Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Yuen Tun Country Trail hike sights (Photo-essay)

When many people talk about hiking in Hong Kong, they tend to talk about hiking on Hong Kong Island, Lantau or in the country park sections of the Sai Kung Peninsula.  Despite it being the second largest of Hong Kong's 24 country parks, rarely does Tai Lam Country Park rate a mention.

So it stands to reason that when my hiking companion and I went tramping one beautiful afternoon in late November along a route that consisted of the Yuen Tun Country Trail and another section of trail that took us from Kat Hing Bridge deep inside the country park to the village of Ho Pui outside of it, we didn't see a single other human being for a large part of our trek!  Still, it was a bit surprising since our hike did start really close to 'civilization' in the form of some nice looking apartment complexes and such arrayed on the side of a major highway that is Tuen Mun Road... and all the more so since it's a trail that, to my mind at least, offers up its share of interesting views and sights!

A view from early on in the hike that takes in
multi-storey buildings and the Tsing Ma Bridge
(and -- in the far distance -- a part of Hong Kong Island)
 A little bit further along the hike, the Ting Kau Bridge
looms closer -- and Tsuen Wan is visible in the distance

 Soon though, buildings and bridges
vanish from one's sight

I still remember the incredible silence to be found
at this juncture of the hike

View with Tai Lam Chung Reservoir in the distance 
--  and a wooden trail sign in the foreground
 I don't know about you but I find the surface 
of this portion of the trail visually interesting :)

Strange bugs stuck behind the glass of an 
information board located near Kat Hing Bridge! :O

What some people might find a more unexpected
sight than the bugs: farm land and farmers in Hong Kong! ;b


sbk said...

hi ytsl,

The 6th photo is very cool. Is that some kind of moss growing on the rocks that stick up in the trail?

YTSL said...

Hi sbk --

I'm glad you like that photo too. And yes, the green bits are indeed moss growing on the rocks. :)

Private Beach said...

I think your strange bugs are some kind of cricket.

YTSL said...

Hi "Private Beach" --

I was thinking more along the lines of large members of the cockroach family. Your guess sounds much nicer! ;b