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Yin Ngam, an abandoned village, lies at the southwest of Tai Po in the valley in the north slope of Square Hill. Chau Ma Kong is 588m in height at the north ridge of Square Hill.

Yin Ngam | Chau Ma Kong - A trail for hiking in Hong Kong

Yin Ngam
Distance: 8.0 Km
Duration: 5.5 hours
Diff.:

4.0

Scn.:

3.5

Start: Minibus 23K from Tai Po Market Railway Station to the terminal station at Wun Yiu Road

End: Tai Wo Railway Station

1. The path along the hillside to Chau Ma Kong is partly obscured. Be careful to look for the way and recommand to put on gloves and equip with sleeves.
2. The paths are partly very steep that require to clamber.

Details as below

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Yuen Tun Ha

The trail starts by ascending Wun Yiu Road from Wun Yiu Minibus Terminal. Head to the junction, according to the signpost to Yuen Tun Ha, follow the right path until the abandoned village of Yuen Tun Ha. Along the pathway on the right in front of the village, it leads to the white ancestral hall. Afterward, the trail follows the uphill path on the right of the hall, which entry is slighly obscured by the overgrown shrubs but have some ribbons as a mark.

Right to Yuen Tun Ha

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Bamboo Tunnel

Head the sylvan trail, it initially follows the stone path like an ancient pathway and then winds gently up through the dense woods along the valley. Along the way, the stream of Yin Ngam is also burbling loudly. Further up, the path passes through the bamboo forest that seems to extend endlessly like a natural tunnel. The green body of a bamboo is erect, slender but strong with the regular horizontal nodes, and slightly bending at the top. Its leaves are sparse like decoration for themselve. By the strong breeze, their tips swing crisscross as if the cold swords combatted mutually with the glint and flash, and the strong gurgles. They seem to be elegant just from their outside.

The entry of the uphill path

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The green bamboo forest

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Yin Ngam

Passing through the bamboo forest, trail enters the deep valley. As the woods are quite lush, the sky is almost covered. In the moisture of the atmosphere, there are full of the strong natural aromas. Some of the large rocks are covered with moss, and the white small mushrooms densely grow on the rotted trunks of the trees. The remnant of crumbling stone fences from the ancient Yin Ngam Village bring the feeling to be more bleak and dismal. Afterward, continuing on along the trail, it slightly ascends then passes through the another bamboo forest. Beyond it, the trail opens up.

The gloomy stone path

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The white small mushrooms

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Chau Ma Kong

The trail turns steeps suddenly. It sharply ascends along the ridge toward the south. Along the way looking far to the right, the undulated hills of Chau Ma Kong peers out. To the other side, it offers the full view over Tai Po. Up to the gentle section, pay attention to the right side where has a branch path with some ribbons as a mark at the entry. Still going forward at the junction could lead up to MacLehose Trail on Square Hill. Head the right path, not far ahead, it then follows the slightly obscure path on the right at the junction (going ahead will lead to a grave). With the ribbons along the way as guidance, the path winds along the hillside partly through the thick woods roughly toward the west, but it is generally visible.

The trail crosses the upper reaches of Yin Ngam Stream and then further cuts through the woods until the path junction. At that time, Square Hill is towering on the left. Heading the left path could also climb Square Hill. Afterward, follow the right path northward to the hill of Chau Ma Kong. Beyond the knoll ahead, it leads to the top of Chau Ma Kong.

At the hilltop, it is very open. Overlooking to the northeast, it offers the full view on Tai Po and the rolling hills of Pat Sin Leng. The hill of Tai To Yan like a long screen is lying on the northwest, but the top of the lofty Square Hill is clouded.

Note: The path along the hillside to Chau Ma Kong is partly obscured by overgrown weeds and trees. Be careful to look for the way even if having the ribbons as guidance. Recommand to put on gloves and equip with sleeves.

    Branches:
  1. As climbing to the junction at the gentle section from the second bamboo tunnel, if not to Chau Ma Kong, you could follow the path ahead at the junction to climb Square Hill then join MacLehose Trail to the left downhill until Lead Mine Pass.
  2. At the junction just before climbing Chau Ma Kong, you could follow the left path to Square Hill and join MacLehose Trail.

Related route: Tai Mo Shan

The steep uphill path

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The upper reaches of Yin Ngam Stream

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A full view over Tai Po

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Shek Lin Road

Follow the downhill path ahead roughly toward Tai Po. Descend to the junction, then trace the left path. It slightly undulates through the woods and becomes downward in the later section. Afterward, the path sharply turns steep that require to clamber. After joining the concrete path and passing the electric tower, it then follows Wilson Trail to the left until Shek Lin Road. Finally, follow Shek Lin Road to the right downhill. Head to Kam Shek New Village Playground, then follow the bridge ahead across the river to Tai Wo Estate. Through Tai Wo Estate, it comes to Tai Wo Railway Station.

Note: The downhill path is very steep that requires clambering!

Follow the downhill path ahead

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Summary

The bamboo tunnel is like a time tunnel that brings us to the past. The remnants of the village in the deep valley present the passage of the years. Move away from it through the tunnel as if come back to the present. In addition, there is generally not only a main uphill or downhill path for a hill but side path and obscure path. Some ways are clear and smooth, some ways are gradually formed, some ways are obscure and even hidden like no way. Perhaps, we are used to think that there is a road ahead or not, but forget that roads are also made due to frequently walking and stepping on, or even created by peoples.

Text : Horace

Last Update : 29.03.2017

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