Difficulty: 9/10. For distance and elevation gain.
Appreciation: 10/10 on a non-smoggy day (was smoggy when I went). You'll also have a bonus view of the large statue of Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. Get some background on the 8 immortals before going: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Sin_Leng
Transportation: Tai Wo MTR station, exit A or B will do. Return via green minibus 55k to Sheung Shui MTR, or 78k bus to Fanling MTR.
Why it's worth it:
|Strictly speaking, my route doesn't start at the beginning of Section 8 but it doesn't require taking the minibus or cab there. And it also skips a less appealing city walk. Follow the map above for the first 2k as there is virtually no signage.|
|Walk on Po Nga road by the MTR track. That's the road you'll be on when exiting at A or B.|
|Then, just before the large road crossing, there's a small road to the left, take it and go by the estate.|
|You'll arrive at a water catchment "river", head right and under the overpass.|
|Follow the "river" for about 100 meters. Then head right to the road, right before the river turns to the left.|
|Follow the sign towards Cloudy Hill (Wilson Trail)|
|Big apartment buildings will be on your left.|
|You will be back on Po Nga road. Take the pedestrian tunnel under the MTR track.|
|Right after the tunnel, head right.|
|You are now on the non-urban portion of the trail. Smooth sailing from this point on.|
|Getting in to the Pat Sin Leng country park!|
|As usual, follow the little hiking guy!|
|You'll be going over the dam.|
|Good spot for a lunch break, you're about halfway into the hike.|
|This one was a little bit confusing but you'll see a mileage post soon after.|
|Going towards Nam Chung. You can relay on my Garmin map at that point. |
You will go through a little village towards the end of the trail.
|Almost done. Turn left towards the main road to Fanling. There, head left to the bus stop where you can return to the MTR via bus 78k or green mini-bus 55k.|