Anyone looking at a map of the Lam Tsuen area might realise that Fong Ma Po is slightly more than half a kilometre from Hang Ha Po. So, why would we be posting the route between these two locations?
The explanation is that Stewart Goes Walkies was recently contacted by one of our readers who had just seen the post entitled A Variation on a Previous Route and expressed an interest in walking it when he returned to the SAR in a few months.
Knowing that this reader is a keen hiker we offered to lay out a route that he would find more challenging. And so, we came up with this route which includes three previous posts.
This combination of routes you from Hang Ha Po, along the She Shan River, past She Shan Tsuen into the Tin Liu Ha Valley to San Tsuen. And from San Tsuen along the Lam Tsuen River, back towards the Wishing Tree and Fong Ma Po. Allowing for photo breaks and rest stops this would take just a few hours.
The Route and How to Get to the Start.
A Variation on a Previous Route takes us from Hang Ha Po to Lam Kam Road near Chung Uk Tsuen. To get to the start of the walk you can take the 64K KMB bus to Hang Ha Po. Walk back in the direction of Hang Ha Po and turn down into the village itself.
Follow the road past the garbage collection point and this will bring you onto the She Shan River.
If you take a look at this post you will see that we took several wrong turnings. In order to avoid these mistakes when you reach the river, carry on to the right, avoiding the bridges.
This was the scene of our first error and you should just carry on along the right hand side of the river. You need to walk around a few houses so follow the footpath to the right just after the bridge.
This is a particularly scenic route and it takes you along the She Shan River.
Eventually, you will come to this bridge…
…and this is where you join up with the second post, Fong Ma Po to San Tsuen.
On to San Tsuen
The full explanation of this post is: Fong Ma Po to San Tsuen, via She Shan Tsuen and Sheung Tin Liu Ha.
The route now takes you through some farms in the direction of She Shan Tsuen.
She Shan Tsuen in the distance. It is here that we go from one route to the other.
Instead of turning right towards Lam Kam Road, we carry on into She Shan Tsuen. It is not a large village but it would be best to take a look at the Fong Ma Po to San Tsuen post to see the directions on how to get on towards Sheung Tin Liu Ha.
The Tin Liu Ha Valley
This area was covered in the post, Visiting the Tin Liu Ha Valley.
After passing through She Shan Tsuen continue along the She Shan Road until you come to the junction with Tin Liu Ha.
Turn left down the road which brings you into Tin Liu Ha. As you enter the valley the road narrows to a single lane and then becomes a footpath.
The route takes you into a small village called San Tong. Navigating San Tong in the direction of Lam Kam Road can be quite tricky as there are quite a few footpaths leading off in all directions. For detailed guidance please see the post Fong Ma Po to San Tsuen.
As you leave San Tsuen and come out onto Lam Kam Road you will see the Kwun Yick Store on your right. Turn left and cross the road. At the first turning on the right you start the third and last part of the route, San Tsuen to the Wishing Tree.
San Tsuen to Fong Ma Po
Follow this path down onto the Lam Tsuen River. Once on the river, turn right and carry on.
Just after the footbridge the path splits and you should turn right. It is a short, but steep section which brings you to the end of the walk and the Wishing Tree at Fong Ma Po.
Once in Fong Ma Po you will find several food shops that sell everything from instant noodles to regular Chinese dishes, and cold beer and soft drinks.
We were able to complete this walk in just under two hours. It is all on good, safe footpaths and is suitable for both children and the elderly (the author is 69 years-of-age at the time of writing). However, make sure you bring enough water, especially in the warmer months.
It is possible to break up the walk into shorter sections. Once you get to San Tsuen, you can take a break at the Kwun Yick Store. You can then carry on to the final section.
Stewart Goes Walkies is grateful once again to James and Cat for accompanying us the walk.
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