WESTERN NEW TERRITORIES
Week-days

A relatively long, but fairly easy bicycle ride exploring the western part of the New Territories between Yuen Long and Tuen Mun.

Setting out from the old market town of Yuen Long, we head south and then southwest along a number of shored up streams. Skirting the
former rice-paddies of Shap Pat Heung we ride on shady paths and quiet back roads around orchards and through villages and the ever-
growing suburbs. The route is slightly undulating which allows us the occasional panoramic view over the flat lands of Ping Shan and Lam Tei.

At Fu Tei we reach a network of dedicated bicycle paths along the Tuen Mun River, which permits us to cross this busy town without having
to deal with vehicular traffic. We break the ride briefly to check out a nice Tin Hau Temple and a small cultural centre, before continuing
southwards to reach Butterfly Beach, a popular outdoor excape for the thousands of Tuen Mun residents who live in tiny flats in huge public
housing estates….

Riding is not allowed on the very pleasant Tuen Mun Waterfront Promenade, so we will push our bicycles for the next few minutes to reach
the small restaurant, where we will stop for a light meal.

Walking along the promenade, we will keep an eye out for the pink dolphins which occasionally visit the area to seek the company of the river
freighters moored off-shore. There is no guarantee of a sighting, but you never know….

After this long break, we head north. We ride a little along the river, but soon find ourselves on bicycle tracks in the shade of the afore-
mentioned housing estates. The range of high-rises and the bicycle tracks end at Po Tin, where we try to find a way through a maze created
by hap-hazard NT town planning regulations. Other than typical modern three-story village houses, we should also come across the
occasional old temple or ancestral hall as we make our way towards Tin Shui Wai.

Tin Shui Wai is a huge modern dormitory high-rise town with very little going for it. It does, however, have a well-planned network of nice
bicycle tracks from which we shall benefit. We follow the tracks along the Hung Shui River until it reaches the Hong Kong Wetland Park.
There we turn southeastwards to begin our journey back to the bike shop in Yuen Long, but rather than taking the obvious route we opt for a
somewhat quieter alternative and make the time to visit another old temple.
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Ride Summary
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Distance:
35-39 km
(depending on group's preference)
Difficulty:
2 out of 10
 
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: xxx metres
Loss: xxx metres
Price:
HK$300
incl. bicycle rental
Highest Point:
35 m
       
Time Spent on Trail:
5.25 hours
Cycling: 3.75 hours + Sightseeing: 0.75 hour
     
Meeting Time & Place:
10:00 am
at Yuen Long Railway Station
 
Finishing Time & Place:
3:15 pm
at Yuen Long Railway Station
Price for this ride as a Private Event on request
  or 4:00 pm  
in Kowloon / on Hong Kong Island.
 
Food & Drink:
Early lunch in Tuen Mun - not included.
Refreshments at Hung Shui Kiu
- not included.
 
Note 1:
Where possible, we will ride on dedicated bicycle paths, but about half of this ride will be along quiet rural back
roads. There will, however, also be a short stretch on inner 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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The Tin Hau Temple in Tuen Mun
A public housing estate and a place of religious worship....
Butterfly Beach and Tuen Mun Waterfront Promenade
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.