Taiwo to San Tsuen via Lin Au

Introduction

Many of the routes mentioned in Stewart Goes Walkies begin at the Taiwo MTR station. One such route is Taiwo to Lam Tsuen. It is a short but strenuous hike. It takes you over the summit of She Shan before continuing down a steep, wooded footpath into the Lam Tsuen valley. 

Today’s route starts from the same place.

The Tai Wo to Lam Tsuen route – Heading down into the Lam Tsuen Valley from She Shan.
Getting to the Start

Take the MTR to Taiwo, take Exit A, walk out into Taiwo Plaza and turn left towards the glass doors at the end. There is a 7/11 on the right as you exit the building if you need to buy water or munchies but please remember the Stewart Goes Walkies reminder about plastics.

What to Bring

You’ll need water because once you leave Taiwo there are no shops until you arrive at the Kwan Yick Store in San Tsuen. Good footwear is essential and I never leave home without my trusty trekking poles. Please see the ‘Equipment Used’ section at the end of the article.

The Route
The route shows a slight detour after Lin Au which we took due to a wrong turn

 

The first part of the route is familiar. From the Taiwo MTR station, we follow the path across Kam Wo Bridge through Kam Shek New Village onto Shek Lin Road. We then follow Shek Lin Road up to Lin Au. It is here that we branch off onto the trail.

 

 

Crossing the Kam Wo Bridge (which is also known as High Tide Bridge by the local residents).
Leaving Kam Shek New Village and starting up Shek Lin Road
An old Banyan Tree on the side of the road
The road gets quite steep in places but you soon reach the Lin Au turn off
Reaching Lin Au
Lin Au
Turning down the road to Lin Au
Greeted by a friendly, curious dog

And continuing on through the village

 

The path bears to the left and continues on through the trees to the right of the house.

And continues through the trees to a stream which is used by the villagers for their laundry. We crossed over and looked back at one of the ladies.

Once across the stream we followed the concrete footpath, and this is where we went wrong. So happy to continue along the concrete path we missed the stoney path leading off, and up, to the right.

It was such an inviting path we followed it happily for a few moments before realising our error and doubling back the way we had come.

The correct route was marked by a series of red ribbons.

 

 

The path levelled out as it followed the contour of the hillside

Then we came to the junction and followed the path downwards to the right.

 

This time we were sure to check the route. James is pointing out the correct path.
The route disappears into a dense canopy of trees.
And on downwards towards Sheung Tin Liu Ha

Down we went underneath a green canopy and as we descended the silence became complete.

 

While we never actually lost the path, at times it was hard to make out. Fortunately we found the occasional red ribbon marker.

 

I never thought I’d be happy to be back on concrete.
Sheung Tin Liu Ha to San Tsuen

Having arrived at the foot of the hill and Sheung Tin Liu Ha we made short work of the walk through to San Tong and the Kwan Yick Store in San Tsuen, and some well-deserved refreshments.

Entering and making our way through Sheung Tin Liu Ha

 

Taking a last look back at the way we had come. The route down the mountain started approximately at the pylon in the distance.
Going through San Tong, Lam Kam Road in the distance

And our destination – the Kwan Yick Store on Lam Kam Road.

 

Conclusions

This is a route that I had been planning to do for several months. Was it worth it? Absolutely.  Would I attempt it on my own? Absolutely not.

Although I have spoken to people who have done it solo. The latter part of the route down the mountain was along a path that consisted mostly of stones and tree routes. A badly twisted (or worse) ankle would be an easy matter.

Having said that, it was great fun and I would thoroughly recommend it.

Getting home is a simple matter of walking out on to Lam Kam Road and getting either the 64K KMB bus or 25K Green minibus.

Equipment Used

Stewart Goes Walkies does NOT receive discounts or other benefits from the manufacturers or vendors of the gear listed below. We mention them here because we have found that they work for us.

Foot Wear: Salomon XA Pro 3D – Comfortable and easy to adjust.

Head Wear: Ciele Athletics – In rescue orange. Kept the sun, and the low-lying branches off my delicate pate.

Back Pack: Osprey Hikelite 26 with a 2 Ltr Bladder. The carrying system is very comfortable but the bag itself is not as conveniently organised as the Camelbak Mule.

Vapur Reusable Bottle: We use the 0.7 Ltr bottle for electrolyte drinks. They are convenient to use, clean and store after use.

Trekking Poles: I use a set of Columbia Aluminum trekking poles. Convenient to use but MAKE SURE the spin locks are secure. Especially when going down hill.

Cameras: I used a GoPro Hero 9 Black. GoPros are designed primarily for video recording and not for photos. Any shortcomings in the photos are the fault of the user and not the equipment. James used his iPhone 12 for his photo contributions.

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Published by stewartgoeswalkies

Happily married man to a wonderful lady. Living in Hong Kong. In my younger days I enjoyed hiking, camping and rock climbing. I've trekked in the Himalayas and climbed Mt. Kinabalu in East Malaysia.

3 thoughts on “Taiwo to San Tsuen via Lin Au

  1. Great pictures SGW
    Hard to believe that HK has such lush countrysides other than a concrete jungle

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