|Hiking - Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail|
|Written by Christl Truebenbach|
|Friday, 04 January 2013 13:21|
YUEN TSUEN ANCIENT TRAIL
Tsuen Wan – So Kwun Wat Tsuen
6 hours – 16.2 km
Level of difficulty: difficult
This is a scenic hike with a lot of variegated vegetation. The first part of the trail gives you the feeling of hiking somewhere in Europe. On this part you can also enjoy the view of Tsing Ma Bridge.
Adventist Hospital, Tsuen Wan
· Take a taxi
· Gold Coast Bus to Tsuen Wan MTR Station
· KMB Bus No. 39M to Allway Gardens. Get off at the Adventist Hospital.
This ancient trail used to be a transport route between Tsuen Wan and Yuen Long.
From the hospital walk straight ahead. On your left-hand side there is a sign pointing to Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail. A lot of steps lead you uphill to Ha Fa Shan where the trail starts.
After 4.3 km the trail joins Tai Lam Forest Track. Walk along the street until you see an information board. Here turn right. The sign indicates the direction to Tin Fu Tsai.
Having arrived at the camp site turn left and walk southwards back to the concrete road of Tai Lam Forest Track. After the next picnic site* turn right and continue along Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail to the end of Tai Lam Chung Reservoir. Here turn left.
At the barbeque site do not follow the Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail! Walk to the sign pointing to So Kwun Wat and continue hiking on old MacLehose Trail Stage 10 along the west bank of the reservoir.
*In order to shorten the tour, follow the sign pointing to Tsing Fa Tong. Continue all the way downhill to Sham Tseng and walk through the pedestrian underpass to Castle Peak Road to catch Citybus No. 962B back home.
(3 hours – 9 km - moderate)
Bring a shirt for change, small towel, waterproof sun block, mosquito repellent, hiking boots are recommended, a hat, and enough water. Don’t forget your mobile phone!
Christ'l is originally from Northern Germany and her Bavarian husband - from the beautiful German Alps in the South of the country - taught Christ'l to love hiking in the mountains. Fifteen years ago his job brought them to Hong Kong where they continued hiking together.
Christ'l always wanted to write a guide to hiking over the wonderful trails in Hong Kong. Over the years she has recorded distances, times, gradients, elevation profiles and information about public transportation. She constantly updates this information with the opening of the new MTR routes and the arrival of new hiking equipment such as Garmin Tools. Then with the launch of the new iPhone she realized it was no longer necessary to hike with a guidebook in her rucksack because everything could be stored on a mobile phone as an App.
|Last Updated on Friday, 04 January 2013 15:05|