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.

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

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Route Information

Route Name FoTan / Ngau Tam Mei / Fairview Park
Background The 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.

Distance 45 Kilometers
Starting point FoTan Railway Station
End point Fairview Park Shopping Mall
Point of Interest Old 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 & Drinks Lots of local cafes, restaurants along Taipo, Sheung Shui and shopping mall of Fairview Park. 
    Toilets Public toilets in Taipo, Sheung Shui and shopping mall of Fairview Park.
  1. […] tall old tree is next to Tam Mei Barracks. You may click here for full details of my ride in my […]

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  2. Nice post

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  3. Lok Ma Chau does seem a bit quite, hopefully it will stay that way, give us some peace and quiet

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    1. With the development of the Lok Ma Chau Loop, most of the people are excited and eager to grep the opportunities. Changes are gonna come 😬

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