Our weekday hiking routes are normally focused around those short trails in the Hong Kong Island where we can have adequate time to pick up our little boy after school. The Sir Cecil’s Ride located in the eastern part of the Hong Kong Island that we hiked recently is one of the great choices.
The trail starts from the entrance located at roughly 30 minutes of walk from the Mount Park Road in Quarry Bay. This is my preferred entrance as it is relatively flat in nature.
In case you want to challenge yourself, there is another entrance located at around 15 minutes of walk from the Mount Park Road. This trail is made up of steps that directly take you up to the Sir Cecil’s Ride.
There are a number of exits as well: Braemar Hill Road next to the Braemar Hill Road Playground or Mount Butler Road that lead to Tai Hang Road and Happy Valley. The former trail takes around two hours while the latter one should be finished within three hours.
As the Tai Tam Country Park is quite large in coverage and there are a number of Barbecue sites located along the Mount Parker Road, you can easily spot group of wild boars walking around and looking for food. They normally walked along the hillside and will not attack hikers. However, in order not to affect their instinct to forage for food, we are not advised to feed them or leave any food remains in the rubbish bins.
We normally start our hike from the second entrance to the Sir Cecil’s Ride.
Right at the entrance, you can have a wonderful view of the eastern part of the Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula. These areas are normally the residential areas. However, as commercial areas are shifting towards the eastern parts of Hong Kong, there are lots of class-A commercial buildings (like those in dark colours below) erected in Quarry Bay and Kowloon Bay.
With a further 10 minutes walk, you will arrive at the entrance to the Siu Ma Shan.
You may spend another 20 minutes to walk up the steps to the Mount Butler High Frequency Radio Receiving Station. The higher you go, the better view of the Hong Kong Island and Kowloon you will have. You then exit Siu Ma Shan from Mount Butler Road to Tai Hang Road.
If you skip Siu Ma Shan, you will arrive at the junction of the two entrance to the Sir Cecil’s Ride that I have mentioned before, in another 15 minutes.
When you come to the 2000m mark, continue your walk along the steps on the left.
From here you can climb up the steps to enjoy the another view of the eastern part Hong Kong Island and Kowloon from the View Compass.
Continue forward to the Sir Cecil’s Ride.
So what is Po Luen Path? My wife and I finally visited the Path in one of our previous hikes. It is part of the Quarry Bay Extension of the Tai Tam Country Park, a small loop that takes around 10 minutes before getting back to the Sir Cecil’s Ride. Nothing special or attractive to us!
Continue the journey and the pavilion next to the Sir Cecil’s Ride Stream Rest Area will come into sight shortly.
Turn right and cross the bridge to the Braemar Hill Road exit.
This is the trail leading to the Braemar Hill Road exit.
If you are not tired, you can continue to the Mount Butler Road exit. This will take slightly over an hour before reaching the exit near Tai Hang Road.
Use the steps along the Saint Joan of Arc secondary School to get to the Braemar Hill Road Playground.
而今次我會帶大家去體驗一個不同的地方 – 油街實現 (Oil Street Art Space)。
It’s nearly lunch time when the hiking came to the end. You may take your fast lunch at those restaurants in the Braemar Hill Shopping Centre.
Otherwise, I suggest to walk or take public bus / mini-bus to Fortress Hill where you can have a wide variety of quality foods.
In fact, I will share with you another wonderful experience at Oil Street Art Space.
My focus is not on the modern art presented here but the open space for the public.
What we got is grassland that let people to relax and enjoy the bright sunlight. There are also wooden tables and chairs where you can take a rest or chat with your friends before going back to the workplace.
For me, I choose to have my care free lunch at this wonderful open space.
This is the small localised cafe that I got our takeaway. The Cantonese style of homemade soups they offered looked very attractive to people like me that really don’t have any clue to prepare these soups.
Good food with tasty soup, you don’t need to be a big spender to have such a wonderful afternoon.
Come and relax if you have time.
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