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Please, don't litter!

Hiking is about communion with nature. So please pickup after yourself. There's no excuse to leave plastic bags, water bottles or any rubbish on or around the trails; if you managed to bring it, you can manage to bring it back!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Victoria Peak hop; Central to Pok Fu Lam

Duration: About 2 hours of walking.
Difficulty: The second part is a bit steeper but unless you are very out-of-shape, nothing terribly hard.
Appreciation: 8/10 for the view from the Peak.If you have been to the Peak & Central before, meh, maybe 5/10.
Transportation: http://ptes.td.gov.hk
 Why it's worth it:

Pok Fu Lam reservoir.
The buildings of Central.
Views from the Peak.
Start at the IFC mall, on top of the Hong Kong MTR Station.

Start at the IFC mall, under the IFC1 (the shorter) tower. Go through the doors, past the walkway and through the Heng Seng building right in front. Then through the next building which used to be a wet market.
Then it's all escalator for the first portion of the trail.
Soho, keep going up.
At the end of the elevator, head left.

Cross the street, climb up the smaller road on the right.

Climb the stairs on the right. Don't go under the tunnel, to avoid car traffic.

Head right and up. Then keep climbing.
At the red house, turn right.

3rd section of the hike.
Right of the bus stop, past the Peak Lookout Cafe. You'll see the trail sign on your right.

That one...

Lots of buses and minibuses stops.

Take bus 973 to Stanley for dinner on the boardwalk or GMB (Green Minibus) 31 to Admiralty (25 minutes),  GMB 22 or 22s to World Wide House (25 minutes)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Dragon's Back Option 2: MTR and walk to trail. No bus on the way

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Duration: About 2.5 hours of walking.
Difficulty: About 250 steep steps for the first part which are going to be challenging if you are a beginner, quite easy afterwards.
Appreciation: 8/10. First 1/3 of the trail is nothing to write home about. Second third is nice, shaded walk but without much of a view. Last third if breathtaking; amazing views from the Dragon's Back. Shek-O beach.
Transportation: http://ptes.td.gov.hk

 Why it's worth it:


Take the MTR to Chai Wan. Take Exit A. You will go through a mall for a few steps, stay on your right and exit at the first outdoor walkway on your right. Go straight at the first intersection on the catwalk.

You want to go down the catwalk to reach Wan Tsui Road. It is the road which will be to the left of the tall glass building (Youth Square) pictured below.

Walk on Wan Tsui Road for about 200 meters until you reach Lin Shing Road (on your left). 
Take Lin Shing Road :

You will walk about 300 meters on Lin Shing Road until you reach a cross-road and see the Cape Collinson Catholic Cemetery entrance right in front of you. Go through the entrance and take the first set of stairs on your left.

Walk up the road after this set of stairs...

Yep, more stairs!

Quite a few set of stairs to climb-up, don't despair, the trail is worth it!

At the top of the stairs, you'll be facing a parking lot slightly on the right and a park on the left. Head right towards the sign post.

 Follow the small paved road in the direction of Tai Tam Gap. The rest is pretty easy, just follow the road to the trail (head left). The sign posts clearly show the way.

The first half a the trail is tree shaded and quite nice, with little in terms of view however. Eventually, you will reach a sign post with clear indications for the Dragon's Back. After a little climb, the scenic part of the trail begins.

At the end of the trail, you arrive right at a bus stop. You can take bus #9 to the Shau Kei Wan MTR station but I suggest you instead take #9 the other way and head to Shek-O for some food and a leisurely walk by the beach.