don't expect to see birds, animals, insects, or to see signs of any life in the streams..but you'll walk /climb through a variety of grasses, foliage and even trees! (Rare things in central HK). As for fresh air..well it's better than Causeway Bay, but the landscapes of pollution are well viewed and you'll still have to breathe that air..
Take KCR and get of at Tai Po Market Station, then get on either KMB bus No. 64K or green minicab no 25K and ask the driver to show you off. In case you have time you may drop in for a visit the Hong Kong Railway Museum which is next to Tai Po Market Station.
An alternative way is to get off from Tai Wo Station and catch a taxi which cost about HK$20
Pak Nai is situated at the north west corner of Hong Kong. It is facing Deep Bay which is an international well known mangrove area with vivid vegetation. Bird watching is also a common activity around Deep Bay and Mai Po area.
After enjoying the sunset and the quiet nature, you may try some famous oyster dishes in one of the restaurants at Lau Fau Shan.
Tap Mun is an isolated island in Mirs Bay. It can reached by ferry at Ma Liu Shui (KCRC University Station). It is advisable to check the ferry schedule as the ferries are sparse! I came here by an organized tour operated by HK & Yaumatei Ferries Ltd. Thus, I didn't worry about catching a ferry at a given time. It gives you a glimpse of rural Chinese culture. In addition, a contrast view of Hong Kong in the wilderness.
After left the airport, w e drove through this area to reach the downtown Hong Kong.
Let me say that I didn't like it, maybe the weather was not the best to make the most of this place, but it seemed to me to be an area that grew up fast, uncontrolled, to support the million citizens wanting to come in Hong Kong searching for job and a better life.
Tseun Wan is one of Hong Kong's most important industrial new towns. Its known as the gateway to the New Territories.
There are several historic monuments including a 200 year old Hakka walled village. (2 Kwu Uk Lane, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong)
Take the MTR Tsuen Wan station.
New Territories is made up of rural retreats, traditional villages, landscaped 'New Towns', walking trails, and many cultural attractions.
Most don't realise that more than 70% of Hong Kong is countryside, and 21 official country parks account for 40% of the rural land area. If you get the time, take a tour out through this area. There is no public transport other than a tour or by private car.
More in my New Territories travelogue.
Shek O and Dragon's Back
Shek O is a fascinating and popular place to visit. A mix of village houses and up-market villas can be found within easy walking distance of each other. The natural scenery is grand. There are a couple of beautiful beaches in the area, a granite inlet to the east, and a bracing ridge walk above. The Dragon's Back is a sometimes challenging ridge walk offering splendid views of the ocean and mountains.
How to get there:
1. By MTR to Shau Kei Wan (Exit A3)then take bus no. 9 from Shau Kei Wan bus terminus at Nam On Street; or 2. Take a bus no. 309 at Exchange Square Bus Terminus on Sunday and Public Holiday
For those travelers that like to combine bush walking with peaceful surroundings and secluded beaches with clear non polluted waters, take a trip to Tai Long Wan in the Sai Kung Country park. Various buses will take you to the park from Kowloon then follow the well defined trail. The walk is some 90 minutes (one way) on well constructed paths and not too difficult. Tai Long Wan is a great beach for surfing and the nearby village (pop 30) serves up good food and drinks.
This is truly a real haven of tranquility in bustling Hiong Kong.
More...Off the Beaten Path
Do something a regular tourist/ traveller would never dream of doing: Check out the New Territories!!!!! Much of the New Territories today is still an unspoiled rural land, dotted with rustic ancient villages and fishing harbours, duck farms and fish ponds, characterised by an abiding sense of harmony with nature. You don't have to join any particular tour. In fact, you can actually make your own way into the area comfortably via the:-
1. air-conditioned railway
I'm sure you will enjoy yourself much better visiting this off-the-beaten area!
City lives here are worth seeing but don't miss the scene of the old villages. Tourists usually miss the traditonal Chinese villages in the New Territories,which contradict to the morden buildings in the region and which make the region more worth visiting.
Kwun Yam Shan is located on the northern side of Tai Mo Shan. The attitude is 546 metres above the sea level
Tai Mo Shan is the highest mountain in Hong kong. The attitude is 957 metres. Frost and ice could be found during the chilly winter night. The white tower on the top of the mountain is radar station.
Lok Ma Chau - This is situated in the north western new territories. Lok Ma Chau is a hilltop lookout point overlooking the Shezden river, paddy fields and mainland china beyond.