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HONG KONG

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EXPLORING + EXPERIENCE + CUISINE

TABLE OF CONTENTS

03 07 09

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CHAPTER III

PREFACE & HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE

NAM SANG WAI

FROM AIRPORT TO HOSTEL

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RAMSAR SITE

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FISHPOND EDUCATION KIOSK

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SCENIC TREE-LINED PATH

ACCOMMODATION

CHAPTER I LUNG FU SHAN

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THE PEAK PEAK TOWER VICTORIA PEAK GARDEN POK FU LAM TREE WALK

NAM SANG WAI RIVER EDUCATION TRAIL

NAM SANG WAI BOAT

LUGARD ROAD

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LUNG FU SHAN COUNTRY PARK

ALTERNATIVE ATTRACTIONS: MAI PO NATURE RESERVE & WETLAND PARK

CHINESE HERBAL GARDEN

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LUNG FU SHAN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTRE

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THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG STONEWALL TREE IN KENNEDY TOWN PMQ

CHAPTER II SAI KUNG

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TOWN CENTRE & PIER

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HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR (EAST DAM)

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CHAPTER IV TAI LAM CHUNG RESERVOIR

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YEUNG KA TSUEN

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TAI LAM CHUNG RESERVOIR OBSERVATION DECK

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MACLEHOSE TRAIL (SECTION 10) TIN HAU TEMPLE (SO KWUN WAT)

VOLCANO DISCOVERY CENTRE

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OUTLYING ISLANDS YIM TIN TSAI SHARP ISLAND KAU SAI CHAU TASTING SEAFOOD

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ALTERNATIVE ATTRACTION: HONG KONG GOLD COAST

FROM HOSTEL TO AIRPORT


Preface: To the Nature Lovers

If you are a nature lover or even a biologist, botanist, bird expert, here must be a heaven to you. With more than 5,600 species officially recorded, Hong Kong’s biodiversity is surprisingly rich for its small space. Take marine life as an example, according to the survey, as many as 5,943 marine species can be found in our waters. This accounts for more than a quarter of the 22,629 species of marine life recorded in the country, even though our 1,650 sq km of waters is just 0.03 per cent of Chinese waters. For the birds, we have more than 530 bird species, representing one third of total species recorded in the whole of China. This diversity is mainly attributable to our geographical location. Wetlands, woodlands, shrublands and coastal areas provide suitable natural habitats and also a stopover point for migrating birds along the EastAsian Australasian Flyway. This guide provides a 4-day experience on different habitats so that you can see the various landscapes and species. The trails are from easy to intermediate level that with excellent views. Additional information such as native species, maps and note will also be provided for your deeper exploration. If you need any personalized assistance, or tailor-made trail, please contact our specialist on www.buzzpacker.com.

THE BEST ROUTE TO EXPERIENCE DYNAMIC NATURE ON A BUDGET It has been long saying that Hong Kong is a concrete jungle. But the surprising fact is that, all its high development is only developed on 30% of the land whereas the remaining three -quarters is mountain and countryside. Benefited from the unique geographic resources, Hong Kong has diversified habitats to offer, from mountains, woodlands, coral reefs to even an internationally-important Ramsar wetland. In the outlying areas, more than 260 islands form the beautiful valleys and harbors. It’s wonderful to hike up for seeing the different side of this metropolis in few days. Hong Kong is so special that you can just go hiking next to the city center, as we are surrounded by mountains and sea. It's always a convenient choice to travel between the bustling town and countryside. You can find more than 70 different trails covering various landscapes and view . MacLehose Trail, Wilson Trail, Lantau Trail and Hong Kong Trail are famous hiking routes covering most picturesque

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views.

PLANT SEEDS OF HAPPINESS, HOPE, SUCCESS,

We offer both electronic navigation and graphic maps for your adventure. Pick one that you feel comfortable with. Although Hong Kong 's hiking routes are actually safe and with much signs on the path, some emergency contacts were listed below for your reference. It is also highly recommended you to download the "Safeguard HK" App ( Android/ IOS ), which includes a comprehensive function to call the emergency department. Also, the app could track the hiker's location by recording GPS. To facilitate rescue operations, hiker getting lost may also provide the distance post number for the operator.

AND LOVE; IT

HIKING TIPS

WILL ALL COME BACK TO YOU IN

Check weather

Carry a fully-charged mobile phone

Don't hike alone

Tide Information

Wear appropriate gear

Avoid hiking when you're sick

Bring enough food & water

Emergency call: 999 or 112 (if poor coverage)

ABUNDANCE. THAT IS THE LAW OF NATURE. -STEVE MARABOLI

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How To Use This Guide

and daily topics. In this guide, you will find maps, walking routes, restaurants, price differences, as well as information on public transportation system. Full day route map can be found at the beginning of each chapter. Those words with yellow color representing a hyperlink for more information. You can change the sequence of these four days to suit your preference. If you would prefer to skip some attractions or stay longer at different points, you can do that – all you have to do is click the next destination’s hyperlink to give you a direction to stick to. The food in Hong Kong is fantastic; you will find different restaurants that offer international cuisines -- with some of them open for 24 hours. We have also made a list of the different types of restaurants as well as the various transportation fares in a tabular format – to make it easy for you to compare and select based on your preferences. The guide contains features such as "Hot Pick," "Budget Saver," and "Agent Discount." The "Hot Pick" feature makes it easy for you to see the favorite local spots, the "Budget Saver" feature shows the budgetfriendly options, and the "Agent Discount" feature shows you the offer details on cheaper travel agents you can choose from.

THE BEST ROUTE TO VISIT ALL HK TOP ATTRACTIONS ON BUDGET This itinerary is a 4-day manual which would provide you with all the details you need to travel to Hong Kong without stress. It contains all the famous spots as well as tourist attractions. With this guide, you will be able to visit brilliant attractions on your own and a budget easily. It is recommended that you travel to Hong Kong during the off-peak season – this would help you responsibly budget for your travelling and expenses. We also advise that you make use of the public transport for budgeting and responsible travel purposes – visit the "Festival Page" on our website for seasonal and event information. The routes in the guide are designed to give you understandings on the nature and background of Hong Kong.

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'IT IS NOT DOWN

It is important to note that we do not take any commissions from the restaurants and hotels that we recommend—this is essential for us to remain trustworthy. We suggest places based on their ratings, local observation, our experience, quality and budget. Compare the prices of hotel/hostel from different websites such as Trivago, Agoda, Hotels World, Hotels Combined, and Bookings.com to get a full picture of what you will spend. You can contact us for custom travel design for a small fee if you decide to stay in another place (hotel or hostel).

IN ANY MAP; TRUE PLACES NEVER ARE.'

Every place has a story to tell which is why each chapter of the itinerary comes with topics you can follow to figure out the answers. Our standard package contains a Discovery Paper which you can use to get the details about the routes

In Hong Kong, the restaurants and shops are frequently changing, and our guide will be regularly updated to provide you with the latest information. You can easily get the GPS location of places by clicking the words with the yellow color, pin map pin or map icon in the guide. You can get the general idea of tourist attractions by clicking on the floor plan icon and virtual tour icon.

We also suggest that you take a look at our “Travel Essential Page" for a smoother journey before you begin your trip. This will help to save your time and provide you with a seamless experience. The public transportation networks of Hong Kong is efficient and well-coordinated, so you can easily use the MTR to get to most places. With our guide, you don't have to worry – discover Hong Kong.


FROM AIRPORT TO HOSTEL O P T I O N S

T O

C H O O S E

ACCOMODATION Top-rated Hostel in the area

MTR

Bus #A21 -Hot Pick-

Transport

Airport Express

Free airport express shuttle bus (route #K3)

To Hung Hom Station

Operation Hours

5:54 am 0:48 am

6:15 am11:00 pm

5:30 am – 0:00 am

21m

15m

78m

Free

HK$33

Time Fare

MTR

Official website:

HK$ 100 ( single journey )

Normal lines, involves 2 interchange stations

5:54 am - 0:16 am

38m

HK$ 70 (Octopus: HK$ 65)

HK$ 185 ( round trip )

Travel agent: HK$ 50 (single journey)

Frequency

10 mins

15 mins

8-20 mins

10 mins Route details:

Departure

Arrival

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Airport

Kowloon Station

Airport

(Terminal 1 , L5 Airport Express Station)

(Exit B, G/F)

(Ground Transportation Centre)

Kowloon Station

Stop 2: Hyatt Regency Hong Kong

Stop 15: Middle Road

1. Airport --> Tsing Yi (Interchange: platform 2, to Hong Kong) 2. Tsing Yi --> Nam Cheong (Interchange: platform 4, to Hong Kong) 3. Nam Cheong --> East Tsim Sha Tsui (Interchange: platform 2, to Hung Hom)

Name of Hostel

: Hop Inn

Address : 5/F, Lyton Building, 36 Mody Road, Tsui Sha Tsui, Kowloon (near East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR exit P3) Reception : 24-hr access Tel : (+852) 2881 7331 Budget : ~HK$ 200/night

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AN NEW SIGHT ON OLD ROADS

CHAPTER I HIKE A REAL ADVENTURE

WHAT PLANTS AND ANIMALS WILL YOU expect to MEET IN This concrete JUNGLE ?

Breakfast & Coffee N1 Coffee & Co. Address

: G/F, 34 Mody Road Tsim Sha Tsui

Opening hours : 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Budget

: HK$ 25-90

or other choices (pick in the coffee map)

9:00 am

9:06 am

METHOD

day 1 9

WALKING DISTANCE : 6 KM CENTRAL HIKING TIME.

KENNEDY TOWN

CENTRAL

Peak Tram

6 11.5 10.3

From Central station to The Peak

SCHEDULE

FARE

TIME

7:00 am - 0:00 am (Frequency: 15 mins)

One-way 10 mins HK$37

6:15am - 0:15am (Frequency: 7-20 mins)

HK $10.3 35 mins

Departure The Peak Tram Lower Terminus (11 mins walk from Central Station)

: 2-3 HRS

TRANSPORTATION: PEAK TRAM/ TRAM/ BUS / MTR ROUTE MAP

Menu

Bus #15 -BUDGET SAVER-

Exchange Square (near exit A)

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11:00 am POK FU LAM TREE WALK

9:30 am THE PEAK TOWER

The Peak Tower and Peak Galleria are near the Peak Tram Upper Terminus. If you haven’t been to the Peak before, you are recommended to spend some time here for the wonderful view over the Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island.

10:10 am

21 MINS WALK

10:30 am VICTORIA PEAK GARDEN The garden was originally a summer residence for the Governor of Hong Kong and now is open to public. You will find the lawn, park benches and pagodas in this classic Victorian garden. The old Gate House has been preserved and is today known as Gate Lodge.

Length : 2.2 km Duration : 1 hour Overall Difficulty(1-star: easy): Gradient(1-star: easy) : Pok Fu Lam Tree Walk is the first tree walk in Hong Kong, introducing native tree and plant species. The route is short and easy. It is well organised by the government to provide ecological education information. The habitats here involve reservoir, secondary forest and freshwater stream. Try to find the trees being introduced by clicking the map above.

Exploring Tips- using the tools to discover HK plant database

: Hong Kong Herbarium

Location of species : iNaturalist Article regarding unique animals & plants : Living National Treasures source: thepeak.com

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FEATURED NATIVE TREES Reevesia Species: Reevesia thyrsoidea Lindl. Family: Sterculiaceae It was first discovered by a Bitish named 'John Reeves' in Hong Kong, therefore it is called Reevesia.

Paper Mulberry Species: Broussonetia papyrifera (L.) L'Hérit. ex Vent. Family: Moraceae

Its bark is composed of very strong fibres, and can be used for making high-quality paper. Its consumption of water is also very high.

Lance-leaved Sterculia

Hong Kong Camellia

Species: Sterculia lanceolata

Species: Camellia hongkongensis Seem.

Family: Sterculiaceae

Family: Sterculiaceae

Chinese Medical part : leaves Usage : External application on injuries

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It is a small evergreen tree and with showy flowers which can grow to 10 m (32 feet) tall. Many Camellia have high economic value. Tea, for example, is a famous beverage in the international market. As the native Camellia of HK are relatively rare, it has been classified as endangerous species.

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11:30 am LUGARD ROAD LOOKOUT POINT

Photography ©Karl Jamoralin

Lugard road is named after Hong Kong’s 14th governor of British - Sir Fredrick Lugard. The sections that are narrow, cliff-side paths are called ‘plank roads’. If you have time, you can have a walk to view the beautiful Hong Kong Island from the top of the trail before moving on.

12:00 noon

LUNG FU SHAN COUNTRY PARK

The Hatton Road leads to Lung Fu Shan Country Park, a famous forest with both historic heritages and high ecological value. It integrates ecology, heritage and Chinese medicine. Following the signpost, you will pass through the Pinewood Battery. The old and air-raided battery buildings in this historic military site are preserved from the Second World War. It was the highest coastal defense batteries in Hong Kong. Afforestation with native trees has been carried out over decades by the government to restore the forest. You can find many native trees here and around 115 bird species roost & forage in this area. Take a breath and l i s t e n

JOIN LUGARD ROAD

JOIN HATTON ROAD

where are they?

Length : 4 km Duration : 2.5 hours Overall Difficulty(1-star: easy): Gradient(1-star: easy) :

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CHINESE HERBAL GARDEN COMMON HERBAL MEDICINES

Adenosma Species: Adenosma glutinosum Family: Scrophulariaceae In Chinese, we use plants and herbs as natural medicines to prevent and cure illness. The garden here plants common herbs and introduces the function of

The whole grass is used as medicine. It has a bitter taste, and has the effects of removing 'wind' inside the body and analgesics.

their corresponding parts. It is managed by the Lung Fu Shan Morning Walkers’ Associationwhich is a registered society with a committee comprising morning walkers. The Herb Garden features Plumeria acutifolia (Common Fragipani) and Melicope pteleifolia (Thin Evodia). Flowers of the former are a common

五花茶 ) while leaves and roots of the latter are used in "24-taste-herb-tea"( 廿四味 ). There are more ingredient for Chinese herbal beverage "five-flower-tea" ( than 100 species, some are even toxic!

What is Herbal Tea? Herbal Tea is a type of natural beverage processed from Chinese herbal medicine. Typically deep brown in colour and carrying bitter and/ or

Lantana Species: Lantana camara Family: Verbenaceae The flower is brightly colored and is very common in Hong Kong. But it is poisonous, so should be used with caution. Its roots, leaves and flowers can be used as medicine. It tastes bitter and cool, and has the effect of putting out the 'heat' inside body, detoxifying and dispersing and analgesic.

sweet tastes, herbal tea can both prevent and treat illnesses. With a cold medicinal nature, herbal tea was initially used in relieving the dampnessheat syndrome. Over time, it has evolved to become a general medicinal drink for maintaining the balance of the body. Precautions 1. Herbal tea has a cool medicinal nature, and inappropriate intake may do harm to health. It is advisable to consult a Chinese medicine practitioner before drinking herbal tea. 2. It is best to drink herbal tea one hour after a meal and when the herbal tea is warm. No more than 2 intakes each day, with each intake not

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Spatholobus Stem Species: Spatholobus suberectus Dunn Family: Fabaceae Leguminous plants could nourish the blood and rejuvenate the muscles. They are also used for regulating menstruation. Their vines are often used as a strengthening agent or dipping wine.

exceeding 200 ml in volume.

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the making of herbal tea cleaning and processing

dispensing and formulating

Cleaning is used to remove the impurities, and reduce their toxicity..

Cropping Chinese medicinal materials are processed from herbs. To maximize their healing effects, the best cropping time depends on maturity level of their parts.

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Herbal tea comes in a wide variety. It is prepared with different combination for different symptoms.

storing Medicinal materials are easier to store after being processed. Factors like sunlight, temperature, humidity may influence their quality..

decocting Decocting the herbal tea by using a claypot could enhance its efficacy. The medicinal materials should be first boiled and then simmered on a low fire for around 45 mins.


LUNG FU SHAN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTRE Lung Fu Shan environmental education centre located inside the Lung Fu Shan Country Park. First built in the 1890s, the site of centre comprises a cluster of revitalized buildings that were formerly the Bungalow and Workmen’s Quarters of West Point Filters. The history of the buildings can be traced back to the construction of Hong Kong’s first reservoir, Pok Fu Lam Reservoir, with the site connected by Pok Fu Lam Conduit to the reservoir. Originally, as part of the adjoining filter beds, the buildings were used as quarters for the watchmen and staff working at the filters. In 2008, these three historic buildings were renovated and converted into the Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre. Karlthe Jamoralin In order to promote environmental awareness and sustainable living, centre conducts various projects, such as the BioBlitz surveys; observing four animal groups: birds, butterflies, insects, and amphibians & reptiles.

lung fu shan adventure map From the Peak Herb Garden

PINEWOOD BATTERY

In order to encourage visitors to discover the nature and assimilate them from urban areas, the Centre equip some tools to assist in researching. Visitors may borrow field guides, books and binoculars etc to observe the animals and plants nearby.

FIELD EQUIPMENT BORROWING SERVICE Address

: No.50, Kotewall Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong

Opening hours

: Closed on Mon & public holidays Tue, Thu to Sun: 10:30am – 5:30pm Wed

Admission fee

: 10:30am – 2:30pm

: FREE

Map

1-hr guided Tour : register now! (English interpretation available if request in advance via the remarks box of the registration form)

Source: Lung Fu Shan Educational Centre

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FEATURED ANIMALS

Paris Peacock

Red-Base Jezebel

Species: Papilio paris

Species: Delias pasithoe

Family: Papilionidae

Family: Pieridae

This beautiful butterfly is large. The uppersides of its wings are black and its hindwings are characterised by patches of metallic blue scales and green color, which glisten under the sun.

Red-base Jezebel is a common butterfly in Hong Kong. You can find them in many places. Its larvae feed on Sweet Viburnum (Viburnum odoratissimum)

Golden-spotted tiger beetle Species: Cicindela aurulenta

Red-Whiskered bulbul

Family: Carabidae

Species: Pycnonotus jocosus

Tiger beetles are known for being aggressive predators with their fast running speed. However, as they move too quickly, their eyes cannot gather enough light to form a full picture of their prey. When tracing the prey, they have to stop briefly and re-orientate instead of rushing towards the prey directly.

Family: Pycnonotidae The bird is a common species in Asia. It feeds on fruits and small insects. Red-whiskered bulbuls perch conspicuously on trees and have a loud three or four note call.

Family: Ranidae This species is able to secrete a milky fluid on its skin when disturbed. The secretion is toxic and caustic with pungent smell; it acts as a dense mechanism.

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Click

Wild Boar Species: Sus scrofa

Green Cascade Frog Species: Odorrana chloronota

Photography ©Charles Lam

Family: Suidae Wild pig is the largest native terrestrial mammal species in Hong Kong. They are common and widespread in countryside. However, they have become habituated to wander into the urban and residential areas in recent years due to human feeding and improperly disposed garbage. If you meet them, just keep clam and stay away slowly, they usually won't attack people initiatively.

here to know more Lung Fu Shan Biodiversity

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1:00 pm

LUNCH

TIPS Cafe 330 is a social enterprise promoting

Cuisine

Locals Recommend

Western List

Budget Choice

Vegetarian

Australian

Local food

‘comfort food’, low-

Name in English

Cafe 330

ARF Cafe

HKU Canteen

Name in Chinese

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carbon eating, vegetarian choices,

Address

organic food and fair

Rm 203, 2/f Chong Yuet Ming Amenities Centre, HKU, Pok Fu Lam

G/F, 23 Po Tuck Street, Shek Tong Tsui, Western District

4/F Haking Wong Building (Podium)

have their own organic

veggies and

Opening Hours

ingredients.

Mon~Fri: 7:30am - 8:30pm Sat, Sun & PH: 10:00am - 6:30pm

: Pokfulam, Hong

Kong You may buy the souvenir at the visitor centre which is housed in the former Workmen's Quarters of Elliot Pumping Station and Filters built in around 1918-1919. Not only the Workmen's Quarters Building has been classified as a Grade III historic building, other buildings inside the university area are also declared as monuments:

Floor Plan

Campus facilities

Karl Jamo

ELIOT HALL FUNG PING SHAN BUILDING

trade products. They

farm and self-grown

The Main building of The University of Hong Kong was designed with colonial architecture style. Founded in 1912, it is the oldest tertiary institution in Hong Kong and often cited as one of the most prestigious universities in Asia. Take a stroll in the red brick British-styled campus.

Address

concept of holistic health. It offers

2:00 pm THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

Mon~Fri: 7:30am - 9:30pm

10:00 am - 7:00 pm (Closed on Tue)

Sat : 7:30am - 8:30pm Sun & PH: 9:00am - 8:30pm

HUNG HING YING BUILDING MAIN BUILDING MAY HALL TANG CHI NGONG BUILDING UNIVERSITY HALL

ARF cafe has antique decoration and with

Budget

HK $50-100

HK $50-100

HK $25-50

relaxing atmosphere.

If you are planning to stay longer in the country park, it's a great idea to bring packed lunch and enjoy leisurely.

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EXPLORING TIPS Delonix regia is commonly planted in Hong Kong, especially near academic institutions. They are also called the flame tree because of their flowers’ red colour. The flowering time is normally in June, which is also the graduation time for students. Therefore, The species has a cultural meaning of encouragement in colleges.

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ALTERNATIVE CHOICE-

ORGANIC FARMERS' MARKET

40 trees registered as

Every Sunday, local organic farmers will

old and valuable trees in HK

gather together to join the central farmers’ market organized by Kadoorie

90% are Chinese banyan trees

Farm & Botanic Garden. You will find most local, seasonal and fresh food there at a cheaper price. Through this event, you may realize the farm-to-table

concept

among

Hong

Kong. 6.0 5.7

10 minutes walk

Tree species Tree species with strangler growing habit are able to secure a strong grip on vertical wall surface and adapt to such harsh growing environment. These include Ficus sp. and other common species include Celtis sinensis and Broussonetia papyrifera.

Chinese Banyan tree can reach a height of 30 meters and crowns can be 5 times wider than the height

Roots Roots extend their colonies by sending absorbing roots to reach the soil at toe or crest of the walls to capture more

Chinese banyan trees

Date : Sundays Time : 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Venue : Central Star Ferry Pier (no.7)

4:30 pm STONEWALL TREE IN KENNEDY TOWN 19 minutes walk Stonewall trees refer to the trees grown on the top of and into the cracks of masonry stone retaining walls constructed by the British government. It aimed at alleviating the hazards from landslides during 19th and 20th century. It’s a very special scene; few cities in the world have stone retaining walls with spontaneous vegetation in an urban settings. Opened joints between stones allowed some strong species (like banyans) to sprout. The largest tree locating in Forbes Street is over 100 years old Chinese banyan tree. Address: Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong Species: Ficus microcarpa

here

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to know more stone wall trees in Urban Ecology

water

and

nutrients

for

growth. The surface roots also

Others

fuse

intersections distinctive

Stone retaining walls Stone retaining walls are rubble walls composed of stones or well shaped blocks. Free-standing walls, concrete walls or concrete walls with a stone veneer are excluded.

together to

form

root

at a

network

enhancing the grip on the walls. Three Layers Masonry walls generally have three layers: First layer: stone facade Second layer: rock and sand, providing nutrients for the trees

A total of HK$600 million was spent on conservation

Inner layer: big rocks

Trees fall Stonewall trees may fall and cause harm to people. It occurs most frequently under typhoons. Therefore, the government is putting more effort on more inspections and spending much money on maintenance.

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5:00 pm

7:00 pm

KENNEDY TOWN TRAM TERMINUS

DINNER MENU 8 minutes walk

5:35 pm

Cuisine

PMQ

PMQ is a g r a d e I I I H i s t o r i c b u i l d i n g in Hong Kong and was used to be the old Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters. Today, it has been revitalized as a creation hub for arts and culture. The shops here are mostly individual stores run by young passionate people. Sometimes the hub will organize different exhibitions such as Biodiversity booths and cultural market. Opening Hours: 7:00 am - 11:00pm

Name in English

Address

Admission Fee : Free Address

: 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong

Floor Plan

60-min Guided Tour: Book here!

9:00 pm

Opening Hours

BACK TO HOSTEL 8 minutes walk to MTR station

Budget

Locals Recommend

Western List

Modern Chinese Cuisine

Fish & chips

Sohofama

White Beard Fish n Chips

Levain Bakery

Shop A, G/F, 55 Peel Street, Soho, Central

Shop H105 & H107, Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central

12:00 noon-11:00 pm

10:00 am-7:00 pm

HK$ 50-120

HK$ 20-50

Shop G09-G14, G/F, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central

Budget Choice Bakery

Mon~Fri: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm Sat,Sun & PH 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

HK$100-150

11 11.5 10.3

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8:00 am

Take MTR & minibus to Sai Kung 5 5.0 4.8 3 minutes walk from MTR station to Minibus Station

往西貢

(~35 mins)

Mong Kok terminus CHAPTER II

DAY 2

SAI KUNG

WALKING DISTANCE : 3 KM SAI KUNG

SAI KUNG

TRANSPORTATION

: MTR/MINI BUS/ SHUTTLE/KAITO

WALKING ROUTE

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Sai Kung terminus

8:45 am SAI KUNG TOWN CENTRE & PIER Sai Kung Town is the centre of the villages in Sai Kung District. There are various restaurants (especially seafood) and characteristic stores. Sai Kung is also named as ‘back garden of Hong Kong’ because of its beautiful hiking trails, beaches and outlying islands. During holidays, not only the fishermen sell fresh catches from their boat just off the pier, the visitors also wait to board boats to outlying islands. From the end of April to August, many people gather at the pier for squid fishing adventure.

GEOLOGICAL WONDERS IN HONG KONG

Hong Kong is like a typical sea island with a long coastline and has high mountains but few plants. The rocks here experience strong weathering due to Hong Kong's location in the hot, wet subtropical zone. Also, they attributed to a special geographic landscapevolcanic activities about 140 million years ago, we have a world famous UNESCO Global Geopark here, showcasing Hong Kong’s timeless and eerily beautiful landforms.

往旺角

Breakfast & Coffee Sai Kung Cafe & Bakery Address

: G/F, 6-7 Kam Po Court 2 Hoi Pong Square, Sai

Kung Opening hours : 7:00am – 9:30pm Pineapple Bun with Butter Portuguese egg tart

ARRANGE THIS DAY ON SUNDAY / PH !

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9:15 am

VOLCANO DISCOVERY CENTRE

The volcano Discovery Centre tells the story of ancient volcanoes; the Center introduces how they shaped the landscape over the last 100 million years, the volcano types, their eruption styles and the formation of hexagonal rock columns. It serves as a convenient starting point for visitors and geo-conservation. Opening hours Address Admission Fee 45-min free guided tour

: : : :

9:30 am HONG KONG UNESCO GEOPARK HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR (EAST DAM) The High Island Reservoir was opened in 1978 to help alleviate water shortage problems in Hong Kong. There are two main dams in the reservoir - East Dam & West Dam. The East Dam is the only part of Hong Kong Global Geopark that is reachable from land route. You can touch the world famous and unique-to -Hong Kong hexagonal rock columns here. The columns are tall and thick, which average diameter is about 1.2m and the largest ones measuring up to 3m.

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Sai Kung Waterfront Park Free On-site registration within the quota

Introduction video

Formation of hexagonal columns

(open for registration 30 mins before each tour)

Tue & Thur

: 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Sat, Sun & PHs: Tour A : 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Tour B : 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Map

Address : Maclehose Trail Sec.1, Sai Kung Admission Fee: Free

EXPLORATION TIPS As only taxi and approved

EAST DAM HALF DAY TOUR (ROUND TRIP SHUTTLE SERVICES & ON-BOARD TOUR GUIDE)

Date Sessions

: Every Saturday, Sunday & Public holiday : 1. Set-off time: 9:30 am, Return time: 12:30 pm

the

East

Dam,

it’s

highly

recommended to arrange this day on Sat/ Sun/ PH and join the half day tour at the Volcano Discovery Centre

2. Set-off time: 11:30 am, Return time: 3:30 pm

You may take the green minibus

3. Set-off time: 2:30 am, Return time: 5:30 pm

#9 at Fuk Man Road Public Light

: HK$ 110 Enquiries : ( 8 5 2 ) 2 3 9 4 1 5 3 8 Enrolment : Online or at Discovery Centre Fare

vehicles are allowed to go into

Bus Terminus to Pak Tam Chung and

change

another

green

minibus #9A to East Dam, High Island Reservoir Service hrs: 3 pm- 5:40 pm (Sun & PH) Frequency : 20-25 mins Fare

: HK$ 11.3

Calling taxi is difficult and approximately HK$120. Mobile app Android / IOS Bring enough water, snacks, sunglasses.

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12:30 pm

Cuisine

Name in English

LUNCH

1:30 pm

Locals Recommend

Western List

Budget Choice

Jam-based, western

Cafe

Thailand

Let's Jam

Little Cove Espresso

KAITO TRIP There are several booths selling boat ticket near the pier. Locals call these small boats as ‘Kaito’( ), which provide shuttle service between remote Islands. Pick one or multiple island kaito to join. You can get around the islands nearby, hop on-and -off the boats. Purchasing method: buy the boat ticket at the booth by cash.

街渡

Sawaddee Thailand

POPULAR KAITO COMPANY

Name in Chinese

Address

Opening Hours

Budget

一起果醬 G/F, 2 See Cheung Street, Sai Kung

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Shop 1 and 2, G/F, Siu Yat Building Block A, Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung

旺泰特食 Shop 5, G/F, Sai Kung Garden, 16 Chan Man Street, Sai Kung

Mon to Sun : 9:00am - 5:30pm Tel: (+852) 93575698 Tour: around HK$30 per person for round trip to Sharp Island. HK$60 per person for a round trip to multiple islands ( includes Elephant trunk cave, corals & mariculture raft in Kai Lung Wan

Mon-Fri: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

, and land on Yim Tin Tsai & Sharp Island)

7:30 am - 6:00 pm

11:00 am- 11:00 pm

肥婆)Shipping

Sat, Sun & PH: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

HK$ 38 ~ 118

(貓記)Shipping

Kitty

Fat Woman ( HK$ 100 ~ 150

HK$ 50~80

: 9:00am - 5:30pm Tel: (+852) 63554534

Tour: HK$30 per person for round trip to Sharp Island Shuttle service to Yim Tin Tsai, Hap Mun Bay (Half Moon Bay)

1. Keep the ticket; 2. Remember the flag of the boat, as you need to take the same boat when you return; 3. Be aware of the time of the last boat.

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Outlying Islands in Sai Kung yim tin tsai The tiny offshore island was once home to a thriving Hakka community. However, as the residents moved out to the city, the islands was abandoned. The island still remains the old settings of the past and is a tranquil place for strolling. The connecting boat is mainly provided on weekends. If you want to visit on weekdays, you need to communicate with the company for the arrangement and it may cost more.

Yim Tin Tsa i

Map

Snack: Cha Kwo (Chinese Fevervine)

Yim Tin Tsai Heritage Exhibition Centre (Ching Po School) Ching Po School is the only primary school in Yim Tin Tsai, was completed in 1920. You may find the school after walked pass the abandoned Hakka village houses. As the villagers gradually moved out of the village, Ching Po School was converted into an exhibition centre of cultural relics of Yim Tin Tsai.

Elephant Trunk Cave

St. Joseph's Chapel

Kam Chung Ngam (Golden Wagging Tail) Sha Tong Hau Cave (Robot Rock)

It was rated as a Grade II historical building. The architectural design of this Chapel is simple, combining the aesthetics of the Catholics and rural Hakkas. In 1862, the missionaries came to Yim Tin Tsai to preach Catholic teachings.

Saltpans Yim Tin Tsai is named after the saltpans on the island. The original villagers made a living by harvesting salt. The villagers later abandoned the saltpans and were converted into fish ponds. In 2010, it was revitalized to the original appearance of the pans. The revitalization project was honored with the “Award of Distinction” of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2015.

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Yim Tin Tsai

St. Joseph's Chapel Heritage Exhibition Centre

<--To Pier

Spring of Living Water

Former Residence of Saint Joseph Fr.

(Strychnos angustiflora)

One of the top 4 poisonious plants in Hong Kong. The whole plant is toxic to cause respiratory paralysis or even death.

Hakka Houses Village Office

Saltpan

Narrow-flowered Poison-nut

Plants Discovery Map Camphor Tree (Cinnamomum camphora)

Camphor Tree is a Hong Kong native evergreen tree commonly found in villages. Its trunk is insect-repellent and can be used for furniture and sculpture production. This tree stays here for centuries. so it's regarded as a “feng shui” tree in the village.

Mila-a-minute weed

Goat Horns

(Strophanthus divaricatus) The fruit shae is like goat horns. Mostly grow on hillside jungles with plenty of sun. Branches covered with white leather holes.Top 4 poisonous plants in HK. Never touch or eat the plant. Digitalis-like toxicity such as nausea, vomiting, coma and even death.

Mila-a-miniute is an is an exotic perennial herbaceous vine and is now widely distributed in Southeast Asia. Mikania climbs up along the trunk of other plants to reach the canopy for better sunlight. Even worse, its leaves grow vigorously and will shield other plants eventually. It may obstruct growth or even kill the plant due to reduced photosynthesis and garrotte.

Sandpaper Vine (Excoecaria agallocha L.)

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(Tetracera asiatica)

Vine-like shrubs with rough leaf surface. As the leaf texture is as rough as sandpaper, villagers used it to polish the metal utensils in old days.

Milky-Mangrove

An evergreen mangrove tree grows near shore. Salt from sea water is absorbed and stored inside the White flower Mangrove (Kandelia obovata) leaves.. Excess salt is then excreted through fallen leaves. So fallen leaves Another common mangrove tree in HK. appear red or yellow. Broken leaves The propagules (droppers) resemble pens hanging on tree branches. or stem secrete irritating sap. Propping roots grow from the stem downwards into the soil to support the plant and assist in breathing.

(Mikania micrantha Kunth)

Screw Pine

(Pandanus tectorius) Screw Pine is commonly found in coastal area. Its aerial roots expose for gas exchange. Whereas, its Chinese nickname means ‘Fake Pineapple’, as its fruit like a pineapple. many years ago, children use Screw Pine’s leaves to make cages for keeping spider as pet.

Boehmeria nivea

(Boehmeria nivea (L.) Gaudich.)

The undersides of the leaves of Boehmeria nivea are densely covered with white soft hairs. It is an important crop for plant fibre because it provides raw material for the linen and paper-making industry. Boehmeria nivea is also a larval food plant for some butterfly species. BUZZPACKER


Sharp Island (Kiu Tsui Chau) Sharp Island is a part of the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, the small elongated island is home to geological spectacles created 140 million years ago. It's just about 15 minutes from Sai Kung Pier by boat. On the island, you will see the beautiful Half Moon Beach, Tombolo (emerging promenade happen if you catch the low tide), and weathered quartz monzonite “pineapple bun rock”. The rocks are just like the bun that you ate this morning! It’s highly recommended hop off the boat and walk on this island.

Route

Geo Park Trail of Sharp Island (starting from Kiu Tsui Pier)

Kau sai chau Kau Sai Chau is the largest outlying island in Sai Kung. It includes a golf course, rock carving, rural village, story room and temple. Ferry fare Voyage time Schedule

: : :

HK$ 75 (round Trip) 15 minutes Mon- Thur : 6:40 am - 7:00 pm Fri- Sun & PH: 6:40 am - 9:00 pm

The Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course

It is the only public golf course in Hong Kong, which was established in 1995. To know more about the tuition fee, please click here.

Another pier to the following attractions: You may consider to hire a privately-owned boat at Sai Kung pier or join a local tour at Volcano Discovery Centre Enquiry (tel: (+852) 2394 1538 )

Distance of trail: 200 m Hiking Time: 15 mins

Hung Shing Temple

Route

Hiking MAP (starting from Hap Mun Bay Beach)

Introduction video

Distance of trail: 2 km Hiking Time: 2 hrs

This is a 120-year-old temple where the island’s fishing community dedicated it to Hung Shing, God of the Sea. A plaque inside the temple reveals its establishment date to be 1889. The side chambers was used for the school, and the other as living quarters for the temple’s keeper. Opening hours: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm

EXPLORATION TIPS The tombolo is accessible when the tidal level is lower than 1.4 metres. Please click here to check the tidal levels with the Hong Kong Observatory before crossing the tombolo to avoid being trapped on Kiu Tau. Also make sure that you return before the tide

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level rises. Urgent island shuttle service: (+852) 5115 3010 or (+852) 5127 3053

Kau Sai Village Story Room (next to the Temple) The Story Room, which was converted from the Kau Sai Village Office. Fishing equipment, cultural relics, and Hakka herb specimens were on display in the room. The exhibits provide visitors with information not only about the history and culture of Kau Sai Village, but also the importance of nature conservation. Address : No. 6A, Kau Sai Village, Kau Sai Chau Opening hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Sun & PH)


7:00 pm

6:00 pm TASTING SEAFOOD A cluster of seafood restaurants could be found at 'seafood street' which is one of the popular places to have seafood in Hong Kong. Some restaurants have large tanks of live fish and crustaceans from which you may choose. Price of seafood items are charged by weight and some of them may vary with the seasons. Thus, if the price labelled as 'seasonal price ( )', please confirm the price before ordering. Alternatively, you can buy fresh from the market or the boat at the pier . Then, bring it to the restaurant. The restaurant will charge a 'processing fees' per dish. (around HK$ 60). If you have no idea what to order, show the local the following:

DINNER MENU

時價

Steamed fish ( )

清蒸魚

Locals Recommend

pan-fried prawn with soy sauce

(豉油皇煎蝦碌)

Baked scallop with cheese & butter

(芝士牛油焗扇貝)

Cuisine

Seafood

British

Name in English

Sing Kee Seafood Restaurant

Camden Town

Name in Chinese

Address

8:00 pm BACK TO HOSTEL

往旺角 Sai Kung terminus

勝記海鮮酒家

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33-39 Sai Kung Tai 49 Sai Kung Hoi Pong St, Sai Kung Street, Sai Kung

Budget Choice Seafood (bring with fresh seafood)

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好景海鮮飯店 120 Man Nin St, Sai Kung

(~35 mins)

往西貢

Opening Hours

11:00am - 11:00pm

12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Mong Kok terminus

3 minutes walk from Minibus Station to MTR station

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Western List

5 5.0 4.8

Budget

HK$ 200 ~400

HK$ 100 ~150

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Breakfast & Coffee

NAM SANG WAI

Menu

N1 Coffee & Co. Address

: G/F, 34 Mody Road Tsim Sha Tsui

Opening hours : 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Budget : HK$ 25-90

or other choices (pick in the coffee map)

9:00 am

Take MTR & bus to Nam Sang Wai 1 minute walk from coffee shop to MTR station (exit P3)

Although the Tsim Sha Tsui station and East Tsim Sha Tsui station are connected by subway, separate entry and exit gates are installed at these two stations.

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River & Wetland Conservation

The landscape of Nam Sang Wai contains river, abandoned farms, glistening fish ponds and wetland. This precious area creates habitats for varies of life. Not only bird-watchers, photographers, but also scientists are attracted to this rustic scenery place for research. You can explore the area either on foot or cycling. Waving tall reeds and simple wooden huts around will make you feel like staying away from urban Hong Kong.

1 minutes walk from MTR station to bus station

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YOHO Mall II

Hung Mo Kiu

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WALKING DISTANCE : 5 KM NAM SHAN WAI

YUEN LONG

9 minutes walk from Bus Station to starting point

TRANSPORTATION : MTR / BUS / SAMPAN ROUTE MAP

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MAP OF NAM SANG WAI EXPLORATION TIPS MORE COMFORTABLE WAY RIDING A BICYCLE It will be quite hot for walking around 3 hours under the bright sunlight in summer. If you want to take a ride around it, you can rent a bicycle near Yuen Long Station.

5 minutes walk from Exit B of Yuen Long Station

ARTIFICIAL WETLAND

天豐單車)

Tin Fung Bicycle Company ( Address.

: Lee Kwan Building, 35-47 On Lok Road, Yuen Long

Rental Fee: HK$30 - HK$60 per day

Riding route: blue line in the route map

PREPARE A PACKED LUNCH You may have lunch at the King Fai Farm. However, the opening hours are not guaranteed on weekdays.

BRING ENOUGH POTABLE WATER

EQUIP WITH BINOCULARS

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Source: Hong Kong Tourism Board


10:00 am START EXPLORING! tranquil environment. If you like picnic, you may have your picked lunch on

Nam Sang Wai is surrounded by Kam Tin River and Shan Pui River. The place's habitats are diverse. There are geiwais and fish ponds, from which the name's 'wai' come. There are also grasslands and reed beds. On the

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Mai Po Nature Reserve acts as a haven for migratory waterbirds every winter. Surrounding Inner Deep Bay wetlands have been recognized as a Wetland of International Importance under the prestigious Ramsar Other Conventionsince 1995. 49.9%

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Yuen Long Basin. The sediment forming the core part of the intertidal mudflat is predominantly clay and silt. In 1995, 1,500-hectare area of mudflats, mangroves and fishponds in Mai Po and Inner Deep Bay of Hong Kong. It was officially listed as a Kam Tin River and Shan Pui River are not incorporated in the not only providing sediments and nutrients, but also alleviating

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BLACK-FACED SPOONBILL ONLY AROUND 3000 LEFT IN THE WORLD

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Around half of Fung Lok Wai is protected by the Ramsar Convention, and also on the Hong Kong government's List of Priority Sites for Enhanced Conservation.s.

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KAM TIN RIVER Nam Sang Wai locates between two rivers - Shan Pui River and Kam Tin River. Both the rivers flow to Deep Bay eventually. Kam Tin River originates from Tai Mo Shan- Hong Kong's highest mountain. The original meanders of the narrow and winding Kam Tin River was incapable to discharge floods during rainstorms, thus causing low-lying areas inundated. In order to recover the ecosystem nearby, the government has constructed a channel and some wetlands.

NAM SANG WAI RIVER EDUCATION TRAIL

LUNCH- KING FAI FARM (

敬輝農場)

The farm runs for purpose of conservation and encouraging organic farming. The beautiful big lotus pond with wooden bridge is very rare in Hong Kong. It's the favorite stop for local cyclists for tasting beancurd dessert (tofu pudding) and taking a short break.

Address

: Shop A, 1 Nam Sang Wai Road, Yuen Long

Opening hours : 10:00 am -6:00 pm Tel

The trail starts at Castle Peak Road, goes around Nam Sang Wai via the Yuen Long Bypass Floodway. There are a total 10 exhibition panels along the trail to provide information on ecological aspects of the rivers.

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1.

Evolution of Engineered Channels

2.

Yuen Long Bypass Floodway

3.

Engineered Wetland

4.

In Search of Kam Tin River

5.

Kam Tin River Basin

6.

Fishponds

7.

Mangroves on Riverbanks

8.

Ramsar Site

9.

Short-leaved Malacca Galingale

10. Confluence of Two Rivers

AUDIO GUIDE

: (+852) 2944 0029


MANGROVE

Mangrove is unique inter-tidal wetland ecosystem, which receive inputs from regular tidal flushing and from freshwater streams and rivers. It is characterized by high temperature, fluctuating salinity, alternating aerobic and anaerobic conditions, periodically wet and dry, unstable and shifting substratum. You can find Mangrove associates like Spiny Bears Breech (Acanthus ilicifolius) along the river. They help to strengthen riverbanks and improve the natural environment. Mangrove has special adaptations to withstand fluctuating salinity with their physiological mechanism. The bark of mangroves contains a chemical called tannin which is extracted to make red dye, giving rise to the their Chinese name - Red Trees.

ARTIFICIAL WETLAND The 7-hectare artificial wetland was built from three abandoned fishponds. It is a well conserved area providing habitats for birds, frogs, bats and dragonflies etc. There is a bamboo grove planted at the south of the wetland to attract egrets.

ABANDONED GEI WAI In the 1970's and 80's, Nam Sang Wai is famous for its gei wai shrimp culture. “Wai” refers to rounding up an area (the shrimp pond) in Chinese. "Gei Wai" is a technique to rear shrimp by using earth bunds at the inter-tidal area. A sluice gate was constructed at the seaward side to control the inflow and outflow of water. By opening the sluice gate during high tide in autumn, young shrimp are flushed into the Gei Wai from the adjacent bay. This traditional technique is a clever and sustainable way to keep and harvest shrimps, by adapting to the natural environment.

A Gei Wai harvesting workshop will be held in Mai Po Nature Reserve during summers, If you hope to learn more, please click here !

FISH PONDS Yuen Long used to be the largest fishpond area in Hong Kong. The flat flood plain and clay soil in Nam Sang Wai makes it suitable for building fishponds. Cultivated fish in local fishponds included: Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio), Silver Carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix), Mud Carp (Cirrhinus molitorella), Grass Carp (Ctenopharyngodon idellus) and Big Head Carp (Aristichythys nobilis). More than aquaculture use, fishponds have also high ecological value by forming a wetland habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife.

MUDFLATS Can you see the active mudskippers and fiddler crabs on the mudflats? When there is a low tide, the mudflat exposes to air and various little animals come out for foraging. If you are lucky enough, you can even discover the ‘living fossil’ juvenile horseshoe crabs in the mud!

1:12 pm FISHPOND EDUCATION KIOSK The Fishpond Education Kiosk has an exhibition of fish-farming tools, facilities and old photos showcasing the former prosperity of the local fishery industry. You can also enjoy local village-style banquets and organic vegetables grown by villagers.

Address

有記士多) in Nam Sang Wai Road

: Yau Kee Store (

Opening hours : 9:00 ám -6:00 pm Admission fee : Free

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4:00 pm

REEDS

THE NAM SANG WAI BOAT (SAM PAN)

When we come to the last check point, we have to cross the river by a sampan. It is now the only river-crossing boat in Hong Kong. It could both carry passengers and bicycles across between Shan Pui River and Yuen Long town centre. Operating hours: 6:00 am - 11:00 pm Fare : HK$7, HK$ 1 (forbicycle) The reeds we see here are mostly short-leaved Malacca Galingale (Cyperus malaccensis Lam. var. brevifolius Boeck.). They grow at the junction of sea water and fresh water. The species was therefore commonly known as "salt water grass" in Chinese. The grass was always collected by people and used in the wet market during 1950s to 1960s.

SCENIC TREE-LINED PATH A path leading through a corridor of tall River Red Gum trees (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) is a popular photographic point for shooting. Eucalyptus can be found commonly along rivers, creeks and floodplains. It is a great survivor, which can recover quickly from floods, fire, inundation and drought.

4:30 pm BACK TO TSIM SHA TSUI & DINNER 13 minutes walk from the pier to MTR station 24 24.5 22.2

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7:30 pm DINNER

8:30 pm

Locals Recommend

Western List

Budget Choice

Cuisine

Western

Bar & Grill

Taiwanese

Name in English

Nathan Left

The right place

Iron Cow Taiwanese Beer Noodles

Name in Chinese

彌敦左岸

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鐵牛 台灣牛肉麵

G/F & 1/F, Hart Avenue Plaza, 5-9 Hart Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui (near MTR exit N3)

G/F, 17-19 Prat Avenue, Tsui Sha Tsui (near MTR exit N2)

Shop 28, Floor LG, Hilton Towers, 96 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (near MTR exit P1)

Mon - Sat 4:00pm - 4:00 am Sun 4:00pm - 2:00 am

Mon - Thur 12:00 noon - 2:00 am Fri & Sat 12:00 noon - 3:00 am Sun 4:00 pm - 1:00 am

11:30am- 10:30pm

HK$ 100 ~ 200

HK$ 100 ~ 200

HK$ 50~100

Address

Opening Hours

Budget

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BACK TO HOSTEL OR HAVE A DRINK AT KNUTSFORD TERRACE

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ALTERNATIVES ATTRACTIONS FOR DISCOVER BIODIVERSITY

MAI PO nature reserve - b i rd p a ra di s e -

Mai Po Nature Reserve is in a restricted area. You are required to apply a permit or join the guided tour provided by WWF Mai Po visitor centre.

Park Map

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Mai Po Nature Reserve is managed by WWF-Hong Kong since 1983. With its high diversity of wetland habitats including Gei Wais, mangroves, intertidal mudflats and reedbeds, The reserve is an important habitat and staging site for waterbirds. Visitors may join various tours in different seasons.

Hong Kong Wetland Park Address Opening Hours

:Mai Po, Yuen Long Magic of Mai Po Tour Video :Book HERE! (3-hr bird watching tour) Address

Shuttle Bus (booked in advance)

Long Ping visitor centre

Admission Fare Free guided tour Suggested route

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West Rail

Mai Po

Light Rail

: : : : :

Wetland Park Road, Tin Shui Wai, N.T. 10:00am – 5:00pm

(closed on Tue, except PH) HK$ 30 Park Map

Check HERE

Widelife exploration trip (3.5 hrs)

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Wetland Park

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CHAPTER IV

Tai Lam Chung Reservoir

Breakfast & Coffee N1 Coffee & Co. Address

: G/F, 34 Mody Road Tsim Sha Tsui

Opening hours : 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Budget : HK$ 25-90

or other choices (pick in the coffee map)

Take MTR & bus to Tai Tong

9:00 am

1 minute walk from coffee shop to MTR station (exit P3)

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A Bird-eye View of 'Thousand Islands' WALKING DISTANCE : 5 KM YUEN LONG

TUEN MUN

TRANSPORTATION ROUTE MAP:

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Ping Cheong Path

Tai Tong Wong Nai Tun Tsuen Terminus

10 minutes walk from bus station

11:30 am

B

A

30 mins 4.9

to Yeung Ka Tsuen

YEUNG KA TSUEN

Yeung Ka Tsuen is a rural Hakka Village. Its house structure is designed for large multi-family communal living and defense purpose. The building is constructed of bricks and cement with its walls and columns to support its pitched roofs of timber rafters, round fir purlins and ceramic tiles. The land which Hakka people choose to build their village always has good “Feng Shui” settings mountain at the back and Yuen Long town area to its south.

: BUS / MTR

Route Map BUZZPACKER


1:00 pm

TAI LAM CHUNG RESERVOIR OBSERVATION DECK

Tai Lam Chung Reservoir is the first reservoir

built in Hong Kong after the Second World War. Before the reservoir was filled up, there were many small hills in the area. Those hills later become dozens of islands as you see now. The beautiful scene is called “Thousand Island Lake”. Only a few decades ago, badly eroded by rain, Tai Lam Country Park was a barren domain with scanty vegetation. Afforestation experts have put effort on planting in the park. Today, species like Taiwan Acacia (Acacia confusa), Brisbane Box (Lophostemon confertus), Chinese Red Pine (Pinus massoniana), Slash Pine (Pinus elliottii) and Swamp Mahogany (Eucalyptus robusta) have colonized most parts of the park, while native trees, such as Oak and Machilus species and Castanopsis (Castanopsis fissa), are given a chance to regenerate in a significant scale. Profuse forests provide habitats for all types of animals : various bird species, Chinese Pangolin (Manis pentadactyla), Leopard Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) and Red Muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak). Sharing these woodlands are amphibians like the Green Cascade Frog (Rana chloronota), Asiatic Painted Frog (Kaloula pulchra pulchra), Butler's Pigmy Frog (Microhyla butleri), Ornate Pigmy Frog (Microhyla fissipes), Asian Common Toad (Bufo melanostictus) and Hong Kong Cascade Frog (Amolops hongkongensis). In local rivers and streams, freshwater fish species like Opsariichthys bidens and Rice fish (Oryzias curvinotus) are common.

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Length : 8.6 km Duration : 2 hours Overall Difficulty(1-star: easy): Gradient(1-star: easy) :

Starting point

A

B

JUNCTION TO OBSERVATION DECK

C

MACLEHOSE TRAIL (SECTION 10) 1 Option

End point 1

2 Option

End point 2

HONG KONG GOLD COAST

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C

OPTION 1 MACLEHOSE TRAIL (SECTION 10)

The chosen route is a part of

3:30 pm

BACK TO TSIM SHA TSUI AND DINNER 10 minutes walk from Tin Hau Temple to bus station

MacLehose Trail which is a total of 100 kilometers hiking trail. It was divided into ten sections and links

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eight Country Parks. The route is part

of

the

last

section

OPTION 2

MacLehose Trail has been named one of the best 20 hiking trails in the world by the National Geographic

3:30 pm LEISURE WALK AT HONG KONG GOLD COAST

Society.

TIN HAU TEMPLE (SO KWUN WAT) Leaving the MacLehose Trail, we will join the So Kwun Tsuen Wat Road. Around 15 mins walking, you will see the Tin Hau Temple near the minibus station. This kind of temple is very common in Hong Kong, especially in the village along coastlines. Tin Hau, who is also called Matsu (Mother-Ancestor), was the legend in China before 1123. She met a Taoist priest at the age of 13 who taught her how to predict the future and help those who were sick and weak. It was said that she save the people who were being drowned. People therefore looked upon her as the goddess for safety on the sea. This is the finishing point of the hiking route.

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Tuen Mun Station Terminus 25 mins 4.9

of

MacLehose Trail.

3:00 pm

So Kwun Wat Tsuen

Introduction

Shop directory

If you want to take a meal break or see the beautiful sunset at pier, Hong Kong Gold Coast is recommended. It is a large European-style resort complex near the shore including a hotel, shopping mall, seaside alfresco dining outlets, coffee shops, marina club and an artificial beach. You may find a seaside restaurant, enjoy the sunset, or take a walk on the Golden Beach. Address

: Hong Kong Gold Coast, So Kwun Tuen Mun, New Territories

25 minutes walk from Tin Hau Temple to Hong Kong Gold Coast

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Hong Kong Gold Coast

Tuen Mun Station Terminus 25 mins 4.9

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FROM HOSTEL TO AIRPORT

7:30 pm DINNER

Locals Recommend Cuisine

Wagyu, Japanese

Western List Western

Budget Choice

O P T I O N S

Burger

T O

MTR

C H O O S E

Bus #A21 -Hot Pick-

Name in English

Japanese Wagyu Yakiniku Pure

ATUM Restaurant

Burgeroom

Name in Chinese

和牛燒肉 純

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Address

Opening Hours

Shop 3, 1/F Hilton Towers, 96 Granville Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui (near exit P3)

12:00 noon - 3:00 pm 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Shop 101B, 1/F, K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (near exit D2)

12:00 noon10:30 pm

Shop 207, L2, Mira Place One, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (near Exit B1)

Transport

Operation Hours Time Fare

HK$ 150 ~ 250

HK$ 85 ~ 180

5:53 am 0:52 am

15m

22m

Free

15 mins

5:15 am – 12 midnight

Normal lines, involves 2 interchange stations

5:54 am - 0:27 am

78m

38m

HK$33

HK$ 70 (Octopus: HK$ 65)

8-30 mins

10 mins

Official website: HK$ 100 ( single journey )

10 mins

Route details:

HK$ 80~170

Hong Kong

Kowloon Station (Level L2)

Mody Road

1. East Tsim Sha Tsui-->Nam Cheong

(Interchange: platform 1, to Tuen Mun) 2. Nam Cheong --> Tsing Yi (Interchange: platform 3, to Tung Chung)

BACK TO HOSTEL Arrival

73

To Airport

Travel agent: HK$ 50 (single journey)

Departure Hyatt Regency

9:00 pm

Airport Express

6:15 am11:00 pm

11:00 am12 midnight

Frequency

Budget

Free airport express shuttle bus (route #K3)

MTR

Kowloon Station

Airport

Airport (Ground Transportation Centre)

3. Tsing Yi --> Airport (Interchange: platform 1, to AsiaWorld-Expo)

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