New Territory Forest Hike Pat Sin Leng Country Park
We follow section 10 of the 78 km long Wilson Trail who runs north south through the territory. After a bit of an uphill start we come into the most beautiful path winding through a forest, at times still visibly landscaped with stonewalls and water ways - remains of former village life in this area. The path has been laid with stones back in the days when people walked from one village to trade their goods.
Halfway through the hike we rest for picnic lunch at a pavilion with gorgeous views over fishponds, the sea and islands. Here time seems to have stood still, the villages are still inhabited and the city seems far away. Some villagers are busy at the fishponds. Looking further out north we get a glimpse of the China beyond Hong Kong, its bordering city to Sha Tau Kok and the Container Harbor at the Chinese coastline.
Down the hill and up another uphill section brings us to beautiful waterfalls, and refreshed after a dip in the water, eventually to an unexpected high plateau. The trail on this highland ends with sweeping views over the villages and the city of Fanling on the plain below. We descend back down, through forest, through the gardens of yet another village, leaving the quiet behind. The village bus picks us up to get us back into civilization.
Cost: HK$800 per person, includes transport Total tour time 8.5 hours. (5 hours hiking) Tour starts at 8.30am, General Post Office (beside the green stamp-vending machines), 2 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong Island Walking distance: 8.5km Grade: strenuous Facilities: Toilets en route