DOUBLE TOUR de TOLO

Over the past 40 years, extensive land reclamation projects have gradually turned the old market towns of Tai Wai, Sha Tin and Tai Po on the
shores of Tidal Cove and Tolo Harbour into modern suburbs and industrial centres. While a few old villages were left untouched, the
straightening of the indented shoreline and the levelling the odd hill allowed town planners the luxury to put in place a complete traffic
infrastructure before the first new buildings were erected. They did quite a decent job and even remembered to include an extensive network
of bicycle paths, as this ride will show you.

Setting out from Tai Wai Railway Station, we follow the Shing Mun River Channel north through Sha Tin and past the racecourse at Fo Tan to
Ma Liu Shui, where we hit the shores of Tolo Harbour and follow this to the wonderful Tai Po Waterfront Park, where we break for
refreshments – and perhaps a visit to its Insect House….

After enduring a brief passage through the Tai Po Industrial Estate, we turn east along Ting Kok Road towards the Sam Mun Tsai Typhoon
Shelter, which offers great views of the many impressive mountains surrounding Tolo Harbour – and a glimpse of an old floating fish farming
community.

Continuing eastwards we reach the popular week-end destination of Tai Mei Tuk and the main dam of the Plover Cove Reservoir. Completed
in 1968, the reservoir was the world’s first freshwater reservoir built in the sea. Reaching an altitude of 28 metres, the reservoir dam is the
highest point along the ride. It is also our turning point. However, before we begin our ride back to Tai Wai, we stop for a delicious Thai lunch
in Tai Mei Tuk.

While our return route partially retraces our tracks, it should contain enough detours to keep everyone guessing about where we go next.
What’s more, we will break the ride several times to check out the various places of interest that we pass, such as a small Buddhist temple
at Sha Tin Tau, Wong’s Old House at Yuen Chau Kok and Tsang’s Big House in Shan Ha Wai to mention but a few….

If there is consensus within the group, we will make a final stop for refreshments at a typical local food court near Sha Tin, before returning
the bicycles to the shop in Tai Wai….
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Ride Summary
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Distance:
54 km
 
Difficulty:
2 out of 10 (due to length)
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: 170 metres
Loss: 170 metres
Price:
HK$300
incl. bicycle rental
Highest Point:
28 m
       
Time Spent on Trail:
6 hours
Cycling: 4.5 hours + Hiking: 1.5 hours
     
Meeting Time & Place:
10:00 am
at Tai Wai Railway Station
 
Finishing Time & Place:
4:00 pm
in Tai Wai
Price for this ride as a Private Event on request
  or 4:30 pm  
in Kowloon / on Hong Kong Island.
 
Food & Drink:
Refreshment breaks at Tai Po and (perhaps) in Sha Tin - not included.
Lunch at Thai restaurant in Tai Mei Tuk (30 km)
- not included.
           
Note 1:
Most of this ride is on dedicated bicycle paths, but there will also be stretches on city streets.
           
Note 2:
You can get a small basket for your stuff, but this will make you bicycle a little front heavy. As it is NOT possible to
rent helmets, gloves and other accessories, you are invited bring your own, should you require such.
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and for any claims, injuries or damages arising thereof.
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Buddhist temple i Tai Wai og prohibitions along the track...
Tolo Harbour and Sam Mun Tsai Typhoon Shelter
Scenes from the Double Tour de Tolo
Due to work commitments, holidays and other personal issues,
Hansen's Hikes & Rides has decided to
SUSPEND all operations until further notice.

Apologizing for any inconvenience caused,
we hope to partially resume our outings towards the end of the year.