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 - SPRING
Listed below are past walks we`ve done through various years in Mar, Apr & May.

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2 MARCH 2003: SHARP PEAK (DETOUR FROM MACLEHOSE STAGE 2)
We plan to walk from Pak Tam Au (end of MacLehose Stage 2) to Tai Long Au then turn left for Nam She Au, Sharp Peak, then Mai Fan Teng, down to the beach at Tung Wan, over to Tai Wan and then back to Tai Long Au to go out the same way we came in. Sturdy shoes with good tread are a must for this hike as there is lots of loose ground.


Meeting Point: 9.00am Diamond Hill MTR Exit C (to take the bus # 96R directly to Pak Tam Au)
9 MARCH 2003: 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 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)
16 MARCH 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!)
23 MARCH 2003: SHAM CHUNG TO HOI HA
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 village. 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 to return. I need to know if you are coming as I need to book the restaurant and the minibus 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).
30 MARCH 2003: KOW KING SHAN, (PEAK EAST OF TUEN MUN, OPPOSITE CASTLE PEAK)
About a 4 hour hike into unknown area, possibly rough in some sections. Fantastic views, weather permitting, over Tuen Mun, Gold Coast and Tai Lam Chung reservoir. We'll catch bus #960 to Tuen Mun and then taxi to the trailhead at Fu Tai Sheung Tsuen. The walk takes us alongside a narrow reservoir and then up up up to Kow King Shan. Rumours are that there are steps. We descend on the other side of the mountain finishing in So Kwun Wat. Second lunch will be at the Gold Coast.


Meeting Point: 9am outside Pacific Place, Admiralty at the east-bound bus stops.
6 APRIL 2003: LANTAU STAGES 5&6
Beautiful walk in the west of Lantau which starts looking over Shek Pik Reservoir and eventually descends down to finish in Tai O.


Meeting Point: 9.20am at Ferry Pier in Central to catch 9.30am ferry to Mui Wo.
13 APRIL 2003: LANTAU PEAK
Lots of steps up and down the second highest peak in Hong Kong but fantastic views over Shek Pik reservoir and the Big Buddha if the weather is good.


Meeting Point: 9.30am at Tung Chung MTR (1 hour from Central)
20 APRIL 2003: CLEARWATER BAY
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 dinner in Po Toi O. This is a fairly easy afternoon hike.


Meeting Point: Tseung Kwan O MTR station 1.30pm
SUN 7 MAR 2004: KOW KING CHAN (PEAK EAST OF TUEN MUN, OPPOSITE CASTLE PEAK)
Fantastic views, weather permitting, over Tuen Mun, Gold Coast and Tai Lam Chung reservoir. We'll catch bus #960 to Tuen Mun and then taxi to the trailhead at Fu Tai Sheung Tsuen. The walk takes us alongside a narrow reservoir and then up up up to Kow King Shan. We descend on the other side of the mountain finishing in So Kwun Wat. Second lunch will be at the Gold Coast.


Meeting Point: 9am outside Pacific Place, Admiralty at the west-bound bus stops.
SUN 14 MAR 2004: CHI MA WAN (EAST HALF)
We'll catch a bus or taxi to Pui O to start the walk. We'll walk past the beach hopefully seeing some of Lantau's wild Buffalo on the way. We'll be following Lantau stage 12 until Shap Long Kau Tsuen where we'll continue following the road past the prison and around the coastline. We'll loop round the coast and return back over Old Man Mountain with its great 360 degree views.


Meeting Point: 9.20am at Mui Wo (Lantau) Ferry Pier in Central
SUN 21 MAR 2004: LENG PEI TSUEN TO NAM CHUNG (NORTH OF PAT SIN LENG)
After taking taxi or minibus to start of the walk, we will start off pretty gently (I think). We walk past the Chinese International Tea Club (I wonder if they let in rif-raff), and on to the Nam Chung Country Trail, which should lead us upwards and on towards the Pat Sing Ling Range, but nowhere near as strenuous (don't quote me!). Once we can reach a point called Ping Teng Au we start the downward run (did I say run, no not really!) (or if we are feeling energetic we can take a slight detour further up, many a choice). Then it's on down to Nam Chung/Luk Keng. We can eat there if we want, and then hop on a minibus back to Fanling MTR.


Meeting Point: 10.00am Fanling MTR
SUN 28 MAR 2004: FO TAN TO TAI PO KAU NATURE RESERVE
We'll walk up into Fo Tan from the station to find a good looking trail climbing out of the 'Cottage Area'. This is a beautiful valley that we've seen before from above. We're going to explore, so we might take a few wrong turns and have to back track. Hopefully we will find a way all the way up to Grassy Hill. If not, we will definitely connect with Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve where we will have time to take the long route to explore this scenic forest. We'll finish on Tai Po Road where buses take us back to town.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Fo Tan MTR Station
SUN 4 APR 2004: KEUNG SHAN COUNTRY TRAIL, LANTAU (WEST OF SHEK PIK RESERVOIR) NOTE: CHING MING FESTIVAL
We'll catch a bus to Shek Pik and start walking at this reservoir following Lantau Trail stage 8 until meeting the start of the Keung Shan Country Trail. This is a fairly easy walk - with a lot of flat sections. We'll finish on Keung Shan road near the turn-off for the Buddha from where we can catch a bus to Mui Wo or Tung Chung


Meeting Point: 9.20am at Mui Wo (Lantau) Ferry Pier in Central
SUN 11 APR 2004: FO TAN TO TAI PO KAU NATURE RESERVE (NOTE: EASTER DAY)
We'll walk up into Fo Tan from the station to find a good looking trail climbing out of the 'Cottage Area'. This is a beautiful valley that we've seen before from above. We're going to explore, so we might take a few wrong turns and have to back track. Hopefully we will find a way all the way up to Grassy Hill. If not, we will definitely connect with Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve where we will have time to take the long route to explore this scenic forest. We'll finish on Tai Po Road where buses take us back to town.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Fo Tan MTR Station
SUN 18 APR 2004: 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.


Meeting Point: University MTR 2:30 pm (Do not be late as we have to get to the Ma Lui Shui Ferry Pier for 3:00 ferry which is 15 mins from the MTR).
SUN 25 APR 2004: WATERFALL HIKE AND KADOORIE FARM
We'll take bus 64K to Ng Tung Chai and start walking from there. We walk up shady stone steps past 4 beautiful waterfalls. Bring your swim gear as we'll probably stop for a dip if it is not too crowded. From there we will try to find the trail back down through Kadoorie farm where we can visit the animal section where they care for injured wild animals and the information area where you can learn about the work Kadoorie farm has done over the years developing new crop and animal varieties suitable for farming in Hong Kong's climate. (See http://www.kfbg.org.hk/ )


Meeting Point: 9.30am Tai Po Market MTR
SUN 9 MAY 2004: MACLEHOSE TRAIL STAGE 9 TO HO PUI RESERVOIR AND PAT HEUNG
We'll take a bus or taxi up Route Twisk to the start of the MacLehose Trail Stage 9. The trail is mostly shaded and gentle. We'll take a couple of short detours to bag the minor peaks in the area (for the record book) and then take a right turn on a Country Park Trail down to Ho Pui Reservoir. After the reservoir, there are several choices for routes through villages and fields back to the road. Overall this will be quite a relaxed hike.


Meeting Point: 9:30am, Tsuen Wan MTR Station Exit A
SUN 16 MAY 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.


Meeting Point: 9:30 Choi Hung MTR Station, Exit C
SUN 23 MAY 2004: 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. 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.


Meeting Point: 9:20 at the Central Ferry Piers for the 9:30 ferry to Mui Wo
SUN 30 MAY 2004: TAI PO KAU - RED/YELLOW TRAILS
This nature reserve is one of the few genuine areas of rainforest left in Hong Kong. It is very shaded and easy, so should be a good introduction to HK's flora and fauna.


Meeting Point: 9.30 a.m at Taipo MTR-We`ll get a taxi to the Reserve
SUN MAR 6, 2005: TSEUN WAN TO YUEN LONG ON THE YUEN LONG ANCIENT TRAIL
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 this is where my notes will be of use, or it may be an adventure. Parts I am sure you have done before. We end up in Yuen Long hopefully for at least a drink, and then a bus back home.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Tsuen Wan MTR, exit which points to big buses (exit A)
SUN MAR 13, 2005: SAI KUNG WEST EXPLORATION
We explored some 'orange' trails in the area of Maclehose Stage 3. We got off the bus at Pak Tam Chung and took the nature trail from near the Visitor Centre. We turned left onto the trail leading to Ping Tun and then turned left again at a major junction. At the top of the hill we found a small trail veering left which took us to the top of Tai Tun for fantastic views over the whole park. As we didn't want to continue on this trail back toward Pak Tam Chung, we headed back down to the main trail and then took a right turn on an old trail to take us towards the valley bottom. We zigzagged through the viney woods for a while, following various indistinct trails until we emerged at a large private commercial garden (slipping easily under the barbed wire to get to the road). After a turn around the garden, we found the exit and discovered we were on the road near Ping Tun. We followed the quiet paved road around and up to Wong Ma Ying and then followed a well-established path, much of it of ancient origin down to Ngong Wo village where we saw a wild boar crossing the path in front of us.


Meeting Point: 9.30am Exit C1, Diamond Hill MTR
SUN MAR 20, 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 (1 hour from Central)
SUN APR 3, 2005: 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.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Tai Po Market MTR Station
SUN APR 10, 2005: NORTHERN PLOVER COVE PARK
We'll taxi to the Wu Kau Tang Country Trail on Bride's Pool Road. After a nice climb to the ridge and a descent to the pass, we'll turn left on the trail to Lai Chi Wo, the old walled village. From Lai Chi Wo we'll take the northern route past So Lo Pun with a walk along the beach on Starlet Inlet to end at Luk Keng. This route will take us to a few out-of-the-way places with not too much difficulty.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Tai Po MTR Station
SUN APR 17, 2005: SAI KUNG - N-S TRAVERSE
We'll take taxis towards Ping Tun at the top of the Tai Mong Tsai valley. From there the trail will take us north to Lui Ta Shek, on Maclehose 3 to Cheung Sheung, and then NE ending at Hoi Ha Road. Expect a nice scenic climb over Lui Ta Shek, then steady going all the way.


Meeting Point: 9.30am Exit C, Choi Hung MTR or 10:15am Sai Kung bus terminus (by pre-arrangement only)
SUN APR 24, 2005: TAI PO KAU - RED/YELLOW TRAILS
This nature reserve is one of the few genuine areas of rainforest left in Hong Kong. It is very shaded and easy, so should be a good introduction to HK's flora and fauna. I will try to get some handouts of the flora and fauna of the area so we can clued up on the creepy crawlies. Afterwards, we'll share lunch at nearby Little Egret Restaurant.


Meeting Point: 9.30 a.m at Tai Po MTR Station. We`ll get a taxi to the Reserve.
SUN MAY 1, 2005: SAI KUNG - PAK HANG VALLEY
We'll follow the Maclehose Trail from Pak Tam Au to Chek Kong and then find the path southwards following the Pak Hang valley. There are a couple of steep climbs but not hard for us. When we meet the Luk Wu Country trail we'll turn right and then make a left to climb Tai Cham Koi and then Tin Mei Shan. The trail down to Sai Kung Sai Wan Road may be a little brushy. Or, if the weather is hot, we'll take a detour to the Luk Wu pools instead. Bring your swimmers just in case.


Meeting Point: 9.30am Exit C1, Diamond Hill MTR
SUN MAY 8, 2005: THE FIVE GREAT POOLS OF THE NORTHEAST (PART 1)
The Ka-Lung Pool and the Old Dragon Pool. We'll take the minibus to Nam Chung, walk along Nam Chung Road to the Country Park Office, and then walk down the Ping-Ka stream to the Ka-Lung Pool. We will then retrace our steps and enter the Ping-Nam Stream at the dam on Nam Chung Road. We will climb upstream via the Old Dragon Pool and leave at either the first or second exit on to the Nam Chung Country Trail depending on how we are doing for time. Note this hike involves some basic rock climbing which, although not technically difficult, is not without risk.


Meeting Point: 9:30 at Fan Ling MTR Station
SUN MAY 15, 2005: THE FIVE GREAT POOLS OF THE NORTHEAST (PART 2)
The Bride's Pool, Mirror Pool, and the Dragon Ball Pool. 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. Note this hike involves some basis rock climbing which, although not technically difficult, is not without risk.


Meeting Point: 9:30 at Tai Po Market MTR Station
SUN MAY 22, 2005: THE FIVE GREAT POOLS OF THE NORTHEAST (PART 1)
The Ka-Lung Pool and the Old Dragon Pool. We'll take the minibus to Nam Chung, walk along Nam Chung Road to the Country Park Office, and then walk down the Ping-Ka stream to the Ka-Lung Pool. We will then retrace our steps and enter the Ping-Nam Stream at the dam on Nam Chung Road. We will climb upstream via the Old Dragon Pool and leave at either the first or second exit on to the Nam Chung Country Trail depending on how we are doing for time. Note this hike involves some basic rock climbing which, although not technically difficult, is not without risk.


Meeting Point: 9:30 at Fan Ling MTR Station
SUN MAY 29, 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. 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
THURS MAR 2, 2006: NG TUNG WATERFALLS AND TAI MO SHAN
We'll take bus no. 64K from Tai Po Market MTR station and leave at Ng Tung Chai bus stop. Then go up to Ng Tung Chai village and arrive at the Lower Ng-Tung Falls, then the Middle Ng-Tung Falls and have lunch at the Long Falls. After lunch & rest, will continue to go up to the Straggling-Hair Falls. Afterwards, we'll climb & take MacLehose Trail no. 8 to Tai Mo Shan (the highest mountain in Hong Kong of 957M). Finally, we will take Tai Mo Shan Road downhill and the hiking ends at Route Twisk where we can take bus no. 51 or taxi to Tsuen Wan. This is THURSDAY - special treat!


Meeting Point: 9.30am Tai Po Market MTR station near the escalator
FRI MAR 3, 2006: SHARP PEAK (DETOUR FROM MACLEHOSE STAGE 2)
We will share taxis to Pak Tam Au (end of MacLehose Stage 2) and follow the easy trail to Tai Long Au. Then we'll turn left to start on the rugged trail for Nam She Au, Sharp Peak, then Mai Fan Teng, down to the beach at Tung Wan, over to Tai Wan and then back to Tai Long Au to go out the same way we came in. Sturdy shoes with good tread are a must for this hike as there is lots of loose ground. Be prepared to spend some extra time enjoying the spectacular mountain views and beaches. Note: This is FRIDAY - special treat!


Meeting Point: 10.00am Sai Kung bus terminus
SUN MAR 5, 2006: MACLEHOSE 9 & 10
This is an easy, shaded, downhill and flat (good for meditative purposes). Lovely reservoir walk and we will picnic somewhere. There are other trails branching off that we may explore, but we'll see.


Meeting Point: 9.30 am at Tsuen Wan MTR near Exit B, then taxi to Tsuen Kam Au.
SUN MAR 12, 2006: LANTAU CABLE CAR TRAIL
This is a brand new trail built to access the new cable car, so we haven't been there before. It promises to be steep and exposed with (hopefully) fantastic views. We'll start on the coastal path towards Tai O until we meet the new trail. From there it will be up, up, up following the pylons until we near the Big Buddha. For the way down, we'll follow go down through the woods around Shek Pik reservoir ending our walk on South Lantau near the dam.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Tung Chung MTR Station (30 mins from Central and trains run only every 10 mins)
SUN MAR 19, 2006: NAM SANG WAI
A flat walk around an area of wetlands, ponds and mangroves near Yuen Long. We'll take bus # 76K from the train station and get off at Hung Mo Kiu. From there we'll follow roads and trails around the wetlands between the Kam Tin River and the Shan Pui River. Since we haven't visited this area before there may be a few surprises. According to reports, we will be able to take a sampan across the Kam Tin River towards the end of the hike. Bring cameras, binoculars and nature books if you like and we'll take our time to explore the area.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Yuen Long West Rail Station
SUN MAR 26, 2006: 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: 9:20am to get the 9:30am ferry to Mui Wo, Central Ferry Piers
SUN APR 2, 2006: LANTAU TRAIL STAGES 5-6
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: 9:20 at the Central Ferry Piers for the 9:30 ferry to Mui Wo
WED APR 5, 2006: PENG CHAU ISLAND TOUR
We'll take the ferry to Peng Chau and then plan to see every corner of this little island followed by lunch at a local eatery. There's one hill, as far as we know. Please contact Elaine to confirm because she may cancel or change the hike at short notice.


Meeting Point: 9:20 at the Central Ferry Piers for the 9:30 ferry to Peng Chau
SUN APRIL 9, 2006: VIOLET HILL AND THE TWINS
A nice little workout with the infamous "twins" and the 900+ concrete steps. Then we go eat in Stanley.


Meeting Point: 9.30 am at the lobby for Hong Kong Parkview in Tai Tam Country Park
FRI APR 14, 2006 (GOOD FRIDAY): MACLEHOSE STAGE 2
We'll taxi around the High Island Reservoir to the end of the road, then follow the Maclehose trail past some of Hong Kong's most scenic beaches. There are plenty of hills and a possible restaurant stop if time permits. Be prepared for a long day. It's hard to keep a stiff pace when the beaches are so enticing.


Meeting Point: 10:00 am at the taxi stand at Sai Kung bus terminus
SUN APR 16, 2006: HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR TO SHA KIU FOR LUNCH (EASTER WEEKEND)
We'll start on the trail past the little village museum in Sai Kung Country Park and go all the way to the High Island dam. Turning right, we'll cross the dam on the road and then turn right again following the road downhill. Towards the bottom, there's a trail to the left which is clearly marked as closed ...yes, that's our trail. It's mostly flat following the headland past an abandoned village and arriving at a pretty bay with a restaurant at Sha Kiu. After lunch hikers can continue up the trail back to the reservoir road or hire the slow boat back to Sai Kung for easier digestion.


Meeting Point: 10am at the Sai Kung Bus Terminus near the toilets and the garden pool
SUN APR 23, 2006: TSING YI ISLAND CIRCUIT
From the MTR station we will walk to the bus stop and after a 10-minute bus ride (KMB no. 248M) we start walking briskly upwards at the northern entrance of the Tsing Yi nature trail. From the top of the main hill we will enjoy good views of the harbour and Lantau, Lamma and Hong Kong Island as well as the sprawling concrete jungle of Kowloon. Highest point is 334 metres. On the way down towards the new container terminal 9 we will observe the work in the container terminals. We can take refreshments at Maritime Square . The HK Trampers said that this "walk can be quite challenging" but didn't specify why (steps?) and they did it in May when it is reasonably hot. But apparently there are possible early exits, if you run out of steam or water.


Meeting Point: 9:30 Tsing Yi MTR Station
SUN MAY 7, 2006: PEAK TO WANCHAI GAP
This walk is Stages 1-3 of the 50-km Hong Kong Trail. It is a pleasant easy leafy walk with great views. Perfect for steamy days. We can walk up Aberdeen Reservoir Road and then catch a taxi or bus from near the Police Museum (which is free and worth a look) on Wanchai Gap. We can also alter this walk slightly if we feel like it.


Meeting Point: 9:30 Meet near Peak Lookout Restaurant
SUN MAY 14, 2006: DRAGON BALL POOL AND PAT SIN LENG NATURE TRAIL
From Tai Po Market MTR we'll bus to the start of the hike on Bride's Pool Road and enter the Wang Chung stream. We'll climb upstream via the Dragon Ball Pool and the many waterfalls and other pools along the way, to the Pat Sin Leng Nature Trail, and return to Bride's Pool Road. Bring your swimming gear ...don't be disappointed! Note: this hike involves some basic rock climbing which, although not technically difficult, is not without risk.


Meeting Point: 9:30 at Tai Po Market MTR Station
SUN MAY 21, 2006: KA LUNG POOL AND OLD DRAGON POOL
Due to rain, we actually walked the Wilson Trail Stage 10 instead followed by delicious Poon Choi lunch in Tai Mei Tuk. We'll take the minibus to Nam Chung, walk along Nam Chung Road to the Country Park Office, and then walk down the Ping-Ka stream to the Ka-Lung Pool. We will then retrace our steps and enter the Ping-Nam Stream at the dam on Nam Chung Road. We will climb upstream via the Old Dragon Pool and leave at either the first or second exit on to the Nam Chung Country Trail depending on how we are doing for time. Last time we went we swam 5 times so do bring your swimmers. Also, please be prepared for some slippery sections and rock climbing along the stream bed.


Meeting Point: 9:30 at Fan Ling MTR Station
SUN MAY 28, 2006: MA SHI CHAU NATURE TRAIL, PLOVER COVE
At Tai Po Market terminus, 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"). This island was aptly named by locals because the shape of the island, viewed from an elevated angle, resembles a heap of horse manure. It is joined to Yim Tin Tsai by a sand bar (called a tombolo). The rock formations in this area were shaped 360 million years ago. It's the oldest rock base in Hong Kong, from which we can learn more about the characteristics of ancient rocks and fossils. There are several "interpretation" signs erected along the trail, telling how old the rocks were formed and so on. This walk is quite short, but I have allowed time for fossil hunting, gawping at scenery. We might check out other nooks and crannies in the vicinity if we feel like it.


Meeting Point: 9:30 Tai Po Market MTR Station
SUN MAR 4, 2007: PLOVER COVE CIRCUIT
Great views. Some rough bits. We'll take a taxi to Wu Kau Tang (near Bride's Pool) and finish at the main dam at Tai Mei Tuk. Good Thai food at the end of the hike.


Meeting Point: 9:30am Tai Po Market MTR Station
SUN MAR 11, 2007: CHI MA WAN PENINSULA, LANTAU ISLAND
From Mui Wo, we'll take a short (by Lantau standards) bus ride to Pui O and walk to Chi Ma Wan Peninsula. After climbing Lo Yan Shan (Old Man's Mountain), we'll make a circuit of the southern half of the peninsula, hugging the coastline and finishing on Pui O Beach. This hike features spectacular views ... weather permitting, of course.


Meeting Point: 9:20am to get the 9:30am ferry to Mui Wo, Central Ferry Piers
SUN MAR 18, 2007: 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 (although Kim will probably wear shorts anyway.) 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.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Tai Po MTR Station
SUN MAR 25, 2007: 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.). Its a bit overgrown, apparently (I haven't summited it yet). 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
SATURDAY MAR 31, 2007: LONGEST HIKE IN MACAU (PLUS LATE LUNCH)
We'll take the ferry to Macau (about 1 hour) and then taxi to the trail head on Coloane Island. The walk is on well-marked trails skirting the wooded peaks of the island. After the walk, we'll stop in at Fernando's for a leisurely lunch. Bring your passport (or HKPID), cash for the ferry and food and a change of clothes so you can be dry for the return ferry ride.


Meeting Point: 9:00 am at Shun Tak Centre outside outside the ticket booths for the Macau Ferry at Shun Tak Centre, Sheung Wan Note: This hike is on a Saturday!
SUN APR 8, 2007: TUNG CHUNG TO THE BUDDHA--BACK ROUTE
We'll follow the trail along the shoreline from Tung Chung, beside the airport, all the way along to Sham Shek Tsuen. From there the map shows a trail ascending to Ngong Ping, finishing under the Cable Car. We might go that way, but if the trail is too brushy, we'll continue along the shoreline to Sham Wat Road and then explore the area around Keung Shan where there are several interesting monasteries. That's right, the hike leader hasn't been there before, so expect to take some 'wrong' turns along the way.


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 APR 15, 2007: CLEARWATER BAY WALK/JUNK PEAK
We'll take a taxi from the MTR to Clearwater Bay Road and from there walk over the ridgetop with Clearwater Bay on the left and Tseung Kwan O on the right. We'll climb High Junk Peak and then descend to explore more trails in the Eastern part of Clearwater Bay Country Park.


Meeting Point: 9.30am at Hang Hau MTR Exit A
SUN APR 22, 2007: CLOUDY HILL
Walking from the train station we'll follow the Wilson Trail to climb Cloudy Hill. From there we have lots of options including a short jaunt up Lung Shan, 2 small reservoirs and Sha Lo Tung valley. So there will be at least one big hill, but not too hard overall.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Tai Wo MTR Station (one stop past Tai Po)
SUN APR 29, 2007: WONG NAI CHUNG WAR "BATTLEFIELD TRAIL"
Wong Nai Chung War "Battlefield Trail" and Tai Tam Reservoir Walk Relics from World War II, such as pillboxes, magazines and large concrete cooking stoves are part of this new trail which was opened in 2006 at starts at Parkview to Sir Cecil's Ride. This is short, but we can do a leisurely walk around reservoirs in the area and perhaps then work out a route to Repulse Bay.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Parkview Lobby
SUN MAY 6, 2007: MYSTERY WALK
It will be a combination of historical stuff, food, walking. Don't assume that you won't climb a mountain or ford a stream. I have some good ideas already.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Mark's and Spencer's, Queen's Road, Central
SUN MAY 13, 2007: PO TOI ISLAND
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: St Stephen's Beach, near Stanley at. 9.45 for 10 am ferry
SUN MAY 20, 2007: TUNG PING CHAU
The return ferry is at 5:15pm. More info here; http://www.hkoutdoors.com/outlying-islands/tung-ping-chau.html Bring your swimsuits. 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 MAY 27, 2007: HOI HA ISLAND HOPPING
Then take a short taxi ride to Tai Tan to start the walk. Please carry swimmers as the swimming is great. Walk to Hoi Ha ferry pier and then onto the island from there. We can spend a couple of hours on the island and then back to Wong Shek Ferry pier if things go right or overnight on the unknown island!


Meeting Point: Meet at 9.30 am for a short brekkie & coffee at Ali Ole Caf? close to the Sai Kung Bus terminus.
SUN MAR 2: TAP MUN ISLAND
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Meeting Point: 9:15am Wong Shek Pier & take 9:30am ferry to Grass Island
SUN MAR 9: MOUNT HALLOWES ATTEMPT
We've made 2 half-hearted attempts in the past to find a reasonable trail up Mt Hallowes. This time I'd like to complete the task, or confirm that it's impossible. It's only brush afterall, that might stop us. We'll take minibus number 7 to Hoi Ha and from there start looking at options for climbing Mt Hallowes. According to the map (not very reliable) there are 3 possible trail heads: one near Hoi Ha, one near Nam Shan Tung and the third near the Caritas Siu Tung Camp. If things go according to plan, we'll ascend from Hoi Ha, and descend to the Caritas camp. Then we'll still have time to climb Shek Uk Shan, Wa Mei Shan and then take the valley bottom route via Pak Tam back to Pak Tam Chung.


Meeting Point: 9.30 am: Sai Kung main bus terminal near the fountain and public toilets
SUN MAR 16: HUNG SHEK MUN ROUND TRIP
We'll take a taxi to Wu Kau Tang Village and start our hike there. In the first part of the walk, we'll walk up and along the ridge on the northern side of Plover Cove Reservoir. After climbing up to Ma Yau Fung, we'll walk over a few more hills to Hung Shek Mun Au. From Hung Shek Mun Au we'll descend to Hung Shek Mun Tsuen, and walk to the beautiful seashore of Hung Shek Mun. Then we'll walk back on lowlands past some abandoned villages to Wu Kau Tang. There may be some brushy areas.


Meeting Point: 9.30 am at the Tai Po Market Train Station
SUN MARCH 23: HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR TO SHA KIU FOR LUNCH (EASTER WEEKEND)
We'll start on the trail past the little village museum in Sai Kung Country Park and go all the way to the High Island dam. Turning right, we'll cross the dam on the road and then turn right again following the road downhill. Towards the bottom, there's a trail to the left which is clearly marked as closed ...yes, that's our trail. It's mostly flat following the headland past an abandoned village and arriving at a pretty bay with a restaurant at Sha Kiu. After lunch hikers can continue up the trail back to the reservoir road or hire the slow boat back to Sai Kung for easier digestion.


Meeting Point: 9.30 am at the Sai Kung Bus Terminus near the toilets and the garden pool
SUN MAR 30: MACLEHOSE TRAIL STAGES 1 AND/OR 2
Flat paved road all the way (private cars not allowed, only taxis) This completely flat stage is popular with joggers. Climb over one hill after the reservoir road to get to a gorgeous beach. By not later than 12.00 we should have arrived at the end of stage 1. Either you do section 2 next or you turn around and walk back, unless... you are lucky enough to find a taxi which has just dropped someone off at the start of stage 2. Those who would like to skip stage 1 could join us there by taxi, also from Sai Kung.


Meeting Point: 09.30 in Sai Kung at bus station, near the toilets and the garden pool. From there we take a taxi to the start of the walk.
SUN APRIL 6: LEAD MINE PASS, MACLEHOSE 8 AND TAI MO SHAN
OK gang, let's try this one again. The last time this hike was scheduled for what turned out to be one of the most polluted days on record. 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. If enough people want to continue, we'll go on Maclehose 9 and the Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail to Tsuen Wan.


Meeting Point: Tai Po Market MTR, 9:30am
SUN APRIL 13: MUI WO TO PUI O VIA THE PENINSULA
We'll start walking right from the Mui Wo, ferry pier. Half way we will have a super view towards Cheung Chau. We can decide to have afterwards some food at: "Ooh La La" a restaurant in Pui O, or head back to Mui Wo for a bite over there.


Meeting Point: 9.20am at the Central Ferry Pier to catch the 9.30am ferry to Mui Wo
SUN APRIL 20: LANTAU TRAIL STAGES 9-11
We'll take the ferry to Mui Wo and then the Tai O bus to Shek Pik Reservoir. We will follow the undulating walk on stage 9 to Shui Hau, passing a pretty, secluded beach, walk along the shady catchwater on Stage 10 to the Tung Chung Road and continue along a catchwater on Stage 11 to Pui O. 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 APRIL 27: WILSON STAGE 10: PAK SING LENG TO NAM CHUNG
We'll bus or taxi (around HK$60) to Tai Mei Tuk where you see the notice board with map. At the end, we'll catch the minibus from Luk Keng Wong Uk to Fan Ling MTR. We have a hill start, then it is a fairly easy 3 hour ramble. Walk through bamboo forests and abandoned villages on traditional stone laid paths. Shaded most of the way. Good views of Shenzhen. We could alter the route slightly - depends on what we feel like!


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Tai Po Market MTR Station
SUN MAY 4, 2008: MYSTERY WALK
It will be a combination of historical stuff, food, walking. Don't assume that you won't climb a mountain or ford a stream.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Tai Po Market MTR Station
SATURDAY MAY 10, 2008: PEAK EVENING HIKE
We will take escalator to meet Alice in the end of escalator, and climb half hour up to the Peak, maybe have a drink in Pacific coffee, then climb down from Pok Fu Lam park. then take bus to central to have very different food together: yummy Vietnam food called "Ya-Chuang" in Wellington Street because this restaurant is so popular, so maybe we better to make reservation first, so if any one wants to go, PLS inform me before 5/9 Friday.


Meeting Point: 4:00pm at in HK station, E1 exit, there is a information center near Godiva Note: This hike is on a Saturday!
SUN MAY 11, 2008: TUNG LUNG CHAU
Tung Lung Chau is just off the tip of Clearwater Bay Peninsula, circular in shape and about 2 km in diameter. It is largely bare of trees with a 232 peak in the middle of the island. This walk will take you anti-clockwise around the island and over the peak and takes in the shorter route to Tung Lung Fort. Apparently there are small shops selling food and drinks on the island.


Meeting Point: Sai Wan Ho MTR Station (Island Line) at 9 am. We have to walk to the Sai Wan Ho ferry pier at 9.45 am
SUN MAY 18, 2008: SHUI LO CHO POOLS (LANTAU ISL.)
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 MAY 25, 2008: ART "HIKE" -A RAMBLE WITH A DIFFERENCE!
Art is what you make it. Be it on top of a mountain or in the urban jungle. While the route is still being worked out, you will be traversing Hong Kong to some out-of-the way art "depots" and some close to town. We'll make some "conceptual" art on top of some peak, so wear your artistic hiking gear. Come and make your own art statement as the weather warms up.


Meeting Point: 10:00 am at Marks and Spencers, Central
SUN MARCH 1: KOW KING SHAN (PEAK EAST OF TUEN MUN, OPPOSITE CASTLE PEAK)
Fantastic views, weather permitting, over Tuen Mun, Gold Coast and Tai Lam Chung reservoir. We'll catch bus #960 to Tuen Mun and then taxi to the trailhead at Fu Tai Sheung Tsuen. The walk takes us alongside a narrow reservoir and then up up up to Kow King Shan. We descend on the other side of the mountain finishing in So Kwun Wat. Second lunch will be at the Gold Coast.


Meeting Point: 9am outside Pacific Place, Admiralty at the west-bound bus stops.
SATURDAY MARCH 7: HONG KONG TRAIL
We'll walk the entire 50km at a good pace, no running. The target pace is 5km per hour. Lazier or slower types (normal hikers) can meet at noon for the 25km afternoon walk ending in Shek O. Or they can start with the main group and catch up by taxi! Celebration dinner at the end, obviously!


Meeting Point: 6:50AM at lower Peak Tram station to take the 7am tram to the Peak. Note: This hike is on a Saturday!
SUN MARCH 15: SNOWDON & BEN NEVIS HIKE? (IT'S TRUE!)
No air tickets to Wales or Scotland required. Starting from Kwu Tung we shall climb the incline to the top of Ki Lung Hill (ridiculously named as Snowdon by the former army) to see defensive positions overseeing the Lok Ma Chau crossing. After finishing the Snowdon Pass shall climb Tai Law Tin (ridiculously Ben Nevis) protecting the Cassino Lines (WW II in Italy, now a PLA camp). Could see the Chinese side of the border and the Fanling Golf Course. Descend SW to the mysterious Chinese Lung Tam Ancient Temple, pass thru villages of Cheung Lek, Lin Tong Mei to reach Fan Kam Road for transportation home. NO food or water all the way except the last portion. No water treading, but we may meet some bush.


Meeting Point: 10:00 am Sheung Shui Rail station in front of Maxim's Fast Food.
SUN MARCH 22: 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 (although Kim will probably wear shorts anyway.) 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.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Tai Po MTR Station
SUN MARCH 29: IN SEARCH OF THE FAT SHAN FERRY MEMORIAL STONE, LANTAU EAST
Starting from Lantau Link Toll Collection bus stop, walk up to the top of Fa Ping Tang (Vase Hill) & descend to Tso Wan (Grass Beach). Transcend Fa Ping (Vase ) Beach to Pa Tau Kwu (Overtaking Drum) headland in search of the memorial stone recording the tragedy of sinking the Hong Kong-Macau Fat Shan ferry. All the people on board died by an incoming typhoon capsizing the vessel. Walk up to the top of Tai Yum Tang (Big Cloudy Top) and down to Tsing Chau Chai (Small Green Island) then back to Lantau Link Toll plaza for taking a city-bound bus home. We will have an aerial view of Disneyland and a magnificent harbour view. We will have to walk along rugged sea coast at times. Bring food, water & gloves.


Meeting Point: 9:45 am Lantau Link Toll Collection Plaza bus stop (west bound to the airport--first stop after the Tsing Ma bridge).
SUN APRIL 5: WATER TUNNEL EXPLORATION -TING KAU
Start from Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trial up to top of Shek Lung Kung, divert from the main trial & follow a maze of hill trials down to the Ting Kau water catchment. Explore a series of three tunnels, comparatively shorter than the last Tai Lam tunnel we visited. No bats should be expected. Bring along a good working torch & prepare your shoes for getting wet. It may involve a little bit of climbing on the water catchment wall, around 6 feet tall. Move out of the tunnels to reach Sham Tseng Settlement Reservoir & then all the way back to Tsing Lung Tau. (Late lunch in that Tsing Lung Tau Dim Sum restaurant.)


Meeting Point: 9:30 am Exit A at Tsuen Wan MTR
SUN APRIL 12: HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR TO SHA KIU FOR LUNCH (EASTER WEEKEND)
This is rapidly becoming our 'Easter hike' We'll start on the trail past the little village museum in Sai Kung Country Park and go all the way to the High Island dam. Turning right, we'll cross the dam on the road and then turn right again following the road downhill. Towards the bottom, there's a trail to the left which is clearly marked as closed ...yes, that's our trail. It's mostly flat following the headland past an abandoned village and arriving at a pretty bay with a restaurant at Sha Kiu. After lunch hikers can continue up the trail back to the reservoir road or hire the slow boat back to Sai Kung for easier digestion.


Meeting Point: 9.30 am at the Sai Kung Bus Terminus near the toilets and the garden pool
SUN APRIL 19: 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: 9:30 Tai Po Market MTR Station (1 hour from Central!)
SUN APRIL 26: IN SEARCH OF THE FAT SHAN FERRY MEMORIAL STONE, LANTAU EAST
Last time we could not reached the memorial stone due to high tide. This time we shall descend from another spur hopefully looking for it. Starting from Lantau Link Toll Collection bus stop, walk along the coast & descend to Tso Wan (Grass Beach). Transcend Fa Ping (Vase ) Beach to Pa Tau Kwu (Overtaking Drum) headland in search of the memorial stone recording the tragedy of sinking the Hong Kong-Macau Fat Shan ferry. All the people on board died by an incoming typhoon capsizing the vessel. Then we shall climb all the way up to the top of Tai Yum Tang (Big Cloudy Top) and return to Lantau Link Toll plaza for taking a city-bound bus home. Shall have an aerial view of Disneyland and a magnificent harbour view from its Western entrance. Need to walk along rugged slopes fully exposed under the sun. Bring food, water & gloves.


Meeting Point: 9:45 am Lantau Link Toll Collection Plaza bus stop (west bound to the airport--first stop after the Tsing Ma bridge).
SUN MAY 3: TAI PO KAU NATURE WALK
This nature reserve is one of the few genuine areas of rain forest left in Hong Kong. It is very shaded and easy, around 10 kms and there will be plenty of flora and fauna to spot. Bring your binoculars and any of your favorite bug and plant reference books.


Meeting Point: 9.30 a.m at Taipo MTR-We`ll get a taxi to the Reserve
SUN MAY 10: MA SHI CHAU (HORSE MANURE) NATURE TRAIL, PLOVER COVE
At Tai Po Market terminus, 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 Nature Trail is located on the south-eastern side of Ma Shi Chau ("Horse Manure Island"). This island was aptly named by locals because the shape of the island, viewed from an elevated angle, resembles a heap of horse manure. It is joined to Yim Tin Tsai by a sand bar (called a tombolo). The rock formations in this area were shaped 360 million years ago. It's the oldest rock base in Hong Kong, from which we can learn more about the characteristics of ancient rocks and fossils. There are several "interpretation" signs erected along the trail, telling how old the rocks were formed and so on. This walk is quite short, we can go fossil hunting and gawp at scenery. Since we are doing a lot of bushwhacking lately, we maybe about to find a route that circles the island when the trails end. Or we might check out other nooks and crannies in the vicinity if we feel like it.


Meeting Point: 9:30 Tai Po Market MTR Station
SUN MAY 17: GOAT, MILK AND A WALK IN THE WOODS
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 3 hours, but I'm usually wrong.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am Exit A at Tsuen Wan MTR
SUN MAY 24: LANTAU TRAIL 7&8 ( CIRCUM. THE COAST LINES FROM SHEK PIK TO TAI O
Walk down path towards Tai Long Tsuen, having to go over a few land slides, some of paths are covered with great rock formation. Head down to Kau Ling Chung beach for a swim and lunch. Then continue on along the coast to Fan lau, seeing more beautiful beaches and small villages. If we have time we will visit Fau Lau Fort on the head land and then continue on to Tai O along the coast. This hike is not too hard but it is a long way, be prepared for the sun as it is not all shaded. ROUTE AND LEADER CHANGED DUE TO HEAVY RAIN.


Meeting Point: Tung Chung MTR (Exit A) @ 9.00am
SUN MAY 31: CHEUNG CHAU "EXPOSED"
Cheung Chau looks like a tiny dumbell on a map of Hong Kong, yet there's far more to it than may appear at first glance. With coastal trails, beaches, small rural valleys, and a village dotted with temples but with only one (police) car, Cheung Chau has plenty to see, the bonus being a pirate's cave and a mini "great wall". We'll eat when we're are done. Your "Dear Leader" is staying on Cheung Chau for the weekend and will meet you at the Cheung Chau Ferry Pier when the boat arrives. We'll ramble for around 3 hours.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am (slow ferry) from Central Outlying Islands Pier
SUN MAR 7: NEW ROUTE UP LANTAU PEAK
We'll ride the bus to Shui Hau and walk up the Lantau Trail towards the catchwater. From there we'll be looking for the 'Third Dog Tooth' trail that ascends a steep ridge to Kau Nga Ling and than onwards to Lantau Peak. Last year we did the first and second teeth, so this year we'll try the longest one which will also be quite exposed. If it's a windy day, we'll have to hang on. For the descent, we'll stay on the Lantau Trail over the open ridges on the east side of Lantau Peak. (Route changed due to bad weather and change of leader.)


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at the Central Ferry Piers for the 9:40 ferry to Mui Wo
SUN MARCH 14: WANCHAI GAP AND THE PEAK
We'll walk up to Wanchai Gap and then follow the Hong Kong Trail back around and up towards Victoria Peak. We'll have a shared lunch somewhere near the Peak Tram before heading our own ways.


Meeting Point: 9:00 am outside Hopewell Centre at Queens Road, Wanchai
SUN MAR 21: SAI LAU KONG
This hike will take us to a small and remote fishing village of Sai Lau Kong. We`ll start by taking a taxi or minibus from Tai Po to Wu Kau Tang to begin the hike. We`ll climb the peaks of Fan Kei Tok (369m) and Tiu Tang Lung (416m) on our way to the village of Sam A Tsuen, after which we`ll continue further on small, little walked trails 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. When going back to Wu Kau Tang, instead of climbing mountains, we`ll take a trail down in the valley. Please bring your flashlights along just in case - we might run out of daylight at the end!


Meeting Point: Tai Po MTR at 9:30am
SUN MAR 28: ERODED HILLS OF WEST NT
We`ll start by taking a taxi to the Ling To Monastery from where we`ll begin our climb to the mountain ridge. There will be plenty of ups and downs but no steps or stairs, so prepare your good hiking shoes (and gloves, if you need them). We`ll head southwards among eroded hills, gullies and ravines, among a scenery quite unique in Hong Kong. We`ll finish close to Leung King Estate in Tuen Mun, where light rail or bus can be taken back to civilization. Total walking distance is about 11km, and it`ll take 5-6 hours from start to finish.


Meeting Point: Tin Shui Wai MTR, exit E1 at 10:00am
SATURDAY APRIL 3: HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR TO SHA KIU FOR LUNCH (EASTER WEEKEND)
This is rapidly becoming our 'Easter hike' We'll start on the trail past the little village museum in Sai Kung Country Park and go all the way to the High Island dam. Turning right, we'll cross the dam on the road and then turn right again following the road downhill. Towards the bottom, there's a trail to the left which is clearly marked as closed ...yes, that's our trail. It's mostly flat following the headland past an abandoned village and arriving at a pretty bay with a restaurant. After lunch hikers can continue up the trail back to the reservoir road or hire the slow boat back to Sai Kung for easier digestion.


Meeting Point: 9.30 am at the Sai Kung Bus Terminus near the toilets and the garden pool Note: This hike is on a Saturday!
SUN APRIL 11: TAI MO SHAN & SHING MUN WOODS WALK
From Tsuen Wan take a mini-bus to Chuen Lung, a village hidden in the Tai Mo Shan famous for its Chinese countryside dim sum. (Sorry we shall not have time to taste the food there) The walk will start from the village along the contour 300 m path towards the Shing Mun woods until reaching a high point at around 600 m hitting the Tai Shing Stream. We shall then be heading back to Tai Po where the hike ends. Expect to climb some slopes.


Meeting Point: 9.30 am at Tsuen Wan MTR Exit A
SUN APRIL 18: THIRD DOG TOOTH TO LANTAU PEAK
We'll ride the bus to Shui Hau and walk up the Lantau Trail towards the catchwater. From there we'll be looking for the 'Third Dog Tooth' trail that ascends a steep ridge to Kau Nga Ling and than onwards to Lantau Peak. Last year we did the first and second teeth, so this year we'll try the longest one which will also be quite exposed. If it's a windy day, we'll have to hang on. For the descent, we'll stay on the Lantau Trail over the open ridges on the east side of Lantau Peak.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at the Central Ferry Piers for the 9:40 ferry to Mui Wo
SUN APRIL 25: SHING MUN RESERVOIR/ARBORETUM HIKE
Taxi to Pineapple Dam and then we'll follow some long meandering paths along the Shing Mun Reservoir and through the woods to the Arboretum. Kate will bring binoculars and guide books so we can take our time looking for birds. We'll finish in Tai Po, perhaps taking a back route rather than the usual Wilson Trail way.


Meeting Point: 9.30 am at Tsuen Wan MTR Exit A
SUN MAY 2: CLOUDY HILL AND BEYOND THE CLOUDS
Up Cloudy Hill (Wilson Trail Section 8) and those steps...we'll go down the hill, bypass the turn off for Pat Sang Leng (that's another trip!) and do Section 10 of the trail till we hit Luk Keng. This might vary slightly after consultation with the Old Regular Rozers...


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Tai Wo MTR Station
SUN MAY 9: SHARP PEAK
We take a boat from Wong Shek Ferry Pier to Ko Lau Wan and then head backwards towards Sharp Peak (but we will not be climbing this!). The bushy trails may be near the beginning if we cannot find an alternative trail. Then, we will be walking out and almost along a ridge and up to Nam She Au (not very high). Eventually we will end up on the very beaten trail of the Maclehose 2, back on concrete to Pak Tam Au (unless we are lucky to grab a small ferry/boat out at Bradbury Hall, but that is kind of hit and miss). This is a very beautiful walk, but exposed so you will need a hat/umbrella is even better, sunblock and plenty of water plus food. WARNING: Be prepared for a possible change of walk if we decide it is too hot on the day for this walk.


Meeting Point: 9:15 am Sai Kung Big Bus terminal on steps near fountain/toilets Alternative: Meet at 8:45 for a morning coffee or breakfast at Cafe Ali Ole DO NOT BE LATE as we want to catch the bus to Wong Shek Pier which leaves at 9:30 am. This bus does not run very often.
SUN MAY 16: GILWELL CAMPSITE, LION ROCK, KOWLOON RESERVOIR
We'll follow Maclehose Trail stages 5 & 6. We start from Gilwell Camp Site, and do the usual ups and downs as we get the Lion Rock spirit above, not below the said Rock. Monkeys may greet us at Kowloon reservoir where we may detour to see some WWII structures. Then we finally end at leafy Shing Mun reservoir before getting a minibus to Tseun Wan MTR. About 4 hours or so should do it.


Meeting Point: Choi Hung MTR Exit B at 9.30 am. We'll take taxi to Gilwell Camp Site
SUN MAY 23: 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
SUN MAY 30: SHUI LO CHO POOLS (LANTAU ISLAND) (RAINY DAY, SO WE DID SOUTH LANTAU COUNTRY TRAIL INSTEAD)
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. 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: 9:30 at the Central Ferry Piers for the 9:40 ferry to Mui Wo
SUN FEB 20, 2011: SUN MAR 9: MOUNT HALLOWES AND MORE
We'll take minibus number 7 to Hoi Ha and from there find the somewhat brushy path for climbing Mt Hallowes. We'll ascend from Hoi Ha, and descend to the Caritas camp. Then we'll still have time to climb Shek Uk Shan, Wa Mei Shan and then take the valley bottom route via Pak Tam back to Pak Tam Chung.


Meeting Point: 9.30 am: Sai Kung main bus terminal near the fountain and public toilets
SUN MAR 6, 2011: VANISHING 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 trials 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 vanishing 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. No food nor water supply all the way & duration around 6 hours. Ends up at Castle Peak Road.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am Exit A Tsuen Wan MTR
SUN MAR 13, 2011: 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 92 bus at 9:30 sharp! Latecomers can taxi to the trailhead.
SUN MAR 20, 2011: 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 Hill, we`ll then turn left and 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 is getting warmer these days.


Meeting Point: 10:00 am at Choi Hung MTR station, Exit A, in front of the Circle K.
SUN MAR 27, 2011: SAI LAU KONG
This hike will take us to a small and remote fishing village of Sai Lau Kong. We`ll start by taking a taxi or minibus from Tai Po to Wu Kau Tang to begin the hike. We`ll climb the peaks of Fan Kei Tok (369m) and Tiu Tang Lung (416m) on our way to the village of Sam A Tsuen, after which we`ll continue further on small, little walked trails 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. When going back to Wu Kau Tang, instead of climbing mountains, we`ll take a trail down in the valley. Please bring your flashlights along just in case - we might run out of daylight at the end!


Meeting Point: Tai Po MTR at 9:30am
SUN APRIL 3, 2011: LION ROCK CLIMB
This time we would start the hike from the middle of the urban areas of Kowloon. From Lok Fu Station we would head towards the Lion Rock, and after some meanderings through the Lok Fu Estate and the Tin Ma Estate we would find ourselves at the BBQ site of Lion Rock Country Park. We would have sufficient warm-up by then to start our climb to the Lion Rock summit via the Handover Pavilion. After enjoying the scenery of the concrete forest from this vantage point, we would descend slowly to Shatin Pass, then into the territory of Ma On Shan Country Park before reaching Sha Tin Wai Station by way of Pok Hong Estate.


Meeting Point: Lok Fu MTR at 9:30am
SUN APRIL 10, 2011: 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
SUN APRIL 17, 2011: TAI MO SHAN & SHING MUN WOODS WALK
From Tsuen Wan take a mini-bus to Chuen Lung, a village hidden in the Tai Mo Shan famous for its Chinese countryside dim sum. (Sorry we shall not have time to taste the food there) The walk will start from the village along the contour 300 m path towards the Shing Mun woods until reaching a high point at around 600 m hitting the Tai Shing Stream. We shall then be heading back to Tai Po where the hike ends. Expect to climb some slopes.


Meeting Point: 9.30 am at Tsuen Wan MTR Exit A
SUN APRIL 24, 2011: HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR TO SHA KIU FOR LUNCH (EASTER WEEKEND)
We'll start on the trail past the little village museum in Sai Kung Country Park and go all the way to the High Island dam. Turning right, we'll cross the dam on the road and then turn right again following the road downhill. Towards the bottom, there's a trail to the left which is clearly marked as closed ...yes, that's our trail. It's mostly flat following the headland past an abandoned village and arriving at a pretty bay with a restaurant at Sha Kiu. After lunch hikers can continue up the trail back to the reservoir road or hire the slow boat back to Sai Kung for easier digestion.


Meeting Point: 10am at the Sai Kung Bus Terminus near the toilets and the garden pool
SUN MAY 1, 2011: TAI MO SHAN & SHING MUN WOODS WALK
From Tsuen Wan take taxis to Chuen Lung, a village hidden in the Tai Mo Shan famous for its Chinese countryside dim sum. (Sorry we shall not have time to taste the food there) The walk will start from the village along the contour 300 m path towards the Shing Mun woods until reaching a high point at around 600 m hitting the Tai Shing Stream. We shall then be heading back to Tai Po where the hike ends. There will be some climbing near the beginning and later we'll descend into Tai Po, but most of the trails are well established and level.


Meeting Point: 9.30 am at Tsuen Wan MTR Exit A
SUN MAY 8, 2011: 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 Hill, we`ll then turn left and 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 is getting warmer these days.


Meeting Point: 10:00 am at Choi Hung MTR station, Exit A, in front of the Circle K.
SUN MAY 15, 2011: 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
SUN MAY 22, 2011: 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. If it's hot on the day, we'll skip the big hill and go around the outside of the peninsula instead.


Meeting Point: Central Ferry Pier at 9.30am for the 9.40am ferry to Mui Wo
SUN MAY 29, 2011: MACAU - COLOANE ISLAND TRAIL
We'll take the ferry to Macau (about 1 hour) and then taxi to the trail head on Coloane Island. The walk is on a well-marked trail skirting the wooded peaks of the island. After the walk, we'll stop in at Fernando's for a most excellent 'second lunch'. Anyone not wanting to hike can meet us at the bar in Fernandos at Hak Sa Beach around 2:00pm. (Don't expect us to be prompt. Relax!) Bring your passport, cash for the ferry and food (Fernando's doesn't take credit cards) and a change of clothes so you can be dry for the return ferry ride.


Meeting Point: 9:00 am sharp outside the ticket booths for the Macau Ferry at Shun Tak Centre, Sheung Wan. We'll take the 9:30 ferry.
SUN MAR 4: CASTLE PEAK PENINSULA RAVINE ADVENTURE
Between Castle Peak and its west coast lies a stream basin mixed with curious landscape and interesting plants. A crescent shaped ravine surrounded by vertical cliffs about 120m is the most spectacular. Its dark narrow winding entrance hidden beneath undergrowth further mystifies it. Once entered deep into the center it suddenly becomes a large 270-degree lecture hall theatre under a bright skylight. We shall first visit Tsing Shan Monastery and move northwest to enter the complex stream basins, which are rich with pitcher plants, orchards, camellia. We shall then pass the disappeared village of Heung Fa Lo and end up in Lung Kwu Beach to take a bus back to Tuen Mun. Paths mostly are loose, gravely, steep and at times bushy with many ups and downs. Bring gloves and wear long trousers.


Meeting Point: 9:45 am at Exit "F" Tuen Mun MTR station (There are direct buses from Central and TST.)
SUN MAR 11: 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. Expect a 4-5 hour walk.


Meeting Point: 9:30am Tung Chung MTR Exit B
SUN MAR 18: 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. 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! Paths might be bushy and please bring enough food & water..


Meeting Point: Tai Po MTR at 9:30am
SUN MAR 25: SHEK PIK TO LANTAU PEAK ON THE DOG'S MIDDLE TOOTH
After our bus ride to Shek Pik, we'll start walking on the Shek Pik Country Trail. We'll find a narrow trail to climb one of the steep ridges to Kau Nga Ling and eventually Lantau Peak. This hike is quite exposed. If it's a windy day, we'll have to hang on. For the descent, we'll stay on the Lantau Trail over the open ridges on the east side of Lantau Peak.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at the Central Ferry Piers for the 9:40 ferry to Mui Wo
SUNDAY APRIL 1: KI LUN SHAN
We'll take taxis or a bus to the starting point close to Yau Tam Mei San Tsuen to the north of Yuen Long. The walk starts off easy on a paved flat road but after a while we'll start our climb to the first hill with the highest peak at around 300 meters. After that, we'll take a reasonably steep (expect slightly brushy and no developed steps) descent before doing another up to the Ki Lun Shan (222 meters). We'll try to locate a trail that will take us to Wing Ping Tsuen where we will finish and can stop to see an old Chinese building called Tai Fu Tai Mansion. It's not a very long walk but expect a few steep ups and downs on undeveloped trails. During the walk we'll see some old British trenches again and, if weather permits, we'll get good views to the wetlands and also to Shenzhen.


Meeting Point: 10:00 am at Yuen Long MTR Station, exit G
SUNDAY APRIL 8: HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR TO SHA KIU FOR LUNCH (EASTER WEEKEND)
This is our usual 'Easter hike'. We'll start on the trail past the little village museum in Sai Kung Country Park and go all the way to the High Island dam. Turning right, we'll cross the dam on the road and then turn right again following the road downhill. Towards the bottom, there's a trail to the left which is clearly marked as closed ...yes, that's our trail. It's mostly flat following the headland past an abandoned village and arriving at a pretty bay with a restaurant at Sha Kiu. After lunch hikers can continue up the trail back to the reservoir road or hire the boat back to Sai Kung for easier digestion.


Meeting Point: 9.30 am at the Sai Kung Bus Terminus near the toilets and the garden pool
SUNDAY APRIL 15: ROOSTER RIDGE (KAI KUNG LENG)
We`ll take a bus to our starting point in Kiu Tau and will start heading up the hill right away. 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 can also stop to see 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. The hike is mostly exposed to the elements so be prepared according to weather forecast (if sunny, bring plenty of water)!


Meeting Point: 10:00am at Kam Sheung Road MTR (Exit C) Walking Time: 4-5 hours
SUNDAY APRIL 22: 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 Hill, we`ll then turn left and 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. Bring along your hiking stick as you might need it going downhill. Besides, please bring PLENTY of water as the weather is getting very warm these days.


Meeting Point: 10:00 am, inside Choi Hung MTR station, in front of the Circle K, which is near to Exit A.
SUNDAY APRIL 29: BLACK HILL AND DEVIL'S PEAK (WILSON STAGE 3 BACKWARDS)
We'll take a minibus up Clearwater Bay Road to Man King Terrace where the Wilson Trail crosses. From there we'll start walking southeasterly on the gently undulating trails through woods, maybe taking a detour to of Tai Sheung Tok to view the quarry. After a while the trail gets steeper and we'll climb up to the bare ridge tops of Black Hill and Devil's Peak with views of Junk Bay. We'll end the hike at Yau Tong MTR station.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am, inside Choi Hung MTR station at Exit C
SUNDAY MAY 6: DRAGON'S BACK
This hike up and over the ridges of the reptile's spine takes between three and four hours. The views are great. Please be sure to bring a walking stick because all the rain we've been having will mean a muddy trail. We will take the Number 9 Bus to Shek O at the Shau Kei Wan bus terminus, making sure to get off at Cape Collinson Road. The hike will end in Shek O with a meal at the Thai restaurant for anyone who is interested. If there are thunder storms or a Red Rain warning or above, the hike will be cancelled.


Meeting Point: 10 am, Shau Kei Wan MTR station at Exit A3
SUNDAY MAY 13: SINGAPORE BBQ AT LONG KE
There will be a short hike to the BBQ area at Long Ke Beach, Sai Kung. We'll spend all afternoon there, so be prepared to relax, eat, chat, drink, swim etc. Advance booking is required ...call Julianna to find out what you need to bring. At the end of the day we will wait a LONG time for a taxi to take us back, so please don't be in a hurry.


Meeting Point: Sai Kung Bus station on the steps at 11.00 am - we'll taxi to the start of the hike
SUNDAY MAY 20: 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 past along the coastline. The trail will take us all the way down to Tai O fishing village.


Meeting Point: 9:30am Tung Chung MTR station exit B
SUNDAY MAY 27: LIN FA STREAM TREKKING & POOL SWIMMING
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 and balance. We shall finish at a Sham Cheng goose restaurant in late afternoon where hungry hikers might enjoy a beer or meal. Bring your swimmers and be ready for wet feet.


Meeting Point: 9:45 am at the Tai Lam Tunnel Interchange bus stop just north of the Tai Lam Tunnel. Buses from HK Island or Kowloon coming out from the Tai Lam Tunnel to Yuen Long/Tin Shui Wai will all stop there. Examples, buses 967, 968, 969A, 268B or 269B.
SUNDAY MAR 3: 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 Hill, we`ll then turn left and 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. Bring along your hiking stick as you might need it going downhill. Besides, please bring PLENTY of water as the weather is getting very warm these days.


Meeting Point: 10:00 am, inside Choi Hung MTR station, in front of the Circle K, which is near to Exit A.
SUNDAY MAR 10: SHEK PIK TO LANTAU PEAK ON THE DOG'S TOOTH
After our bus ride to Shek Pik, we'll start walking on the Shek Pik Country Trail until we find the rough trail climbing steeply up onto the ridges to Kau Nga Ling and eventually Lantau Peak.You have to use your hands for climbing in some sections. For the descent, we'll stay on the Lantau Trail over the open ridges on the east side of Lantau Peak.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at the Central Ferry Piers for the 9:40 ferry to Mui Wo
SUNDAY MAR 17: RAZOR HILL EXPLORATORY HIKE
We'll walk right from the MTR station through some nearby housing estates making our way towards Lam Tin Park, and then hopefully connecting with a series of trails that we've never hiked before. We'll connect briefly with the Wilson Trail and then follow many other interconnecting 'orange' and 'dashed' trails, and abandoned roads which will, one way or another, allow us to climb Razor Hill and the small hill above Yau Yue Wan. Expect some wrong turns, brushy bits, rough bits, but nothing too steep or onerous. We'll aim to finish in Hang Hau.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Lam Tin MTR station, Exit A
SUNDAY MAR 24: BLUFF HEAD PENINSULA
We shall take the bus 94 to Wong Shek Pier. From there, we shall hire speed boats sailing across the Tolo Channel to Bluff Head, the extreme NE tip of the Hong Kong landmass & a place of special geological interest. The volcanic rock overlying the Lower Jurassic sedimentary rocks outcrop from Bluff Head to Pak Sha Chau along Tolo Channel makes up the entire southern arm of the Plover Cove Reservoir. After landing, not on a pier but by jumping on boulders of the coast, we shall climb the top of a cliff among bush to reach a faint path on top of the headland & walk westward. This is a journey of no return, as the speed boat will say good-bye & there is no escape route all the way. The walk will include visits to Tai Ling, Ngong Chong Shan, Pak Kok Shan, Feng Wong Wat Teng ridge, Luk Wu Tung, Shek Nga Ta, Hong Shek Mun Au, Mount Newland, Mui Tin, Wu Kau Tang and to Bridge's Pool bus terminus. The interlocking slopes, mostly have no mobile phone signals coverage, are rugged and exposed. Bring enough food, drinks, a pair of gloves and a working torch for emergency. The fee for the speed boat will be $50-60 per head and reservation is necessary for booking the speed boat . As the number of hikers will be limited by the maximum number of passengers, the offer of the walk will be on first-come-first serve basis. Please confirm your intention to join by sending an email to the hike leader.


Meeting Point: 9:05 am at Sai Kung bus stop. No waiting after 9:15 am.
SATURDAY MARCH 30: HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR TO SHA KIU FOR LUNCH (EASTER WEEKEND)
This is our usual 'Easter hike'. We'll start on the trail past the little village museum in Sai Kung Country Park and go all the way to the High Island dam. Turning right, we'll cross the dam on the road and then turn right again following the road downhill. Towards the bottom, there's a trail to the left which is clearly marked as closed ...yes, that's our trail. It's mostly flat following the headland past an abandoned village and arriving at a pretty bay with a restaurant at Sha Kiu. After lunch hikers can continue up the trail back to the reservoir road or hire the boat back to Sai Kung for easier digestion.


Meeting Point: 9.30 am at the Sai Kung Bus Terminus near the toilets and the garden pool Note: This hike is on a Saturday!
SUNDAY APRIL 7: WAN CHAI TO VICTORIA PEAK VIA HONG KONG TRAIL
We go up Wan Chai Green Trail (aka, Wan Chai Gap Rd) to Stubbs Rd. Then connect with Hong Kong Trail to The Peak. Planned route will be about 1/3 under tree shade and views are of the "island south" from Aberdeen to Pok Fu Lam. Not too much ups and downs, but please beware of the relatively long walking time. The Peak Tram and buses are available at destination; alternatively, we can walk down Old Peak Rd to SoHo for some eats.


Meeting Point: 10am at Wan Chai MTR exit A3
SUNDAY APRIL 14: MA ON SHAN IRON MINES
Iron ore was mined at Ma On Shan from 1906 to 1976. We start our journey by visiting the main ore haulage tunnel at a level of 110 meters. We then climb up the westernmost ridge of the Hunchbacks to an old mine trail halfway up the hill. Now known as the Maze Trail, this path winds around the densely forested Wild Goose Valley just below the rugged crags of Tiu Shau Ngam. It then joins a very steep trail up the north ridge of Ngau Ngak Shan. After crossing the main saddle (which may still be covered in wild spring azaleas), we descend the south ridge of Ma On Shan past a large open-pit mining platform, which was the first area to be mined. Just below this is the village of Ma On Shan Tsuen, where a few of the retired miners and their descendants still reside. Also nearby is the entrance of the upper mine tunnel at a level of 240 meters. Bring a flashlight if you want to peek inside, but it is advisable to stay near the entrance because the tunnel roof is unstable. We will not be climbing any cliffs, but you will need to use your hands on some of the steeper slopes, so gloves are recommended. Total walking time about 6 hours.


Meeting Point: 9:00am at Ma On Shan MTR station, exit B
SUNDAY APRIL 21: TIN SHUI WAI/HA TSUEN ERODED HILLS
We shall first visit Ha Tsuen, an ancient walled village and then the Chinese temple Lin To Monastery hidden deep inside Ha Tsuen valley. The climb will start after the temple and we shall ramble along the ridge-line southwards in the former shelling ground going through all hilltops between Yuen Tau Shan (375m) and the highest point at 394 m. The badly-eroded gravel slopes are at times steep, bare, loose, & at times associated with gullies and ravines. Bring a hiking pole and pair of gloves and prepare for many ups and downs. Under clear weather, we will have a chance to glance at the Western Corridor connecting HK to Shenzhen Port. We shall NOT climb the summit of Castle Peak and we'll end up at the Leung Tin Estate bus stop.


Meeting Point: 9:50 am at Tin Shui Wai MTR station Exit A Walking Time: 5-6 hours
SUNDAY APRIL 28: CHI MA WAN (EAST HALF)
We'll catch a bus to Pui O to start the walk. We'll walk past the beach hopefully seeing some of Lantau's wild Buffalo on the way. We'll be following Lantau stage 12 until Shap Long Kau Tsuen where we'll continue following the road past the prison and around the coastline. We'll loop round the coast and return back over Old Man Mountain with its great 360 degree views.


Meeting Point: 9.30am at the Central Ferry Pier to catch the 9.40am ferry to Mui Wo
SUNDAY MAY 5: ROOSTER RIDGE (KAI KUNG LENG) HIKE
We`ll take a bus to our starting point in Kiu Tau and will start heading up the hill right away. 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 can also stop to see 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 getting pretty warm lately.


Meeting Point: 10:00am at Kam Sheung Road MTR (Exit C) Walking Time: 4-5 hours
SUNDAY MAY 12: MACLEHOSE TRAIL STAGE 9 TO HO PUI RESERVOIR AND PAT HEUNG
We'll take a bus or taxi up Route Twisk to the start of the MacLehose Trail Stage 9. The trail is mostly shaded and gentle. We'll take a right turn on a Country Park Trail down to Ho Pui Reservoir. After the reservoir, there are several choices for routes through villages and fields back to the road. Overall this will be quite a relaxed hike. (Never trust the leader.) Second lunch Nepalese food in Kam Tin?


Meeting Point: 9:30am, Tsuen Wan MTR Station Exit A
SUNDAY MAY 19: CASTLE PEAK PENINSULA RAVINES
Between Castle Peak and its west coast lies a stream basin mixed with curious landscape and interesting plants. A crescent shaped ravine surrounded by vertical cliffs about 120m is the most spectacular. Its dark narrow winding entrance hidden beneath undergrowth further mystifies it. Once entered deep into the center it suddenly becomes a large 270-degree lecture hall theatre under a bright skylight. We shall first visit Tsing Shan Monastery (if time permits) and move northwest to enter the complex stream basins, which are rich with pitcher plants, and small orchards. We shall then pass the disappeared village of Heung Fa Lo and end up in Lung Kwu Beach to take a bus back to Tuen Mun. Paths mostly are loose, gravely, steep and at times bushy with many ups and downs. Bring gloves and enough water.A dip into a pool is possible. Please bring swim gears if you like to do so. If an amber, red, black or thunderstorm warning is still hoisted at 8:00 am on Sunday, the hike will be cancelled.


Meeting Point: 9:45 am at Exit "F" Tuen Mun MTR station
SUNDAY MAY 26: YUEN TSUEN ANCIENT TRAIL
The Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail, as the name suggests, connects Yuen Long and Tsuen Wan. We would do a short version of it, starting from Tsuen Wan and ending up in Sham Tseng which is famous for its roasted goose. The walk would take about 3.5 to 4 hours, and 50% shade. Probably we would have lunch at Sham Tseng. And this trail has been featured in National Geographic. If it rains on Sunday, you can assume that the hike would be cancelled. Just in case you want to confirm whether the hike would be cancelled, please Whatsapp Peter (61310961).


Meeting Point: 9:45am at Tseun Wan MTR station near Exit B3 and Exit C, facing the Luk Yeung Galleria
SUNDAY MARCH 2: TAI PO KAU
Taxi to the forest where we can decide on easy or more challenging trail options, depending on the group's feeling. There may be flocks of birds to see, so bring binoculars if you have them. The leader will bring some and a bird book. This is a beautiful forest known as a birder's paradise.


Meeting Point: 9:00am at Tai Po Market MTR station in front of the Starbucks
SUNDAY MARCH 9: NE LANTAU TO SILVER MINE BAY
We shall start immediately from the toll collection bus stop of the North Lantau Expressway heading to the Mui Wo, passing many isolated hills and secluded valleys. At the entry point paths might be bushy. During the walk you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the DisneyLand, Discovery Bay, the northern shore of the Hong Kong Island and southern edges of Tuen Mun. The route covers some exposed paths without signs nor villages. Route details : 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 >Mui Wo pier. Please bring a pair of gloves, enough food and water.


Meeting Point: 9:45AM 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.)
SUNDAY MARCH 16: 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. There are a few short rough descents, so some of you may wish to bring a walking stick.


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 MARCH 23: CASTLE PEAK PENINSULA RAVINES
Between Castle Peak and its west coast lies a stream basin mixed with curious landscape and interesting plants. A crescent shaped ravine surrounded by vertical cliffs about 120m is the most spectacular. Its dark narrow winding entrance hidden beneath undergrowth further mystifies it. Once entered deep into the center it suddenly becomes a large 270-degree lecture hall theatre under a bright skylight. We shall first visit Tsing Shan Monastery (if time permits) and move northwest to enter the complex stream basins, which are rich with pitcher plants, and small orchards. We shall then pass the disappeared village of Heung Fa Lo and end up in Lung Kwu Beach to take a bus back to Tuen Mun. Paths mostly are loose, gravely, steep and at times bushy with many ups and downs. Bring gloves and enough water.


Meeting Point: 9:45 am at Exit "F" Tuen Mun MTR station
SUNDAY MARCH 30: TIU SHAU NGAM AND MA ON SHAN
Our journey begins with a steep climb up the northwest ridge of Tiu Shau Ngam. You will need to use both hands for some scrambles on rock outcroppings, but there is no technical rock climbing. Once on top, we continue along the usual Hunchbacks ridge trail to the peaks of Ngau Ngak Shan and Ma On Shan. In late March, the saddle is often covered with wild azaleas in full bloom. Coming down, we will explore a new (to us) trail that heads south and west into an abandoned mining area. The descent is likely to be steep with loose soil (and possibly some bushwhacking), so please bring gloves and appropriate footwear. If time permits, we will finish by walking out on a gentler path from Ma On Shan Tsuen to Tai Shui Hang. Total walking time about 6 or 7 hours.


Meeting Point: 9:00am at Ma On Shan MTR station, exit B
SUNDAY APRIL 6: BLACK HILL AND DEVIL'S PEAK (WILSON STAGE 3 BACKWARDS)
We'll take a minibus up Clearwater Bay Road to Man King Terrace where the Wilson Trail crosses. From there we'll start walking southeasterly on the gently undulating trails through woods, maybe taking a detour to of Tai Sheung Tok to view the quarry. After a while the trail gets steeper and we'll climb up to the bare ridge tops of Black Hill and Devil's Peak with views of Junk Bay. We'll end the hike at Yau Tong MTR station.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am, inside Choi Hung MTR station at Exit C
SUNDAY APRIL 13: BORDER WALK FROM SHUENG SHUI TO LO WU TO LOK MA CHAU
The walk is mostly on flat ground except up to the Crest (183m) and the ridge paths at the end to Lok Ma Chau. Great views into China. You will also meet birds, fish ponds, border fences, military observation posts in the former restricted border areas and Long Yuen wet grounds. Most of the walk is unshaded. The route: from Sheung Shui MRT>along Sheung Shek River>Ng Tung River>up Tai Shek Mo>down Tak Yue Lau opposite the Lo Wu Bridge>border road>up the isolated hill at Seng Ma Lei Yu>along the fence road>Ta Sha Lok fish ponds>Ping Hang border road>up the ridge to spot height 134m> down to Pun Uk Tsuen>Chau Tau >Lok Ma Chau bus stop.


Meeting Point: 9:45 am at Exit A of Sheung Shui MTR station
SATURDAY APRIL 19: HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR TO SHA KIU FOR LUNCH (EASTER WEEKEND)
We'll start on the trail past the little village museum in Sai Kung Country Park and go all the way to the High Island dam. Turning right, we'll cross the dam on the road and then turn right again following the road downhill. Towards the bottom, there's a trail to the left which is clearly marked as closed ...yes, that's our trail. It's mostly flat following the headland past an abandoned village and arriving at a pretty bay with a restaurant at Sha Kiu. After lunch hikers can continue up the trail back to the reservoir road or hire the slow boat back to Sai Kung for easier digestion.


Meeting Point: 10am at the Sai Kung Bus Terminus near the toilets and the garden pool Note: This hike is on a Saturday!
SUNDAY APRIL 27: HIGH WEST ASCENT BY NW RIDGE
We'll take Bus No. 13 to the trailhead. Then we'll walk up some of the quieter trails to the Hong Kong Trail and up the back route to High West (assuming the trail is passable). While we're there, we'll take in the fabulous view (weather permitting) and then descend to the Pok Fu Lam Reservoir. There are then many different trails to take, or grab a bus for those wanting a shorter hike.


Meeting Point: 9am at Central MTR Station, Exit D or around 9:30am at the junction of Kotewall and Conduit Roads
SUNDAY MAY 4: TUNG CHUNG TO TAI-O
We`ll start the walk at Tung Chung, going via Tung Chung Battery & Ma Wan Chung Fishing Village to reach the concrete path that will take us to Tai O Fishing Village. This is a fairly long, but easy walk with many shaded areas if the weather is hot. We`ll walk on a coastal path with views of HK International Airport and pass through Sha Lo Wan & Sham Wat Villages, the latter providing options for refreshments. On reaching Tai O, there will be food options if anyone is interested and regular buses back to Tung Chung or Mui Wo. Note that if there is a path block imposed by Sha Lo Wan villagers, we may alter the trail or turn back.


Meeting Point: 10am at Tung Chung MTR station Exit B (in front of Starbucks)
TUESDAY 6 MAY: SAM A CHUNG SNORKLING, 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 snorkle (optional). Recommend to wear shoes while entering the waters to prevent cuts from possible sharp edges hidden underwater. Hikers will be responsible for their own safety.


Meeting Point: 9:20 am at Tai Po MTR exit opposite to the coffee shop.
SUNDAY MAY 11: PUI O TO MUI WO
Hiking, then dinner at Wahh kee in Mui Wo.


Meeting Point: Tung Chung at 10 am Exit B Tung Chung MTR, or in Pui O at 10:30 by the Buffalo Fields (if you come from Central via ferry and M3 bus)
SUNDAY MAY 18: 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 upstream while sampling pools along the way. Wet feet are possible. I expect the water will be cold, refreshing and full of nipping fish to clean your skin. Those who are less sure-footed can visit the stream at several spots and take the easy side trail that follows upstream. Bring your swimmers and lunch.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Tsuen Wan MTR station exit A
SUNDAY MAY 25: 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 entering the waters to prevent cuts from possible sharp edges hidden underwater. Hikers will be responsible for their own safety.


Meeting Point: 9:20 am at Tai Po MTR exit opposite to the coffee shop.
SUNDAY MAR 1: HIGH ISLAND EXPLORATION
We will taxi to the end of the High Island reservoir road on Mac 1. Then we'll be check out the new Geopark trails and then all the other trails we can find heading around the shoreline and/or over the small peaks of High Island. Most likely we will stop for lunch in one of the villages along the way. We may follow a few dead-ends just to see some new views. Probably we will finish somewhere on the reservoir road and walk back to Pak Tam Chung. Be prepared for a few brushy bits.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at the taxi stand near the main bus terminal in Sai Kung
SUNDAY MAR 8: TAI LAM CHUNG RESERVOIR PANORAMIC VIEW, ECOLOGICAL GARDEN AND MULTIPLE WOODS WALK
We shall immediately walk up to the catch-water path closed to the main dam of Tai Lam Chung Reservoir. The initial climb is to top the unknown hill 344M, with magnificant sea view of north Lantau island and grand views of Tai Lam Chung Reservoir dotted with islands .We shall descend steeply to the Tai Lam natural trail and visit the Tai Lam Chung Ecological Garden. Along the newly-opened paths (so-called pipe lines trails inside the woods), we shall visit Yuen Tun ancient village->Tsing Fai tong->Shek Lung Kung 474M and finally hitting Yuen Tsuen Anceint trail to Tsuen Wan. The hike will be cancelled if a black/red/amber or thunderstorm warning is in force at 8:00am in the morning of the hiking day


Meeting Point: 9:45 am at the Tuen Mun Road bus Interchange westbound. Buses from HK Island or Kowloon towards Tuen Mun will likely to stop there. Ensure you check with the KMB site for the exact bus stop.
SUN MAR 15, 2015: SHING MUN REDOUBT AND GIN DRINKERS LINE
We shall explore the Shing Mun redoubt 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. Bring a torch.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am Exit B, Shatin MTR.
SUN MAR 22, 2015: TAI TO YAN (AKA RAZORBACK)
We will take bus 64K and alight at Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden. 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 on a clear day. The hike finishes at Fanling MTR station, where we may grab a bite to eat before heading back.


Meeting Point: 9:30am Tai Po Market MTR Station near Starbucks
SUN MARCH 29, 2015: PAK TAM CHUNG TO SHA KIU
Our traditional easter hike a week early this year. We`ll take bus 94 and alight at Pak Tam Chung. After walking briefly on the Mac 1 we`ll divert to the Sheung Yiu Country Trail, home to the Sheung Yiu Folk Museum. After returning briefly again to the Mac 1 we`ll once again divert to follow a coastal path to the fishing village of Sha Kiu, where we`ll enjoy a delicious seafood lunch before hopefully heading back to Sai Kung on a speed boat. Approx 4hrs walking time.


Meeting Point: 10am at the Sai Kung bus terminus near the toilets
SUN APRIL 5 (EASTER WEEKEND): KAU TO SHAN, GRASSY HILL AND A LABYRINTH
Le'ts find a new way up Grassy Hill via Kau To Shan. We might take a few wrong turns but we'll get to explore some quiet valleys and deserted villages. From Grassy Hill we'll follow the Maclehose Trail for a while and then find the trail back down towards Shatin. We'll have a quiet interlude near the end to walk the labyrinth at Tao Fung Shan.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Fo Tan MTR Station
TUESDAY APRIL 7: TAP MUN ISLAND
We'll take the 94 bus to Wong Shek Pier to catch the 10:30 ferry to Tap Mun Island. After we circumnavigate the island, checking out the abandoned school house, quaint village, beaches and fields, we will repair to the village to sample sea urchin sandwiches, iceless ice tea and other treats. Ferries return to Wong Shek Pier every hour.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Sai Kung bus terminus near the toilets
SUN APRIL 12: CHI MA WAN LOW ROUTE
We'll catch a bus to Pui O to start the walk. We'll walk past the beach hopefully seeing some of Lantau's wild Buffalo on the way. We'll be following a counter-clockwise low route circumnavigating Chi Ma Wan Peninsula.


Meeting Point: 9.30am at the Central Ferry Pier to catch the 9.40am ferry to Mui Wo
SUN, APRIL 19 2015: HIGH ISLAND EXPLORATION
We will taxi to the end of the High Island reservoir road on Mac 1. Then we'll be check out the new Geopark trails and then all the other trails we can find heading around the shoreline and/or over the small peaks of High Island. Most likely we will stop for lunch in one of the villages along the way. We may follow a few dead-ends just to see some new views. We`ll grab a bite to eat at Sha Kiu, before heading back to Sai Kung on a speedboat.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at the taxi stand near the main bus terminal in Sai Kung
SUN, APRIL 26 2015: LANTAU TRAIL STAGES 9 & 10
We`ll take the bus to Tai-O and alight at Shek Pik Reservoir to follow the Lantau Trail stage 9. We`ll amble along at a steady pace visiting some beaches in the area. If the weather isn`t too hot we`ll continue on stage 10, before finishing on Lower Cheung Sha Beach where we have the option for a bite to eat at The Stoep. Once we are done, we`ll head back to either Tung Chung or Mui Wo via bus.


Meeting Point: 9.30am at the Central Ferry Pier for the 9.40am ferry to Mui Wo
SUN, MAY 3 2015: BORDER WALK FROM SHUENG SHUI, THE CREST TO LO WU TO LOK MA CHAU
The walk is mostly on flat ground except up to the Crest (183m) and the ridge paths at the end to Lok Ma Chau. Great views into China. You will also meet birds, fish ponds, border fences, military observation posts in the former restricted border areas and Long Yuen wet grounds. Most of the walk is unshaded. The route: from Sheung Shui MRT>along Sheung Shek River>Ng Tung River>up Tai Shek Mo>down Tak Yue Lau opposite the Lo Wu Bridge>border road>up the isolated hill at Seng Ma Lei Yu>along the fence road>Ta Sha Lok fish ponds>Ping Hang border road>up the ridge to spot height 134m> down to Pun Uk Tsuen>Chau Tau >Lok Ma Chau bus stop. Please bring gloves and enough water.


Meeting Point: 9:45 am at Exit A of Sheung Shui MTR station
SUN, MAY 10 2015: TAI MO SHAN & SHING MUN WOODS WALK
From Tsuen Wan we`ll take taxis to Chuen Lung, a village hidden in the Tai Mo Shan famous for its Chinese countryside dim sum. (Sorry we shall not have time to taste the food there) The walk will start from the village along the contour 300 m path towards the Shing Mun woods until reaching a high point at around 600 m hitting the Tai Shing Stream. We shall then be heading back to Tai Po where the hike ends. There will be some climbing near the beginning and later we'll descend into Tai Po, but most of the trails are well established, level and shady.


Meeting Point: 9.30 am at Tsuen Wan MTR Exit A
SUN, MAY 17 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, MAY 24 2015: COLD WATER STREAM TREK, STREAM CHANNEL WADING, POOLS AND SANDWICH ROCK
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. We shall trek between its middle & upper course to see an interesting rock-split like slices of a loaf of bread. Need to wade water in part of a stream channel covered under dense bush and to walk on gravelly slopes. Bring a pair of gloves and wear a pair of amphibian shoes and be prepared to dip into the water. 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.
SUN, MAY 31 2015: A PEAK AND TWO BATTERIES
Bit of an historical flavour to this one. We`ll start the walk in Hong Kong Park, before walking up the "Central Green Trail" to Barker Rd and eventually Victoria Peak. The start has a little climbing, but is mostly shady. From The Peak we`ll head down to Pinewood Battery, a historic military site in Hong Kong, located 307 metres above sea level. We`ll carry on down the morning trail, arriving at the Pok Fu Lam Rd in Western District before continuing to Mount Davis Battery, on the Mount Davis summit. Mount Davis Battery was an important artillery depot for the British forces in 1911. Ruins include 5 gun emplacements, Western Fire Command Headquarters, ammunition stores and accomodation buildings. The walk to the summit has a little more climbing, but again we can follow a mostly shady path. The hike finishes in Kennedy Town where there are many transport options, including the new MTR.


Meeting Point: 10:30 am at Pacific Place, Admiralty. Meet at Starbucks on level 1.
SUN, MAR 6 2016: SHING MUN REDOUBT AND GIN DRINKERS LINE
We shall explore the Shing Mun redoubt 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. Bring a torch.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am Exit B, Shatin MTR.
SUN MAR 13, 2016: TAI LONG TSUI PENINSULA
We will catch the bus/taxi to end of Mac 2 and walk towards Tai Long Wan beach. We'll explore the whole of Tai Long Tsui. Then it's back to the Maclehose and we'll choose our way back to the road, either a few more beaches, or via Wong Shek Pier.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at fountain area by main bus terminal in Sai Kung
SUN, MAR 20 2016: BLACK HILL AND DEVIL'S PEAK (WILSON STAGE 3 BACKWARDS)
We'll take a minibus up Clearwater Bay Road to Man King Terrace where the Wilson Trail crosses. From there we'll start walking southeasterly on the gently undulating trails through woods, maybe taking a detour to of Tai Sheung Tok to view the quarry. After a while the trail gets steeper and we'll climb up to the bare ridge tops of Black Hill and Devil's Peak with views of Junk Bay. We'll end the hike at Yau Tong MTR station.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am, inside Choi Hung MTR station at Exit C
SUN MAR 27, 2016: SOUTH HEAVEN GATE ON LANTAU
We'll take a bus to Ngong Ping. We'll then take the following route:

Ngong Ping -> Wisdom Path -> Tsam Chai Au -> The Bird Rock -> Twin Mouses Path -> King Tin Gorge -> Skylight Gorge -> Nam Cha Path -> South Heaven Gate -> Pak Kung Au.

The South Heaven Gate lies at the south of Lantau Peak at an altitude of 700m with unique rocks and gorges. The trail is very rugged and steep. It requires you to clamber. This hike is ONLY SUITABLE for experienced hikers. Please bring gloves and hiking stick with you. The hike will last for the whole day, and hence please carry enough food and water.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Exit B, Tung Chung MTR station
SUN, APRIL 3 2016: 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 am 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.
SUN APR 10, 2016: TIN SHUI WAI/HA TSUEN RIDGES TO LEUNG KING PASS, TUEN MUN
We shall first visit Ha Tsuen, an ancient walled village and then the Chinese temple Lin To Monastery hidden deep inside Ha Tsuen valley. The climb will start after the temple and we shall ramble along the ridge-line southwards in the former shelling ground going through all hilltops between Yuen Tau Shan (375m) and the highest point at 394 m. The badly-eroded gravel slopes are at times steep, bare, loose, & at times associated with gullies and ravines. Bring a hiking pole and pair of gloves and prepare for many many ups and downs. Under clear weather, we will have a chance to glance at the Western Corridor connecting HK to Shenzhen Port. We shall end up at the Leung King Shopping Mall LRT in Tuen Mun.


Meeting Point: 9:55 am at Tin Shui Wai MTR station Exit A
SUN, APR 17, 2016: CHI MA WAN (EAST HALF)
We'll catch a bus to Pui O to start the walk. We'll walk past the beach hopefully seeing some of Lantau's wild Buffalo on the way. We'll be following Lantau stage 12 until Shap Long Kau Tsuen where we'll continue following the road past the prison and around the coastline. We'll loop round the coast and return back over Old Man Mountain with its great 360 degree views. Harriet will join us and we'll join her and her hubby for dinner at Pui O after the hike.


Meeting Point: 9.30am at the Central Ferry Pier to catch the 9.40am ferry to Mui Wo
SUN, APR 24, 2016: TAI LAM CHUNG RESERVOIR PANORAMIC VIEW, ECOLOGICAL GARDEN & WOODS WALK
We shall immediately walk up to the catch-water path closed to the main dam of Tai Lam Chung Reservoir. The initial climb is to top the unknown hill 344M, with magnificant sea view of north Lantau island and grand views of Tai Lam Chung Reservoir dotted with islands .We shall descend steeply to the Tai Lam natural trail and visit the Tai Lam Chung Ecological Garden. Along the newly-opened paths (so-called pipe lines trails inside the woods), we shall visit Yuen Tun ancient village->Tsing Fai tong->Sham Tseng. Vicky will be visiting from Taiwan and will join us for dinner after the hike. Yay!


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at the Tuen Mun Road bus Interchange westbound. Buses from HK Island or Kowloon towards Tuen Mun will likely to stop there on both the old and new highway.
SUN, MAY 1, 2016: PLOVER COVE CIRCUIT
Great views. Some rough bits. Many hills. We shall start from Bride's Pool Bus Terminus >Bride's Pool>Ma Tau Fung Hill300M>Cheuk Ma Tau Hill>Unknown hill 313M>Wang Leng Au309M>Tai Tung>Mt.Newland304M>Shek Nga Tau Hill>Luk Wu Tung Hill>Ngor Kau Yeng>Fu Tau Sha>Cheung Pai Tun>Tung Tau Chau> Harbour Island> Plover Cove main dam. Paths might be steep and gravelly at times. Great views of the Plover Cove Reservoir, Tolo Channel and Ma On Shan. No food and water supplies nor villages along the way until the end. Bring gloves.


Meeting Point: 9:30am Tai Po Market MTR Station near the coffee shop
SUN, MAY 8, 2016: YUNG SHUE O TO HOI HA
We'll taxi to the small village of Yung Shue O and proceed by the low route to Hoi Ha, visiting a few lonely points and bays along the way, depending on the weather and our moods. Let's make it a full day, shall we? Please note that getting transport out of Hoi Ha sometimes take a lot of patience.


Meeting Point: 9.30 am at Wu Kai Sha MTR Station, Exit B
SUN, MAY 15, 2016: TAI PO KAU
This nature reserve is one of the few genuine areas of rainforest left in Hong Kong. It is very shaded and a good introduction to Hong Kong's flora and fauna. If you like birds, you might want to bring your binoculars. There are a lot of choice of trails so there could be some options for walking longer or shorter distances. Maybe it will be hot, who knows?


Meeting Point: 9.30 am at Tai Po Market MTR Station near the coffee shop
SUN, MAY 22, 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 entering the waters to prevent cuts from possible sharp edges hidden underwater. Hikers will be responsible for their own safety.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Tai Po MTR exit opposite to the coffee shop.
SUN, MAY 29, 2016: HO CHUNG, SAI KUNG SUB-TROPICAL WOODS WALK
Leaving Tsung Lan Shue village near the Kowloon-side of Hiram Highway, we shall follow the shaded Sai Kung Ancient path, paved with slabs of stones, pass Wong Keng Tsai, down to the fertile Ho Chung Valley dotted with many horticultural farms. At Kai Ham, we shall ascend another path sheltered from the intense heat of the summer by thick woods winding along the stream valley passing abandon villages of Tai No and Sheung Yeung with solitary hill rice cultivation terraces. Then we shall move eastward to the crest of a pass and descend to Mau Ping San Uk, Mui Tze Lam and end up at Tai Shui Hang near Ma On San New Town. Though most of the paths are well-shaded under dense fung shui trees and great ferns, ensure to bring sufficient water and wear sun protective clothing.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at Choi Hung MTR Exit B. We will share taxis to Tsung Lan Shue.
SUN, MAR 5, 2017: HOI HA TO MOUNT HALLOWES AND MT SHEK UN
We start hiking from Hoi Ha and head to Mount Hallowes and then descend to trail from ferry pier of Sham Chung to Hoi Ha. However, we do not stay on this trail for too long or as far as the ferry pier since we take on the trail to Shek Uk Shan. The options from Shek Uk will be time dependent. In the past, we have ended up on the trail which takes us back to the Hoi Ha Road (and not so far from the Hoi Ha/Wong Shek Pier road intersection). We have not come across many hikers on these trails and views from the peninsula are well worth it. Note, some parts may be bushy. Note, also I have not done this hike in a while, so it may be a bit exploratory, but hoping memory serves me well. Another note: As you know transport back from Sai Kung can be busy at prime times, so it may be better if you are willing to take time to have a drink/snack/evening meal in Sai Kung with convivial company before heading home.

Level of Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous (some climbs)

Bring: Sunscreen, plenty of water & food as there is no place to buy any (unless we are lucky with the place near Shek Uk but no guarantees)


Meeting Point: 9:30am, Sai Kung by Hoi Ha mini bus stand - Green mini bus 7 (Depending on queues, and times of mini bus, may decide to share a taxi to Hoi Ha)
SUN, MAR 12, 2017: LIN MA HANG, MACINTOSH CITADEL TO SHA TAU KOK BORDERLINE
We shall take a mini-bus to the #12 Ta Kwu Ling Police Outpost and enter the secret hill path to stay away from the restricted border road to Lin Ma Hang Village, which has many interesting historical structures. We shall then pay an in-depth visit to the the caves system of Lin Ma Hang mine, a so-called Macintosh citadel, and descend to San Kwai Tin, an unused cultivated area. The exploration will continue from San Kwai Tin to Pak Kung Au, along the HK/China fence border, and eventually end up at Sha Tau Kok. Be prepared to encounter bushy areas and strange stream beds. Please bring a pair of gloves, your ID card, a flashlight and food.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am outside Maxim Restaurant, Sheung Shui MTR.
SUN, MAR 19, 2017: KOWLOON PEAK AND SURROUNDING HILLS
We shall immediately ascend Hammer Hill and enter another seemingly never-ending steep hill path up to the top of Kowloon Peak standing at 682 M. Continuing northwards, we shall top Middle Hill (585M) and along the ridge to top Tung Shan (544M) We shall hit Gilwell Camp site and continue with the Mac Trails turning westward. Finally we shall descend with a rarely-used hill path down to Kowloon. Be prepared to encounter bushy areas, many up and down steep paths. Please bring a pair of gloves, enough water and food.


Meeting Point: 9:30 am at exit C2 street level, Choi Hung MTR
SUN, MAR 26, 2017: EAGLE`S NEST, BEACON HILL, LION ROCK AND SPICY FOOD
We'll walk from the station up a few connecting paths to reach the Eagle's Nest nature trail, and later meeting the Maclehose Trail Stage 5. The trail is well maintained but there will be a few ups and downs as we pass by Beacon Hill and eventually Lion Rock. 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. Second lunch will be at the Sichuan place just a few blocks away.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Lai Chi Kok MTR station, Exit B
SUN, APR 2, 2017: TAI LAM CHUNG RESERVOIR PANORAMIC VIEW, ECOLOGICAL GARDEN AND MULTIPLE WOOD WALKS
We shall immediately walk up to the catch-water path closed to the main dam of Tai Lam Chung Reservoir. The initial climb is to top the unknown hill at 344M, with great sea view of north Lantau island and over-seeing the Tai Lam Chung Reservoir dotted with islands .We shall descend steeply to the Tai Lam natural trail and visit the Tai Lam Chung Ecological Garden. Along the so-called pipe lines trails inside the woods, we shall visit/by-pass: Yuen Tun ancient village->Tsing Fai tong->Shek Lung Kung 474M and finally to Tsuen Wan West. Some bushy paths and many ups and downs. Bring a pair of gloves.


Meeting Point: 9:45 am at the Tuen Mun Road bus Interchange (TUEN MUN bound) bus stop. Buses from HK or Kowloon 258D, 259D, 263, 52X, 57M, 58M, 58P, 59M, 59X, 60M, 60X, 61M, 61X, 63X, 66M, 66X, 67M, 67X, 68A, 960, 960A, 960B, 961 towards Tuen Mun along Tuen Mun Expressway will stop there. Ensure you check with the KMB site for the exact bus (A magnificant sea view AT this bus stop).
SUN, APR 9, 2017: VARIATIONS ON MACLEHOSE STAGE 3
We'll take the bus to Pak Tam Chung and then try to find the rough trail up Ngau Yee Shek Shan. From there we'll follow the Maclehose Trail to the top of Kai Kung Shan and take an alternate route down. If it is too hot or too wet, we'll vary the root to something more appropriate on the day.


Meeting Point: 9:30 at the water pool near the toilets and bus terminus in Sai Kung Town
SUN, APR 16, 2015: PAK TAM CHUNG TO SHA KIU (EASTER HIKE)
Our traditional easter hike returns. We`ll take bus 94 and alight at Pak Tam Chung. After walking briefly on the Mac 1 we`ll divert to the Sheung Yiu Country Trail, home to the Sheung Yiu Folk Museum. After returning briefly again to the Mac 1 we`ll once again divert to follow a coastal path to the fishing village of Sha Kiu. Note that this path is a little brushy at times and on a hot sunny day is total exposed. From there we`ll head back to Sai Kung on a speed boat. Some of us will have food/drinks in Sai Kung and you are welcome to join us. Another option will be to eat in Sha Kiu before we head back. We can decide on the day.


Meeting Point: 10am at the Sai Kung bus terminus near the toilets
SUN, APR 23, 2017: TAI LAM COUNTRY PARK EXPLORATION
We'll walk from the bus interchange up the quiet road to the dam, turn left around the edge of the reservoir, then left again on the Maclehose Stage 10 to reach the start of our exploration. Then we'll take a rough trail up a ridge doing northwards and follow a bunch of different trails, probably visiting Wong Nai Tun Reservoir and completing the walk at Wong Nai Tun Tsuen near Pat Heung. If the weather is very hot or wet, we'll vary the route to stay on more predictable trails in the same area.


Meeting Point: 9:45 am at the Tuen Mun Road bus Interchange (TUEN MUN bound) bus stop. Buses from HK or Kowloon 258D, 259D, 263, 52X, 57M, 58M, 58P, 59M, 59X, 60M, 60X, 61M, 61X, 63X, 66M, 66X, 67M, 67X, 68A, 960, 960A, 960B, 961 towards Tuen Mun along Tuen Mun Expressway will stop there. Ensure you check with the KMB site for the exact bus (A magnificant sea view AT this bus stop).
SUN, APR 30, 2017: ROOSTER MOUNTAIN AND NGONG WO
Let`s do this steep, exposed but short hike before the weather gets too hot. We`ll start with a big climb on a rough trail, join the MacElhose Trail to top Kai Kung Shan, then double back on a long ridge, ending in Ngong Wo.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at the taxi stand at Wu Kai Sha MTR Station
SUN, MAY 7, 2017: YUEN TUN EXPLORATION
We`ll explore some new trails in the area of Sham Tseng and Yuen Tun, most likely with some small climbs at the beginning, maybe a little brush, and later more established trails including to view the Sham Tseng Settlement Reservoir and visit the old village museum at Yuen Tun. Don`t be surprised if we take some wrong turns or need to backtrack. Let`s start and end in Sham Tseng to sample some local restaurants. We`ll start with a tea or coffee at a quirky classic tea shop (if it is open) and finish with roast goose for lunch.


Meeting Point: 9:30 at Nam Kee Store, 10 Shan Hong Road, Sham Tseng.

It`s best to take a bus to Sham Tseng for example 962B from Causeway Bay or 52X from Prince Edward MTR Exit E.
SUN, MAY 14, 2017: MONASTERY VIEWING AND NGONG PING LUNCH
We'll make our way from the station, over a small hill, through a fishing village, along rural paths until we reach the base of the mountain. There are a number of Buddhist monasteries arranged around the hillside and we'll explore all the paths we can to look at all of them, mostly from a distance, and there are few we can walk through, quietly of course. The hike leader will also be ready to engage in conversation about the history of the area, Buddhist philosophy, and the nature of being alive. We'll climb slowly up to the high plateau of Ngong Ping where we can view the Big Buddha and eat the large group veggie lunch, or if the crowds are too much for us, perhaps just go to the little noodle joint for a quick snack.


Meeting Point: 9:30am Exit B, Tung Chung MTR station
SUN, MAY 21, 2017: TAI-O TO TUNG CHUNG
We will take a bus to the fishing village of Tai O and then make our way back to Tung Chung via a coastal path. The hike is mostly flat with only the occasional gentle slope, so it won't be too difficult in the heat. The views of the sea are beautiful from the headland. We`ll return to Tung Chung via Tung Chung Battery & Ma Wan Chung Fishing Village.


Meeting Point: 9:30am at Central Ferry Pier to catch the 9:40 ferry to Mui Wo
SUN, MAY 28, 2017: 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, May 24 (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
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