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Panoramic views, but better on clear day / Image courtesy of Joe Macpherson

Clear water bay sounds like an idyllic place to spend a day, and you are not wrong. This area provides some of the most scenic hikes in Hong Kong, and what’s more they are both accessible by public transport and achievable even by the most basic hiker. Almost the perfect hike. There are 2 worthwhile hikes in this area and I will cover them both, you could possibly do them both in same day although two separate trips is more advisable.  The hikes goes through Clear Water Bay Country Park and offers sweeping views of both Clear Water Bay and Sai Kung, and on a blue sky day the views are simply mesmerizing.

Lung Ha Wan Country Trail

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Scenic views on offer / Image courtesy of Joe Macpherson

This hike starts and ends at Tai Au Mun Road in Clear Water Bay.  It should only take 2-3 hours to complete, and it’s a circular hike meaning it will start and end in a nearby place to each other.

From the roundabout where the bus drops you off, walk in a straight line up a slight incline until you get to clear water bay country park.   The hike branches off from here, but if you have time, I highly suggest you spend some time here as its very clean green and has peaceful views of the ocean. It’s also a popular kite flying destination. This is a good opportunity also to use the toilet and to buy some water or snacks if you need.  There aren’t any during the hike.

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Start of the hike /Image courtesy of Joe Macpherson

To start the hike there is a small car park nearby the entrance to the country park,  look for a sign post and a map.

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Map at start of trail / Image courtesy of Joe Macpherson

There is an initial steep incline up some rocky stairs, but this quickly subsides into a standard dirt style path which will be familiar to those who have hikes in HK before.

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Typical HK style hiking path / Image courtesy of Joe Macpherson

Along the way you will fins several great view points, as well as beautiful ocean views on both sides, and gorgeous panoramic views.  Try to go on a sunny day, as the views on a cloudy day are simply not as good. The remainder of the trail from the view point is all downhill and quite easy to do.

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Well signposted hike / Image courtesy of Joe Macpherson

The Lung Ha Wan Country Trail finally finishes at Lung Ha Wan, which is where the Clearwater Bay Equestrian Centre is located. The Lobster Bay Kite-flying Site is also just around the corner.

When we finished the trail, we decided to walk around the horse-riding enclosure, and onto the small rocky beach in front. Sitting on this beach, watching the waves lash against the rocks was quite soothing.

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Nice section near the ocean to listen to the waves and relax / Image courtesy of Joe Macpherson

On the way back from the hike I suggest a quick detour to the Lung Ha Wan Rock Carving. This ancient rock carving is one of HKs oldest historical sights and is a worth a look.  You can also ger some ocean sights, smells and sounds from here too.

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Lung Ha Wan Ancient Rock Carving / Image courtesy of Joe Macpherson

After your viewing of the rock carving, walk back up and continue walking along Lung Ha Wan Road till it you return to the roundabout at Tai Au Mun Road, thereby completing the circular hike.

The final stretch road has a gradual incline all the way that isn’t too difficult. But be mindful of any cars as some parts of the road are very narrow.

Directions

  • Green minibus 103M from Tsuen Kwan O MTR Station
  • Green minibus 16 from Po Lam MTR Station
  • KMB bus 91 from Diamond Hill MTR Station

Alight at the roundabout near Clear Water Bay Road and Tai Au Mun Road.

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Bus stop example / Image courtesy of Joe Macpherson

High Junk Peak

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Image courtesy of Joe Macpherson

High Junk peak is not one of the biggest in HK, at only 334M it is quite scalable under normal circumstances. it is however considered one of the most treacherous peaks in HK, due to its sharp slippery incline, both going up and down.

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The views are worth the effort / Image courtesy of Joe Macpherson

From the peak you get gorgeous 360 degree views of Clear Water Bay and its surrounding areas, well worth the climb to the top.

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Great views on offer / Image courtesy of Joe Macpherson

High Junk Peak trail itself is not so challenging, with a gradual incline of trail and steps it doesn’t provide much of a challenge until the final ascent itself. Most of the trail is the standard HK style dirt paths we know and love. As always with hikes in HK it is well signposted

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Follow the signposts / Image courtesy of Joe Macpherson
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Very few stairs on this trail / Image courtesy of Joe Macpherson
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This hike goes through some nice routes / Image courtesy of Joe Macpherson

The last few meters below the summit is where it become difficult, its a steep incline which needs you do go on all fours almost to scramble to the top. It is slippery so go slow and steady.

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Rises quite sharply / Image courtesy of Joe Macpherson

Although the summit of High Junk Peak is wider than it looks, it can be a bit intimidating for those with vertigo. There’s a narrow strip of land on the top that has no obstructions on either side. And that’s what really makes High Junk Peak a pleasure to conquer!

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One of the most scenic trails in HK / Image courtesy of Joe Macpherson
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Great views, but be careful it can be a little trecherous / Image courtesy of Joe Macpherson

Once you’re done admiring the gorgeous views, come down from slope facing Clear Water Bay. The slope is steep, so be careful.

Once you reach the foot of the hill, you’ll notice a 3-point junction. The short path on the left takes you down to Clear Water Bay Road. From here you can catch a bus back to Kwun Tong, Tsuen Kwan O, or Diamond Hill.

You could also end the the hike at Po Toi O, a small fishing village in Clearwater Bay. at the end of this trail you’ll get to a main road, a short distance from there is a mini bus stop which can take you back to an MTR. Or you can have lunch in a local seafood restaurant.

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Bus stop information / Image courtesy of Joe Macpherson

Starting point

Ng Fai Tin is the starting point for your hike up High Junk Peak. There are a few of ways to get here by public transport.If you’re coming from Hong Kong Island,

  1. Take the MTR to to Tsuen Kwan O.
  2. From Tsuen Kwan O, take the number 103M green minibus to Ng Fai Tin.

Or if you’re on Kowloon side,

  1. Take the 103 green minibus from Kwun Tong to Ng Fai Tin.
  2. You can also catch bus 91 runs that runs from Diamond Hill to Ng Fai Tin.

No matter which bus you take, alight at Ng Fai Tin, and cross the road. You can’t miss the sign board for the High Junk Peak Country Trail and bike trail right next to the steps.

For more information about things to see and do in SZ/HK and beyond please keep following the official Shenzhen Party WeChat account.  Or you can connect with me directly.

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Written by Joe Macpherson at www.wanderlustwelshman.com

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