Old Border RoadCycling

Hong Kong Cycling Routes Collection – FoTan to Ngau Tam Mei / Fairview Park

Today is 10 June 2018, Sunday and with highest temperature over 35ºC. What a hot and sunny day!

After a week of heavy rain and tropical typhoon, its time for outdoor activities again.

With two of my cycling buddies, we went on a ride to Ngau Tam Mei near Yuen Long.

The first part of the journey is the same as the one from FoTan to Lo Wu and you may click here for more details on the route to Lo Wu.

We will then ride along the old border road to Lok Ma Chau Road. Jumping onto San Tin Tsuen Road and then climbing along the Shek Wu Wei Road to Ngau Tam Mei. Today’s destination will be Fairview Park, a large residential area near Yuen Long.

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The Ride to Lo Wu

We started our ride from FoTan and arrived at Lo Wu by noon.

As it has been raining for the past one week, water level of the Ng Tung River increased quite a lot and the maintenance path leading to Lo Wu control point was completely flooded. We have to ride through the water in order to continue our journey.

The maintenance path to Lo Wu was slightly flooded by Ng Tung River
The maintenance path to Lo Wu was slightly flooded by Ng Tung River
Short break at the Tak Yet Lau Police Post
Short break at the Tak Yet Lau Police Post

After a short break, we continued our journey along the old border road via the village road next to the police post.

Village road to the old border road
Village road to the old border road

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The Ride Along the Old Border Road

The old border road is about 5 Kilometres in length and is surrounded by grasslands and fish ponds. This used to be a closed area enclosed by fences erected along the frontier. However, as part of the frontier closed area reduction programme, this portion of the old border road was opened to public in  2013.

The new border road was subsequently move back to the bank of the Shenzhen River as shown below.

Old Border Road as highlighted in RED
Old Border Road as highlighted in RED

With its beautiful natural scenery, it becomes one of the hotspots for bike touring and hiking.

Riding through the border road
Riding through the border road
Another flooding spot next to an abandon fishing pond
Another flooding spot next to an abandon fishing pond

Looking back and you would notice that a lot of high-rise buildings in the Shenzhen business area closed to the border.

Old Border Road
Old Border Road

Iron fences were originally built along the border road. With the reduction of the frontier closed area, they were removed completely.

If you looked carefully, you will notice that there are a lot of small yellow concrete pillars along the old border road (as below). These are the base of the old fences.

Traces of the fences along the old border road
Traces of the fences along the old border road

Strong spotlights were also erected along the border. Noticed that all the lights are facing the side of Shenzhen (Right hand side of the above picture) in order to check for any illegal immigrants.

By the way, despite there are also some light posts installed along the old border road, my past experience is that they are normally NOT turned on after sunset. So be sure to bring along you front and back lights with your bike.

Further down the old border road is the Lok Ma Chau (Police) Operational Base that oversee the areas long Lok Ma Chau and the Lo Wu.

Lok Ma Chau Police Operational Base
Lok Ma Chau Police Operational Base

At the end of the old border road is the 荷花農莊 (Lotus Farm), a place that used to be a Lotus and fish breeding farm but was abandoned many years ago. Ever since the removal of the old border, Lotus Farm has become a place selling drinks to the holiday riders.

By the way, currently there is a mega-scale government development programme undergoing in the area. The programme is the “Lok Ma Chau Loop” which turns this area into an innovative and high-tech technology park linking Hong Kong and Shenzhen.

Seems like the owner of the Lotus Farm has a keen interest on this opportunity and he is now renovating the farm and resuming his old business. Good luck to him!

“Bo-bo” – Mascot of the farm is resting in the shade
What a relaxing atmosphere at the Lotus Farm
What a relaxing atmosphere at the Lotus Farm
Old village house and farm near the Lotus Farm
Old village house and farm near the Lotus Farm

At the end of the old border road, we arrived at the Lok Ma Chau Road.

Lok Ma Chau Road
Lok Ma Chau Road

I was very surprised that the traffic was extremely low along the Lok Ma Chau Road. Those mainland visitors used to visit here for shopping were gone. What has happened??

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The Ride to Ngau Tam Mei

We continued our journey along the Lok Ma Chau Public Transport Interchange and rode onto the San Tin Tsuen Road.

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The “Yellow Bus” station at Lok Ma Chau Public Transport Interchange
San Tin Tsuen Road
San Tin Tsuen Road
View of Shenzhen at San Tin Tsuen Road
View of Shenzhen at San Tin Tsuen Road

We stopped at the end of the San Tin Tsuen Road and was eager to meet something.

What’s that?

Where are you?
Where are you?

Yes, a wide-spread of Lotus flowers along the San Tin Tsuen Road.

A large Lotus Pond
A large Lotus Pond
A budding Lotus Flower
A budding Lotus Flower
Lotus Flower in full bloom
Lotus Flower in full bloom
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Next came the climb of the day – Shek Wu Wai Road. This is a short village road leading to some residential blocks and large area of warehouses.

Climbing up the Shek Wu Wei Road
Climbing up the Shek Wu Wei Road

After a short climb of 1.5 Kilometers, we descended into Ngau Tam Mei Road along the Tam Mei Barracks.

Descending the Shek Wu Wai Road with Tam Mei Barracks in the background
Descending the Shek Wu Wai Road with Tam Mei Barracks in the background
Riding along Yau Pok Road to today's destination
Riding along Yau Pok Road to today’s destination

 

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Our Destination – Fairview Park

Arrived at Fairview Park Boulevard
Arrived at Fairview Park Boulevard

Unloaded and moved into the Fairview Park – A large residential area with over 3000 houses.

Fairview Park
Fairview Park
Resting next to the Fairview Park Lake
Resting next to the Fairview Park Lake

Finally, we sat down and fed our bellies.

Have a relaxing lunch in Fairview Park
Have a relaxing lunch in Fairview Park
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Since we were slightly running out of time, we opted to use the GoGoVAN service (A Start-up in Asia that is similar to Uber but dedicated to Goods delivery) to take us back to FoTan rather than pedalling back.

Going to the GoGoVAN pickup location
Going to the GoGoVAN pickup location

Leaving us more time to clean our muddy bikes.

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Summary for today’s ride – 45 Kilometers

Cycling Route from FoTan to Fairview Park
Cycling Route from FoTan to Fairview Park

3-D visualisation generated with Relive

Route Information

Route NameFoTan / Ngau Tam Mei / Fairview Park
BackgroundThe first part of the route to Fairview Park is the same as to Lo Wu. At the Lo Wu Control Point, we moved into the old border road to San Tin. With some climbing along the Shek Wu Wai Road, we will arrive in Ngau Tam Mei and the destination at Fairview Park.

 

This is a route spanning across city and country side. Not much climbing but with wonderful view of the old Hong Kong frontier.

Distance45 Kilometers
Starting pointFoTan Railway Station
End pointFairview Park Shopping Mall
Point of InterestOld border road, San Tin Tsuen Road, Ngau Tam Mei, Yau Pok Road, Fairview Park
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 along Taipo, Sheung Shui and shopping mall of Fairview Park. 
    ToiletsPublic toilets in Taipo, Sheung Shui and shopping mall of Fairview Park.

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