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Hiking - Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christ'l Truebenbach   

Tsuen Wan – So Kwun Wat Tsuen

16.2 km - 6 hours - Level of difficulty: difficult

Ascent: 497 m - Descent: 582 m - Highest Point: 418 m

This hike follows the Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail which used to be a transport route for farm products between Yuen Long and Tsuen Wan market before the completion of Castle Peak Road.

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Starting Point

Adventist Hospital, Tsuen Wan

  • Take a taxi

or

  • Gold Coast Bus to Tsuen Wan MTR Station, Exit A4, downstairs
  •  KMB Bus No. 39M to Allway Gardens. Get off at the Adventist Hospital
Hiking - Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail Map
 
Route

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 track 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)

It 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.

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Finishing Point

So Kwun Wat San Tsuen

 ·        Walk or take the Green Mini Bus No. 43S to Gold Coast Piazza

Hiking - Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail Elevation

 

Bring a fully charged mobile phone, shirt to change in to after the hike, plenty of water, a small towel, waterproof sun block, mosquito repellent, and a hat. 
 

About Christ’l Truebenbach  

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. Twenty years ago his job brought them to Hong Kong where they continued hiking together.

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Christ’l Truebenbach

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.

Her app introduces the most common hikes on Hong Kong, country trails on Lantau Island, in the New Territories and on the Outlying Islands. For each hike you can find route locations, route maps and elevation profiles, and it allows you to search for different grades as well as for different regions.

You can download Christ'l's app here 

The Hiking in HK App describes every route, including its length, hiking time, level of difficulty and gives the emergency hot-lines of every country park. Detailed information of public transport from and to Central is given for every hike. A helpful detail - you do not need to be on-line during a hike! (But you can when using the Locate Me button to see where you are). 

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