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Hung Shek Mun is located at east coast of Double Haven within Plover Cove Country Park. The rocky coast appears in red because of being rich in iron element.

Hung Shek Mun - A trail for hiking in Hong Kong

Hung Shek Mun
Distance: 15.5 Km
Duration: 7.5 hours
Diff.:

4.0

Scn.:

4.5

Start: Minibus 20R from Tai Po Market Railway Station, get off at Wu Kau Tang

End: Minibus 20R to Tai Po Market Railway Station

1. Enquire into the tide times to cross the stream of Ngai Kok Chung.
2.Some paths are complicated that require to better undenstand the landform & the directions.
3.Some steep paths would require clambering.

From Hung Shek Mun, if not to follow the path via Ngai Kok Chung and Wong Chuk Chung, you could retrace the way to Wu Kau Tang.

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Ha Miu Tin

The trail starts by following the left path beside the pavilion with a map board by the carpark at the end of Wu Kau Tang Road. Along the path down, turn left soon at the junction to Sam A Tsuen according to the signpost. At the fork to Kau Tam Tso, take the right path. After tracing the muddy path then heading to the next junction, go ahead to join Miu Sam Ancient Path which is the way to Sheung Miu Tin and Ha Miu Tin. Head the sylvan path, it gently descends through the woods sometimes alongside the stream. Passing through Sheung Miu Tin, not far ahead, it comes to Ha Miu Tin.

Take the left path

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Tai Tung and Mount Newland (Kwun Yam Tung)

Going forward a short distance from the signpost of Ha Miu Tin, the trail follows the side path on the right to Tai Tung. Passing through some abandoned old houses, it is gently up to the next junction. Follow the right path uphill, it almost straight descends. Along the way looking back far, the imposing hill of Tiu Tang Lung with the might aura is towering behind. Further up, the slope becomes gentle and the path leads up to Tai Tung on Wang Leng where joins Plover Cove Reservoir Country Trail. Afterward, head the trail to the left according to the signpost to Luk Wu Tung. Along the way, it offers a distance view over Double Haven which waters seem to be a mirror. Further going ahead, the full view on Plover Cove Reservoir is also within the sight which waters sparkle in the sunlight. Afterward, it comes to Mount Newland (Kwun Yam Tung).

Branch: If you miss the right side-path(a shortcut) to Tai Tung beside the stone signpost of Ha Miu Tin, you could still go ahead until the next path on the right according to the signpost to Tai Tung.

Related trail : Tiu Tang Lun

Right to side path

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Look back to the hill of Tiu Tang Lung

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Overlook Double Haven

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Hung Shek Mun Au

Continue on along the trail, the rocks on the ground gradually appear in red. Looking down far, you could see Hung Shek Mun at the coast. Head to the post of warning notice on the right, pay attention to the left where is the entry of the path leading to Hung Shek Mun. There are also some ribbons as a mark at the entry. Follow the path down, it is obvious and winds roughly toward the northeast through the woods. On the way, part of the rocks on the ground also appear in red. Afterward, it descends to the small reservoir, which has been built since 1972 for the water supply to Crooked Island. Passing through the dam, then follow the left path. Cutting through the woods, it comes to the right path junction with some ribbons as a mark where could lead down to Hung Shek Mun. Moreover, it will retrace the step from Hung Shek Mun to this junction later. (Heading forward could go to Ngai Kok Chung directly.)

Note: The path from Hung Shek Mun Au to Hung Shek Mun is partly steep and cutting through thick woods. It would require clambering.

The left path to Hung Shek Mun

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The reservoir for water supply to Crooked Island

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Hung Shek Mun

Follow the right sylvan path down from the junction, it then joins the old concrete path skirting along the pond. There is scenic and peaceful where seems to be a garden separated by a generation. Further ahead, it comes to the house of the old village but it is quite shabby now. However, the stone table and the broken stone kitchen at the front courtyard still record the old live manner and style. Along the concrete path, it leads to the coast of Hung Shek Mun.

The past fish pond

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Looking around, it is surprising for the indented rocky shore almost all appearing in red that because the rocks are rich in iron element. They seem to be a red belt horizotally skirting between the green hills and the jade waters that becomes a spectacular picture. The dam on the right was build for the fishpond. There has a nick in the middle of the dam. If the tide is up, the water flow into the pond. When the tide is down, some of the waters remain in the pond to raise the fishes. It presents that the past villagers well understood the rules of the nature, therefore they obtained the intelligence in order to live. Afterward, pass through the dam, it comes to the coast of Tong Pai Tau. Overlooking to the left, Hung Shek Mun Channel could be seen where is only several tens of meters apart from Double Island. Moreover, there is also the east boundary of Yan Chau Tong Marine Park.

The red coast

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The mangrove

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Ngai Kok Chung

From Tong Pai Tau through the dam of Hung Shek Mun, return to the concrete path then retrace the steps up to the junction as mentioned previously. From the junction, follow the path on the right roughly toward the northwest. It winds along the hillside through the woods. Along the way, the indented coast of Ham Yue Tsing could be overlooked on the right. Passing through the junction of the right bypass to Ham Yue Tsing, still go ahead. The path soon sharply turns downward and you could see the shore of Ngai Kok Chung ahead below. After the steep descent, it comes to the stream outlet of Ngai Kok Chung. Gazing to the right, it offers a splendid view on the inlet of Tai Shui Wu with the coastal green woods and the clear inverted image in the emerald waters. Afterward, cross the stream and trace the uphill path on the left which entry also has the ribbon mark.

Note: There is difficult to pass through the stream outlet of Ngai Kok Chung when the tide is up. Remember to enquire into the tide times before the hike!

Predicted Tides at Ko Lau Wan

Roughly to the northwest

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The picturesque inlet

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Wong Chuk Chung (stream outlet)

Ascend the path, it is initially very steep then turns gentle. The trail is obvious and winds along the hillside roughly toward the west through the woods. On the way looking to the right, the picturesque view over the indented coast of Tai Shui Wu feasts your eyes. Looking far to the peaceful Double Haven, it could let you clam and relaxed. Afterward, the trail goes downward. At that moment overlooking forward, the winding valley could be seen where the stream of Wong Chuk Chung and *Mai A Path lie in. After the descent, it leads to the stream outlet of Wong Chuk Chung. There are two stream outlets which are the left stream coming from Mount Newland and another one from Wong Chuk Chung ahead.

* Mai A Path is a path passing through the winding valley alongside near the stream of Wong Chuk Chung until the stream of Ma Niu Ho. Because there are some branches along the way in the thick woods, it also means "a path being easy to lost the way" from the chinese name.

The uphill path

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The coast of Tai Shui Wu

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Wong Chuk Chung along the winding valley ahead

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Wong Chuk Chung and Ma Niu Ho (The section of Mai A Path)

Along the stream of Wong Chuk Chung ahead, it comes to the small pool in the front. By crossing the stream to the left, follow the left path refering to the ribbon mark beside the pool. Heading a few steps to the next junction, it joins the steep uphill path on the right. Up to the patch of flat land, you could look back to the west coast of Tai Shui Wu. Afterward, the trail begins to trace Mai A Path through the valley alongside near the stream of Wong Chuk Chung roughly toward the west, refering to the ribbon marks along the way.

Note: Mai A Path has some branch path without any signpost in the thick woods through the valley. You are required to better undenstand the landform and the directions. Although you could refer to the ribbon marks along the way, recommand to carry a related map and a GPS device for the referance.

Along Wong Chuk Chung ahead

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Head the trail, it cuts through the bamboos then slightly goes down and leads to the stream of Wong Chuk Chung on the right. Cross the stream over the rocks, then follow the left path. It cuts through the woods alongside the left stream. Not far ahead, according to the ribbon mark, cross the left stream again where there are many bamboo groups. Afterward, the trail follows the uphill path on the right-front, it slightly deviates from the stream. Cutting through the bamboo forest, it then crosses the right stream. Alongside the left stream not far ahead, it crosses the stream again to the left where there is a short stone wall (perhaps the past foundation of farmland) at the edge of the stream.

Afterward, by refering to the ribbon mark, trace the right path to cut through the larger bamboo forest, then finally meet and cross the stream. Beyond the woods through the valley, the trail turns northward and gradually descends toward the valley of Ma Niu Ho ahead. After crossing the brook of Ma Niu Ho, follow the left path (the right obscure path could lead to the waterfall of Ma Niu Ho).

Cross Wong Chuk Chung

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The valley of Ma Niu Ho ahead

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Miu Sam Ancient Path

Head the trail, it is obvious and winds along the hillside toward the west. Beyond the valley, the lofty hill of Tiu Tang Lung suddenly appears at the front like a giant towering and emitting the might aura, which undulating ridgelines of the south and the north ridges sharply contour. Afterward, the trail gently descends. Through the woods, the gurgle of Sam A Chung could be heard gradually. Head it further, the trail joins Miu Sam Ancient Path. Finally, follow it to the left. Passing through Ha Miu Tin and Sheung Miu Tin then following the original path, the trail returns to Wu Kau Tang.

Along the valley westward

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Overlook Tiu Tang Lung again

Summary

It should be well prepared before the hike to Hung Shek Mun because of the long distance and the complicated branch paths. Moreover, there have the unique geologic configuration and some of the remnants of the old villages in Hung Shek Mun. However, under the rotation of the huge wheel of history, the old villages were ultimately phased out, like the squeezed layers of the sedimentary rocks along the coast, which were squashed as a page in historical corridor by the wheel.

Text : Horace

Last update : 12.02.2017

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