Rhino Rock

Rhino Rock

If you want some adventure then Rhino Rock is the hike to try.

How to get there: take the number 14 bus from Sai Wan Ho MTR exit A till Stanley Fort which is the last stop.

Cross the road and you will notice a small opening which takes you up some steps very close to the picture below.

Duration : 1 hour

Difficulty: 7/10 only because of the bushwhacking and rock climbing.

Keep walking up the steps.

You will reach a slope, keep walking.

Finally you will reach this trigonometric structure, turn right and walk into the bushes.

Then take a left and hold onto the branches at the side as this slope is a bit slippery.

The views are fantastic from the top.

Just keep following the rocky path and turn right ,you will spot some pink ribbons tied to the bushes that can be used as an additional help too.

Keep walking downwards

Climb over these rocks

From a distance you’ll see a rock formation of a pigs head.

Keep walking towards that.

And then squeeze through these rocks.

Down we go

Finally we end up at the Rhino Rock

You can also see the Stanley Prison from the top.

Going back is the same way.

You walk down the path you climb and go back to the number 14 bus stop.

You can also walk all the way on Wong Ma Kok Road to the Stanley Market and take the bus from the stop outside Pacific coffee opposite Stanley Police Station.

This is a very beautiful hike, it is a wee bit difficult but very doable.

Do try it!!

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Mount Parker – Up Mount Butler

Mount Parker – Up Mount Butler

One rainy Wednesday I decided to Hike up Mount Parker with my Canine son Dougie in tow. We both needed the exercise so away we went.

How do you get there: Take the MTR to Quarry Bay and exit at A or to Taikoo and exit at C.

Difficulty: 4/10 all slope and 599 steps up Jacobs ladder to Mount Butler

Duration: Approximately 2 hours with stops as I had my sniffer with me

Spotted graffiti of declaration of love whilst climbing up Mount Parker 😁.

Lovely views and sounds of nature will greet you on this climb.

There’s a lovely barbecue area too where you can take a break.

I’ve climbed Mount Parker over a 100 Times but I do enjoy this trail. If you want a firm behind it’s worth it.

There are boards along the way which give you detailed descriptions on the trees and the insects that you may meet and greet along the way.

Finally we reached the top of Mount Parker.

We decided to climb up to the top of Mount Butler. A bit risky as it was raining and my super enthusiastic canine son pulls we extra zest but we did climb it.

Got some lovely views whilst climbing .

Dougie pulled me with all his strength so I couldn’t climb at leisure… felt I was in a trail run.

There were resting points along the climb up to Mount Butler. But it’s better to continue the climb and rest at the top.

Finally the end was in sight.

We didn’t continue towards Jardine’s lookout and turned back to go down after Mr. Dougie Rangel decided to rest.

On a sunny day this is what you’ll see from the top

We then continued down the steps again …that was scary😱.

Spotted this family of wild boars on the way too.

Finally we reached the end of Mount Parker where we started.

I enjoyed this short hike with Dougie. Getting wet in the rain was fun too.

This hike one can do with kids … you can skip the Mount Butler part.

Happy hiking people!!

Chai Wan to Big Wave Bay ( via Pottinger Peak Country Trail)

Chai Wan to Big Wave Bay ( via Pottinger Peak Country Trail)

Today was a bright and sunny day and that pulled me out of home and hearth and I decided to venture to the absolute east side of Hong Kong Island to explore a new trail.

Difficulty: 4/10 because of the never ending steps up the cemetery

Duration: 1.5 hours approximately

How to get there: I took the train to Chai Wan MTR and exited at exit A. I walked towards the mall and took the footbridge towards Youth Square and turned right and came on to Wan Tsui Road.

I then crossed over and walked up Lin Shing Road towards the Cape Collinson Cemeteries.

I reached the direction board and took the left and walked up. Then crossed over when I sighted steps and climbed and climbed through the cemetery.

I could see Chai Wan from high above. I climbed and then took a right through the graves and climbed up on to a concrete path.

I finally reached a the start of the Pottinger Peak Country trail.

I finally reached this point and walked through the path inside.

I followed the Siu Sai Wan path when I came to the signage.

I walked on to this path for approximately 15 minutes.

Finally I took the right that stated Big Wave Bay and walked on the paved path.

The views were fantastic…found a nice place to chill for a bit.

I walked towards the deep blue sea…

The views were breathtaking. Lovely flowers on the way adorned the path.

I could spot the big wave beach in the distance.

Found another sit out area… so relaxing just sitting and watching the beauty of nature.

I then took a left and sat on the rocks which are supposed to be ancient carved rocks.

I then walked towards the beach and took in the sun, the sea and the sand.

I came to a barbecue area and walked onto the beach.

I recorded the sound of the waves as it felt so soothing

I then walked towards my left and carried on towards the bus stop where I got a mini bus or a number 9 and went to Shaukeiwan very happy and satisfied with this beautiful trail that I explored.

This is a fantastic hike that you can do with kids that are not fussy about climbing steps. Because the end is the wondrous Big Wave Bay where you can enjoy a swim, have a snack and come back very happy and tanned.

Dragon’s Back

Dragon’s Back

The Dragon’s Back (Traditional Chinese: 龍脊) is a ridge in southeastern Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, between Wan Cham Shan and Shek O Peak. It lies within the Shek O Country Park. In 2004 the Dragon’s Back Trail was selected by TIME Asia as the best urban hiking trail.

– Wikipedia

So one gloomy Tuesday morning my Hiking Chicks and I went hiking and we decided to climb Dragons Back. I’ve done it many times but this is one hike I really enjoy doing.

How do you get there: Take the MTR to Shaukeiwan (island Line ) and just outside exit A3 is the bus terminus. Take the number 9 bus to Dragons Back or To Tei Wan stop.

Duration : approximately 2 hours

Difficulty : 4/10 lovely rocky terrain and beaten path

The first part is a climb up steps but not too difficult. You get lovely views at the start itself.

We kept climbing and took the Dragons back trail.

More steps…

We came across lots of marble along the path and lovely flowers too.

Finally some flat land.

Lovely rocky path along the way and also came across my favourite Chinese New Year flowers.

We followed the sign that stated dragons back.

We took a picture break and took in the lovely view before we carried on towards the craggy path.

We could spot a golf course from up.

We had to climb this rocky patch. Love hikes like this.

We clicked another group selfie. We could see a part of the Dragons Back that we climbed. So beautiful.

Finally we reached the top of the back and got some lovely views.

We continued on the trail and came to a place where you get even better views and there are benches where you can just relax, have a cup of tea. Just take in the beautiful sights and sounds of nature.

We then headed downwards.

We followed the sign that stated Tai Tam Gap

This was a beautiful walk, roots of trees that resembled snakes growing wildly along the path.

The walk is long but enjoyable. You need to be alert whilst walking lest you trip and fall.

Also you will come across lovely trees in bloom with leaves of varied shades.

There are distance posts along the way which are useful.

Thankfully a toilet post suggesting a loo was close by. It was a cold, windy day 😁.

We followed the sign that stated to Tai Tam Gap Road. Maybe big wave bay next time. There were toilets at the end…not the cleanest so carry your tissues etc. But if you’ve got to go then you’ve got to go.

We finally came to the board that stated Shek O country park and crossed over to the number 9 bus stop.

This is a fantastic hike that you can do with kids. This is a must do hike in Hong Kong.

Happy hiking !!

POKFULAM TO PEAK HIKE

POKFULAM TO PEAK HIKE

Tuesdays are easy hike days and so me and my ‘chicks’ decided to do the hike from Pokfulam to the Victoria peak.

How to get there: Take the MTR to HKU station and exit at C1. Take a right, you will pass Belchers. Keep walking straight. On the opposite side you will see a petrol pump. Cross the road and just near the petrol station the trail starts.

Duration: nearly three hours with walk down the Peak to Central MTR.

Difficulty: 3/10 initial climb involves a lot of steps. After that it’s a lovely walk.

Luckily half way there was a sitting area so we could rest.

We followed the path stating Pinewood Battery and kept walking.

Saw a lovely Buddha carved on stone on the way.

We continued straight up the path. We followed the route to the peak. Found some toilets on the way. May help for those who want a quick relief.

We came to the board which stated Lung Fu Shan Country Park. We took the morning trail toward the peak. That is a very family friendly walk and kids will love it.

Very picturesque walk must say…

We found a bench and clicked some photos.

We continued on the straight path.

We came across this sweet man playing the flute. It was awesome.

We continued towards the morning trail.

It’s a lovely walk, lovely trees, lovely flowers along the way.

We saw the Pokfulam Reservoir from up too.

And we clicked some more pics.

We continued on this trail and came across a waterfall or more a trickle.

We nearly reached the end and we were atop Victoria Peak.

We then stopped at Pacific Coffee before we headed down the Peak tram path to take the MTR from Central.

This was a lovely hike indeed. Relaxed but beautiful.

We celebrated our 10th hike as a group too.

Do try this one.

Happy Hiking everyone!

Sir Cecil’s Ride to Braemar Hill ( Via Mount Parker)

Sir Cecil’s Ride to Braemar Hill ( Via Mount Parker)

It’s a rainy Monday morning and instead of sitting at home decided to do an easy hike. So I walked from home to the start of the Mount Parker green trail.

How to get there: Take the MTR to quarry bay and exit at A or to Taikoo and exit at B.

Walk towards the Mount Parker green trail.

Duration : 1 hour 30 minutes

Difficulty: 3/10 only the slope up Mount Parker is a tad steep.

Keep walking up Mount Parker. There are a lot of boards which gives information on the birds and insects that you’ll come across.

I decided to visit the Woodside education centre which is an old heritage building of Hong Kong.

Saw a lovely banyan tree and the Chinese New Year flowers which are in plenty on this trail.

Post that I walked up Mount Parker to get to Sir Cecil’s Ride

I passed the Quarry Bay tree walk sign and kept climbing the slope.

Found a nice barbecue area , a sit out area and clean toilets.

It was a rainy day and the fog covered the lovely sight.

Finally I reached the start of Sir Cecil’s ride.

The path was wet but the sights were lovely .

I came across loads of the Chinese New Year flowers which are in bloom in February.

I continued on the straight path

It was wet and foggy but I enjoyed every bit.

Got to see spider webs that looked like icicles.

And more of these Chinese New Year flowers

I continued straight, if you take the steps to your left you will reach the Wong Nai Chung trail. I didn’t want to do an arduous hike. I wanted to chill and enjoy the flowers and the rain.

Beautiful colours along the way.

I came to an intersection and walked towards the Po Luen Path

I decided to take the morning trail as I would have ended my hike soon with that path.

Walked a new path and saw such beauty

I reached a nice sit out area and then took the left and continued.

I continued till I came to a board which said morning walkers garden. I went straight.

I came across a lovely brook along the way .

Finally I came to the end of this path.

I continued towards Braemar Hill.

That was a beautiful walk too.

Lovely greenery and more of the CNY flowers.

Beautiful flowers along the way

I came to a board which stated Jardine lookout and Braemar Hill but I continued on the Braemar Hill path.

Passed some more beauty.

I walked down the slope and reached the mini bus bus stop and also the city bus bus stop on the opposite side.

So I took a number 85 bus and reached home. It takes you to an MTR too.

This was a lovely relaxed hike. I enjoyed walking in the rain.

You can do this one with kids too. They’ll really enjoy.

Happy hiking !!