CASTLE PEAK TRAVERSE

After a short stroll through the satellite town of Tuen Mun, we follow a relatively steep, but quiet, road up to the Tsing Shan Monastery –
passing banana groves and a few minor temples along the way.

After a good look around the monastery, the assault on Castle Peak starts for real. At first, the climb is relatively easy, as we benefit from a
recently renovated footpath. However, after 656 nicely regular steps, the concrete ends and we continue up a more natural path - pausing
regularly to take in the view and catch our breath.

The climbing stops at about 520 metres above sea level. The reward? Magnificent views over Tuen Mun, Lantau Island, the Rambler Channel
and Hong Kong’s “Far West.” Rumour has it that on a clear day, even Macau can be seen from the top….

Unusually, reaching the summit does not quite mean the end of the hard bit: The descent from Castle Peak provides another challenge as we
cross what is probably the most arid part of Hong Kong. The area used to be a military firing range which meant that the public utility
companies, which have constructed most of Hong Kong’s remote footpaths, did not have access here. Consequently, the path becomes
rather indistinct at times….

Thankfully, after an hour or so of scrambling down the hillside, we reach the old road that used to connect Tuen Mun with Deep Bay. Now
impassable for vehicles, it is a very welcome sight for hikers. After a brief, final, climb we descend towards the fishponds, vegetable plots,
piggeries and chicken farms at Ha Pak Nai, where refreshments are offered by a couple of
stores – provided we can persuade the staff to
take a break from their mahjong game.…

At low tide, the mangrove covered shoreline along Deep Bay teems with a large variety of bird life.  
Herons, egrets, ducks and kingfishers are
just some of the birds spotted here. As the western most point in Hong Kong, the area around Ha Pak Nai is also a popular place with lovers
to go watch the sunset….

Having rehydrated ourselves, we should then be ready for the long journey back to the big city. However, we won't go straight back: At first,
the minibus provides another glimpse of a generally unexplored Hong Kong as we hug the coast riding north towards Lau Fau Shan. Once
famous as the place to go for a look into the “big China,” Lau Fau Shan is now struggling to keep its reputation as a good place to enjoy a
traditional Chinese seafood feast. Nevertheless, we will alight here to look at the old oyster beds and - if there is interest in such - to take
lunch.

We leave Lau Fau Shan by hopping on a bus for the short ride to the MTR station at Tin Shui Wai, a huge new dormitory town from where
trains depart for Kowloon and Hong Kong Island every 5 minutes or so...
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Castle Peak, New Territories, Hong Kong
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Western Badlands and Ha Pak Nai Vegetable farm
Castle Peak, New Territories, Hong Kong
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Distance:
12 km
 
Difficulty:
9 out of 10
 
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: 685 metres
Loss: 685 metres
Price:
HK$250
 
Highest Point:
520 metres
     
Time Spent on Trail:
4.5 hours
Walking: 4 hours + Breaks: 0.5 hour
     
Meeting Time & Place:
9:00 am
at Tuen Mun Railway Station
     
Finishing Time & Place:
1:30 pm
in Lau Fau Shan
Price for this hike as a Private Event on request
  or 2:30 pm  
on Hong Kong Island, if not staying for lunch.
 
 
Food & Drink:
Snack break atop Castle Peak (4 km).
Refreshments at tiny café in Ha Pak Nai -
not included.
We propose to take lunch at a restaurant in Lau Fau Shan on the way home -
not included.
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