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Shek Uk Shan, 481m height, lies in the middle of Sai Kung Country Park West, the north of Cheung Sheung, which northeast ridge is just the hill of Lo Fu Kei Shek.

Shek Uk Shan | Lo Fu Kei Shek - A trail for hiking in Hong Kong

Shek Uk Shan
Distance: 9.5 Km
Duration: 5.5 hours
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3.0

Scn.:

4.0

Start: Minibus 7 from Sai Kung, get off at the entry of the path to fire lookout at Hoi Ha Road

End: Bus 94, 96R(Holiday only) to Sai Kung

1. The path to Lo Fu Kei Shek and Shek Uk Shan are partly steep, it would require clambering slightly.
2. The path from Hoi Ha Road to Shek Uk Shan cuts through thick woods.

At the junciton of Au Mun after the downhill from Shek Uk Shan, it could lead to Yung Shue O by following Cheung Sheung Country Trail to the right.

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Lo Fu Kei Shek

The trail starts by ascending the left flight of stone steps according to the signpost to the fire lookout on the left side of Hoi Ha Road toward the way to Hoi Ha. Head to the junction with the signpost to the fire lookout, it traces the obscure path on the left which entry has a warning note of "Road Losed". Along the sylvan path, it cuts through the thick shrubland, contours the undulate ridge trending up roughly towards the southwest. Look up to the front after heading the path, the ridge of Lo Fu Kei Shek stretchs up far to the top of the lofty Shek Uk Shan. Afterward turn right at the junction. Gently up to a knoll with a range pole and still going ahead, the trail then begins the steep climb up to the rocky group of Lo Fu Kei Shek at the top of the hill.

Along the steps up

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At the top of Lo Fu Kei Shek, it is very open and the surrounding splendid mountain views could be seen. Overlooking to the west, you could see the lateral side of Sharp Peak which ridge links up Tung Wan Shan horizontally. The hill of Mount Hallowes is just towering at the north. Moreover, the inlet of To Kwa Peng are nestled under the hills.

Note: The uphill path of Lo Fu Kei Shek is partly steep and cuts through thick shrubland, it would require clambering slightly.

A look back

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Overlook Sharp Peak and To Kwa Peng

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Shek Uk Shan

Continuing on along the trail ahead, it cuts through the thick woods. Along the way, there is a branch path on the right leading down to Nam Shan Tung. Go ahead beyond the shrubland, the trail becomes obvious and then contours the undulated ridge gently up. Further up beyond the several hillsides towards the transmitting station, it comes to the range pole at the hilltop of Shek Uk Shan. Head the path alongside the wire netting, through the patch of grassland, it leads to the helipad where opens up much. Overlooking to the southwest, the lofty hill of Ma On Shan is towering and Three Fathoms Cove beneath it sparkles in the sunlight. Gazing down forward, Wa Mei Shan, Lui Ta Shek and Tai Tun form the string of hills at the same direction. To the right, it offers a distance view over Plover Cove Reservoir and Tolo Channel. Moreover, Ngam Tau Shan is at the left far, and the upland of Cheung Sheung is nestled in the high ravine between the hills of Shek Uk Shan and Ngam Tau Shan.

Toward Shek Uk Shan

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Overlook Cheung Sheung in the high ravine

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Au Mun and Yung Pak Corridor

From the helipad of Shek Uk Shan, follow the obvious path on the right downhill along the southwest ridge towards Three Fathoms Cove at the beginning section. It is slightly steep but turns gentle later. Descending beyond the several hillsides, the trail cuts through the forest, crosses the stream then leads down to the junction of Cheung Sheung Country Trail at Au Mun. Afterward, follow the trail to the left (the right leading down to Yung Shue O), not far ahead, it then joins MacLehose Trail on the right at the junction. Head the trail, it winds along the hillside of Wa Mei Shan then goes downward. Looking forward during the downhill, the two huge rocks seem to roll down from the hilltop of Lui Ta Shek. Down to the crossing at the valley, follow the left path (Yung Pak Corridor) according to the signpost to the way to Tsak Yue Wu and Pak Tam Road. The trail then slowly descends through the forest along the valley, afterward it joins the concrete path at the village. Finally, follow it to the right until Pak Tam Road at Tsak Yue Wu.

Branch: At the top of Shek Uk Shan, there are several downhill paths. Other than the northwest path that could descend to She Shek Au, the left path to the southeast by the range pole could lead to Cheung Sheung. Moreover, at the helipad towards the southwest, there are also two downhill paths. The left one could lead down to the horizontal path, then follows it left to Cheung Sheung or right to Au Mun.

Exit: At the junciton of Au Mun after the downhill from Shek Uk Shan, it could lead to Yung Shue O by following Cheung Sheung Country Trail to the right. Afterward from Yung Shue O, you could follow the concrete road to Shui Long Wo or go to Shum Chung pier to take the ferry.

The path in front of the helipad

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The ridge of Shek Uk Shan extends to Wa Mei Shan

A look back to Shek Uk Shan

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Summary

Climbing along Lo Fu Kei Shek up to Shek Uk Shan, the sublime full view could be seen over the chain after chain of the green mountains and the numerous rolling hills in the west of Sai Kung. They represent the nature to be spectacular and majestic. At the beginning period in hiking, some people are easy to believe a thing only relying on its outward appearance. Such as they would rather take a clear path which is probably towards a different way even wrong, than the obscure path but it is right. You believe it is a round hill, but it is actually a sharp peak with cliffy escarpment if viewing from another angle. It seems a small peaceful pond, however it is bottomless in actual. By suspecting and thinking critically then verifiying in doing everything, you could finally understand the essence and the truth of the thing. After gaining the wisdom and the intelligence, you could ultimately achieve the third level of the life as defined from the thinking of Chinese Buddhism - "You could see that mountain remains mountain, water remains water".

Text : Horace

Last Update : 14.11.2017

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