I normally went hiking in the Mount Parker country park, which is easily accessible and with sufficient distance as a workout. Hiking in the New Territories seems to be rare to me but I had one with my old classmates in Tsing Yi last month.
Two of our classmates suggested a very popular and easy route – Tsing Yi Nature Trails. Since most of the 4 Km route is covered with tall trees, hiking along the trails will still be comfortable even under bright sunlight.
In view of the popularity of the route, plenty of information are available over the Internet and I will not repeat here.
同學中兩位行山達人推介了一條極之容易的路線 – 青衣自然徑。約4公里的路程大部分都有樹木覆蓋，即使烈日當空的日子也不會太辛苦。
The Tsing Yi Nature Trails comes with several attractions: great shading, pavilion, Tsing Ma Bridge and stunning sunset.
We started our journey from the North end along the Liu To Road. To my surprise, there was a very long staircase right ahead that looked like never ending to me! Fortunately, with the great shading, I managed to complete the first few minutes of climbing.
There are four pavilions or observation decks along trail, pavilion #1 to #4 running from the south end to the north end.
Since we started our journey from the north end, we first came across Pavilion #4. This is also called the “Reunification Health Trail Pavilion” which is derived from the other name of the trail, the Reunification Health Trail to memorise Hong Kong’s return to Chinese sovereignty.
But how about the other three pavilions? They don’t have any similar name!
Frankly speaking, as Pavilion #3 and #4 are both covered by tall trees, you can’t get a good view of the surrounding areas.
You may wonder why there are only three pavilions shown above. Where is Pavilion #1?
Well it is actually located on a branch of the main trail. As the view from there is not much different from the other three, we just skipped it.
The highest point of the trail that situated in Picnic Area #2, is also the most popular location for enjoying the beautiful scenery. From here, you can get a view of the urban Northern Tsing Yi and Tsuen Wan. However, the most eye-catching view is the magnificent Tsing Ma Bridge, Ma Wan and Lantau Island on the west.
One of my classmates is a Feng Shui Master who is extremely knowledgeable on Feng Shui, a practice of arranging the pieces in living spaces in order to create balance with the natural world. In view of the special geographic property of this location, he had brought along his “Luopan” to collect Feng Shui data for his study. We certainly took this opportunity to learn from the master!
If you are not satisfied with the view of Tsing Ma Bridge at the highest point or would prefer a lower view angle, there is another place for you. Be prepared for the extra steps ahead!
Shortly after Picnic Area #1 and slightly before Pavilion #2, there is a small footstep leading to the retaining wall facing the Tsing Ma Bridge. As not many people come to this place, the footstep is full of weeds and a little bit slippery especially on the earlier part. Use of trekking pole is highly desirable.
The retaining wall was built with multiple levels. Just follow the catchwater to the level you want.
We got to the lowest part of the retaining walls. More spacious and more flexible to capture the views we want. The view of Tsing Ma Bridge is much better and more closer to normal view angle.
Other than Tsing Ma Bridge, you can also get a view of the Ting Kau Bridge that connected Tsing Yi to Tuen Mun. It is the world first major 4-span cable-stayed bridge and is one of the landmarks of the Chek Lap Kok International Airport Core project.
Next came the hardest part of the day, climbing up the slope and resuming our journey.
Upon leaving Pavilion #2, there are only bushes along the trail. No more tall trees and no more shading, you are completely exposed to the bright sunlight. Enjoyed it!
Personally, I also considered this as the most beautiful part of the trail.
Within 15 minutes, we arrived at the south end of the trail, which also marked the end of the journey.
Having such a wonderful workout in the morning, its time again for lunch.
What do I have?
One of my favourites, instant noodles with Luncheon meat plus bonus pork chop!
As Tsing Yi Nature Trail is located in the western side of the New Territories, it is an excellent place for watching sunset. Coming in the morning like us is definitely not a good move.
Anyway, a friend of my friend happened to visit here few days later. Let’s enjoy his photo of the stunning sunset and all credits should go to him.
Isn’t it lovely?
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