On a blazing hot summer day, I took a sweet and adventurous couch-surfer to hike in Sai Kung. As a preview to the one of the best hiking trails in Hong Kong – the Maclehose Stage 1 and 2 (Tai Long Wan) – we started out with Pak Tam Chung Nature Trail. The main reason was so we can visit the Sheung Yiu Hakka Village folk museum, which belongs to the HK Heritage Museum, and I’ve been wanting to visit for a long time (but that’s for another post).
At a fairly early stage we had ourselves a bit of an unfortunate accident, which the folks at the museum helped us treat, and the hot weather didn’t make things easier. But still, it’s a really easy trail with some interesting bits, easily completed in less than an hour, and the museum is indeed an interesting attraction – so if you’re in the area and the weather’s nice, it’s worth it.
The scenery from the trail overlooks the nearby water reservoir and the Sai Kung Peninsula.
HK Walkers writes :
PakTam Chung Nature Trail is a level riverside walk with stops along the way to observe geographical features and wild life characteristically found in brackish "Chung", the first stop, refers to a channel entering the sea, where freshwater and back flowing sea water at high tide come together to create unique brackish habitats. Pak Tam Chung is so named because wetlands. It sits at the mouth of one such channel.
Here’s a bit of what you can expect to see on the way :
Almost throughout the whole trail we were the only ones there, until we came across these guys…
That’s an interesting off-the-beaten-track place for wedding photos. Good pick!
If you’re in need of a map…
To get there :
By Bus: Bus no. 94, or no. 96R (Sundays and public holidays), alight at Sheung Yiu station.
By Minibus: GMB Route no. 7 or no. 9, alight at Sheung Yiu station.
A really easy family hike. Be sure to combine this with Tai Long Wan.