walking. The first 2-3 hours around High Island Reservoir are completely flat and paved but exposed. The tough stuff comes later, as we climb up and then down to Long Ke Wan and then over a few more hills to finally meet up with the paved trail leading to Sai Wan Pavilion and the bus back to Sai Kung. Note: Bring extra water on this hike!


Meeting Point: 10:00am at Sai Kung main bus terminal (note late meeting time)
SUN OCT 30, 2005: RAZOR BACK OR TAI TO YAN
We take the bus 64K which takes us to Kadoorie Farm. The trail starts opposite. The first 30 minutes is hard going (more than a few huffs and puffs), as we climb up the path to the ridge (566m), but it is worth the effort. The walk along the ridge offers magnificent views. If the timing is right, we'll have a vegetarian lunch at the Fung Ying Seen Koon monastery right next to Fanling MTR station.


Meeting Point: 9:30 Tai Po Market MTR Station
SUN NOV 6, 2005: SUNSET PEAK, LANTAU TRAIL STAGE 2
Good workout during the 600m climb to the top for a great view of Lantau Island (if it's not cloudy at the top). We'll take a very short bus ride to the start of stage 2 and finish at Pak Kung Au. From there we can bus down the hill to Tung Chung MTR station. Option to continue walking over Lantau Peak an additional 2 hours.


Meeting Point: 9.20 at Lantau Ferry pier for 9.30 ferry to Mui Wo
SUN NOV 13, 2005: BUFFALO HILL
We'll start walking at Sai Kung town up the country park trail to Ngong Ping for our warm-up puff. Next the MacLehose trail takes us over to Buffalo Hill where we will explore the peaks and continue north-westerly. We'll have a choice of trails down towards Ma On Shan. The one to the right is a little rougher but very scenic so our choice will depend on how we feel. It'll be easy to catch a bus or train back to town.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Choi Hung MTR Station, Exit C
SUN NOV 20, 2005: PAT SIN LENG
We'll taxipool to Hok Tau Reservoir and start the steep climb up. The first part is the most difficult! After that, it's up and down, up and down with beautiful views in all directions. The hike finishes in Tai Mei Tuk, where buses go to Tai Po MTR.


Meeting Point: 9:30AM, Fan Ling MTR Station
SUN NOV 27, 2005: MACLEHOSE STAGE 4: MA ON SHAN
We'll start with a shared taxi ride to Gilwell Camp Site.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Choi Hung MTR Station
SATURDAY SEPT 2, 2006: PEAK NIGHT HIKE
We start off going up the Morning Trail (for our purposes an evening trail) and link up to Lugard Road. We do a complete circuit of it and then go down steepish Old Peak Road till we get...to the bottom! Then we will find a watering hole and prop up some bar, location to be decided.


Meeting Point: 5 pm. Star Ferry, Central at bus stop for no. 13 bus next to City Hall
SUNDAY SEPT 10, 2006: SAI KUNG JUNK TRIP
Those islands south east of Sai Kung such as Sharp Island, Bluff island, Town Island, etc. We shall try to find an island with beautiful beach and hopefully less people. We probably can stay there until 3:30 p.m. and then we shall head for Sha Kiu to have our late lunch. After that, we shall go back to Sai Kung Pier and dismiss.

Information:

Max. people on board: 20
Price: $3,200- to be shared, not including lunch.
Things to Remember:

(1) Please stay out of the water if you`re not a good swimmer. It`s because there`s no speed boat to bring you back and forth from the junk to the beach.
(2) The junk rental cost is HK$ 3,200-. To make life simple, I`ll divide the rental cost by the number of people who actually show up. Parents with kids are also required to pay for each of the kids they bring along, at full adult price.
(3) There are already around a dozen of people who actually signed up. But still, people may not show up at the last minute. So, you may be required to pay a price higher than your expectation. Please take this into account before you decide to join.
(4) The price does not include the late lunch cost and it`s up to you guys whether you like to have the late lunch. (5) We do not provide any food or drinks during the trip. Please bring along whatever you need to have, since we shall not have the late lunch until 4:00 p.m.
(6) Last but not least, you're not insured against any kind of accident that might happen during the trip, and hence please take extreme care of your own self during the trip. Call Amanda or email us to reserve your spot.


Meeting Point: Sai Kung Pier at 9:40am
SUNDAY SEPT 17, 2006: MYSTERY WALK II
Following the success of Jenny's first Mystery Walk, she's offered to do another one. This time it's a complete mystery, but we trust Jenny to take us somewhere interesting and enjoyable.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at "The Bull" at Exchange Square, Central
SUNDAY SEPT 24, 2006: SHUI LO CHO POOLS (LANTAU ISLAND)
Once again by popular demand we'll visit some of our favorite pools. We'll take the bus to the Kwun Yam temple on Tai O Road (past the turnoff for the Buddha), then walk past Ngau Kwo Tin and Lung Tsai Ng Yuen, turn right at Man Cheung Po to Shui Lo Cho. We'll leave the path at the bridge with the brown painted rails (see photos). After swimming in a choice of pools we'll finish along the waterfront back to Tai O. The hike is not too taxing but the descent by the waterfall is a steep scramble. Bring your swimming gear.


Meeting Point: 9:20 at the Central Ferry Piers for the 9:30 ferry to Mui Wo
SUNDAY OCT 1, 2006: WILSON TRAIL STAGE 3 (DEVIL'S PEAK AND BLACK HILL)
We'll start with a long climb to Devil's Peak overlooking Junk Bay. The trail continues up and down along ridge tops, over Black Hill, past some old villages and finally to Clearwater Bay Road.


Meeting Point: 9:30 at Yau Tong MTR Station, Exit A2
SUNDAY OCT 8, 2006: AMAH ROCK, LION ROCK AND BEACON HILL
We'll follow portions of nature trails, the Wilson Trail and the Maclehose Trail to visit key mountain features in Lion Rock Country Park. Expect the usual ups and downs on mostly good trails. Exact route will depend on our decisions on the day.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Tai Wai MTR Station
SUNDAY OCT 15, 2006: DOLPHIN WATCHING CRUISE AND LANTAU WALK
We'll join the DolphinWatch Tour which takes us by bus to Lantau Island and then on a 'luxury cruiser' to view the pink dolphins in the sea near Chek Lap Kok. After the tour, we'll meet the other hikers at the Deli France in Tung Chung. Then we'll walk from Tung Chung either up the hill to the Big Buddha or along the shoreline towards Tai O, depending on our mood. .


Meeting Point: Tour bus leaving 8:30am at City Hall facing Queen's Pier, or 9:00am outside Kowloon Hotel. For just the walk, meet at Deli France in the plaza at Tung Chung (overlooking for water feature near the MTR entrance) at 12:30pm.
SUNDAY OCT 22, 2006: HUNT FOR GRANTHAM'S CAMELLIA
We'll take green minibus #82 from Shui Wo Street (a couple of streets south of the station) to the Pineapple Dam. This is an interesting woodland walk, whether we find the tree or not. The walk is moderately difficult, especially the bit where we have to clamber up the stream. See the link above for all the details.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Tsuen Wan MTR Station, Exit
SUNDAY OCT 29, 2006: LEAD MINE PASS & SHING MUN RESERVOIR
The hike starts at the Tai Po Market MTR Station. It's a steep climb up Lead Mine Pass, but once we reach the top, the landscape is flat and the scenery beautiful. We'll walk along Shing Mun Reservoir and choose one of several options for going down the other side. There's a good chance of seeing monkeys.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Tai Po Market MTR Station
SUNDAY NOV 5, 2006: PAT SIN LENG
We'll taxipool to Hok Tau Reservoir and start the steep climb up. The first part is the most difficult! After that, it's up and down, up and down with beautiful views in all directions. The hike finishes in Tai Mei Tuk, where buses go to Tai Po MTR.


Meeting Point: 9:30 at Fan Ling MTR Station, inside near the Maxim's restaurant
SUNDAY NOV 12, 2006: LANTAU PEAK
We'll take the bus from Tung Chung towards Tai O, ride past Pak Kung Au and start walking on the water catchment. From there we'll climb up some ridges to eventually meet the Lantau Trail near Pak Kung Au and then continue to the peak. Big steps are one memorable feature and of course the views can be spectacular as we climb the second highest peak in Hong Kong. Anyone wishing to opt out at this time may do so and spend time at the Big Buddha or take the bus or cable car back to town. The rest of us will continue down to the South Lantau Road where buses go to Mui Wo and Tung Chung.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am Exit A of the Tung Chung MTR station (30 mins from Central and trains run only every 10 mins)
SUNDAY NOV 19, 2006: KAI KUNG LENG
We'll taxi to Mo Fan Hung. We'll find the trail that traverses the whole exposed ridge of Kai Kung Leng with interesting views over the North Western New Territories. This is the fifteenth highest mountain in Hong Kong (585m).It is a little steep and brushy near the end, but not beyond our capabilities. We will finish in the pretty countryside near the Fanling Golf Course


Meeting Point: 9.30am Exit A, Yuen Long MTR Station (West Rail)
SUNDAY NOV 26, 2006: MA ON SHAN TO SAI KUNG
Starting from Kei Ling Ha and the start of the Maclehose Trail Section 4, we get a reasonably good workout as we ascend (and ascend) "Saddle Mountain". Spectacular views, take jacket as often cold on top. After that we can turn right to go down to Sai Kung or continue further on to Gilwell's Campsite and then down to civilization - depends on how energetic we real on the day and if there is time.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Shatin Central Bus Terminus (under Shatin MTR station) where we catch the 299 bus to Sai Kung which drops us directly at the start of the hike.
SATURDAY, SEPT 1: TUNG PING CHAU
We'll be wondering and exploring the island all day as the return ferry is at 5:15pm. More info here; http://www.hkoutdoors.com/outlying-islands/tung-ping-chau.html Bring your swimsuits and shoes for walking in the water on rocks: like rubber sandals, or light runners you can change out of later. There are a few nice coves that we can swim in. Bring food for lunch.


Meeting Point: 8:30am at the University MTR Station, to catch the 9am ferry from from Ma Liu Shui ferry pier, a 15 minute walk.
SUNDAY SEPT 9: TAI TAM PARK EXPLORATION
We'll walk up the hill and down into Tai Tam Country Park. From there we'll tour a series of level trails along water catchments and reservoirs. Towards the end we'll take a refreshing dip at Tai Tam Mound Falls. We'll end at Tai Tam Road where we can catch buses to Chai Wan or Stanley.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at the corner of Wong Nai Chung Gap Road and Tai Tam Reservoir Road (the turn-off for Parkview), near the gas station. To get there, take Bus #6 from Central.
SUNDAY SEPT 16: TAI LAM CHUNG RESERVOIR TO SHAM TSENG
We'll take a bus out to Tai Lam Kok off Castle Peak Road and walk up to the Tai Lam Chung Reservoir near the Women's Correctional Institute. We'll follow the shady winding path along the reservoir to the Kat Hing Bridge. Then we'll take the Tai Lam Nature Trail over to Sham Tseng?you know the place where they have that delicious roast goose restaurant. The route is quite long but mostly shaded and gentle. Bring plenty of water and a snack as our second lunch in Sham Tseng will be quite late.


Meeting Point: 9:00am Admiralty bus stops West bound outside Pacific Place on Queensway
SUNDAY SEPT 23: LANTAU TRAIL STAGE 12 AND SOUTH LANTAU COUNTRY TRAIL
We start hiking in Mui Wo on Stage 12 of the Lantau Trail. The trail is fairly easy with no major climbs. Anyone who wishes to can end the hike on Pui O Beach. If you're game for more, we'll continue on Lantau Trail Stage 11 and then climb up to the South Lantau Country Trail, finishing at Pak Kung Au.


Meeting Point: Central Ferry Pier to Mui Wo, 9:20am for 9:30am ferry
SUNDAY SEPT 30: MYSTERY HIKE
This time we'll explore "mainland" Hong Kong. For those who never "cross the pond" this is your chance to see where the bulk of its residents reside. We'll see the (urban) sights, get some culture, eat some traditional food and other exploring.


Meeting Point: 9.30 am at TST Clocktower (near the Star Ferry)
SUNDAY OCT 7: LEAD MINE PASS, MACLEHOSE 8 AND TAI MO SHAN
This is a beautiful but strenuous hike, so come prepared! After climbing Lead Mine Pass, we go along Maclehose Stage 8 and up Tai Mo Shan, then down to Route Twisk. Those who've had enough can catch the bus to Tsuen Wan. Those who are willing to race the sun can continue with me on Maclehose 9 and the Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail to Tsuen Wan. (If you want to do this latter part, bring a flashlight just in case.)


Meeting Point: Tai Po Market MTR, 9:30am
SUN OCT 14: MACLEHOSE 3
Another 'hard' hike to complement the cooler weather, with beautiful views, and of course some steep ups and downs.


Meeting Point: 9.30 am: Sai Kung main bus terminal near the fountain and public toilets
SUN OCT 21: LANTAU TRAIL AND THE STOEP
We'll hike from Mui Wo along Lantau Trail Stage 12 to Pui O and then on Stage 11 to Cheung Sha Wan. That's about 4 hours so we'll get to the Stoep (restaurant on Cheung Sha beach) around 2:30pm. Wimps can take a later ferry and meet us at the restaurant. We can walk back to the ferry as well ...although it might get dark so maybe bring a flashlight for anyone who wants to do that. Please let us know if you want to come to the restaurant so that we can reserve enough space.


Meeting Point: Central Ferry Pier to Mui Wo, 9:20am for 9:30am ferry
SUN OCT 28: HONG KONG ISLAND HILLS TOUR
We'll start hiking straight from the MTR station, climbing Mount Parker to Tai Fung Au, then up Mount Butler, over to Jardine's Lookout and Parkview, up Violet Hill and then breezing over the 1,000 steps of the Twins. The hike finishes on Stanley Gap Road, where buses go to Stanley or back to Wan Chai and Central. This hike does feature a few early exits.


Meeting Point: 9:30am, Quarry Bay MTR Exit A
SUN NOV 4: SHEK PIK TO TAI O
A longish walk (but easy with only a few minor inclines. We follow the coast of Lantau to the picturesque fishing village of Tai O. We traverse beaches, mangrove marshes, historic Fan Lau fort (first lunch), a Tin Hau temple and prehistoric stone circles. A good walk for walking novices as well as seasoned hands.


Meeting Point: 9:20 am to catch 9.30 am ferry to Mui Wo, then a bus to Shek Pik
SUN NOV 11: PAT SING LENG
We'll taxipool to Hok Tau Reservoir and start the steep climb up. The first part is the most difficult! After that, it's up and down, up and down with beautiful views in all directions (air quality permitting). The hike finishes in Tai Mei Tuk, where buses go to Tai Po MTR.


Meeting Point: 9:30AM, Fan Ling MTR Station
SUN NOV 18: LIN FA SHAN (NEAR LANTAU STAGE 2)
From Tung Chung we'll follow a narrow trail climbing easterly and steeply up to Pok To Yan. We'll follow the dramatic ridgetops over to Lin Fa Shan, one of the highest peaks in Hong Kong. Then we'll descend the many steps (easier than gravel) of the Lantau Trail and take the back route through the woods all the way to Mui Wo. This is one of my favorite hikes.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am Exit A of the Tung Chung MTR station (30 mins from Central and trains run only every 10 mins)
SUN NOV 25: CASTLE PEAK
We'll take bus #962 to Tuen Mun. We'll begin with a few hours of climbing steps to mount Castle Peak and view the remote far-western part of Hong Kong. From there we'll follow the ridge tops and join the old road through barren territory, unique in Hong Kong. The old road connects to the Western shore, where we'll find minibuses.


Meeting Point: 9:00 am Admiralty at the bus stops in front of Pacific Place
SUN SEPT. 7, 2008: SHING MUN WOODS WALK
From Tsuen Wan, ride a mini-bus to the main dam of Shing Mun Reservoir. Start walking along the well-shaded plantation shore and climb another 300 metres up to Tai Shing Stream. Waters flowing among rapids and pools are unpolluted and crystal clear. We'll explore the stream to take a look for the famous Grantham's Camellia tree (guided by Angela). After crossing the stream, enter another wood & walk horizontally to the Lead Mine Pass heading to Tai Po for returning home. Please bring your lunch pack.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Tsuen Wan MTR exit C
SUN SEPT. 21: WATER TUNNEL EXPLORATION, TAI LAM
We'll take a bus out to Tai Lam Kok off Castle Peak Road and meet Keith there. To enter the tunnel, you must bring a torch to ensure not to kick on obstacles such as boulders, broken logs or unidentified objects. Be prepared to meet some shy bats and frogs. Spare a pair of dry shoes as there is a always a chance to get your feet wet. The tunnel walk will last around 10 minutes. If there were rainfalls in previous night making the tunnel flooded with water, would take an alterative to search for pitcher plants which eat insects. Proceed to Yuen Tun camp and Tsing Lung Tau to complete the journey.


Meeting Point: 9:00am Admiralty bus stops West-bound outside Pacific Place on Queensway (Angela will lead the bus ride!)
SUN SEPT. 28, 2008: WANG CHUNG STREAM TREKKING
We'll taxi to Bride's Pool Road and enter the Wang Chung stream. We will then climb upstream via the Dragon Ball Pool to the Pat Sin Leng Nature Trail, and return to Bride's Pool Road before going to Bride's Pool and Mirror Pool. This hike involves some basis rock climbing which, although not technically difficult, is not without risk. Bring your swimmers!


Meeting Point: 9:30 at Tai Po Market MTR Station
SUN OCT 5, 2008: SHEK PIK TO SHUI HAU, LANTAU ISLAND
This is a short walk with a few ups and downs and quite a bit of shade, plus a beach. From Mui Wo we'll take the bus to Shek Pik and then walk on the Lantau Trail Stage 9 which rounds Shek Mun Shan, dipping down to the beach at Lo Kei Wan and finishing at Shui Hau. If the day is right, we can continue to Tong Fuk and then walk along the beach all the way to Cheung Sha Wan. Second lunch at the Stoep maybe?


Meeting Point: 9:20 am at the Mui Wo ferry pier for the 9:30 ferry to Lantau
SUN OCT 12, 2008: JUNK TRIP
We'll go aboard a junk in the morning and make a tour around the beautiful islands in the north-eastern part of Hong Kong. Remember to bring your swimming suit as we definitely will stop somewhere to swim. Besides, we might take the opportunity to explore some of the islands after swimming. So, please bring along with you a pair of sandals good enough for some hiking and climbing. Food and drinks are NOT provided and hence please bring whatever you need to survive the whole day. I'll divide the junk hire charge among the number of people who ACTUALLY show up. So, feel free to bring your friends along.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at University MTR station
SUN OCT 19, 2008: HKG AIRPLANE SPOTTING HIKE
Take a look here for a sneak preview. We will take bus S52 to the first airplane spotting areas where we will thrill to the sight of massive airplanes flying over our heads (even more exciting than butterflies). Later we will travel by boat to Sha Lo Wan. We will enjoy the upper deck because the route is along the 07R/25L runway. From Sha Lo Wan we will walk to another special spotting location and then along the North coast of Lantau towards Tai O. Bring binoculars if you have them.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Tung Chung MTR station, Exit B
SUN OCT 26, 2008: MOUNT STENHOUSE, LAMMA ISLAND
From the ferry pier at Sok Kwu Wan we set off on this walk which follows a loop around Lamma with a detour to the highest peak, Mount Stenhouse (San Tei Tong, 353 m.). The walk takes in two of the most attractive beaches on the island and has excellent coastal scenery throughout. Needless to say we'll eat at one of Lamma's excellent seafood restaurants.


Meeting Point: 9.50 am at the Central Ferry Piers for the 10 am fast ferry to Sok Kwu Wan
SUN NOV 2: OVER THE MOUNTAINS TO TAI O
We'll take the ferry to Mui Wo and then bus to Tai O. After we see Shek Pik Reservoir on our right, the bus turns right and goes uphill. We get off the bus just before the top of the hill and then follow stages 5 and 6 to Tai O.


Meeting Point: 9.30 am at the Central Ferry Piers for the 9:40 ferry to Mui Wo
SUN NOV 9: HUNG SHEK MUN
From Tai Po Market take 20C green minibus to Wu Kau Tang, walk past Kau Tam Tso, then the abandon village at Sheung Miu Tin and Ha Miu Tin. There is a uphill path to Wang Leng and then follow the Plover Cove Country Trail to Tai Tung and Kwun Yam Tung. Along the way to Hung Shek Mun Au turn left and take the downhill path and there is a reservoir in the middle of the way to Hung Shek Mun Tsuen and then there are the "red rocks" along the coast. Afterwards, walk along the coastal trail and cross Wong Chuk Chung, Ma Niu Ho and return to Sheung Miu Tin and Ha Miu Tin. Continuous walk back to Kau Tam Tso and Wu Kau Tang. Remember to bring along enough water and food as there is no store on the whole trail. Also, some part of the trail is quite brushy and rocky and be prepared to take a challenging hike.


Meeting Point: 9:00AM at Tai Po Market MTR station lobby Approx walking time: 7 hours
SUN NOV 16: LIN FA SHAN (NEAR LANTAU STAGE 2)
From Tung Chung we'll follow little-known narrow trail climbing easterly and steeply up to Pok To Yan. We'll follow the dramatic ridge tops over to Lin Fa Shan, one of the highest peaks in Hong Kong. Then we'll descend the many steps (easier than gravel) of the Lantau Trail and take the back route through the woods all the way to Mui Wo. This is one of my favorite hikes.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am Exit A of the Tung Chung MTR station (30 mins from Central and trains run only every 10 mins)
SUN NOV 23: SAI KUNG BUSH-WHACKING EXPLORATION
Take a bus to Pak Tam Au & descend to the small coastal village of Chuk King. Walk from the estuary upstream for a while and will make a detour to climb a slope of Tai Mun Shan via wild paths. The terrain might be rugged and bushy at times, but would be later rewarded with grand views of Tai Long Beach, Sharp Peak and a magnificent stream basin while standing at a saddle seldom touched by any groups. Continue to walk ups and downs thru the undulating slopes to Sai Wan beach where you could dash into the water to cool yourself down if time permits. Bring gloves. Ends up at the Sai Wan Pavilion to share a taxi to Sai Kung.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Sai Kung bus terminus near the shallow pool.
SUN NOV 30: BUFFALO HILL
We'll start walking at Sai Kung town up the country park trail to Ngong Ping for our warm-up puff. Next the MacLehose trail takes us over to Buffalo Hill where we will explore the peaks and continue north-westerly. We'll have a choice of trails down towards Ma On Shan. The one to the right is a little rougher but very scenic so our choice will depend on how we feel. It'll be easy to catch a bus or train back to town.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Sai Kung bus terminus near the shallow pool.
SUNDAY SEPT 13: AFTERNOON UPS AND DOWNS (MACLEHOSE TRAIL, STAGE 3)
We start out with a big "up", and slowly work our way back down encountering some amazing views. Towards the end we encounter another rather intense "up" and then it is all down to the finish. The scenes range from great views into the far off distance to jungle-like hiking. Then we eat.


Meeting Point: 1:30 pm at Sai Kung Bus Terminus, then taxi to start
SUNDAY SEPT 20: KAYAKING AT HOI HA, SAI KUNG
From Sai Kung we will take the minibus (or taxis if need be) to Hoi Ha where we will hire the kayaks (hopefully doubles). We will then paddle away to various locations, hitting a cove or beach or two. We will be swimming for sure at some point, so bring bathers. Also bring water and picnic lunch. As we cannot book the kayaks ahead of time, in case we cannot get the kayaks, we will hike instead. Cost of hire, unsure, but not terribly expensive. At the moment, the weather forecast is for fine weather.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Sai Kung, minibus/taxi terminus by 7-eleven (ie where Choi Hung bus comes in/leaves from)
SATURDAY, SEPT 26: TUNG PING CHAU
We'll be wondering and exploring the island all day as the return ferry is at 5:15pm. More info here; http://www.hkoutdoors.com/outlying-islands/tung-ping-chau.html Bring your swimsuits and shoes for walking in the water on rocks: like rubber sandals, or light runners you can change out of later. There are a few nice coves that we can swim in. Bring food for lunch.


Meeting Point: 8:30am at the University MTR Station, to catch the 9am ferry from from Ma Liu Shui ferry pier, a 15 minute walk.
SATURDAY OCT 3, 2009: LAMMA MOON APPRECIATION HIKE
This is the Mid-Autumn Festival weekend, so let's celebrate the moon (it is supposed to be "full" around this time). First however, well do a circumnavigation of the island, going hither and thither looking at "kamikaze grottoes", bronze-age sites at Sham Wan, wind turbine and whatever else we spy with our beady little eyes. When the sun goes down we'll eat and look at the moon, then catch a ferry back. In addition to water and snacks, you could pack a "moon poem" as traditionally in ancient China, scholars recited poetry at this time.


Meeting Point: 2.30 pm Lamma ferry to Yung Shue Wan at Central Ferry Pier
SUNDAY OCT 4: TAI SHING STREAM LEISURE STREAM TREKKING
Shing Mun Reservoir -> Tai Shing Stream -> (Fatty MacLehose or "Fai Lo Ma" (MacLehose Trail) -> Shing Mun Reservoir


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Tsuen Wan MTR station exit B2 Tsuen Wan MTR station
SUNDAY OCT 11: MA ON SHAN TO SAI KUNG
The weather is getting cooler. Starting from Kei Ling Ha and the start of the Maclehose Trail Section 4, we get a reasonably good workout as we ascend (and ascend) "Saddle Mountain". Spectacular views. After that we can turn right to go down to Sai Kung and civilization (and food).


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Sai Kung bus terminus and we catch the 299 bus or taxi to start.
SUNDAY OCT 18: LIN FA WATERFALLS OR AN EASY HIKE
We shall immediately walk up to the catch-water path at the back of the Tunnel office towards Tai Lam Chung Reservoir. This is a flat and easy walk, apart from the initial climb. Near Kat Hing Bridge we shall enter the Lin Fa lower course, rather flat but deposited with eroded sediments and rocks. Three or more pools associated with waterfalls are embedded along the upper valley which is v-shaped with steep slopes covered by dense woods with no retreating routes. Expect to jump between boulders, grasp on rock crevices or climb overhanging cliffs requiring a bit of dexterity, balance and courage. Some pools might be deep with strong currents. Those who will not like to do the stream-trekking will take a relaxed mountain trail and meet the stream-trekking group at a rendezvous at the top of the valley with a safe escort. The two groups will go down to a Sham Cheng goose restaurant around 5:30 pm where hungry hikers might enjoy a beer or meal.


Meeting Point: 9:45 am at the northbound bus stop after the Tai Lam Tunnel Toll Collection office. Buses from HK Island or Kowloon coming out from the Tai Lam Tunnel to Yuen Long/Tin Shui Wai will all stop there.
SUNDAY OCT 25: SUNSET PEAK THE OTHER WAY
We'll take the bus up to the pass and the hike the steep steps up to Sunset Peak on the Lantau Trail. Apparently there is a hidden reservoir up near the cabins at the top of the ridge, so we'll go off the trail a bit to find that. After some explorations, we'll eat our snacks and lunch on the top and then head back down to Tung Chung via the Country Park Trail. It should be about a 4 hour walk.


Meeting Point: 9:30am Tung Chung MTR Exit B
SUNDAY NOV 1: LIN FA WATERFALLS
We shall immediately walk up to the catch-water path at the back of the Tunnel office towards Tai Lam Chung Reservoir. This is a flat and easy walk, apart from the initial climb. Near Kat Hing Bridge we shall enter the Lin Fa lower course, rather flat but deposited with eroded sediments and rocks. Three or more pools associated with waterfalls are embedded along the upper valley which is v-shaped with steep slopes covered by dense woods with no retreating routes. Expect to jump between boulders, grasp on rock crevices or climb overhanging cliffs requiring a bit of dexterity, balance and courage. Some pools might be deep with strong currents. After the stream, we will go down to a Sham Cheng goose restaurant around 5:30 pm where hungry hikers might enjoy a beer or meal.


Meeting Point: 9:45 am at the northbound bus stop after the Tai Lam Tunnel Toll Collection office. Buses from HK Island or Kowloon coming out from the Tai Lam Tunnel to Yuen Long/Tin Shui Wai will all stop there.
SUNDAY NOV 8: TAI SHING STREAM BOULDER HOPPING
We'll take taxi or minibus to Shing Mun Reservoir, a short walk along the shoreline and then we start scrambling, climbing and balancing all the way up the stream to the trail at the top. Wet feet are possible. The water will be very cold, but the brave ones can dip in the pretty pools. It's clean and beautiful. We've never done the whole thing before, so it's possible there will be some very difficult spots. Those who are less sure of themselves can visit the stream at several spots and take the easy side trail past the upper reaches. Depending on how long we take in the stream, we may also explore a new trail on the other side. Yes, brush is a possibility.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Tsuen Wan MTR station exit A
SUNDAY NOV 15: PAT SENG LENG
We'll taxipool to Hok Tau Reservoir and start the steep climb up. The first part is the most difficult! After that, it's up and down, up and down with beautiful views in all directions (air quality permitting). The hike finishes in Tai Mei Tuk, where buses go to Tai Po MTR. One of Roz's favourite walks.


Meeting Point: 9:30AM, Fan Ling MTR Station near Maxim's Restaurant
SUNDAY NOV 22: LANTAU PEAK TO BIG BUDDHA THEN DOWN TO SHUM WAT ROAD THEN TO TAI O (LANTAU STAGES 3-6)
We walk up loads of big steps and walk down loads of big steps to the Big Buddha - we can pay respects to Mr. B, and eat first lunch, then we can get on down to Shum Wat road and then a nice stoll to Tai O. We can then eat at Tai O or Mui Wo depending on our preference.


Meeting Point: Take 9.40 ferry to Mui Wo and then bus to Tung Chung (or MTR to Tung Chung and bus to Tai O or Mui Wo). Get off the bus just before the top of the hill (towards Tung Chung) where you see the notice board with the Lantau Trail map.
SUNDAY NOV 29: KAI KUNG LENG - ROOSTER RIDGE
We will start with an easy walk to warm-up. We will walk through Kam Tin and see the historical sites in the area: Kat Hing Wai walled village, Kam Tin Tree house and some Tang-clan ancestral halls. This part will take us 45-90 minutes depending on how long we stop to see the sights for. After that we'll start the climb to the Rooster Ridge. The initial climb is very steep and quite taxing but once we reach the top, we'll get great views of Pat Heung valley, Yuen Long, Tin Shui Wai and Shenzhen. The mountain trail is completely exposed to the elements and there is no shelter nor shade from start to finish, so prepare gear properly according to weather forecast. The trail end is in two parts. First we will descent a very steep path from 550 meters to less than 50 meters in just one kilometre's distance and then, second, we'll pass through very dense bushes (proper dress code required to avoid cuts and scratches) on a narrow path to reach a small village. The hike will end at Fan Kam Road where we can take a red minibus (no.18) to Sheung Shui or Kam Tin (close to Kam Sheung Road MTR station) and Yuen Long, or taxi.


Meeting Point: 9:15 am at Kam Sheung Road MTR Station, exit B
SATURDAY SEPT 4: SHUI LO CHO STREAM
We`ll meet in Tung Chung to take a bus to Tai O. Hike begins in Tai O with about 1 1/2 hours walk to the first pool (we will skip the lower part of the stream and take a short-cut directly to the middle). We`ll have a swim in a very big pool and enjoy the spectacular scenery around. We`ll then continue further upstream dipping into at least two additional pools. After the stream, we`ll enter proper trails again which will eventually take us back down to Tai O, and we can also pass by Lung Tsai Ng Yuen if time permits. The hike includes a few steep climbs so bring gloves if you think necessary. Also a very small portion of bushwhacking.


Meeting Point: 9:30 at Tung Chung MTR Station, exit B
SUNDAY SEPT 12, 2010: JUNK TRIP
We'll go aboard a junk in the morning and make a tour around the beautiful islands in the north-eastern part of Hong Kong. Remember to bring your swimming suit as we definitely will stop somewhere to swim. Besides, we might take the opportunity to explore some of the islands after swimming. So, please bring along with you a pair of sandals good enough for some walking and hiking. Food and drinks are NOT provided and hence please bring whatever you need to survive the whole day. I'll divide the junk hire charge among the number of people who ACTUALLY show up. So, feel free to bring your friends along. Book your places by email to Amanda.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at University MTR station
SUNDAY SEPT 19: VILLAGES OF TAI MONG TSAI VALLEY
A heritage Catholic chapel in Wong Mo Ying village hidden deep down the wooded Tai Mong Tsai Valley in Sai Kung has been the secret guerrilla base in WWII to mount resistance operations. It is surrounded by humble villages buried amidst hilly, once cultivated fields and connected by paths covered by forests of fir trees. We shall start walking immediately from the Sai Kung bus terminus following the waterfront and pass through villages of Tai Wan, O Tau, Wong Chuk Wan, Ngong Wo, Shek Hang, Tit Kin Hang, Tam Wat, Sha Tau, and Tai Mong Tsai. Mostly the paths are shaded but bushy. Walking time is around 4.5 hours & the walk is relatively short & easy.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Sai Kung Bus Terminus on the steps near the toilets
SUNDAY SEPT 26: WANG CHUNG STREAM
We`ll take bus 275R to Bride's Pool and walk a few minutes to the entrance of the stream. We`ll stop by the best pools for a swim while we make our way upstream. We`ll eventually get back to the country trail and we can choose to either go back downhill to Bride`s Pool bus stop, or continue the hike slightly longer by walking all the way to Tai Mei Tuk. Please bring your swimmers, gloves (if you need them for the few rock climbs) and be prepared for some brushy areas.


Meeting Point: 9:30am Tai Po Market MTR station lobby
SUNDAY OCT 3: MACLEHOSE TRAIL STAGE 9 AND 10
We will take taxis to the trailhead on Route Twisk and we'll end in Tuen Mun so it's a long walk ... a good warm up the beginning of hiking season. Please bring your lunch, water and snacks for the whole day.


Meeting Point: 9.30 at Tsuen Wan MTR
SUNDAY OCT 10: WILSON TRAIL SECTION 10 NOSTALGIC WALK IN CELEBRATION OF FOUNDERS MONTH
We'll retrace our steps on the first hike ever officially promoted on Roz's site which also happens to be a very nice hike. It's quite easy, apart from the first hill, and very pretty. Since Angela is the leader, there's a chance she'll take the group on some other new trails, as well. Be prepared!


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Tai Po Market MTR Station
SUNDAY OCT 17: KAYAKING AT HOI HA, SAI KUNG
From Sai Kung we will take the minibus (or taxis if need be) to Hoi Ha where we will hire the kayaks (hopefully doubles). We will then paddle away to various locations, hitting a cove or beach or two. We will be swimming for sure at some point, so bring bathers. Also bring water and picnic lunch. As we cannot book the kayaks ahead of time, in case we cannot get the kayaks, we will hike instead. Cost of hire, unsure, but not terribly expensive. Please contact Kim to reserve your spot as spaces are limited.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Sai Kung, Sai Kung Bus Terminus steps near the toilets
SUNDAY OCT 24: FOUNDER'S AUSSIE BBQ
There will be a short hike to the BBQ are at Long Ke Beach, Sai Kung. Come and experience what a real BBQ is like - not the usual HK nonsense! People will have to bring slabs of meat and some tinnies. It may be too cold to bring your cozzies. We can spend time on the beach and walk out leisurely or arrange a taxi pick up back to town. More details will be worked out shortly. Please let us know if you plan to come (in advance). This includes Roz's regulars! Prizes for winners of the Roz's Hiking Trivia Contest!


Meeting Point: Sai Kung Bus station on the steps at 12.30 pm - we'll taxi to the start of the hike
SUNDAY OCT 31: SAI KUNG BUSH-WHACKING EXPLORATION
Take a bus to Pak Tam Au & descend to the small coastal village of Chuk King. Walk from the estuary upstream for a while and will make a detour to climb a slope of Tai Mun Shan via wild paths. The terrain might be rugged and bushy at times, but would be later rewarded with grand views of Tai Long Beach, Sharp Peak and a magnificent stream basin while standing at a saddle seldom touched by any groups. Continue to walk ups and downs thru the undulating slopes to Sai Wan beach where you could dash into the water to cool yourself down if time permits. Bring gloves and wear long pants. Ends up at the Sai Wan Pavilion to share a taxi to Sai Kung.


Meeting Point: 9:15 am at Sai Kung bus terminus near the shallow pool.
SATURDAY NOV 6 AND SUNDAY NOV 7: OVERNIGHT CAMPING AT TAI LONG WAN
We will take bus 94 from Sai Kung Town and get off at Pak Tam Aus to access to Tai Long Sai Wan via Chek Keng and Tai Long Au. Or we could starts from Sai Wan pavilion and walk down to Sai Wan. We chill out on this beach and have dinner in the nearby restaurant. When the night fall, we will set up our overnight camp near to Ham Tin. The next day, we could do a reverse route back to Mac stage 1 or continue our journey to Pak Tam Au to end the trip. Advance booking required.


Meeting Point: 3pm at Sai Kung, Sai Kung Bus Terminus steps near the toilets
SUN NOV 7: TSEUN WAN TO YUEN LONG ON THE YUEN LONG ANCIENT TRAIL
We will catch a bus (short distance) to the beginning of the trail, a path obvious trod by the ancients. The beginning is up and away, but once we climb up the first steps and hill, it's not bad at all. Great views including Tsing Ma Bridge at the start. The walk involves a few twists and turns. We end up in Yuen Long hopefully for food, and then a bus back home.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Tsuen Wan MTR, exit which points to big buses (exit A)
SUNDAY NOV 14: NUI PO AND BUFFALO HILLS EXPLORATION
We'll take a short taxi ride to Siu Lek Yuan to find the trail from Shek Kwu Lung up to Nui Po Mountain. We'll climb and then go down to Nui Po Pass, up towards Shek Nga Shan, down and up the two Buffalo Hills. All being well, we'll loop back around and descend the steps back to our starting point. The first part of this trail is untested by me, so be prepared for it to be rubbly, rough and brushy with a few invigorating climbs. Also, expect a few wrong turns finding the start point.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at City One MTR Station, Exit A (Ma On Shan line)
SUNDAY NOV 21: SAI LAU KONG
This hike will take us to a small and remote fishing village of Sai Lau Kong at the extreme NE part of NT. We`ll start by taking a taxi or minibus from Tai Po to Wu Kau Tang to begin the hike. We`ll follow the path along the stream valley passing villages of Kau Kam Tsui, Mui Tin, Sam A Chung delta and finally to the village of Sam A Tsuen. Then we`ll continue further on small, little walked & sometime bushy trails passing Ngua Shi Wu until we reach Sai Lau Kong. If we`re lucky we can get a boat back to Sam A Tsuen, but if not, we`ll just walk back along the rocky shoreline south of the peninsula. When going back to Wu Kau Tang, we`ll take another hill trail up in the upper valley passing Lai Tau Shek village. Please bring your flashlights along just in case - we might run out of daylight at the end! Paths might be bushy and please bring enough food & water.


Meeting Point: Tai Po MTR at 9:30am
SUNDAY NOV 28: SHEK PIK TO TAI O
A longish walk but easy with only a few minor inclines. We follow the coast of Lantau to the picturesque fishing village of Tai O. We traverse beaches, mangrove marshes, historic Fan Lau fort (first lunch), a Tin Hau temple and prehistoric stone circles, we`ve never gone for a look, but we may do this time. A good walk for walking novices as well as seasoned hands.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am to catch 9.40 am ferry to Mui Wo, then a bus to Shek Pik
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 3: LION ROCK EVENING HIKE
We'll take a short taxi ride to the trailhead and then start walking on the Eagle's Nest nature trail, meeting the Maclehose Trail Stage 5 after about half an hour. The trail is well maintained but there will be a few ups and downs as we pass by Beacon Hill and eventually Lion Rock where we will watch the sunset, if the weather cooperates. Later we'll descend by the main trail to Shatin Pass and take the road all the way down to Wong Tai Sin MTR station. Dinner will be at the Sichuan place just a few blocks away. Bring plenty of water since it will be hot at the beginning. Bring a headlamp or flashlight for the descent.


Meeting Point: 4:30pm at Sham Shui Po MTR station, Exit D1, or meet us at around 4:45pm at the corner of Tai Po Road and Piper's Hill Road.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11: EAST DRAGON STREAM
(Part 1) After walking up Wong Lung Hang Road, we enter Tung Lung Stream just above a dam at an elevation of about 100 m. We then climb and hop boulders upstream until we reach a cliff at about 180 m. At this point, we begin climbing a series of waterfalls separated by small pools, some big enough for swimming. The water is clear, cool, and refreshing. Those not wishing to scale the cliffs can take nearby paths, but the paths are still very steep. The big waterfalls end at about 360 m, where it is possible to exit via Wong Lung Hang Country Trail and return to Tung Chung. (This return journey will be led by Angela.) (Part 2) Masochists can continue upstream all the way to the top of Sunset Peak (869 m). This stage is very strenuous and consists mostly of climbing up large mossy boulders deep inside an ancient forest. Rewards include beautiful wildflowers and the transcendent bliss of dragging your limp body and sodden possessions out of the forest and into open grassland at around 800 m. We will probably follow the Lantau Trail down to Pak Kung Au and ride the bus back to Tung Chung, but other return routes (e.g., Wong Lung Hang Road or Mui Wo) may be taken if time and group consensus permit. Neither part of the climb is suitable for beginners, since each requires extensive scrambling and climbing on large slippery rocks. Be prepared to get your feet wet. Gloves are recommended, especially in Part 2, where you will rediscover your ancestral heritage as a four-legged animal. Bring plenty of water or sports drink.


Meeting Point: 9:00am at Tung Chung MTR station, exit A
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 18: KAYAKING AT HOI HA, SAI KUNG
From Sai Kung we will take the minibus (or taxis if need be) to Hoi Ha where we will hire the kayaks (hopefully doubles). We will then paddle away to various locations, hitting a cove or beach or two. We will be swimming for sure at some point, so bring bathers. Also bring water and picnic lunch. As we cannot book the kayaks ahead of time, in case we cannot get the kayaks, we will hike instead. Cost of hire, unsure, but not terribly expensive. Please RSVP to Kim to reserve a place.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Sai Kung, minibus/taxi terminus by 7-eleven (ie where Choi Hung bus comes in/leaves from)
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25: JUNK TRIP
We'll go aboard a junk in the morning and make a tour around the beautiful coastal areas of Sai Kung. Remember to bring your swimming suit as we definitely will stop somewhere to swim. Besides, we might take the opportunity to explore some of the islands after swimming. So, please bring along with you a pair of sandals good enough for some walking and hiking. Food and drinks are NOT provided and hence please bring whatever you need to survive the whole day. I'll divide the junk hire charge among the number of people who ACTUALLY show up.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Sai Kung Bus Terminus on the steps near the toilets


Sorry, this is now fully booked.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 2: TAI PO KAU BIRDING HIKE
Part 1 (with Kate): Did you know that Hong Kong has more than 400 species of birds? This is your chance to see some of them while migration is in full flight. :-) This hike is in two parts. The first part will be for bird watchers--both experienced and not--with a serious interest in seeing birds. October is the height of passage and we could see flycatchers and thrushes on their way south through Hong Kong. But in order to see any birds we must be very quiet--so for the first two and a half hours as we walk around we will whisper and avoid making a lot of noise. The hike will be slow and steady up the first hill, where red and yellow coloured minivets are often easy to see in the trees overhead and some thrushes might be glimpsed running along the sides of the path. Then we will walk quietly to several picnic sites and open areas where it is easier to see birds. Bring a snack, enough water and binoculars, if you have them. The leader will point out any birds she sees, and she'll bring an extra pair of binoculars and a bird guide, which will be available to fellow hikers.

Part 2 (with Penny): Hikers will taxi up to the trailhead where they will meet the first group. We'll walk slowly through the beautiful natural forests along various well-marked and well-maintained trails with plenty of chances to view flora and fauna including insects, butterflies, birds, trees and plants.

Meeting Point 1: First start led by Kate: Meet at Tai Po Kau entrance on Tai Po Road at 6:30am.
Meeting Point 2: Meet Penny at 9:30am at Tai Po Market Station near the coffee shop.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 9: BORDER-WALK: PING YEUNG TO TAI SHEK MO
We'll take a minibus from Fanling to Wun Chuen Sing Koon, an impressive Taoist temple, and start our walk from there. Heading north past Ping Yeung, we`ll soon reach the Closed Area Boundary which we will then follow westward all the way to the Crest (Tai Shek Mo), overseeing Lo Wu. During the walk we`ll be seeing old villages, farmlands, local old culture and lifestyle, old military roads and buildings - and we`ll take a narrow subway, under the roaring trains heading to and back from Shenzhen. This walk is mostly flat with bits of ups and downs especially towards the end. Some brush expected. Be prepared for a mostly relaxing, but a long walk.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am Fanling MTR
SUNDAY OCTOBER 16: SOMEWHERE ON LANTAU
Bound to be a good one, rain or shine. Email Amanda for details.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am to catch 9.40 am ferry to Mui Wo
SUNDAY OCTOBER 23: SAI WAN HO TO QUARRY BAY
From Sai Wan Ho we'll go up and pass 2 housing estates, Hing Tung and Tung Hei. Then we'll take a right turn upon the hill. We'll follow the trail until we meet the Mt. Parker Road. We'll go back to the concrete via this. This route is short & easy. Remember to bring water & food.


Meeting Point: 9.30 am at Sai Wan Ho MTR station lobby Duration: 3 hours
SUNDAY OCTOBER 30: THE NGONG PING 360 RESCUE TRAIL
The trail passes across mountains, valleys, alongside the cable car towers and much of the trail directly under the path of the cable cars. Be sure to enjoy the long uphill that give you a good workout and provides a thoroughly alternative method of reaching the Big Buddha through some beautiful scenery


Meeting Point: Meeting Point: 9:30am Exit B of the Tung Chung MTR station
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 6: GHOST VILLAGES IN NE PART OF HONG KONG
Several villages along the coast of the NE HK lost it inhabitants due to their remoteness. Still remaining are empty village houses, fung shui woodlands, fishing ponds, mangrove swamps, cultivated fields, abandoned school houses setting in the tranquility of the fertile valleys in the countryside along Starling Inlet. We shall start from Luk Keng, following the coastal line passing from coves to coves covering Au Kung Au, Kung Shue Au, Au Tsai and So Lo Pun, the largest ghost villages now sadly closed to the public. Numerous ghost stories are associated with So Lo Pun, the village name actually means a compass will be automatically locked within the mysterious village. We might have a good view of Robinson Island and Crooked Harbour along the hill paths under clear weather. Expect to encounter brush, climb a couple of steep but small hills back to Wu Kau Tang, and meet a ghost if you are lucky. The trip ends up in Tai Po.


Meeting Point: 9:30am in front of Maxim Restaurant in the Fanling MTR Station
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 13: NE LANTAU: DESTINATION SILVER MINE BAY
This is quite a long walk on very tough terrain. We shall start immediately from the toll collection bus stop of the North Lantau Expressway heading to the destination, passing many isolated hills and secluded valleys up and down on misleading overgrown footpaths on at times steep slippery slopes. There is neither food nor water supplies but you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the DisneyLand, Discovery Bay, northern shore of the Hong Kong Island and the southern edges of Tuen Mun at high points. The route covers mostly non Govt managed paths, some exposed, without directory nor villages : from Tsing Chau Tsai up Tai Yan Teng 186M>down Ngong Shuen Au >up Tai Shan291M >down Sze Pak Au >up Lai Pik Shan 263M >down Sam Pak Au >up Tai Che Tung 302M >down Yi Pak Au >up Lau Fa Tung 378M >up Lo Fu Tau 465M> along the ridges 400M >Mong To Au >Discovery Golf Course >up Wo Shueng Au >down Silver Mine cave >destination. Note: Upon joining this hike you agree that the leader will be exempted from any claims of civil liabilities and you are fully responsible for your own personal safety.


Meeting Point: 9:45 at the bus stop just past the toll collection office of Lantau Expressway heading to the Airport. (Ensure you don`t miss this bus stop. If you are in doubt, please contact the leader.)
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19: RAZORBACK HIKE AND BBQ IN PAT HEUNG
Hike description: From the train station we'll walk southwest almost immediately climbing into pretty butterfly hill (Wu Tip Shan) on well groomed trails. We'll cross moderate ups and downs until after a small valley we reach the main hill. This will be a huge long climb all the way to the top of Pak Tai To Yan with spectacular views of the area, weather permitting. There will be a few more ups and downs as we follow the ridge top trail. After the second peak, Tai To Yan, we'll try to find one of the 'short cuts' shown on the map that will take us straight down to Andy's BBQ. It might be brushy and steep and if we can find it, we'll probably take it anyway. Anyone who wants an easier way down --it's steep no matter what you do-- can stick to the main trail which reaches the road across from Kadoorie Farm.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Fanling MTR station near the Maxim's (MX) restaurant
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 27: SAI KUNG WEST TRAVERSE
From Tai Mong Tsai Road just past the Jockey Club Outdoor Training Centre, we'll climb Cheung Shan and then follow the ridgetops to Kui Ta Shek, heading northerly all the way over Wa Mei Shan and Shek Uk Shan finishing on the Hoi Ha Road. Expect plenty of ups and downs and mostly rough trails, although nothing too rubbly or brushy.


Meeting Point: 9:20 am at Sai Kung main bus terminus near the shallow pool. We'll take the 94 bus at 9:30 sharp! Latecomers can taxi to the trailhead.
SUNDAY SEPT 9, 2012: JUNK TRIP
We'll go aboard a junk in the morning and make a tour around the beautiful islands in the north-eastern part of Hong Kong. Remember to bring your swimming suit as we definitely will stop somewhere to swim. Besides, we might take the opportunity to explore some of the islands after swimming. So, please bring along with you a pair of sandals good enough for some walking and hiking. Food and drinks are NOT provided and hence please bring whatever you need to survive the whole day. I'll divide the junk hire charge among the number of people who ACTUALLY show up. So, feel free to bring your friends along. Book your places by email to Amanda.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at University MTR station


Sorry, this is now fully booked.
SUN SEPT 16: WONG LUNG STREAM HIKE
We'll walk from the station to Wong Lung Hang Road and then up the stream as far as we can (safely) go. Be prepared for boulder scrambling and swimming. We'll come back down the same way we went up. If it rains, we'll do another hike starting from the same location.


Meeting Point: 9:30 at the Tung Chung MTR station, Exit A. Don't be late! Remember trains run every 10 minutes or so.
SUNDAY SEPT 23: KAYAKING FROM STANLEY (TBC)
Reservations are required. Contact Kim for more information.


Meeting Point: 10:00am at Stanley bus terminus
SATURDAY SEPT 29: NIGHT CLIMB OF LION ROCK
From Lok Fu Station we will meander through Lok Fu Estate and Tin Ma Estate until would find ourselves at the BBQ site of Lion Rock Country Park. We'll try to find the trail that ascends via Sz Tsz Shan and connects with the Maclehose Trail. From there it is a simple matter to climb Lion Rock in time for the sunset, weather permitting. Once we've fully taken in the sights of the setting sun, we'll descend in the twilight via Shatin Pass Road, ending very close to that cool Sichuan Restaurant in Wong Tai Sin. (Food Directors, please note.) Bring a spare shirt or two to absorb masses of sweat, plenty of water to create the sweat and a flashlight for the way down.


Meeting Point: : 4:30 pm at Lok Fu MTR, Exit A
SUNDAY OCT 7: SHEK PIK TO TAI O
A longish walk but easy with only a few minor inclines. We follow the coast of Lantau to the picturesque fishing village of Tai O. We traverse beaches, mangrove marshes, historic Fan Lau fort (first lunch), a Tin Hau temple and prehistoric stone circles, we`ve never gone for a look, but we may do this time. A good walk for walking novices as well as seasoned hands.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am to catch 9.40 am ferry to Mui Wo, then a bus to Shek Pik
SUNDAY OCT 14: COLD WATER STREAM TREK & ROCK TORS
The Cold Water Stream (Tai Leung Shui) in the Castle Peak basin is rich with "sandy beach" pools drained by unpolluted water. The sand comes from disintegrated rocks after heavy erosion. Shall trek between its middle & upper course to see an interesting rock-split like slices on a loaf of bread. May tread waters to make detours from thorny bush or overhanging rock platforms. Required to walk on bare, gravelly slopes & meeting bush. Bring gloves, a pair of spare dry shoes. Depending on team spirit & time, will visit some funny huge rock tors at higher elevations. Starts from Leung Tin Pass and end up in Lung Kwu Tan Beach.


Meeting Point: 10 am at Leung King Light Rail station in front of Leung King Shopping Mall, Tuen Mun.
SUNDAY OCT 21: LOWER SHING MUN EXPLORATION PLUS NEEDLE HILL (MACLEHOSE STAGE 7)
We'll take a taxi to Shing Mun Reservoir and circumnavigate Lower Shing Mun Reservoir on trails and closed roads. We'll take one of the side routes up to Needle Hill and later descend into Fo Tan MTR station.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am Tsuen Wan MTR exit B
SUNDAY OCT 28: SAI LAU KONG
This hike will take us to an isolate and remote fishing village of Sai Lau Kong at the extreme ENE part of NT. We`ll start by taking a bus or minibus from Tai Po to Bride`s Pool/Wu Kau Tang and follow the main path along the stream valley passing villages of Kau Kam Tsui, Mui Tin, Sam A Chung and finally to the village of Sam A Tsuen. Further due East, on small, little used & sometime bushy trails via another village Ngua Shi Wu, we`ll hit Sai Lau Kong. After lunch, we`ll trek the rocky shorelines south of the Sai Lau Kong peninsula for the return trip. The coast trek/hill trials might be in reverse order depending on the sea level and tidal conditions. Then we`ll take another path via the upland Lai Tau Shek village back to the starting point. Please bring your flashlights along just in case - we might run out of daylight at the end! Some paths might be bushy. Please bring enough food & water. Duration: 6 hours..


Meeting Point: Tai Po MTR at 9:15am
SUNDAY NOV 4: TIGER'S HEAD HIKE
We'll walk from the ferry pier to the "Greens" and then take the trail up and over Lo Fu Tau (Tiger's Head) passing lots of interesting rocks along the way. We'll follow some ridgetops and then descend towards the Mui Wo valley. Second lunch in Mui Wo.


Meeting Point: 9:20 at the Discovery Bay Ferry Pier in Central to catch the 9:30 ferry.
SUNDAY NOV 11: ROBIN'S NEST AND MYSTERY WALK
We`ll taxi to the starting point close to Wo Tong Kong and start the hike with a steep and strenuous uphill to Robin`s Nest. After that we`ll try some trails we haven't been on before, heading towards the border area and hopefully ending in Sha Tau Kok. We may encounter some brush, slippery slopes, or not. Long pants and sleeves are recommended. Walking time is estimated at 5 hours.


Meeting Point: 9.30am at Fanling MTR Station inside, near Maxims
SUNDAY NOV 18: PLOVER COVE PEAK TOUR (THE VINES)
We'll taxi to the trailhead just before Wu Kau Tang and then search for the high route to climb Fan Kei Tok. Watch out, it might be brushy. We'll follow the ridge to Tiu Tan Lung and then drop down to the north towards Lai Chi Wo, the old walled village. From Lai Chi Wo it's a familiar and relatively easy trail via Kuk Po to end at Luk Keng. We might stop for beer, noodles and tofu fa, along the way.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Tai Po MTR Station
SUNDAY NOV 25: TWO BUFFALOS
Starting from Gilwell Campsite, we`ll walk along the Maclehose Trail for a while, and then we`ll turn to climb the West Buffalo Hill (604 M) and Buffalo Hill (606 M). You may expect to see some nice scenery on the hill top provided that the weather turns out fine. There`re also some funny big rocks along the way. After reaching the Buffalo Hills, we`ll then descend to Nui Po Au, from there we`ll climb the Nui Po Shan (399 M), on which we may take a break to enjoy the nice scenery. We`ll then descend back to Nui Po Au and go back to town through Mui Tsz Lam. Expect some ups and downs and mostly rough trails, although nothing too rubbly or brushy. Bring along your hiking stick as you might need it going downhill. Besides, please bring enough water as the weather can still be very warm these days.


Meeting Point: 10:00 am at Choi Hung MTR station, Exit A, in front of the Circle K.
SUNDAY SEPT 8: COASTAL DEFENSE MUSEUM AND DRAGON'S BACK WALK
This unique hike combines a visit to the Coastal Defense Museum to see a display on the East River Column- the Cantonese Guerillas who fought alongside the British against the Japanese in WWII. We will meet at the MTR and walk the short distance to the museum with the group around 2 pm. Then after a couple of hours we will walk nearby Dragon's Back in the cool of the late afternoon and evening and finish with a meal at the Shek O Thai restaurant.


Meeting Point: 2pm, Shau Kei Wan MTR station at Exit A3
SUNDAY SEPT 15: VILLAGES OF TAI MONG TSAI VALLEY
We shall start walking immediately from the Sai Kung bus terminus following the waterfront and pass through villages of Tai Wan, O Tau, Wong Chuk Wan, Ngong Wo, Shek Hang, Tit Kin Hang, Tam Wat, Sha Tau, and Tai Mong Tsai. A heritage Catholic chapel in Wong Mo Ying village hidden deep down the wooded Tai Mong Tsai Valley in Sai Kung has been the secret guerrilla base in WWII to mount resistance operations. It is surrounded by humble villages buried amidst hilly, once cultivated fields and connected by paths covered by forests of fir trees. Mostly the paths are shaded but bushy. Walking time is around 4.5 hours (according to Keith).


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Sai Kung Bus Terminus on the steps near the toilets
SUNDAY SEPT 22: JUNK TRIP
We'll go aboard a junk in the morning and make a tour around the beautiful islands in the north-eastern part of Hong Kong. Remember to bring your swimming suit as we definitely will stop somewhere to swim. Besides, we might take the opportunity to explore some of the islands after swimming. So, please bring along with you a pair of sandals good enough for walking. Food and drinks are NOT provided and hence please bring whatever you need to survive the whole day. I'll divide the junk hire charge among the number of people who ACTUALLY show up. So, feel free to bring your friends along. Book your places by email to Amanda.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at University MTR station


Sorry, cancelled due to typhoon.
SUNDAY SEPT 29: TAI WO TO FANLING VILLAGES TOUR
We'll follow a series of local trails, mostly never tried by us before, connecting Tai Wo with some villages below Cloudy Hill, the Lau Shui Heung Country Trail, Lung Shan and Fanling. The hike will be just a few hours long, unless we get lost. I'm expecting a few hills but nothing to heating. Maybe we'll lunch at the monastry in Fanling? Or visit some historic places around Fanling?


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Tai Wo MTR station (past Tai Po Market)
SATURDAY OCT 5: SHEK PIK TO TAI O
From Mui Wo, we'll take the bus to Shek Pik reservoir. The walk is long but flat and follows the coast of South West Lantau to the picturesque village of Tai O. The walk crosses yellow sand beaches and we'll go via the Qing Dynasty Fan Lau Fort built to guard the Pearl River Estuary from Pirates.


Meeting Point: 9.30am at Lantau Ferry Pier (in Central) to catch the 9.40am ferry to Mui Wo
SUNDAY OCT 13: RAZOR BACK OR TAI TO YAN
We take the bus 64K which takes us to Kadoorie Farm. The trail starts opposite. The first 30 minutes is hard going (more than a few huffs and puffs), as we climb up the path to the ridge (566m), but it is worth the effort. The walk along the ridge offers magnificent views. The hike finishes off at Fanling MTR station with second lunch at the Monastery nearby.


Meeting Point: 9:30 Tai Po Market MTR Station near the coffee shop
SUNDAY OCT 20: TUNG CHUNG TO DISCOVERY BAY
Kate and Dai will lead us from Tung Chung to Discovery Bay, over the top. We'll start right from the train station. The hike takes 4 to 5 hours and will involve ups and downs. There are some steep stretches down hill. We can finish with a meal together in DB, if people want.


Meeting Point: 10 am Tung Chung MTR, Exit C
SATURDAY: 26 OCTOBER: VANISHED UPLAND VILLAGES OF S W TAI MO SHAN
We shall start from Chuen Lung where a mini-bus links it to Tsuen Wan MTR and walk under dense woods or tropical ferns on ancient trails winding up and down green hill slopes to stream valleys cutting contour lines. The most interesting spot will be the massive unused paddy fields at Pak Shek Kiu, with what seemed to be the remains of some ancient attempt to cultivate the highland. Other than agricultural, it appeared to be a mining village with back hills pitted with mining holes. We shall pass numerous vanished villages: Ngau Lui>Pak Shek Kiu>Sheung Fa Shan>Lin Fa Shan> Sheung Tong stream basin>Tsing Fai Tong> Tsing Lung Tau. We shall walk a lot of ups and downs, at times bushy on rugged slopes, on soft swampy fields, along rocky tumbling stream basins but shall be awarded with the peaceful & serene wilderness. Duration around 6 hours. Ends up at Castle Peak Road.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am Exit A Tsuen Wan MTR
SUNDAY OCT 27: PO TOI ISLAND
We should be able to walk all the trails on the island to view many special rocks and see the view from near the top before enjoying a seafood meal at one of the restaurants in the cove. We'll catch the 3 pm or 4.30 pm ferry back to Stanley.


Meeting Point: 9.45 for 10 am ferry from Blake Pier at Stanley (Near Murray House, Stanley Plaza) or 8:30 am at Admiralty Eastbound bus stops to catch bus 66 or 6X
SATURDAY NOV. 2: YUNG SHUE WAN TO SOK KWU WAN
A nice, reasonable walk on Lamma as the sun sets, with some possible ambolic diversions as the sun goes down. We eventually arrive at Sok Kwu Wan for dinner (or return and go back to Yung Shu Wan). If we end up eating at Sok Kwu Wan, we can catch the 9.05 ferry back. Our plans can change however!


Meeting Point: 2.20 pm for 2.30 ferry to Yung Shu Wan, pier 4
SUNDAY NOV 3: LING WUI SHAN & KEUNG SHAN, LANTAU
We'll take the bus from Mui Wo to Shek Pik Reservoir and start hiking from there. We'll climb Ling Wui Shan and Keung Shan and skirt the summit of Kwun Yam Shan, all on beautiful open trails. The hike finishes at the junction of Sham Wat Road and Keung Shan Road, where we can catch buses to Tung Chung or Mui Wo.


Meeting Point: 9:30am to get the 9:40am ferry to Mui Wo, Central Ferry Piers
SUNDAY NOV 10: EARLY MORNING HIGH WEST
We'll walk up through Hong Kong Park, the Green Trail and Chatham Path to the Peak, then up High West and descending on the Morning Trail to HKU where Angela is attending a lecture on Cultivating a Resilient Mind in the afternoon. Lunch on campus?


Meeting Point: 8:30am at Admiralty MTR, Exit C
SATURDAY NOV 16: PARK VIEW TO STANLEY VIA VIOLET HILL AND THE TWINS
Rugged stretches of green, brown and intermittent cement steps (900 for the first Twin), is all that you could want in an urban outdoor experience?a great workout, interesting terrain and fantastic views. I hate all these steps, but they must be done for stamina purposes.


Meeting Point: 2:15 pm at Parkview Lobby
SUNDAY NOV 17: SAI LAU KONG FISHING VILLAGE AND PENINSULA, EXTREME NE OF NT
This hike will take us to a small and remote fishing village of Sai Lau Kong at the extreme NE part of NT. We`ll take a taxi or minibus from Tai Po to Wu Kau Tang to begin the hike. We`ll follow the path along the stream valley passing villages of Kau Kam Tsui, Mui Tin, Sam A Chung delta and finally to the village of Sam A Tsuen. Then we`ll continue further on small, little walked & sometime bushy trails passing Ngua Shi Wu until we reach Sai Lau Kong. Then we`ll just walk back along the rocky shoreline south of the peninsula. When going back to Wu Kau Tang, we`ll take another hill trail up in the upper valley passing Lai Tau Shek village. Please bring your flashlights along just in case - we might run out of daylight at the end! Please bring enough food, a pair of gloves & water. Duration: 6 hours


Meeting Point: Tai Po MTR at 9:30am
SATURDAY NOV 23: HONG KONG TRAIL
We'll do the "loop" and then do a couple of sections of the Hong Kong Trail and either finish up at Wanchai Gap or turn Aberdeen depending on the light situation. Lots of possibilities here!


Meeting Point: 2:30am at the Peak, outside the Old Peak Cafe Walking Time: 3 hours
SUNDAY NOV 24: SHING MUN REDOUBT AND GIN DRINKERS LINE
We shall explore the Shing Mun reboubt built in 1937 and several of the dark, concrete, claustrophobic tunnels connecting the pillboxes. Parts of the tunnels are illuminated by ventilation chimneys. In addition, we shall visit other defensive positions at Needle Hill, Smugglers Ridge and Golden Hill. The route is: Shatin MTR Exit B>Pai Tau Village>Thousand Budda Monastery>To Fung Shan Christian Centre>Mac Trail>Needle Hill (532M)>Shing Mun Reservoir main dam>Shing Mun Redoubt>Smugglers ridge>Golden Hill top>exit at Castle Peak Road at Lai Chi Kok pass. Duration 6.5+ hours. Bring a torch.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am Exit B, Shatin MTR.
SUNDAY SEPT 7, 2014: JUNK TRIP
We'll go aboard a junk in the morning and make a tour around the beautiful islands in the north-eastern part of Hong Kong. Remember to bring your swimming suit as we definitely will stop somewhere to swim. Besides, we might take the opportunity to explore some of the islands after swimming. So, please bring along with you a pair of sandals good enough for some walking along the shore. Food and drinks are NOT provided and hence please bring whatever you need to survive the whole day. I'll divide the junk hire charge among the number of people who ACTUALLY show up. So, feel free to bring your friends along, but you need to book your places in advance.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at University MTR station
SUN SEPT 14: WONG LUNG STREAM HIKE
We'll walk from the station to Wong Lung Hang Road and then up the stream as far as we can (safely) go. Be prepared for boulder scrambling and swimming. We'll come back down the same way we went up. If it rains, we'll do another hike starting from the same location.


Meeting Point: 9:30 at the Tung Chung MTR station, Exit A. Don't be late! Remember trains run every 10 minutes or so.
SUN SEPT 21: WANG CHUNG STREAM TREKKING
We'll taxi to Bride's Pool Road and enter the Wang Chung stream. We will then climb upstream via the Dragon Ball Pool to the Pat Sin Leng Nature Trail, and return to Bride's Pool Road. This hike involves some basic rock climbing which, although not technically difficult, is not without risk. Bring your swimmers!


Meeting Point: 9:30 at Tai Po Market MTR Station near the coffee shop
SUN SEPT 28: KAYAKING NEAR SAI KUNG
We'll rent some kayaks ($200 per day for a 2-man boat including flotation jackets and paddles) and paddle around the small islands near Sai Kung. We'll be swimming and visiting some beaches so bring your swim suit, goggles or snorkel, shoes that can get wet, plenty of water and a snack or lunch. If weather turns out to be no good, we will do an alternative hike. Please contact the hike leader to reserve your spot.


Meeting Point: 9:30
SATURDAY OCT 4: TUNG PING CHAU
We'll be wondering and exploring the island all day as the return ferry is at 5:15pm. Bring your swimsuits and shoes for walking in the water on rocks: like rubber sandals, or light runners you can change out of later. There are a few nice coves that we can swim in. Bring food for lunch.


Meeting Point: 8:30am at the University MTR Station, to catch the 9am ferry from from Ma Liu Shui ferry pier, a 15 minute walk.
SUN OCT 12: SHUI LO CHO POOLS (LANTAU ISLAND)
We'll take the bus to Tai O and walk along the waterfront on the Lantau Trail until the turn-off up the hill on the water services trail. At the top of a long climb, we are rewarded with a series of gorgeous pools. After sampling the cooling waters, we can return the same way we came, or go up the hill to join the trails leading past Man Cheung Po, Lung Tsai Ng Yuen and Ngau Kwo Tin reaching the Tai O Road at the Kwun Yam temple. The hike is not too taxing but there are a few steep bits near the falls. Bring your swimming gear.


Meeting Point: 9:30 at the Central Ferry Piers for the 9:40 ferry to Mui Wo
SUN OCT 19: LONG KE BEACH AND MORE
We'll share taxis to the East Dam on High Island Reservoir and then join the Maclehose Trail for the short walk over to Long Ke beach. Depending on the weather, we'll swim and loll on the sand, or if we're feeling ambitious, we'll continue on the Maclehose Trail over towards Tai Long Wan. As usual, this will be an all day adventure.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at the Green Taxi stand near the Sai Kung bus terminus
SATURDAY OCT 25: SHEK PIK TO TAI O
From Mui Wo, we'll take the bus to Shek Pik reservoir. The walk is long but flat and follows the coast of South West Lantau to the picturesque village of Tai O. The walk crosses yellow sand beaches and we'll go via the Qing Dynasty Fan Lau Fort built to guard the Pearl River Estuary from Pirates.


Meeting Point: 9.30am at Lantau Ferry Pier (in Central) to catch the 9.40am ferry to Mui Wo
SUNDAY NOV 2: TUNG CHUNG TO TAI O
This hike from Tung Chung to Tai O is relatively flat all the way although it is quite long ~13km. This trail will pass through villages, nice views of the airport and scenic points along the coastline. The trail will take us all the way down to Tai O fishing village. We'll walk to the far end of Tai O to visit the historic Tai O Police Station which has been converted into a small hotel.


Meeting Point: 9:30am Tung Chung MTR station exit B
SUN NOV 9, 2014: HO CHUNG & TWO BUFFALOES
We`ll take mini bus 101M to Ho Chung and alight at Marina Cove Shopping Centre. From there we`ll walk along the Ho Chung Road for awhile passing Shing Fung Film Studio en route to Kai Ham Village to find the start of the trail. The path is a little brushy at times as we enter a bamboo forest before ascending briefly to the Maclehose Trail. From there we`ll join the Buffaloes. West Buffalo Hill - (604 M) and Buffalo Hill (606 M). Both offer fantastic scenery. We'll descend back to Nui Po Au and go back to town through Mui Tsz Lam. Buses back are also available via Tates Cairn. Note that some of the descents are steep and quite gravelly, so you are advised to bring a stick and gloves if you prefer to use them as well as shoes suitable for this kind of terrain. Finally, this is a fairly long hike, so please bring food and plenty of water as it may still be hot.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Hang Hau MTR station, exit B1.
SUN NOV 16, 2014: PO TOI
Lies just three kilometres off the southeastern tip of Hong Kong Island. Po Toi has some interesting views. "While you are wandering on Po Toi Island," advises a website from the Islands District Council, "remember to open your heart and let your imagination fly. Otherwise, you will not be able to look at the rocks in another perspective and [will so] miss the turtles, the monks, and even the unicorns and castles on (sic) the clouds." There are some trails to explore and all being well, there's now time for a well-earned seafood meal at one of the restaurants in the cove, before joining the crowds for the waddle to the pier. We'll catch the 3 pm or 4.30 pm ferry back to Stanley.


Meeting Point: Blake's Pier near Stanley at. 9.45 for 10 am ferry
SUN NOV 23, 2014: GHOST VILLAGES IN NE HONG KONG
Let's check up on the remote villages in North East Plover Cove Country Park. We expect to see some empty village houses, fung shui woodlands, fishing ponds, mangrove swamps, cultivated fields, abandoned school houses setting in the tranquility of the fertile valleys in the countryside along Starling Inlet. We shall start from Luk Keng, following the coastal line passing from coves to coves covering Au Kung Au, Kung Shue Au, Au Tsai and So Lo Pun. We may also see some active construction, farming and development. Numerous ghost stories are associated with So Lo Pun, the village name actually means a compass will be automatically locked within the mysterious village. We might have a good view of Robinson Island and Crooked Harbour along the hill paths under clear weather. Expect to encounter brush, climb a couple of steep but small hills back to Wu Kau Tang, and meet a ghost if you are lucky. The trip ends up in Tai Po.


Meeting Point: 9:30am in front of Maxim Restaurant in the Fanling MTR Station
SUN NOV 30, 2014: LING WUI SHAN & KEUNG SHAN, LANTAU
We'll take the bus from Mui Wo to Shek Pik Reservoir and start hiking from there. We'll climb Ling Wui Shan and Keung Shan and skirt the summit of Kwun Yam Shan, all on beautiful open trails. The hike finishes at the junction of Sham Wat Road and Keung Shan Road, where we can catch buses to Tung Chung or Mui Wo.


Meeting Point: 9:30am to get the 9:40am ferry to Mui Wo, Central Ferry Piers
SUN SEPT 6, 2015: JUNK TRIP
We'll go aboard a junk in the morning and make a tour around the beautiful islands in the north-eastern part of Hong Kong. Remember to bring your swimming suit as we will definitely stop somewhere to swim. We may also take the opportunity to explore some of the islands after swimming. So, please bring along with you a pair of sandals good enough for walking along the shore. Food and drinks are NOT provided, so please bring whatever you need to survive the whole day. I'll divide the junk hire charge among the number of people who ACTUALLY show up. So, feel free to bring your friends along, but you need to book your places in advance. To book your place, or for more information, please email Amanda.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at University MTR station
SUN SEPT 13, 2015: MA SHI CHAU NATURE TRAIL, PLOVER COVE
We will catch bus no. 74K or green minibus no. 20K to Sam Mun Tsai. The trail starts near the village. The Ma Shi Chau Natural Trail is located on the south-eastern side of Ma Shi Chau ("Horse Manure Island"). It is joined to Yim Tin Tsai by a sand bar (called a tombolo). This is more of an outing than a hike, but I've never been there before, so it has to be done! It's a good easy warm-up for the start of the hiking season. We'll take our time to learn all about the rocks in the area and enjoy the scenery. Then we'll probably go to Tai Mei Tuk for a meal afterwards.


Meeting Point: 9:30 Tai Po Market MTR Station near the coffee shop
SUN SEPT 20, 2015: WANG CHUNG STREAM HIKE
We'll take bus 275R to the Brides Pool terminus, then find our way to the Wang Chung stream. We will then climb upstream via the Dragon Ball Pool to the Pat Sin Leng Nature Trail, and return to Bride's Pool Road. As with any stream trek, this hike involves some basic rock climbing which, although not technically difficult, is not without risk. Wear suitable shoes and note that also your backpacks may get wet, so make sure things like smartphones are suitably packed in waterproof pouches. Dry bags are recommended. We`ll make a few stops along the way for a dip in the pools, so bring your swimming gear.


Meeting Point: 9:30 at Tai Po Market MTR Station. By the coffee shop. Exit B.
SUN SEPT 27, 2015: ROUTE TWISK TO HO PUI
We'll bus or taxi up to Route Twisk, alighting at the picnic site after the Maclehose Trail. We'll follow the shady, winding back-trails through the Kap Long forest, including a viewing of Ho Pui reservoir and most likely finishing at the mini-bus not far from the West Rail station. The woods are lovely, rain or shine.


Meeting Point: 9:30 at Tsuen Wan MTR, Exit A
SUN OCT 4, 2015: WONG LUNG STREAM HIKE
We'll walk from the station to Wong Lung Hang Road and then up the stream as far as we can (safely) go. As with any stream trek, this hike involves some basic rock climbing which, although not technically difficult, is not without risk. Wear suitable shoes and note that also your backpacks may get wet, so make sure things like smartphones are suitably packed in waterproof pouches. Dry bags are recommended. We`ll make a few stops along the way for a dip in the pools, so bring your swimming gear. We'll come back down the same way we went up. If it rains, we'll do another hike starting from the same location.


Meeting Point: 9:30 at the Tung Chung MTR station, Exit A.
SUN OCT 11, 2015: YIN NGAM (SWALLOW BOULDER) STREAM HIKE
We'll walk from the station to Wun Yiu and then up the stream near Lo Lau Uk. As with any stream trek, this hike involves some basic rock climbing which, although not technically difficult, is not without risk. Wear suitable shoes and note that also your backpacks may get wet, so make sure things like smartphones are suitably packed in waterproof pouches. Dry bags are recommended. We`ll make a few stops along the way for a dip in the pools, so bring your swimming gear. We'll come back down from the Mac Trail at 600M down to Lead Mine Pass and then return to Tai Po MTR. If it rains, we'll do another hike starting from the same location. Long lost hiker Doekle will join us as he visits from the Netherlands.


Meeting Point: 9:30 Tai Po MTR Exit B, outside the coffee shop.
SUN OCT 18, 2015: COLD WATER STREAM TREK AND POOLS
The Cold Water Stream (Tai Leung Shui) in the Castle Peak basin is rich with "sandy beach" pools drained by unpolluted water. The sand comes from disintegrated rocks after heavy erosion resulted from military activities. Be prepared to dip into the water. Starts from Leung Tin Pass and end up in the same place.


Meeting Point: 10 am at Leung King Light Rail station in front of Leung King Shopping Mall, Tuen Mun.
SUN OCT 25, 2015: VIOLET HILL & TWINS
This is the Wilson trail stage 1 and 2, but in reverse. So start in Quarry Bay/Tai Koo Shing and finish in Stanley. This hike has plenty of ups and downs, so if it`s a hot day we may avoid some of the climbing, especially in the second half. The half way point is Parkview Mansions, where there is a shop to replenish water etc. Stage 1 (second half of the walk) is over Violet Hill (Tsz Lo Lan Shan, 436m) & Twins (386m). We`ll end up in Stanley, where we can go for a swim if the weather is warm enough, so bring swimming trunks, a change of clothes and a towel. We may also grab a bite to eat and a beer before heading back.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Tai Koo MTR, Exit B
SUN NOV 1, 2015: VANISHED UPLAND VILLAGES OF S W TAI MO SHAN
We shall start the Tsuen Kam Au bus stop and walk under dense woods on ancient trails winding up and down green hill slopes to stream valleys cutting contour lines. The most interesting spot will be the massive unused paddy fields at Pak Shek Kiu, with what seemed to be the remains of some ancient attempt to cultivate the highland rice. Other than agricultural, it appeared to be a mining village with back hills pitted with mining holes. We shall pass numerous vanished villages: Ngau Lui>Pak Shek Kiu>Sheung Fa Shan>Lin Fa Shan> Sheung Tong stream basin>Tsing Fai Tong> Tsing Lung Tau. We shall walk a lot of ups and downs, at times bushy on rugged slopes, on soft swampy fields, along rocky tumbling stream basins but shall be awarded with the peaceful & serene wilderness. Duration around 6 hours. Ends up at Castle Peak Road.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am Exit A Tsuen Wan MTR.
SUN NOV 8, 2015: NGONG PING 360 DONKEY TRAIL & LANTAU PEAK
We`ll start the walk at Tung Chung, going via Tung Chung Battery & Ma Wan Chung Fishing Village to reach the turn off for the Donkey Trail, a maintenance trail built for the construction of the Ngong Ping 360 cable cars. The first climb is the difficult part, but after that it`s easier ups and downs as we follow the cable car route to the Big Buddha & the Po Lin Monastery, a popular tourist destination. Anyone wanting to spend more time here, or go back to Tung Chung or Mui Wo via bus can do so, the rest of us will continue to Lantau Peak providing the weather isn`t too hot. Once we descend and hit the road we`ll get the bus back to Tung Chung. An alternative may be to avoid Lantau Peak and go via the Lantau Trail to Tai-O. Let`s see how we feel on the day. Views all round are spectacular.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Tung Chung MTR station Exit B (in front of Starbucks)
SUN NOV 15, 2015: LIN MA HANG CAVES EXPLORATION, CLOSE TO HK-CHINA BORDER
We shall take bus 78K to Ha Tam Shui Hang, close to the Sha Tau Kok HK-China border crossing check point, From there, we shall walk along the border road called "Lin Ma Hang Road" up to the pass called Pak Kung Au and finally to San Kwai Tin, This part of the journey is quite exposed. We shall then search the paths up to the lead mines and related caves which dated back to 1850 and stopped operation in 1958. Inside the caves tunnels are completely dark. Please bring head-lights or torches and be prepared to move with one group, The return journey will be an up-slope climb to the top of Robin Nest, standing at 492m . Then we shall descend with the pave military road to Sha Tau Kok Road, Bring enough water, gloves,your IDs and be prepared for some brushy parts, As there might be some vertical wells inside the dark caves hikers will be responsible for their own safety.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Fan Ling MTR exit opposite to the Maxim shop.
SUN NOV 22, 2015: RAZOR BACK (TAI TO YAN)
We'll take the bus 64K to pretty Lam Tsuen valley and start hiking earlier than usual to try a new route up to the ridge. We'll face a big climb for sure. The walk along the ridge offers magnificent views. The hike finishes off at Fanling MTR station with second lunch at the Monastery nearby.


Meeting Point: 9:30 Tai Po Market MTR Station near the coffee shop
SUN NOV 29, 2015: HIGH ISLAND SPECIAL AREA EXPLORATION
We will taxi to the start of the High Island East Dam at the end of the Mac 1. From there we`ll explore the geopark area around High Island, which includes the Mok Min Cave and many spectacular rock formations. The coastal scenery is beautiful on a clear day. We`ll take a pitstop on Pak Lap Wan beach for refreshments before finishing at Sha Kiu Tau, where we should be able to get a speedboat back to Sai Kung. If you prefer to keep walking, you can return to the Mac 1. The climbing on this one isn`t too bad. There are some areas a little brushy and care must be taken when exploring the coastal rocks.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at the taxi stand near the main bus terminal in Sai Kung
SUN SEPT 4, 2016: JUNK TRIP
We'll go aboard a junk in the morning and make a tour around the beautiful islands in the north-eastern part of Hong Kong. Remember to bring your swimming suit as we will definitely stop somewhere to swim. We may also take the opportunity to explore some of the islands after swimming. So, please bring along with you a pair of sandals good enough for walking along the shore. Food and drinks are NOT provided, so please bring whatever you need to survive the whole day. I'll divide the junk hire charge among the number of people who ACTUALLY show up. So, feel free to bring your friends along, but you need to book your places in advance. To book your place, or for more information, please email Amanda.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at University MTR station (It's the one immediately before 'Tai Po Market' Station on the East Rail Line. Please DO NOT mix it up with 'HKU' Station, which is on the Hong Kong Island line.
SUN, SEPT 11, 2016: TAI SHUI HANG (MA DAI) STREAM, MA ON SHAN AREA
This is a big stream with lots of giant boulders and plenty of fun places to swim. The highlight is Hero Falls, which has a very deep pool beneath it. Bring your goggles or mask and snorkel as the water is usually clear and you can see all the way to the bottom. Frequent boulder hopping and non-technical rock climbing is necessary. Be prepared to get your feet wet.


Meeting Point: 9:45 am at Tai Shui Hang MTR station, exit B
SATURDAY, SEP 17, 2016: SAM A CHUNG SNORKELING, COAST AND 2 STREAMS TREKS
We shall start from the Bride's pool bus terminus and walk to the source of Sam Ah Chung and do a down-stream trek along its lower course until it hits the sea. At its river mouth where fresh and salt water meet we shall skin-dive to watch corals, fishes, crabs and curious marine creatures . Moving eastwards with a coast trek along the rugged shore, we shall hit Ma Niu Shui and start an upstream climb to a waterfall to rinse our salty body with fresh water. Entering the Ma Niu Ho stream course with some bushy parts, we shall move north to join the Sheung and Ha Mui Tin paths returning to the bus terminus. Bring enough water, gloves, a mask and a snorkel (optional). Recommend to wear shoes while wading waters to prevent cuts from possible sharp edges hidden underwater. Waterproof backpack optional. Hikers will be responsible for their own safety.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Tai Po MTR exit opposite to the coffee shop.
SUN, SEPT 18, 2016: CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH/BUFFET WALK
Hike Grade: moderate (though later on walking around the buffet tables and stuffing yourselves may prove exhausting!)

Description: We leave the MTR and head on to the Wilson Trail. It's up for a while, but mainly through pine trees, and then along in a wide curve with views over the harbour - Quarry Bay, Kai Tak etc. When we come off the Wilson at one point, we can decide how we want to finish depending on time - the easier or the harder, sweatier way.

Bring: Besides the usual, a change of clothes because you can have showers at the Football Club. No towels necessary. On the other hand, you could have the buffet tables to yourself by emanating a special aroma - a 'perfume' that sends people running.

Dress Code: Men: Collared T shirts (does not have to be shirt), no flip flops, neat shorts (not sports or beach shorts) & women accordingly. (Not like you have just been to the beach).

Champagne Brunch: I will book for 12:00 pm (non-hikers, please meet then)

Venue: Hong Kong Football Club, 2nd floor restaurant Sports Road, Causeway Bay/Happy Valley, right by the race course

Cost: $308 per person (cash please) includes all you can eat and drink champagne, juices

Important Things To Do:

1 Ring/text/book/email by Wed, Sept 14 (earlier the better as limited space)

2 TURN OFF YOUR MOBILES/SWITCH TO SILENT before you enter the club.


Meeting Point: Tai Koo Shing MTR Exit B (8:45 am - If you're only coming for buffet, meet time is: 12 pm)


NOTE: Bookings through me essential
SUN, SEPT 25, 2016: SHEK PIK TO SHUI HAU, LANTAU ISLAND
This is a short walk with a few ups and downs and quite a bit of shade, plus a beach. From Mui Wo we'll take the bus to Shek Pik and then walk on the Lantau Trail Stage 9 which rounds Shek Mun Shan, dipping down to the beach at Lo Kei Wan and finishing at Shui Hau. If the day is right, we can continue to Tong Fuk and then walk along the beach all the way to Cheung Sha Wan.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at the Mui Wo ferry pier for the 9:40 ferry to Lantau
SUN, OCT 2, 2016: KENNEDY TOWN TO THE PEAK VIA HIGH WEST
We`ll walk from Kennedy Town up to the Pok Fu Lam Rd to find a walking trail that eventually joins the Hong Kong Trail. Most of these trails are in the shade. If the weather isn`t too hot or wet we`ll divert over High West (494m) to Victoria Peak. Note the trail up to High West is slightly brushy, but is short and nothing too bad. High West offers panoramic views over the western and southern sides of the island. There are a few options once we are at The Peak, but most probably we`ll come down a different trail back to Kennedy Town which offers many transport options. Let`s decide on the day. Before that we`ll explore the gardens around the peak and enjoy an ice cream. On a clear day The Peak offers spectacular views of Hong Kong.


Meeting Point: 9:30am Kennedy Town MTR Exit A
SUN, OCT 9, 2016: PAK SHEK KIU EXPLORATION
After a short taxi ride to the Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail near Allway Gardens, we'll start a steady climb. We'll take a few turns (maybe even some wrong ones) meandering upwards and northwards. We'll probably turn right at Ha Fa Shan, then left towards Sheung Fa Shan, and right towards Pak Shek Kiu. After crossing the Maclehose Trail Stage 9, the last stretch will be on the Kap Lung Forest Trail down towards some special milky treats at 'Farm Milk Co.' I expect the walking will take about 5 hours.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am Exit A at Tsuen Wan MTR
SUN, OCT 16,2016: KAYAKING IN STANLEY
Cost of Renting Kayak: Approx $300 each

Things to Bring: Swimmers, sun cream and protection for lips, hat, sunnies, water shoes (ie Tevas, Keens etc) , T shirts/long sleeved shirt for sun protection for shoulders/arms (you will be supplied with a life jacket), towel, picnic lunch, plenty of water - in a nutshell: beach gear. Also, something waterproof to carry phone in. There are lockers to leave a change of clothes and anything else (not big), and a place to have a quick shower at the end.

We will rent kayaks at a place by the beach and kayak out to sea. Depending on the conditions, we will decide where and how far to go. The prevailing winds can be a factor. We usually cross right over to the other side (never as close as you first may think) and go to a cove with a lovely little beach and hang out as long as we want, swimming etc. If the weather is not suitable for kayaking, we will go on a hike.


Meeting Point: 10:30 am at Stanley Bus Terminus (the one closest to the market)


Note: Please ring to confirm you are coming so I can book kayaks. Thank you.
SUN, OCT 23, 2016: PAK SHEK KIU EXPLORATION PART 2
We'll take a short taxi ride to the trailhead on Route Twisk just before the Gun Club. We'll follow the water catchment until a trail turns uphill to the right towards Sheung Fa Shan. From there we'll probably take many wrong turns, visit many graves and eventually find our way up to Pak Shek Kiu. If time allows, we'll continue by crossing the Maclehose Trail Stage 9, and descending via the Kap Lung Forest Trail down towards Shek Kong. I expect the walking will take 5-6 hours. Long pants are recommended.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am Exit A at Tsuen Wan MTR
SUN, OCT 30, 2016: ROOSTER RIDGE (KAI KUNG LENG)
We`ll take a bus to our starting point in Kiu Tau to begin our climb. The first uphill is reasonably steep and continues upward all the way to a level of about 570 meters. We`ll take our time on the uphill and once we get to the top, the trail will take us mostly downwards (with a few smaller ups here and there). The hike will feature very nice scenery over and around the fully exposed mountain range. If the weather is decent, we`ll get good views of Shenzhen, Pat Heung valley, Yuen Long and, in general, the northern New Territories. Before finishing in Kam Tin village, we have the option of seeing some of the old Tang Ancestral Halls and other old Chinese style buildings. This hike is suitable for all levels of hikers but be prepared for some gravel and loose soil on some of the downhill parts. Please also make sure you bring enough water with you as the weather is still pretty warm.


Meeting Point: 10:00am at Kam Sheung Road MTR (Exit C)
SUN, NOV 6, 2016: VANISHED UPLAND VILLAGES OF S W TAI MO SHAN
We shall follow the water catchment near the Gun Club until a trail turns uphill to the right towards Sheung Fa Shan. Under dense woods and on on ancient trails winding up and down green hill slopes to stream valleys cutting contour lines, there are the massive unused paddy fields and what seemed to be the remains of some ancient attempt to cultivate the highland rice. We shall pass numerous vanished villages: Ngau Lui>Pak Shek Kiu>Sheung Fa Shan>Lin Fa Shan> Sheung Tong stream basin>Tsing Fai Tong> Tsing Lung Tau and encounter a lot of ups and downs, at times bushy on rugged slopes, on soft swampy fields, along rocky tumbling stream basins in the peaceful & serene wilderness. Duration around 6 hours. Ends up at Castle Peak Road near shum Cheng.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am Exit A Tsuen Wan MTR.
SATURDAY, NOV 12, 2016: HO CHUNG WOODS WALK, TATES CAIRN & KOWLOON PEAK
We`ll take a bus to Ho Chung and alight at Marina Cove Shopping Centre. From there we`ll walk along the Ho Chung Road for awhile passing Shing Fung Film Studio en route to Kai Ham Village to find the start of the trail. The path is a little brushy at times as we enter a bamboo forest before ascending briefly to the Maclehose Trail. From there we`ll walk west to Gilwell Campsite and descend back to urban Kowloon . Note that some of the trails are steep, so you are advised to bring a pair of gloves if you prefer to use them as well as shoes suitable for this kind of terrain. Finally, please bring food and plenty of water as it may still be hot.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Choi Hung MTR station, exit C2
SUN, NOV 13, 2016: BIKE RIDE: TUNG CHUNG TO DISNEYLAND AND BACK TO TUNG CHUNG
Cycling distance: 14.48 kms to Disneyland so about 28-30 kms in total

Skills needed: To be confident on a cycle

Cost of hiring bike: $80 or $100 depending on type of bike you choose plus $10 for a helmet

Lunch: A picnic lunch at Disneyland park so it would be nice if you could bring something to share to get into the spirit of it, but not compulsory. There is a Starbucks (can be crowded) and a big Taste at Tung Chung if you want to buy something, but remember to leave time for it. On a Sunday, the park is very likely to be crowded, but it should still be fun. Some bikes come with a basket at front but bring a backpack just in case.

Gear: Wear something you are comfortable cycling in

Description: We shall walk from the station to the bike shop (about 20 minutes) and fit ourselves out with the bikes. We will then ride from the bike shop to Disneyland. First, we will be mainly on bike paths and then along the road to Disneyland, but it is the side road with mainly other cyclists and sometimes passing traffic such as the buses to Disneyland. Although mainly flattish, there are one or two hilly sections, but not too long or steep (you may want to walk your bike up - we will allow it - ha!).

Notes:

1 It takes about 30 minutes from Hong Kong Station to Tung Chung and trains are not so frequent on a Sunday.

2 Do not plan to go to the toilet in Tung Chung (unless early) because it can be very crowded and take too long. There is a toilet at the bike shop.

3 Sometimes there can be mosquitoes at the bike shop so you may want protection.

4 Bring usual things like sun cream, hat (though helmet will give protection), water etc.


Meeting Point: 9:45 am Exit B (Just outside in square near Starbucks) Tung Chung MTR.
SUN, NOV 20, 2016: NE LANTAU: DESTINATION MUI WO
We shall start our walk from the toll collection plaza of the North Lantau Highway heading to our destination of Mui Wo. Depending on the weather you should be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views which include Hong Kong Disneyland and Discovery Bay. The route covers mostly non Govt managed paths and some of these paths may be overgrown and/or brushy. Please bring gloves and plenty of water as this is a long hike. Depending on the time, we may grab a beer and/or some food before heading back to Central on the ferry. Anyone wanting to cut the hike short (at around 4hrs), may do so via Discovery Bay.


Meeting Point: 9:45am at the Lantau Toll Plaza bus stop of the North Lantau Highway. All buses heading to the Airport will pass this bus stop. You should prepare to get off after your bus enters the Tsing Ma Bridge.
SUN, NOV 27, 2016: TIGER ROAR ROCK RIVER
After our bus ride to Shui Hau, we'll walk up to the Lantau Trail and start walking on the water catchment towards Shek Pik until we find the turn-off for Rock River. Our route climbs between two of the Dog Teeth. We'll encounter some brushy areas and short cliffs. Towards the top we will walk over tippy boulders taking care not to let them topple over onto hikers below. At the top of the Rock River, we'll join the Dog Tooth route and continue on to Lantau Peak, finishing at the Tung Chung Road. Please wear long pants, long sleeves and maybe gloves to protect yourself.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Exit B, Tung Chung MTR station
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