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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Shui Lo Cho (水澇漕), Man Cheung Po (萬丈布) and nine bends (Lantau)

(10.5 kilometers)
5 to 6 hours

Difficulty: 10/10. Hands required to climb some of the sections and the stream gets very narrow at times which makes progression slow and tedious. Option to make it easier is to stop at the infinity pool. In any case, best to go with people that have done it before.
(If you just want to go to the infinity pool for a swim, follow this link to get there)

Cel phone coverage: None.

Water needs: 1.5 liters.

Appreciation: 9/10.

Transportation: Take bus 11 from Tung Chung to Tai O, and back.

Why it's worth it:

Garmin: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/338496183
Don't rely on the Garmin GPS data for the stream portion (fine for the rest) as the signal seems to have bounced off rocks and doesn't seem super accurate. Plus, I went a bit off the regular path at time which would lead you to slightly more risky climbs. Then, from km 5 to 6, we were lost so although following the GPS data will get you to the trail, it won't be fun (bushwacking)

Just off the bus terminus, take the bridge
Pretty trivial at this point. At the end, the bridge takes a slight left, then you must head right.
You can print a zoomed section of the Garmin map just to make sure you don't take a wrong turn.

It's about a 3km mostly flat walk until you will reach the stream entrance.

The stream entrance, just after this little bridge

View on the right from the stream entrance

Then just hike up the stream. Be careful to pick the right bypass.

About 1km into the stream, you'll reach the Man Cheung Po infinity pool (well, a catchwater bassin really). Nice to chill there for a while. You can exit to the trail here or keep going up the stream. If you don't have a GPS watch to run the course I recorded or do not have someone who know where to exit the stream, it is better to not attempt the rest of the stream trek.