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Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail was a path for the people to come and to go between Tsuen Wan and Yuen Long in the past, and became a Country Trail nowaday.

Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail | Tin Fu Tsai - A trail for hiking in Hong Kong

Yuen Tsuen Ancient Tra
Distance: 15.0 Km
Duration: 6.0 hours
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3.0

Scn.:

3.0

Start: Bus 39M,30,30X to Allway Gardens, get off at Tsuen Wan Adventist Hospital

End: Minibus in red, bus K66 to Yuen Long town

Along the way there are many branches, pay more attention to the signposts and maps.

Beyond Tin Fu Tsai, there is a side path (near C6112 signpost) via Tsing Fai Tong to Shum Tseng.

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Allway Gardens

From the bus stop of Tsuen Wan Adventist Hospital, along Tsuen King Circuit heading a short distance, it comes to the path to Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail on the left. It starts with a flight of steps. Up to the road alongside the catchwater, cross the short bridge then join the path uphill beside the pavilion. After a gentle ascent, take the right fork at the junction according to the signpost for Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail. Head to the pavilion, it gives a distant view over Tsuen Wan.

The entry of the trail

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Shek Lung Kung

Continuing on along the path, you could see some old stone houses distributed over the hillside. Heading to the next junction, take the path on the left that leads to the starting point of Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail. Along the trail, it winds gently up along the hillside generally toward the northwest and runs over several green knolls. On the way, it offers a splendid view over the harbour channels around Tsuen Wan and Tsing Yi. Further ahead, Tsing Ma Bridge and Ting Kau Bridge are also within the sight. After passing through a pavilion and going forward, it leads up to the pavilion of Shek Lung Kung where is the highest point of the trail. Moreover, there is also an open grassland on the hill with a full view toward the south.

The lush forest

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Tin Fu Tsai

Follow the trail ahead, it becomes descent. Afterward, it joins the muddy path with the thick shade trees and becomes steep and loose gravel surface in part. Through the woods alongside the brook, its gurgle could gradually be heard. In the tranquility, it presents the aura of nature. Afterward it joins Tai Lam Wooded Road.

Follow the road to the left, not far ahead, then take the side path on the right. Passing through a bamboo forest, it leads down to Tin Tsing Bridge. After crossing the bridge, it comes to Tin Fu Tsai Came Site with a larger grassland.

A goldfish in a stream

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The camp site of Tin Fu Tsai

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Tai Lam Chung Reservoir

From the camp site, it joins the concrete road, also a part of MacLehose Trail. Head it not far, take the side path on the left to continue the Ancient Trail according to the signpost. The sylvan path winds along the hillside and crosses some streams. It soon arrives at the pavillion and joins the road again. There is also a branch path via Tsing Fai Tong village down to Sham Tseng.

Exit: If not continue the trail, you could take the path (near the signpost of C6112) via Tsing Fai Tong down to Sham Tseng.

Take the right path

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Follow the road ahead, then take the sylvan side path on the right. Along it, take the right fork at the junction (C6115). After a descent, it joins Yuen Tun Country Trail (C6116). Head the trail not far, then take the right path at the next fork according to the signpost. After the downhill, it joins the road and follow it to the right. After crossing the bridge, it comes to the junction. Head the trail on the left, it soon arrives at the picnic site in Tai Lam Chung Country Park. You could see an ancient bridge nearby named Kut Hing Bridge* but it has been not accessable now.

* The Kut Hing Bridge is an ancient bridge where was an only way for the old villagers to cross the river for coming and going between Tsuen Wan and Yuen Long along the ancient trail.

Take right side path

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Tai Tong

Continue to head the road, not far ahead, then join the wooded path on the right. It leads gently up to the temple then becomes downhill. At the junction, go ahead along Tai Tong Nature Trail. It slowly winds along the valley. Head to the junction, follow the left uphill path to Tai Tong Shan Road according to the signpost (heading forward could go to Nam Hang Tsuen). Along the path, it leads to the barbecue site of Tai Tong beside Tai Tong Shan Road. Follow the road downhill, it finally arrives at the junction of Kiu Hing Road where could take bus or minibus to Yuen Long town.

Take the right path

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The large tree covering the sky

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Summary

Walking through the ancient trail, it is recalled that the old villages shuttling between Yuen Long and Tsuen Wan required to pass over mountains ridges. They, however, were all accustomed to do so. Nowadays we could arrives there within half hour, how many people have the willpower and the perseverance to trek the long trail? In the rapid rhythm and the bustling life from the city, the people who could not wait for even only several minutes would not appreciate that.

Text : Horace

Establish : 24.05.2015 / Last Update : 18.07.2017

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