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So Lo Pun is an abandoned large ancient village at north of Lai Chi Wo. It is famous due to sometimes being haunted, but the vestige is a symbol of change of an epoch.

So Lo Pun | Yung Shue Au - A trail for hiking in Hong Kong

So Lo Pun
Distance: 16.0 Km
Duration: 7.0 hours
Diff.:

4.0

Scn.:

4.0

Start: Minibus 20R, get off at Wu Kau Tang

End: Minibus 56K to Fanling, or walk to Sha Tau Kok Road along Luk Keng Road then take minibus 55K

It is quite physically demanding for the long distance hike.

1.At Sam A Tsuen, taking right fork at the crossing could go to Wu Kau Tang.
2.At Lai Chi Wo, you could go to Fan Shui Au, then via Kuk Po head to Luk Keng.

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Wu Kau Tang

The trail starts from the the concrete path on the left of the pavilion with a map board beside the carpark at the end of Wu Kau Tang Road. Along the path down, turn left soon at the junction to Sam A Tsuen. At the next fork, take the right path to Kau Tam Tso according to the signpost. Head the trail, then take the upper left fork at the junction after joining the muddy path. (Taking the right fork ahead could also go to Sam A Wan via Sheung Miu Tin, Ha Miu Tin and Sam A Chung.)

Follow the left path

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Sam A Tsuen and Sam A Wan

Follow the trail with a gentle ascent, it winds along the hillside eastward. Along the way, the range of Tiu Tang Lung is towering at your upper left. Further ahead, the lateral of Tai Tung like a screen is lying on your right. Beyond Lai Tau Shek, it leads down to Sam A Tsuen. Along the path, it comes to the cross-junction of Sam A Tsuen. According to the signpost, take the left fork to Lai Chi Wo. (Going ahead could lead to the coast and pier of Sam A Wan)

Exit: You could retrace you way or pass through Ha Miu Tin and Sheung Miu Tin to return to Wu Kau Tang from the cross-junction if do not go to So Lo Pun.

Related route: Sam A Wan

Tiu Tang Lung

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The water surface as a mirror in Sam A Wan

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Siu Tan and Lai Chi Wo

At the cross-junction, take the way to Lai Chi Wo. Along the well paved stone path, it goes through the sylvan terrain and leads up gently. There are also some abandoned old houses. After the descent, it runs alongside a brook and then comes to the coast of Siu Tan. Looking right back, the embankment of Siu Tan could be seen. Head the trail, you could see the mangroves in a large scale along the muddy shore with a background of Lo Fu Shek Teng on the opposite side.

Wooded stone path

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Continue on along the main path. Joining Lai Chi Wo Nature Trail, you could obtain a view of the woods of ancient Looking-glass Tree, and of White-flowered Derris like flamboyant calligraphy as a natural masterpiece. Passing through a short bridge, it comes to the open flatland in front of Hip Tin Temple. You could also visit the village of Lai Chi Wo on the left or replenish at the eateries (almost holiday only).

Exit: If you do not go to So Lo Pun, could take the path from Lai Chi Wo through Fan Shui Au, via A Ma Wat back to Wu Kau Tang or via Kuk Po to Luk Keng.

Related route: Lai Chi Wo

The embankment in Siu Tan

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So Lo Pun

From the open flatland of Hip Tin Temple and Siu Ying School, follow the path on the right. Beyond the archway, it comes to the coast with the full view over Crooked Harbour. Head the coastal path, it winds up along the hillside. After climbing up to a recession of hill, it begins a flight of steep steps that leads down to a small flatland. Along the path on the right, it comes to the coast of So Lo Pun.

Siu Ying School

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So Lo Pun is located in the valley between Lo Fu Shek Teng and Shek Nga Tau and there is a mangroves on the large wetland near the coast. Along the embankment ahead, take the left path at the junction beside the map board. Head the concrete footpath towards the valley, it leads to the old village of So Lo Pun. Seeing the abandoned broken stone houses in a large scale, it is impressed by the feeling of bleak and dismal emptiness from the crumbling fences and dilapidated walls with the vine coiled around. In the shade of trees with light wind, it is desolate but beautiful.

So Lo Pun Wan

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The wetland in the valley

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Be desolate but beautiful

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Yung Shue Au

Head the trail, then take the uphill path on the right according to the signpost. Up ahead, you could look back far on So Lo Pun Wan. Climbing up to the depression of the hill, it descends and cuts through a thick woods and across hill stream. After joining the concrete path ahead, it comes to the old village of Yung Shue Au. There are also many abandoned houses and was a small military base from British army for defending illegal immigration at that time, which vestige is a symbol of change of an epoch. Follow the path ahead, then take the left fork at the junction according to the signpost. Passing through the broken house, take a flight of steps uphill. Afterward, it winds along the hillside. Beyond Ah Kung Au, Shenzhen of China could be seen on the opposite coast. Along the trail, it gently descends to the coast of Kuk Po.

Take the right fork up

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The abandoned village in Yung Shue Au

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Kuk Po and Fung Hang

Follow the concrete ahead, it winds along the coast from Kuk Po to Fung Hang. Afterward, it comes to the entry of Fung Hang village on the left. Head the trail to the right, take a flight of steps up then go down to the barbecue site. Heading along the coastal trail, it leads to a open flatland with an eatery. Afterward, take the road on the right that leads to the junction of Bride's Road, then follow Bride's Road to the right to the minibus terminal of Luk Keng.

Fung Hang pier

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Sha Tau Kok Hoi

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Summary

Walking through the past old villages, the life pattern and style in harmony with nature from the past villagers could be observed. Recalled that the villagers often chatted with each other in contrast with the people living in city who become indifferent and impassive. I sigh and feel regret that the former people had lived simple and peaceful life as living in another world with full of human warmth. Perhaps that is just what the modern people want.

Text : Horace

Last Updated : 12.04.2015

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