Devil’s Peak

Devil’s Peak

Tuesdays are easy hike days and so I decided to take my group ‘Hong Kong Hiking Chicks’ to Devil’s peak as it was a new hike for me too.

Devil’s Peak (Chinese: 魔鬼山) is the peak besides Lei Yue Mun on New Kowloon, Hong Kong. The area around the peak was garrisoned by the British Army or local pirates to control the passage of Lei Yue Mun, which is an important nautical passage in South China. The remains of a redoubt and batteries are still visible on the peak. ( Source Wikipedia)

How to get there: I took the Island Line ( from Sai Wan Ho) to Quarry Bay and interchanged to the Tseung Kwan O line ( Purple line) and finally exited at Yau Tong MTR exit A1.

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My chicks all set at the MTR.

Duration of hike: 2 hours

Difficulty: 3/10 very historical hike. No climbing as such just a flight of steps at the start.

We crossed from the MTR walking through the escalators of Domain mall and continued walking towards Ko Chiu Road. We passed the Chinese Permanent Cemetery sign and kept walking up the road.

The road is sloped and that’s the only killer on this hike.

We could see the East side of the Island as we walked up the slope.

We passed this sitting area with the yellow banner and kept walking till we came to a sign stating Wilson trail . We crossed the road and climbed up the flight of steps.

We followed the Devil’s Peak sign.

We stopped at the first fortifications of Devil’s Peak.

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A tiny temple in the ruins.

Loads of secret hiding places. 🙂

Wouldn’t want to see this at night.

Lovely sights of the island from the fortifications and the deep blue sea.

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God is everywhere!

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An Ant/ bee hive.

Passed this fascinating plant.. the picture doesn’t do justice.

We continued up the slope towards Devil’s peak.

The view got even better. I could spot my complex on the other side.

A short climb but totally worth it.

The ladies were excited, clicking pics, posing, taking in the lovely sights and history of this peak.

More fortifications.

We all were intrigued by these structures.

The gunners would shoot out from these small windows which were sloped to protect them from the enemy.

The scenery was lovely.

What a view!!

This was a maze indeed.

And down we went.

We followed the path and came across the Chinese cemetery.

We continued walking towards the Yau Tong route so that we could take the MTR back home.

We followed the arrow and came to distance post 023.

We took the way down as suggested by arrow.

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Found these cute dolls.

We walked towards the MTR following the signs.

Finally we reached the MTR and posed near these lovely ceramic family.

And yes we posed with this family. What a lovely end to the Tuesday hike.

Devil’s peak is a must do with kids if they are interested in World War history.

I surely enjoyed this hike, going back in time.

Do try this hike people. You will enjoy it.

Happy hiking and Kung Hei fat Choi!

Quarry Bay Tree Walk

Quarry Bay Tree Walk

Decided to start the week with a short hike and so took my pup Dougie and we walked up Mount Parker at Quarry Bay to the Quarry Bay tree walk.

How to get there: take the MTR to Quarry Bay exit at A.

Go toward the Mount Parker Green Trail.

Duration: 1.5 hours at a relaxed pace with a dog

Difficulty: 2/10 only the mount Parker slope is a pain. The tree walk is lovely.

Saw a quaint little altar on the way up Mount Parker.

We climbed up slowly, with Dougie taking a sniff here and a sniff there.

I felt I was on a run as Dougie pulled me whenever he saw a leaf ruffling in the wind.

We passed the Woodside but couldn’t enter as as usual dogs not allowed so we carried on , on our way.

Finally we came to the entrance of the Quarry Bay tree walk.

Down we went. You know there’s loads of World War II remnants on this trail too.

Stores were set up by the Hong Kongers for food supplies during the Japanese invasion. Passed one Such dilapidated Store on the way where a tree is now growing through it.

We continued walking and found stoves used during the war.

A detailed board is set up giving details of the war and the remnants.

We carried on from there towards Kornhill.

We came across another set of stoves as we climbed down the steps.

We passed by a nice resting area. Sadly a man was on his phone rather than enjoying nature…. well I was clicking pics 😁

We walked down and decided to take a peek at the waterfall which is very close to the bridge that we crossed.

We went right held the or at least I held the rope , Dougie just jumped down and walked straight.

We came to this lovely waterfall … nothing compared to the Nam Cheung one but yes it was quaint and sweet.

A short video on this , however there is a lot of garbage around and sadly some come to wash their clothes.

Dougie enjoyed the water.

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We then carried on back the same way to the Barbecue site very close to where we jumped down. We spotted an umbrella under a rock… left it there 😁

We continued towards Kornhill.

Spotted some sort of toilets on the way in case of emergency 😁

We continued down towards Kornhill and then Greig Road .

Saw a jackfruit and some lovely flowers in bloom.

Walked down straight to Greig Road and headed home.

Those who have to take the MTR you will end up near Taikoo MTR exit B.

This is the map of the trail that I got from my Apple Watch.

This is a lovely trail that you can do with your kids. They’ll enjoy this shaded path with greenery and also a bit of history.

Enjoy and be safe.

Stanley Twin peaks and Violet Hill

Stanley Twin peaks and Violet Hill

Come Friday and my Hong Kong Hiking Chicks do tough hikes and we started February by doing just that.

We decided to hike up only Stanley Twin peaks but ended up climbing Violet hill too.

How do you get there: We took the number 14 bus from Sai Wan Ho MTR exit A bus stop till Stanley market which stops opposite Pacific Coffee and then took 6 to Wilson Trail Stanley gap which stops bang opposite the start of this hike.

Duration : 2.5 hours at a decent pace with an eating break

Difficulty: 7/10 because it’s over 2800 steps to climb along with rugged terrain

Lovely views whilst climbing the steps to Stanley. Every 100 steps is marked so we knew how many steps we climbed.

Stanley twin peaks are steep as there are 1369 steps to climb but you’ll feel extremely proud after having climbed these peaks.

We came to a little sitting and took a short break.

Then we climbed up again.

What lovely views, what a lovely path …we saw beautiful flowers , rugged terrain adorned the peak.

Climbing we did

And finally we had finished the Stanley twin peaks.

We felt that was too little a climb so we decided to conquer Violet Hill and away we went.

(If you want to stop with only hiking the twins you can take the path to Tai Tam Reservoir or you can take the path to Repulse Bay)

Violet Hill, also known as Tsz Lo Lan Shan (Chinese: 紫羅蘭山, literally meaning violet (flower) hill)

We saw loads of Violet flowers atop this hill. Lovely pink bells hanging from their stalks.

We could see the twins from the other side and realised Whoa we climbed a lot!

The Violet Hill climb was arduous too but we enjoyed it.

But the views were absolutely stunning. We could see Tai Tam Reservoir from atop the hill.

And a little more to climb and we were at the acme of Violet Hill.

We then took the Hong Kong Park view path down.

The views were still as stunning as ever…lovely green foliage.

And we were finally at the end. Two hours twenty minutes of sheer physical and mental strength. But we ladies did it.

Yes this is a tough hike but if you do push yourself you can do it. You need a strong heart and strong legs for sure 😁.

Happy Hiking!

Nam Cheung Country Park Trail

Nam Cheung Country Park Trail

Nam Cheung Country Park is in the New Territories, Hong Kong near Fanling but it is a trail worth visiting.

It is absolutely stunning with a lovely waterfall, bumbling brooks and a Deep pit pool. I hiked up this lovely trail on a cold 6 degrees Saturday morning with three friends and we came back rejuvenated and happy with our new discovery.

How to get there: We took the MTR from Sai Wan Ho to Quarry Bay and interchanged to the Tsuen Kwan O line ( purple line) to take the train to Yau Tong , then from Yau Tong we interchanged to the Whampoa line ( green line ) and took the train to Kowloon Tong. From Kowloon Tong we interchanged to the East Rail line I.e Lo Wu/ Lok Ma Chau line and alighted at Fanling station. The total train journey was over an hour.

From Fanling MTR we went to the mini bus terminus and took 56 K where the driver told us that Nam Cheung Country Park was just a 10 minute walk away.

Difficulty : 7/10 loads of rocky steps, steep climb and rocky terrain

Duration: 3 hours with tea stop and spending time at the waterfall

We saw Nam Cheung and walked down the road.

We spotted a heron on the way and this lake.

Some beautiful sights on the way .

We spotted a sitting area and a public toilet too.

Finally we came to the start of the trail.

We started our climb.

Started with steps.

We came across lovely bamboo.

We continued climbing.

Rocky terrain graced our path.

Distance post 2501 passed still over 10 to go.

Loads and loads of rocky steps on the way.

Distance post 2502 done.

We came to a lovely waterfall. This was just a part of it.

We sat there and had steaming hot tea with cookies.

We came to this sign board and walked toward Tan Chuk Hang.

We kept walking and then saw the beginning of this wondrous waterfall.

We had to climb down rocks and catch on to branches but it was worth it. It was awesome.

This was the path we entered to go to that waterfall.

We continued up the steps again.

We came to a sign board and followed the path.

We met a group of fellow hikers too who lived in the New Territories.

We got lovely sights and sounds as we hiked up this trail.

We were really high up. It felt like that.

Thanks to distance posts we knew we were on the right track.

We decided we didn’t want to climb another peak so we went straight and didn’t take the left towards another trail.

We continued toward Tan Chuk Hang towards the village.

We were amazed such beauty. So high up in the hills, breathing fresh air.

We continued down the steps.

Finally we reached the end.

We followed the sign board stating Tan Chuk Hang.

We came to this lovely village with lovely houses and loads of fruits, flowers and vegetables growing there.

We continued walking through a tiny path to the Nini bus stop.

Found a toilet too and loads of tiny fields filled with cabbage, lettuce, radishes and turnips.

We got a cab ( else you can take 56B mini bus to Fanling MTR) and took it back to Fanling MTR ending with some hot tea and egg sandwiches.

What a lovely start to the weekend. Enjoyed every bit amidst nature, babbling brooks and greenery everywhere.

Do try this one. It is beautiful.

Happy Hikin’!

Aberdeen – Peel Rise to Wan Chai Gap Road

Aberdeen – Peel Rise to Wan Chai Gap Road

Today I decided to explore the South side of Hong Kong and decided to find some trail in Aberdeen. I took a cab to Aberdeen Peel Rise and walked up that trail.

Duration: 3 hours approx.

Kilometers: 10 km

Difficulty: 5/10 ( due to slopes and a few steps)

How do you get there: You can take the following buses 7 , 76 , 95 , 971 or Minibus 4B , 5 , 35M , 63 till Tin Hau Temple, Aberdeen. Then you climb up the slope and you will come to the Peel Rise Road. Keep climbing up the slope.

You will walk through the cemetery.

I kept walking up the slope and came to a junction so I took the right.

I followed the path. It was an easy walk.

Came across an abandoned shady place.

The views are lovely. Also cycling is not permitted on this trail. It’s a lovely family walk with kids as well as the elderly.

I took the Aberdeen upper reservoir path and continued up the slope.

There is a nice area to take a break too before you continue your walk up the slopes.

I took the Wan chai Gap route and took the left.

There are sign boards everywhere which makes it easier to find your way. I decided to continue on the Wan Chai Gap and skipped the reservoir path.

Lovely views of the hills and the foliage around.

I came to a board which stated Hong Kong Trail so I took the right and continued on the slope upwards.

A little further there was a board stating Hong Kong trail and different signs mentioning Peel Rise, Wan Chai Gap and Black Links. I followed the Black Links Trail as I felt the Wan Chai one would end too soon.

This is a beautiful trail. Rugged, rocky and picturesque just the way I like it.

I continued following the Black Links Middle Gap road trail.

Spotted some tiny water falls. I am sure during the rains it would have been a spectacular sight.

Do not walk too close to the edge as it’s a narrow path….but you will love it.

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Beauty amongst the thrash.

Sighted some structures of World War II too.

Came across an old bridge and a lovely water body…can’t call it a waterfall 🙂

Keep walking and enjoy the lovely sights. I know I did. It is a wonderful feeling being in nature.

Keep following the Black Links Middle Gap road trail.

I came across this old structure which was used during the World War II as a hiding place. It gave me an eerie feeling but that did not stop me from hurriedly clicking a photo of the inside. I pushed in my camera and clicked and hurriedly walked away from this structure.

There’s a nice sitting area where you can relax and enjoy the view.

Keep walking on this concrete path.

Keep following the Black Links Middle gap road trail.

Keep walking …

This is the only steep flight of steps you have to climb. One board states Black Links and the other Wan Chai Gap Road you can take either, I took the Wan Chai Gap and continued on the trail.

I came across a grave in the middle of the trail.

Follow the Wan Chai gap road trail.

You will exit at this point. Keep walking down the slope. You will pass beautiful private houses.

Bananas anyone!

We come out at Middle Gap road, cross the road and go to the Wan Chai Gap road green trail path.

Just follow the directions and keep walking down the slope.

This is the end of the path of the Wan Chai Gap Road. Cross the road and walk through the Wan Chai market – Toy Street and you will reach the Wan Chai MTR on Johnston road the A3 exit.

So that’s your hike. A nice mix of concrete, terrain and steps. I enjoyed this 10 km hike with my camera in tow resembling a photographer.

You can take your kids too on this hike.

Happy Hiking!!