NORTHEASTERN GHOST TOWNS
Week-ends & Public Holidays

Not easily accessible and largely uninhabited, Hong Kong's northeastern villages are ideal field locations for studying the heritage, economic
transitions and ecological changes of the country's rural districts. Now as before, this "back garden" offers tranquil settings, rustic hamlets,
verdant forests and delightful scenery.

We begin our hike in Luk Keng - less than 30 minutes by bus from the railway linking Hong Kong with China proper. Located at the shores of
Starling Inlet, Luk Keng is a close to the mainland you can get without a written permission from the Commissioner of Police....

During the first part of the hike, we will be able to see (and even hear) the outer suburbs of the rapidly developing Chinese boarder city of
Shen Zhen. However, it is not long before we put today behind us and dive into history....

According to ancestral records, the Yeung family first settled in Kuk Po Lo Wai in 1672, earning a good income from farming and fishing. Rice
was grown in terraces on slopes and marshland was drained. On the higher slopes, fruit trees provided another source of income. In the
early 1950's, the population had grown to more than 500.

Sadly, since the onset of industrial development at the end of the 1960's, Kuk Po - as all other northeastern villages - has seen its population
dwindle. A mere handful of people now live in the area and many buildings have been abandoned and are falling into disrepair. Walking
around these villages is, however, quite fascinating and offers good photo opportunities.

After Kuk Po, we will tackle our only real climb of the day as we make our way over Fan Shui Au to the ghost towns of Mui Tsz Lam and Kop
Tong, before we reach the impressive old Hakka village of
Lai Chi Wo. Lai Chi Wo is also the home of an ancient mangrove forest. With its
network of interweaving buttress roots, the Coastal Heritiera makes for a very intriguing sight. Many trees are so large that it takes two
people to hug, while some roots grow to chest height.

It is a short easy walk from Lai Chi Wo to Sam A Tsuen, where we stop for lunch at one of Hong Kong's most remote
restaurants.

After lunch we continue along the mangrove clad shoreline, before making our way inland past the ruins of Ha Miu Tin and the empty houses
of
Kau Tam Tso to finish our hike at Wu Kau Tang. Consisting of a number of interconnected villages, the relatively lively Wu Kau Tang, is the
end of the line for the infrequent minibus from Tai Po.
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Hike Summary
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Distance:
15.5 km
 
Difficulty:
5 out of 10
 
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: 435 metres
Loss: 335 metres
Price:
HK$250
 
Highest Point:
170 metres (Fan Shui Au)
     
Time Spent on Trail:
6 hours
Walking: 4.5 hours + Breaks: 1.5 hours
     
Meeting Time & Place:
8:45 am
at Fan Ling Railway Station
     
Finishing Time & Place:
4:20 pm
at Tai Po Market Railway Station
Price for this hike as a Private Event on request
  or 4:45 / 5:00 pm  
in Kowloon / on Hong Kong Island.
 
           
Food & Drink:
Snack stops at Kuk Po (3 km) and Mui Tsz Lam or Kop Tong (7 km)
Lunch at restaurant in Sam A Wan (10 km) -
not included.
 
Note:
For a shortened, but more luxurious version, please check Northeastern Ghost Towns - DeLuxe.
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Kuk Po School and village, Starling Inlet, New Territories, Hong Kong
Mangrove and feral cattle in Plover Cove Country Park...
Mui Tsz Lam village and view over Yan Chau Tong...
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