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  • I don’t know of any guided hiking tours in Hong Kong but Ma On Shan is definitely one hike in which we should’ve recruited an experienced guide

    • by tsimon
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      Ma On Shan is one of Hong Kong’s highest mountain peaks and one of the most difficult trails I have encountered in this country. Our challenges began with the jump-off point. The bus stop is near the entrance of a canopy walk, which wasn’t the trail head.

      We kept walking along the highway until we eventually hit the trail head for stage 4 of the MacLehose Trail. The hike was long and tough.

      We had to


      negotiate a lot of steep areas, where the trail can become slippery. This was just on to the base of the mountain.

      To get to the summit, we had to deal with big boulders and a narrow ridge. It would have been better if we weren’t sharing the trail with group upon group of other hikers.

      Our group was armed with just a tourist map. As such, we often had to stop and regain our bearings ...


      • with a compass each time we encountered a fork on the road.

        This often happened on the way out of the mountain. While there were signs, they weren’t very clear and they didn’t match the landmarks in the guidebook.

        The trail out of the mountain led us to a small group of residential homes. There weren’t any signs to a bus stop.

        Luckily, a resident was walking about and led us to a stop where we

        caught a minibus to Sai Kung. The whole hike was a bit frustrating since we spent a lot of time getting lost.

        This is strange since I’ve come to know Hong Kong as very efficient when it comes to getting directions. Also, we started out late, giving us less time to enjoy the hike.

        I don’t know of any guided hiking tours in Hong Kong but Ma On Shan is definitely one hike in which we should’ve recruited an experienced guide.




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