The Other Side of Hong Kong – Shek Lung Kung Mountain

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The second “off the track” location I visited was “Shek Lung Kung Mountain” (石龙拱山) located some where in “Tsuen Wan” (荃湾). Yes, you probably have not even heard of this place before when you are in Hong Kong. It’s one of the Hong Kong MTR train station and it’s fairly easy to access from everywhere, but it’s right at the far end away from the city.

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Once you arrived at the train station, exit the station and head to the bus stop below the train station (not the bus terminus opposite), look for bus 39M or 39A, board it, and then alight in front of a hospital. From there, you will then take the staircase located opposite of the hospital, and slowly climb yourself up the slope. You will see signboard stating “元荃古道” (which simply means old path that connects Tsuen Wan 荃湾 and Yuen Long 元朗), just follow it and hike your way up to the top.

Along the way, there are a few small resting area for you to catch your breath, otherwise it is a fairly steep but well maintained stairway that allows you to hike at your own pace. When you are nearing to the top, the path is not fenced up at the side, so please be extra careful when you walk through this area.

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Once you reached to the top, there’s a small resting area with a signboard stating “Shek Lung Kung Mountain”, and from there you can catch the magnificent view of the three bridges that connect cities within Hong Kong, namely Tsing Ma Bridge (青马大桥), Kap Shui Mun Bridge (汲水门大桥) and the Ting Kau Bridge (汀九桥). Weather plays an important role here, sadly it was rather hazy when I managed to climb to the top that day. Nevertheless, it was a torturing yet enjoyable hike.

From here, you can choose to continue your path which will leads you descending to another town call Sham Tseng (深井), but I decided to head back from where I came from as I was running out of supplies and water. Perhaps I will be back here some other days to complete the whole path.

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