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Hong Kong Cycling Routes Collection – FoTan to Old Frontier

The fourth of the series is “FoTan to the Old Frontier at Lo Wu“.

This is an extension of the FoTan to Sheung Shui cycling route. A visit to the old Hong Kong Frontier before the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to China,

Background information:

Route NameFoTan / Old Hong Kong Frontier at Lo Wu
BackgroundThis bike path is an extension of the bike path from FoTan to Sheung Shui. The extension is not really a bike path but running along the maintenance path of the drainage system for flooding protection.
Distance28 Kilometers
Starting pointFoTan Railway Station
End pointTak Yuet Lau Police Post near to Lo Wu Control Point
Point of InterestHuge water pipes near Shek Sheung River, Shek Sheung River, Sheung Yue River, Ng Tung River, Tak Yuet Lau Police Post
View (1 to 5 👍; with 5 for the most stunning view) 👍👍👍
Difficulty (1 to 5 💪🏼; with 5 is most difficult) 💪🏼
Support facilities 
    Food & DrinksLots of local cafes, restaurants in Taipo and Sheung Shui. Two local dessert (bean curd custard) cafes near Sheung Yue River & Ng Tung River. 
    ToiletsPublic toilets along the Tai Wo Service Road East and Sheung Shui

This is also my seventh ride of the 2018 Cycle Life Challenge that took place on 22 April 2018.

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Actual Ride

This is my first group ride after coming back from Kaohsiung. Weather condition was excellent with plenty of sunshine. In fact, it was so good that I got tanned once again.

As said before, the route from FoTan to Lo Wu is actually an extension from Sheung Shui. Instead of repeating the overlapping information again and again, I will focus on the additional portion from Sheung Shui to Lo Wu. In case, you want to revisit the route from FoTan to Sheung Shui, you may click here for the details.

The group started riding in the morning and arrived at Sheung Shui by noon for lunch. Same village canteen and my favourite dish again. I must confess I’m a boring guy and my wife will definitely agree on this.

BBQ pork served with vegetable and egg
So so hungry that there is nearly nothing left with my favourite dish, sorry!
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Continued with our journey at Sheung Shui, we rode along the bike path along the Po Shek Wu Road and the Choi Yuen Road.

Riding along Po Shek Wu Road
Riding along Po Shek Wu Road
Short climb near Po Shek Wu Road (over the railway)
Short climb near Po Shek Wu Road (over the railway)

Our destination Lo Wu was one of the control points for the old frontier between Hong Kong and the Mainland China. With the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to China, Hong Kong is now part of China and the frontier ceased to exist.

Maintenance Path along Ng Tung River

Before reaching Lo Wu that is at the end of the Ng Tung River (梧桐河)  , we have to ride along two another two rivers that are tributaries of the Ng Tung River, namely, the Shek Sheung River (石上河) and the Sheung Yue River (雙魚河).

Ng Tung River is part of the Shenzhen River (深圳河) and is located in Hong Kong. It extends across northern part of the New Territories.

With the severe damages caused by flooding during the typhoon season (July and August) in the ’90s, Ng Tung River, Sheung Yue River and Shek Sheung Rivers had been straightened and widen under the government’s Rural Drainage Rehabilitation Scheme in early 2000. As a result, these natural rivers now become artificial drainage.

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At the end of the Choi Yuen Road, we reached the entrance to the maintenance path of the drainage.

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Huge Pipes supplying fresh water from Mainland China to Hong Kong under special arrangement
Huge Pipes supplying fresh water from Mainland China to Hong Kong under special arrangement
Sheung Yue River
Sheung Yue River
Ng Tung River with Lo Wu Railway Depot in the background
Ng Tung River with Lo Wu Railway Depot in the background

Shortly after another two Kilometers along the rivers, we arrived at the maintenance gate of the Ng Tung River drainage.

Maintenance Gate of the Ng Tung River drainage with Shenzhen in the background
Maintenance Gate of the Ng Tung River drainage with Shenzhen in the background
Crazy pose of the team
Crazy pose of the team

Our destination – Old Frontier and the Lo Wu Control Point.

Old Frontier at Lo Wu
Old Frontier at Lo Wu
Lo Wu Closed Area on the other side of the footbridge
Lo Wu Closed Area on the other side of the footbridge
Lo Wu Control Point - Gate 78
Lo Wu Control Point – Gate 78
Shenzhen City in Mainland China
Shenzhen City in Mainland China

Landmark of the old frontier – Tak Yuet Lau Police Post.

Tak Yuet Lau Police Post - Oversee the Lo Wu Control Point
Tak Yuet Lau Police Post – Oversee the Lo Wu Control Point

And our lovely mascot of the Police Post.

Mascot of the Police Post
Mascot of the Police Post

Last but not least, another group photo to signify our target achieved.

Group Photo to signify our target achieved
Sweet lady & lovely pose
Sweet lady & lovely pose
Good work & well done
Good work & well done
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Summary for today’s ride – a total of 56 Kilometers.

Cycling Route from FoTan to Sheung Shui

3-D visualisation generated with Relive.

By the way, I found that the GPS chip in my Wahoo Elemnt bike computer had some strange recordings in some of my recent rides. You may observe that I have ridden on the sea at some part of the return trip.

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