Thoughts on Urban Forest in Hong Kong

Thoughts on Urban Forest in Hong Kong

First Published on 20th October, 2014 @1825 We all know that Hong Kong is an International City famous for its majestic skyscrapers, robust public transportation system and no lack of places to shop for pleasure. With the city being prosper from concrete and steel, little did we, as Hong Kong people, paid attention to the “greens” in the city – …

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Grey Shrew

Shrews in Shing Mun Country Park, Hong Kong

Considered very lucky, I spotted a Grey Shrew (Crocidura attenuata) when I was hiking in Shing Mun Country Park. The little fella was crossing the service road from one side of the woods to another, I then found her/him hiding under the foliage. What’s a Shrew? A shrew is a rodent/mole like mammal that is distinct on its own. They are …

Top 10 Things Needed for Hiking

Ten Things You Need for Hiking in Hong Kong

📚The following is the excerpt from my book, MacLehose Trail for City Hikers,  available in both paperback and Kindle in Amazon.com To enjoy hiking, there are few items you should bring along: Backpack — A 24-litre backpack should be enough for a day hike. Water — Bottles that can carry two to three litres of water will be enough for hiking. Alternately, …

MacLehose Trail, Stage 7

MacLehose Trail Section 7 – Needle Hill

Needle Hill (532m) and Grassy Hill (647m) Jubilee (Shing Mun) Reservoir Busy flight path, perfect for plane spotting Section 7 is all about two hills — the Grassy Hill (647m) and Needle Hill (532m). Particularly, the extravagant view at Needle Hill is comparable to that at the Victoria Peak on Hong Kong Island, with less of a crowd for snaps. Section 7 is also right below a …

MacLehose Trail Stage 2 cover

MacLehose Trail Section 2 – Ham Tin Wan

A very nice view of Sharp Peak (468m) Plenty of camping location next to the beach Coastal line of Sai Kung, especially at Ham Tin Wan Section 2 is all about admiring the coastal line of Sai Kung. There are plenty of beaches with fine sand, wetlands, and rivers that are very well-conserved. Hiking is not particularly difficult, with very …

MacLehose Trail Stage 3

MacLehose Trail Section 3 – The Hills

Hilly Landscape, hiking along five hills Seas of Three Fathoms Cove and Sai Kung Hoi Campsite at Cheung Sheung village Section 3 has the most hilly landscape of all 10 sections of the MacLehose Trail. This implies two things: 1) An extravagant scenery of hills and peaks and 2) Frequent descend and ascend along the trail. I started at Shui Long Wo …

MacLehose Trail Stage 4

MacLehose Trail Section 4 – Pyramid Hill

Panoramic view of Sai Kung and Ma On Shan Camping at Ngong Ping (and Paragliding) Completely tucked away from the city Section 4 is one of the most challenging hike of all trails. It is 12km in length and goes along the ridge of the hills, exposing hikers to all inclement weather. Despite these challenges, you will be able to …

MacLehose Trail, Stage 5

MacLehose Trail Section 5 – Lion Rock!

Lion Rock overlooking Kowloon Peninsula Kai Tak Cruise Terminal (former airport) War Relics installed during WWII Eagle’s Nest Nature Trail Section 5 is within the boundary of the Lion Rock Country Park. Here, you can find one of the best hiking experience of all trails. I started at the Kowloon Reservoir which can be easily reached by bus no. 72 …

MacLehose Trail, Stage 6

MacLehose Trail Section 6 – Macaques

View of Kwai Chung, Needle Hill, and Tai Mo Shan Shing Mun, Kowloon and Shek Lei Pui Reservoir. WWII Relics, the Shing Mun Redoubt Rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta), Long-tailed Macaque (M. fascicularis) and hybrids Section 6 is the shortest trail of all of MacLehose Trail, stretching only 4.6km in length and both ends are conveniently connected to public transport. Although …

MacLehose Trail, Stage 9

MacLehose Trail Section 9 – Bikers

Acacia plantation along the trail Panoramic view of Tsuen Wan Camping location at Tin Fu Tsai Section 9 is 6.3km in length and fairly easy to hike. It is just the continuation of a service road from Section 10, but from here onwards. There will be bikers and minivans using this road from both directions — better be careful of …