Hong Kong

As a Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong is situated on the southeast coast of China and offers plenty of places to visit inland and city outskirts

For nature & hiker lovers, Hong Kong is surprisingly amazing for these purposes despite is really an overcrowded city.

What to see in HK? I will number some recommended places accordingly to my own criteria and experience. I’m still exploring Hong Kong nowadays and I will continue updating my list

Please note that the list below is not sorted by relevance 🙂

1. The Peak

Victoria Peak is a mountain on the western half of Hong Kong island. Highly recommended for stunning views of Hong Kong, especially at night! To get there take the bus 15C from Central Pier 8 or take the Peak Tram from MTR Central Station exit J2. Alternatives, bus 15 from Exchange Square bus terminus near MTR Hong Kong Station Exit D or Minibus 1 from the public transport interchange at MTR Hong Kong Station Exit E

2. Quarry Bay

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One of the most popular places in Hong Kong for photography lovers, worth to take a look! To get there take the MTR to Quarry Bay Station and walk along King’s road towards Tai Koo until finding Montane Mansion (left side of the road). Further ahead on the road is located the other mansion with the red & yellow colors.

3. Ngong Ping

Ngong Ping is a highland in the western part of Lantau Island. It hosts Po Lin Monastery and Tian Tan Buddha. Besides these 2 popular places, Ngong Ping Village is worthy to see and several meters away The Wisdom Path.

To get to the Big Buddha platform you have to climb its 270 stairs!

To get there take the MTR to Tung Chung Station. Once you reach to Tung Chung Station, take the exit B towards the bus station and grab the Bus 23. You will see some indications along the way to the bus station. The journey will take around 40 minutes and it costs around 17.20HKD (during holidays 27HKD). Alternative is by cable car on the way to the bus station (exit B and walk straight ahead)

More info here

4. Explore Tai O

Located in Lantau Island, Tai O is a fishing village in the western coast of Lantau island. With its unique design and traditional stilt houses, is one of the last authentic places in Hong Kong that still remaining.

To get there take the metro to Tung Chung Station. Once you reach to Tung Chung Station, take the exit B towards the bus station and grab the Bus 11. You will see some indications along the way to the bus station (Tai O direction). The journey will take around 50 minutes

More info here

5. Hike Lantau Peak

Lantau Peak or Fung Wong Shan is the second highest peak in Hong Kong and the highest point on Lantau Island, with a height of 934 meters above sea level.

The hike takes about 5 hours to complete and starts at Pak Kung Au and ends in Ngong Ping. To get there take MTR to Tung Chung Station exit B and grab the bus 3M. The bus station is passing by the cable car station. You have to get off at Pak Kung Au after 15-20 minutes of bus ride.

More info here

6. Hike Sunset Peak

Sunset Peak (Tai Tung Shan 大東山) is the third highest peak in Hong Kong located in Lantau Island and stands at a height of 869 metres (2,851 ft) above the sea level. The second highest peak is Lantau Peak located right in front of this mountain.

The hike takes about 4 hours to complete and starts at Pak Kung Au and ends at Nam Shan. To get there take MTR to Tung Chung Station exit B and grab the bus 3M. The bus station is passing by the cable car station. You have to get off at Pak Kung Au.

More info here

7. Visit Lamma Island

Lamma Island or Pok Liu Chau (博寮洲) is located to the southwest of Hong Kong and it is the third largest island. The main village is Yung Shue Wan with plenty of shops and restaurants. This village is perfect to spend few hours strolling around, to enjoy the local food or just to walk from Pak Kok San Tsuen 北角新村, Pak Kok Kau Tsuen 北角舊村 to Yung Shue Wan crossing by Tai Peng San Chuen. This walk is really pleasant and easy to finish within 1.5h hours

To get there take the MTR to Central pier 4, and grab a boat to Yung Shue Wan. The other side of the island is Sok Kwu Wan which is so far unexplored for me. There is a boat every half an hour and costs about 16HKD. The ride takes about 30 minutes and the approaching views of the island are really nice

More info here

8. Visit Sharp Island

One of the most popular island and famous for the BBQ activities, fishing, swimming and kayaking. There is a hiking trail from Kiu Tsui Port that cross the whole island to Hap Mun Bay Beach

To get there take MTR to Diamond Hill Exit C2 and then take the bus 92 to Sai Kung town. Once arrived, take a boat at the Public Pier to the island. Alternative, from Sha Tin Bus Terminus take the bus 299X to Sai Kung Town and then take a boat. Alternative B, from MTR Choi Hung Exit B take the bus 1 to Sai Kung town and then the boat to the island

9. Visit Cheung Chau island

Little island full of seafood restaurants and a good beach. The streets are packed with little shops, stalls and souvenirs. Worth to have a look and try its famous Mango Mochi!

To get there take the MTR to Central and get a ferry from Central Pier 5. The fast ferry takes about 40 minutes and the slow one takes about 1 hour

10. Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park

Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park 中山紀念公園 is located in Hong Kong Island, facing Victoria Harbour. This Park is one of the main checkpoints for many locals and foreigners to enjoy peacefulness. Great pace to read a book or do outdoor exercises

To get there take the MTR to Sheung Wan Station Exit D. Turn right and walk about 5-10 minutes.

More info here

11. Nan Lian Garden

This garden was designed with hills, water features, trees, rocks and wooden structures and it’s an ideal place for a walk, photography and relax. Its design is really beautiful and well conserved, surrounded of greenery and peace.

To get there take MTR to Diamond Hill exit C1. Then simply follow the indications towards Nan Lian Garden.

More info here

12. Hike to Lion’s Rock Hill

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Lion Rock Hill is a mountain located between Kowloon Tong and Tai Wan of the New Territories in Hong Kong

If you want to have one of the best views of Hong Kong island, can’t miss to hike this mountain! To get there take the MTR to Won Tai Sin Station exit B. From there, you can start the trail towards Sha Tin Pass Rd until reaching to Lion’s Pavilion.

More info here

13. Hike Kowloon Peak

Kowloon Peak or Fei Ngo Shan 飛鵝山 is a mountain in the northeast of New Kowloon, Hong Kong. The height of the mountain is about 600 meters and it’s situated in Ma On Shan Country Park

The ascent is pretty easy and the path is rocky with steps. The hike takes no more than 2-3 hours and from the top you will have stunning views of Hong Kong

To get there take the MTR to Choi Hung Station exit C1/C2. From Choi Hung Station there is a long way to the starting point of the ascent, so you can grab a taxi to Fei Ngo Shan 飛鵝山, which costs about 35HKD and 10 minutes.

More infor here

14. Hike Plover Cove Reservoir

Within this reservoir there is a hiking trail that starts at Wu Kau Tang Village next to Bride’s Pool Nature Trail and ends at Tai Mei Tuk village. There are several sections within Wu Kau Tang but the longest trail is thru Ma Tau Fund > Tai Tung > Luk Wu Tung > Tai Mei with a total duration of 7-8 hours and 18km though uphills & downhills. The last 5km are on road and takes about 2 hours, so basically are 13km of uphills and downhills. So if you are fit, this hiking trail is really great with stunning views of the Reservoir and Sai Kung

To get there take MTR to Tai Po Market and exit B to Tai Po Market Station Public Minibus Terminus. Take minibus 20R for around 20 minutes to Bride’s Pool Nature Trail on Bride’s Pool Road. It is the last stop
Also from Tai Po Market Station Bus Terminus, take 275R to Bride’s Pool Bus Terminus on Sunday and public holidays.

Return: In Tai Mei Tuk can take the minibus 20C or bus 75K to Tai Po Market

More info here

15. Hike Dragon’s Back

The difficulty of this hike is pretty low and may take about 3-4 hours, so is not a bad choice to spend a day in family here and enjoy of one of the most stunning views of Shek O, Tai Long Wan, Stanley, Tai Tam, and the South China Sea.

To get there take the MTR to Shau Kei Wan exit A3. Right in front of the exit there is a bus terminal. Take the bus 9 towards Shek O Road. The cost of the journey is about 7HKD and takes 20 minutes. Once you can see the people alighting, just follow them!

More info here

16. Victoria Harbor

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Victoria Harbor is the most popular attraction in Hong Kong where you can enjoy the views of the harbor, skyscrapers and the avenue of stars. Highly recommended at night with the price of overcrowding.

To get there take MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui exit E and follow the indications to Victoria Harbor

17. Walk up to Gardens Hill

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Located in Shek Kip Mei, the top of this little hills offers you stunning views of this neighborhood as the image above. Highly recommended to walk up during sunset time and wait for night views

To get there take the MTR to Shek Kip Mei exit A or Sham Shio Po exit D1 and find the indications to Gardens Hill

Enjoy your time in Hong Kong! 🙂

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Shifen

Shifen is located in Pingxi district and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the north of Taipei that can’t miss to visit. The Old Streets are famous for its sky lanterns and the railway track across the town, as well as for its Waterfalls!

The easiest way to get there is by taking the bus 795 from MRT Muzha Station. Once getting out from the MRT Station, cross the main road and get to the bus stop (the one with red bus info). The bus stops at Shifen Old Streets and Shifen Waterfalls. Can use EasyCard!

Within Pingxi district can find the following spots that should be visited once! Please note that these places are accordingly to what I visited, I am sure there there will be more places within Pingxi district 🙂

1. Shifen Old Streets 十分老街

A must see! Very popular for its sky lanterns and the railway track across the town. Through its streets can find many souvenir shops, groceries stores, street food,…

One of the most popular attractions there is to fly a lantern! Simply buy one, write down your wishes and the vendor will help you giving instructions on how to hold it and let it fly!

2. Shifen Waterfalls 十分大瀑布

Shifen Waterfalls are about 15 minutes walking distance from the Old Streets. Another way is to take the shuttle bus to get there.  The place is really great if you are lucky to don’t find crowds. The path towards the first waterfall is chilling once you cross the first suspension bridge. Unfortunately for me was impossible to get a little space for the famous waterfalls. This location is a main attraction for schools and tour agencies…so don’t be surprised if you find them out there!

On the way back to Taipei may stop at Pingxi and have a look as well which is also highly recommended!

Jiufen 九份: a Golden Village

Jiufen is a mountain town in northeastern Taiwan, east of Taipei. It’s known for the narrow alleyways of its old town, packed with teahouses, street-food and souvenir shops.

This village is quite popular so it’s not a surprise to find crowds and waits to take decent photos. As suggestion, the best to visit this area is during weekdays to don’t get stuck into the crowds and have a decent walk through its narrow streets. Although during weekdays still a bit crowded but is bearable

The easiest way to get there from Taipei is by taking the bus 1062 (Keelung Bus) to Jinguashi and alight at Jiufen. The bus station is located outside of MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station (忠孝復興), Brown Line BR and Blue Line BL interchange at Exit 2. The ride is about 1 hour and the fare is NT$98

The other way is by train north to Ruifang Station and once there take the Keelung Transit bus towards Jiufen/Jinguashi. You can use EasyCard for both ways!

Which places can visit in Jiufen? I did the following!

1. Jiufen Old Streets

The most popular place that can’t be missed! Walk through its streets, try its food, snacks, bubble milk tea…stinky tofu..!

2. Hike Keelung Mountain

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Hike Keelung mountain for a stunning landscapes of Jiufen and its surroundings. The Keelung Trail is about 10 minutes walking distance from the Old Streets and the hike takes about 30-45 minutes

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3. Golden waterfalls 黃金瀑布

Since you are here, worth to have a look to these waterfalls. There is a shuttle bus from Jiufen to these waterfall every hour. Another way is by walking to this place. The walk takes about 40 minutes road down

4. YingYang Sea

Continuing road down you will pass by an old village and abandoned factories. The Yingyang Sea is about 5-10 minutes walking distance from the Golden Waterfalls and also worth to have a look since you are there! There is a bus station next to the road and the shuttle bus pass by there every hour. Please note that the bus has to be taken on the road way up! Can use EasyCard!

Enjoy your trip! 🙂

Note: As told by Taiwanese friends, this place is really beautiful at night, so if you have the chance to stay till late night, find a spot for landscape views and walk through the streets!

Taipei

Capital of Taiwan, Taipei City has a large number of places to explore and admire. As personal perspective, the city is clean enough if you compare with any other country/city in Asia that I have already visited. People is surprisingly civilized and respectful and I had no problem at all during my visit to this awesome city

So if you are planning or considering to visit Taipei, I will strongly recommend it. At least once. But..where to go and when?

The best time to visit Taipei is between October to December, taking in account that Typhoon season may ends in September or even October.

As many websites tell, the best month is November with pleasant temperatures.

I have visited Taipei the first week of October and fortunately I could avoid 2 typhoons. So the weather is a bit unpredictable

What to visit in Taipei?  Below I will number all the places I could visit in 1 week

1. Xiangshan 象山 – Elephant Mountain

Despite is one of the most tourist and crowded places, it’s a must to climb its stairs for an amazing views of the City. Climb up won’t take more than 45 minutes and I would recommend to climb it up before sunset

To get there, take MRT to Xiangshan station (象山) Red Line 2, leave from Exit 2 and continue walking alongside the edge of the park. Easiest way is just to follow Xiangshan Hiking Trail 象山登山步道 indications along the way

2. Confucius Temple 台北市孔廟

The temple is located near Yuanshan Station (圓山) and next to Bao’an Temple, so you can visit both temples within few minutes

To get there, take MRT to Yuanshan Station (圓山) and leave by Exit 2. Walk down by Kulun St (庫倫街), take a right at the intersection of Dalong St (大龍街)

3. Bao’an Temple 大龍峒保安宮

Located next to Confucius Temple 台北市孔廟 is also a must to visit

4. Martyrs’ Shrine 國民革命忠烈祠

Also one of the most visited places, Martyrs’ Shrine is a good spot to have a look if you are really interested to see the Changing of the Guards. The location is slightly remote, therefore you have to take MRT + bus

To get there, take MRT to Jiantan station (劍潭), leave Exit 1 and go to the bus stop to the right side. Take bus 267, 556, 902, or 紅3區 to Martyr’s Shrine 忠烈祠

Is this place avoidable? I think yes

I reached to the Shrine by walking from Dazhi Station (Line 1 Brown) and on the way I could visited a local market. Yet the walk is pleasant and won’t take more than 30 minutes

5. Tamsui 淡水 – Danshui

Also despite is one of the most tourist and crowded places, Tamsui is a must to visit especially during sunset time. The landscape is really awesome and the sunset may be breathtaking like the one I could experienced

The area is full of cafes, hawkers, shops…so can spend half day here if you don’t mind the crowds

To get there, take MRT to Tamsui (淡水) Red Line 2 and exit on the left

6. Yangmingshan National Park 陽明山

Yangmingshan is located in northern Taipei city. The area has a large number of hiking trails, parks, wildlife…so unless you dedicate several days to this park, is going to be impossible to visit it entirely. As suggestion, focus on 1 or 2 places and visit them. Depending of your visit purposes (hiking, photography,…), you have several choices.

I only could visit Qingtiangang Grassland and its 6-7km trail towards Fengguikou through Dingshan Shitiling Trail . The views on the top are really stunning but the hike itself may be a bit boring. The end of the hike is in the middle of nowhere and there is only one bus stop road down to Fengguizui. As I per read, there is a bus passing by there every hour and the last bus is about 5-6pm

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To get to Qingtiangang Grassland Trails, take the bus 108 or S15 to Qingtiangang (擎天崗) from Yangmingshan bus station and then transfer to another bus to the destination you want to visit, such as Xiaoyoukeng (小油坑), Lengshuikeng (冷水坑), and Qingtiangang Grassland Trails (擎天崗). To get to the bus station, take MRT to Jiantan station (劍潭) and leave Exit 1. You can use the EasyCard to pay all buses to Yangmingshan!

7. Maokong 貓空

Maokong is a village located on the top of the mountain with nice views of Taipei City. The area has many spots to have a look, as well as shops and tea shops as it’s truly popular this place.

To get there, take MRT to Taipei Zoo (動物園). Transfer to the Maokong Gondola, a cable-car service that climbs up the mountain to the peak at Maokong. Alternative, take the bus S10 that operates between Taipei Zoo Station and the peak at Maokong. As suggestion, take one way by cable car and another way by bus. The way down by cable car is less crowded that the way up. I was practically alone in the cable car during by way down so I really could enjoy of an amazing views quietly. You can use EasyCard for the cable car and bus!

Once on the top, I recommend to walk through Zhangshu Trail. It’s really stunning and relaxing.

There is another unusual trail on the way to Zhinan Temple towards Caonan Bridge and its surroundings. If you have enough time, can have a walk or bus. The road ends at the bridge with a little river and another trail continues road up

8. Dadaocheng Park 大稻埕碼頭

Not as popular as Tamsui, Dadaocheng Park offers stunning sunset landscapes and the place is surprisingly emptier than expected. Perfect place for a walk, cycling or just enjoy of a beautiful sunset.

To get there, I would recommend to take MRT to Beimen Station (塔城街), leave Exit 3 and stroll to the north firstly before go to Dadaocheng Park. The streets on this area are really beautiful and traditional. Full of shops, cafes and markets, you can feel the old Taipei on these streets

9. Longshan Temple 龍山寺

The most popular temple in Taiwan is a must to see. In the right side of the entry there are 2 stunning waterfalls that can’t skip them.

To get there, take MRT to Longshan Temple (龍山寺) and leave by Exit 1 and continue walking a bit after exiting.

10. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall 中正紀念堂

The most important landmark in Taiwan can’t be missed! Besides the main hall, the large complex includes the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park (中正紀念公園), National Concert Hall (國家音樂廳), and the National Theater (國家戲劇院)

To get there, take Red Line 2 or Green Line 3 to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (中正紀念堂)

11. Treasure Hill – Taipei artist village

Not as popular as it should be, this place is really beautiful and artistic! Perfect for chilling, photographers and a pleasant walk. It’s full of spots for those photography lovers. Worth to visit if you have 2-3 hours

To get there, take MRT to Gongguan Station (公館) and leave Exit 3. Then you have to walk through Gongguan Night Market, turn right on the crossing towards Keelung Road . The place is indicated along the way so is not easy to get lost

12. Raohe Night Market 饒河街觀光夜市

For foodie lovers, this market is really great and easy to get there. Just take MRT to Songshan Station and leave Exit 3 or 5

13. Shilin Night Market

One of the most popular and largest in Taiwan is a must to see for food lovers. To get there, take MRT to Jiantan Station (劍潭) and leave Exit 1

14. Ningxia Night Market 寧夏夜市

Another night market but this is mainly to enjoy Taiwanese snacks. To get there, take MRT to Shuanglian Station (雙連) and leave Exit 1

This website provides further info about more places and transportation details! Good to have a look

Hope you enjoy your trip!

Mérida: Back to Roman Empire

Mérida is the capital of Extremadura, western central of Spain and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993.

Mérida is a well-know city by its well preserved Roman monuments which make you feel as if you were back to the past during the Roman Empire.

I have the chance to visit this beautiful city again on May 2018, shooting and walking through its Roman remains and despite it was my third time there, still leaving me stunned

Through its streets you may see the following monuments among others

Roman Theater

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Roman Anphitheater

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Surroundings

My visit here was really short and unfortunately I couldn’t see all the monuments within the city. Temple of Diana, aqueduct of Miracles and the Roman bridge are among the most important monuments in Mérida.

A quick look to Google maps over Mérida shows the vast Roman Empire within the city

In short, Mérida is a perfect city to spend half day with your family or partner to learn a bit about the history of the Roman Empire in Spain

Lamma Island: Yung Shue Wan

Lamma Island or Pok Liu Chau (博寮洲) is located to the southwest of Hong Kong and it is the third largest island. The northern village is called Yung Shue Wan and the eastern village is called Sok Kwu Wan

Most people visit this island because is a quiet and pleasant place with its walking trails at one end that leads to the fishing village of Sok Kwu Wan, and the other end is the village of Yung Shue Wan

The main village is Yung Shue Wan with plenty of shops and restaurants. This village is perfect to spend few hours strolling around, to enjoy the local food or just to walk from Pak Kok San Tsuen 北角新村, Pak Kok Kau Tsuen 北角舊村 to Yung Shue Wan crossing by Tai Peng San Chuen. This walk is really pleasant and easy to finish within 1.5h hours

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HOW TO GET THERE

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From Central pier 4, grab a boat to Yung Shue Wan. The other side of the island is Sok Kwu Wan which is so far unexplored for me. There is a boat every half an hour and costs about 16HKD. The ride takes about 30 minutes.

 

EXPLORING AROUND

Arrived to Yung Shue Wan Ferry Pier, on the right side is located the town with restaurants, shops and little markets. The views of the port are great and a walk through the town is a must. The town is kind of tourist made, so I don’t think is the best place to buy groceries or maybe get a perfect meal.

Views of the port & town

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For a pleasant walk and if the time is tight, I would recommend to walk through the paved Family Walk which may start at the entry of the town.

From the port to West Lamma Channel

From West Lamma Channel to Pak Kok Tsuen Pier

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Continuing walking from the Pier there are 2 villages: Pak Kok San Tsuen 北角新村, Pak Kok Kau Tsuen 北角舊村

These 2 villages are very close one with each other, just within 10 minutes

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The path splits into 2 at this point: turn to Luk Chau Wan or walk to Yung Shue Wan through Tai Peng San Chuen village to back to the main town

The walk back through Tai Peng San Chuen takes about 1 hour and is pretty relaxing

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The island is pretty big just to spend few hours. There are many places to visit and hikes to do.

If you are looking for hiking, there is a recommended trail from Yung Shue Wan to Sok Kwu Wan. The trail takes about 1.5-2 hours

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Lantau Peak II: Touching Heaven

Lantau Peak or Fung Wong Shan is the second highest peak in Hong Kong and the highest point on Lantau Island, with a height of 934 metres above sea level. It is most famous for the sunrise scenery viewed from the summit.

During my first hike to this amazing trail the skies were totally covered by layers of dense fog, clouds, winds…but this time I could experienced this hike with perfect weather. Views and photos speak for themselves

The route chosen again was the same, from Pak Kung Au to Ngong Ping. To get there you should take MTR to Tung Chung station exit B and grab the bus 3M. The bus station is passing by the cable car station. You have to get off at Pak Kung Au

The first section of the trail there are views of Hong Kong Airport and Tung Chung. Behind is visible Sunset Peak mountain

After this section, the trail becomes unsheltered. The left side of the trail there are views of Cha Kwo Chau, Shek Kwo Chau & Soko Islands, as well as Pui O Beach

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Before getting to the summit there are few sections slightly tough but short.

Arrived to the summit there will be 360° views of Lantau Island and the islands mentioned before. The path to Ngong Ping and the Big Buddha, Wisdom Path and Po Lin Monastery is also visible from the top. On the other side there are views of the airport and Tung Chung.

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There is a shelter at the top to rest under the shadow

The descent to Ngong Ping is formed by hundreds of rocky steps and sheltered sections, and it may take some time but the views are worthy.

Finished the descent and once found a paved path means the trail is already over. The path takes to the Wisdom Path and the Big Buddha. Worth to spend 15 minutes and have a look

The return can be done by taking the bus 23 to Tung Chung located at the Bus Terminus in  Ngong Ping. The journey takes about 30 minutes

DETAILS

  • Location: Lantau Peak & Ngong Ping @ Lantau Island, Hong Kong
  • Transportation: MRT to Tung Chung & bus 3M to Pak Kung Au // Return: bus 23
  • Time spent: 4-5 hours
  • Weather conditions: Sunny
  • Season: 1st April
  • Score: 9.5/10

Plover Cove Reservoir: A well-deserved Victory

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Plover Cove Reservoir is located within Plover Cove Country Park in the northeastern New Territories. It’s the largest reservoir in Hong Kong in terms of area, and the second-largest in terms of volume.

Plover Cove Reservoir is a natural fish pond that supports a diverse wildlife, including many freshwater fish species. Tai Mei Tuk at the northwestern end of the main dam is a popular BBQ site in Hong Kong.

Within this reservoir there is a hiking trail that starts at Wu Kau Tang Village next to Bride’s Pool Nature Trail and ends at Tai Mei Tuk village. There are several sections within Wu Kau Tang but the longest trail is thru Ma Tau Fund > Tai Tung > Luk Wu Tung > Tai Mei with a total duration of 7-8 hours and 18km though uphills & downhills. The last 5km are on road and takes about 2 hours, so basically are 13km of uphills and downhills.

So far this is the tougher trail I have completed in Hong Kong.

For this trail is recommended a good pair of shoes with good grip. There are slippery sections along the trail. Lot of water, cap if sunny day since this hike is unsheltered, your own food, mosquitoes repellent and a nice camera

HOW TO GET THERE

Take metro to Tai Po Market and exit B to Tai Po Market Station Public Minibus Terminus. Take minibus 20R for around 20 minutes to Bride’s Pool Nature Trail on Bride’s Pool Road. It is the last stop
Also from Tai Po Market Station Bus Terminus, take 275R to Bride’s Pool Bus Terminus on Sunday and public holidays.

Return: In Tai Mei Tuk can take the minibus 20C or bus 75K to Tai Po Market

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HIKING AROUND

From Wu Kau Tang village walk towards the trail to Ma Tau Fung. Have to pass through the village but is easy to get to the trail by following the indications.

Once in the trail, follow the distance posts as reference

The first section from the village to Ma Tau Fung is full of rocky steps but once on the top, the views are amazing

From Ma Tau Fung to Tai Tung there will be stunning views of almost the whole reservoir. This part of the trail is really beautiful

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On the right side there are views of the reservoir while on the left side views of Double & Crescent Islands. The trail look almost the same for the whole journey but at the end perhaps the trail gets harder and with steeper slopes

From Tai Tung to Luk Wu Tung there will be along the trail views of the whole reservoir. Personally the most beautiful section for views

The way from Luk Wu Tung to the Reservoir Sub Dam was personally the tougher since there is a certain sense of weariness. Uphills & downhills were here steeper, yet you can see a long way ahead full of hills.

 

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However the views are amazing. Sai Kung on the left side and the path done & Tai Mei Tuk on the right side

As told, the trail is not easy on this section for its steepy hills where the breaks were more often here. This section also was full of mosquitoes, thousands of them for almost 1.5h hours of journey.

Arrived to the Reservoir Sub Dam will offer views of Sai Kung and Mao On Shan.

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From this point to Tai Mei Tuk there will be about 4-5km and 2 hours of journey ahead. Walking through the dam there is a hill with stairs right in front. To continue the journey you may bypass these hills by the road on the left side. The road takes to Tai Mei directly

Once crossed the longest ever bridge in the world, will reach to Tai Mei. The port is really beautiful and there are some restaurants on the area.

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Walking towards the Bus Terminus there is a BBQ site and was really amazing. Bring your own food and cook it right there!

DETAILS

  • Location: Plover Cove Reservoir @ Plover Cove Park, Hong Kong
  • Transportation: MRT to Tai Po Market exit B & bus 20R to Bride’s Pool Nature Trail // Return: bus 20C or 75K from Tai Mei Tuk
  • Time spent: 7.5 hours – 18km
  • Weather conditions: cloudy
  • Season: Mid of March
  • Score: 9/10