New Territories, Hong Kong
Sai Kung is a great getaway place that is actually not too far from the concrete jungle. It is about a 20-minute bus ride from the MTR Kwun Tong line. The scenery changes quickly to low rises and lots of greens once the bus entered the highway.
Head off to the shore as that is where the action is. You will find lots of fishermen selling their seafood from their boats. You can buy your goodies here and have them cooked your way at a nearby restaurant. I am not sure if the vendors there can speak English though. If they don't, you can still find whatever you like from the fish tanks at the restaurants. You will find all sorts of fresh seafood. You can sit indoor or at the outdoor right by the waterfront walkway.
It is interesting to see the expensive yachts alongside with traditional fishing boats in the harbour.
There are also various islands that you can go to by ferry. We took a side trip to the island of Kiu Jui. The water is very clear and it has a small white sand/stone beach.
There are various bus and mini-bus routes to get there, depending on where you are coming from. Check with the official HK tourism page (below) for the latest info.
Beyond the high-rises of Hong Kong's Kowloon, 60 miles of serene hiking trails—named after one of the territory's last colonial governors, Sir Murray MacLehose—extend across the rural New Territories.
I have the joy of hiking the Maclehose Trail during my stay in Hong Kong in 2002. Not being a vertical person, I question my ssnity in attempting the arduos hikes in what what my Hongkie friends enthusiastically proclaims as the hidden jewels of Hong Kong. I must say that that particular day was one of the most memorable in my life. The sight from the hill top overseeing the reservoir surrounded by hills and mountains was such a sight to behold!
Thanks to the pictures captured, I remember with glee the many funny incidences that took place during the trip...out of which I amusingly recall how my friend Shirene would always abuse Raymond a very brilliant hongkie colleague throughout the trip, the times Shirene and I hung off the rails by the road side at the end of the trip....and many more I would not write in this travelogue today. Looking back, that was the start of my friendship with Shirene and today, 4 years later, we are both planning to get married on the same day in 030207 with much regrets that we will be missing each other's special event. Shirene, thank you for being a good friend and I'm glad we did the Maclehose Trail together!
I look forward to the exploring the Dragon's Trail in Nov 06 with my fiance. I'm sure it will be nothing short of amazing too...hmmm...lovely Hong Kong...
Here you can spend an hour walking through orchards and rows of cultivated blooms, and receive a charmingly conducted lecture tour of the apiary to see how their honey is made. It will be an hour well spent.
The FanLing Apiary is located near Fung Ying Seen Koon at No.8, Butterfly Mountain Road, FanLing.
Getting there :
Take the KCR train and alight at the FanLing Station.
This temple is not to be confused with the one on HK Island. This one located in the New Territories.
Located on Fu Shin Street, the temple was built nearly a century ago by the Tsat Yeuk Community of Tai Po to mark the founding of Tai Wo Shi (Tai Wo Market). The temple serves as a major centre of worship for the Tai Po area.
KCR East Rail to Tai Wo station. Walk about 10 minutes through Tai Wo Estate, towards Tai Po Market station. Then cross Tai Wo bridge, turn on to Yan Hing Street, then walk along Fu Shin Street.
Tai Mo Shan Country Park is one of the most popular places for barbecues in the territory for Hong Kong people.
The park also includes Hong Kong's highest mountain called Tai Mo Shan Know locally as Big Hat or Big Mist Mountain.
Take the number 51 bus from Tsuen Wan MTR station.
The Institute was founded in 1950 and occupies 10 acres in the tranquil, beautiful environment of Sam Dip Tam. One of its many attractions includes a replica of Beijing's magnificent Temple of Heaven (Tian Tan). The Hall of Rocks Collection features rocks with interesting natural shapes, including those of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.
Take the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) to the Tsuen Wan Station; take the exit to Shiu Wo Street and catch Green Minibus No. 81 to the Yuen Yuen Institute.
The Miu Fat Monastery was built in 1950. It features a Main Worship Hall housing three gold-plated statues of the Buddha Sakyamuni. Inside are thousands of Buddhist images and paintings.
It is open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. They also serve vegetarian meals.
Take the Light Rail Transit (LRT) at the Tuen Mun Ferry Pier and alight at the Lam Tei stop. It's about a five-minute walk from there.
During the winter months, the wetland is home to over 50,000 migratory water birds, including some 20% of the world’s population of the endangered Black-faced Spoonbill. The area is also home to such other wildlife as otters, leopard cats, butterflies, and dragonflies.
Visitors can visit Mai Po on their own any day of the week including public holidays but must call in advance to get a HK$100 one-day visitor pass.
There are a limited number of daily passes and they are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. The pass allows visitors to walk around Mai Po on their own, including restricted areas. Mai Po can also provide visitors with a map of suggested walking areas.
To get to Mai Po, take the MTR to Nam Chong, change to the West Rail to Kam Tin, then take a taxi to Mai Po.
It is a rare treat to find so many ancient buildings still standing in the Yuen Long district. the best of these relics have been connected by the Ping Shan Heritage Trail.
The Trail is about 1km long and meanders through the erstwhile villages of Hang Mei Tsuen, Hang Tau Tsuen and Sheung Cheung Wai.
One of the first sights is Hong Kong's only historic pagoda, the Tsui Shing Lau, which was built about 1486 by Tang Ying-tung, a seventh-generation member of the Tang Clan. Originally there were seven storeys but a severe storm some centuries ago badly damaged the upper floors and today only the lowest three remain. The building is hexagonal, and constructed of green brick and granite.
Take Bus No 68X from Jordan Road Ferry Pier or Bus No 68M from the Tsuen Wan MTR Station to Yuen Long, then change to the Light Rail Train and alight at Ping Shan Station. Or take Bus No 69M from Kwai Fong MTR Station to Tin Shui Wai, alight at Tin Yiu Estate and walk along Tin Fuk Road (about five minutes).
Hoi Pa Village was originally a Hakka settlement. The site, together with the adjacent area, has now been developed into a park.
MTR to Tsuen Wan station. Follow the pedestrian bridge, then walk along Shiu Wo Street and Tsuen Wan Market Street to reach the park (about 20 minutes).
Having quite an adventurous father is an advantage for a child. He decided that we needed to explore the New Territories one day so off we went, out of the city by bus, train, boat and into the jungley wilds where we came across friendly boat people, rice fields, 30 foot tall bamboo, and we found a preying mantis! Fabulously exciting stuff!! :))
Sha Tau Kok is a village in the northern most part of the New Territories facing Shenzhen. It is a haven for migratory birds and a bird-watcher's paradise. You can see the buildings of Shenzhen from Sha Tau Kok.
Hong Kong's rustic back yard, this 300-plus square mile area contains mountains where wild monkeys live. Lantau (the territory's largest island) offers one of the world's largest Buddha statues, parks and campsites. On Cheung Chau, there is a quaint harbour and fishing village. Lamma boasts scenic walking trails and superb seafood restaurants.
Ma On Shan is a great place to go hiking. There are some great views once you get up there. One of the trails is over seven mountains. There is a legend about the seven mountains being brothers who were immortalized as mountains. You do require a fair level of fitness to go up and down the hills. Also make sure you take plenty of water and food along as there is nothing up there unless you make your way back down.
I took the New Territories tour and ended up in this traditional local market. There were stalls selling fresh meat, fruit, vegetables, salted fish and dry goods as well as household accessories. (I believe this may all be modernised now).
Luen Wo along with Shek Wu Hui were two of the earliest market towns and business centres of the New Territories area.
Location : Fanling, New Territories.