Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Head for the Hills or The Hills are Alive or Hill Billy or

Hong Kong Island has a major trail that runs east and west called, oddly, the Hong Kong Trail. Eight sections make up the trail - here's a link to a website that breaks down the sections: Hong Kong Trail (when you come visit, we'll check out as many as you want).  My friend, Hannah Smith, introduced me to the section known as Dragon's Back - Section 8 at the western end of the trail. There are a couple of different places to start the trail - here's one way:

Take the MTR to the Shau Ke Wan stop, exit the station and catch the number 9 bus right outside the station (its the bus stop furthest from the building). The bus travels out of the little village within minutes and then winds its way around some very tight corners as it travels down towards the starting point of To Di Wan. Watch for the car park on the right side of the road and hit the stop button just as you pass. The bus stops at what looks like an indent in the rocks - but its really the start of the trail! There will be a wooden posted sign and arrows pointing up (and up and up and up).  This hike takes about 2 hours, depending on your pace, especially during the first hour as most of that is the climbing - which is worth the huffing and puffing because the views are amazing:





Hannah (pictured above) and I, wrapped up our hike in Shek O, meeting up with another group for lunch at a little village restaurant. We had Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice (which I later made for Mark and I - recipe here: Pineapple Fried Rice.) Let me digress for one moment. When I write "village restaurant," picture a typical American Rib Fest - that is, those general eating areas with tables and folding chairs stuck under large plastic tents. That's a "little village restaurant." We also had honey fried calamari (delicious!), curry chicken, and fish balls. Big Wave Bay is a part of Shek O and several little stores along the way sell beach toys, towels, bathing suits, etc. They even advertise beach chairs on the villages one and only roundabout:




Village Restaurant

Hopefully a misspell...

Fresh!

A few weeks later, Mark and I took the same hike - minus the lunch in Shek O. We treated ourselves to a cab ride back to Wanchai. A few shots from that hike:






Check out Fido on the roof.

1 comment:

  1. It is so hot here that the sight of all that walking makes me miserable just to think about it. I'm sure it was a comfortable as well as delightful walk. Now for some good pineapple fried rice. WooHoo!

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