The walled villages of Kam Tin can be easily accessed from Tseun Wan (worth combining with the Sam Tung Uk Museum). Take the #51 bus (from the Nina Tower bus station NOT the bus station next to the Ferry terminal/KCR station) whihch runs every 20-30 minutes. HK$7.60 will take you all the way to Kam Tin (40 minutes) via the Route Twisk and HK's highest peak, Tai Mo Shan (957 metres). It's quite a surprise to climb the twisting lower slopes and then appear over the top, revealing a long, wide valley on the other side and few signs of HK's high rise apartments. The bus rattles on through the military town of Shek Kong and into Kam Tin. The road between the two places seems to be HK's used car centre - hubcap to hubcap of car yards with 2nd hand cars and wreckers yards line the road on both sides.
The walled village of Kat Hing Wai is the most 'complete' of them all - a couple of hundred metres beyond the bus stop. The main entrance is at the far end of the moated walls. The moat is somewhat rubbish strewn and there is a sad neglect to the place, even though people still live within the confines of the walls. Main point, however, is that many of the buildings inside have been built in the last 20-30 years . Nevetheless it's still an interesting place to wander down the incredibly narrow alleys, checking out the corner guardhouses.
With the building of the Nina Tower (tallest building in Hong Kong when completed) and the opening of L'Hotel within the complex, Tseun Wan will not be off the beaten path for long. But for now, the end station of the Tseun Wan line is visited mainly for the Sam Tung Uk Museum.
The town is the ultimate in HK living - the slums of the old villages cleared fo the building of modern apartment block living, schools and sanitation provided. Sadly, the buildings built to replace the slums are now slums themselves. But its interesting in its own right if you want to check out normal living in HK.
Sam Tung Uk Museum is what is left of the old walled village of Sam Tung Uk and then renovated to within a quarter of an inch of its life. Surrounded on all sides by high-rise, the Museum (free entry) is there to provide a perspective on 'how it was'. But the whitewashed, perfectly aligned walls, the open doored rooms leading to various displays is way too clinical to be anywhere near authentic. Displays are mainly photographs and salvaged home use goods. Incredibly disappointing, especially if you have schlepped all the way from Kowloon just to see it.
The Museum is 2 minutes walk from the Tsuen Wan MTR station.
This isn't the most obvious touristic attraction ! But , working in logistics, I wanted to have an idea of what international trade in HK looks like.
Obviously, I was amazed by the size of the area dedicated to container traffic in such a geographical area !
Hong Kong is a leading container port in the world with 9 container terminals recently overtaken by Singapore & Shanghai.
Worth to see if any interest in logistics.
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).