This is a route that I attempted a few months ago but found that I had underestimated the heat. I made the wise decision to abandon the hike and return home. This time I was a bit more careful. I left home before 10:00 a.m. and made sure that I had completed the walk well before 12 noon.
Getting to the Start
The route starts from the village of Kau Liu Ha on Lam Kam Road in the Tai Po area. To get to Kau Liu Ha you can take the 64K KMB bus from either the terminal in Tai Po Hui or pick it up at the Tai Wo MTR station. Alternatively, you can take the 24K Green Minibus from Tai Wo. Alight at the Kau Liu Ha bus stop and walk across Lam Kam Road to enter the village.
The route takes you past the Botanic Union down a good path to the Lam Tsuen River. As you can see from the dog’s leg after Kau Liu Ha my navigational skills have not improved. I went the wrong way and had to double back. However, once you are on the right path you can’t get lost.
You then follow the path along the river to the Ngau Kwu Leng Bridge and from there onto Lam Tsuen Heung Kung Sho Road which leads us to San Tsuen. However, before then the Lam Tsuen River revealed its usual beauty and tranquility.
One of the things I never tire of listening to is the sound of running water.
After turning off beside the Ngau Kwu Leng Bridge you come onto a single-lane road. Take care because, while there isn’t a lot of traffic there will be the occasional vehicle.
The road brings you into Fong Ma Po and the Wishing Tree Complex. Soon you will see the Lam Tsuen Tin Hau Temple and the enormous public toilet on the right.
Passing the temple and public toilet we come on the second part of the route that takes you to San Tsuen. You pass through pleasant villages with playgrounds and sitting-out areas where you can take a rest. For details of this part of the route, you can take a look here.
The Lam Tsuen River never ceases to surprise hikers with its peaceful tranquility. I could spend hours sitting by the riverside, enjoying the sights and sounds of the nature that surrounds it.
Getting home is a simple matter of walking down onto Lam Kam Road and catching either the 64K or 24K minibus back to Tai Po. Or, you could have a cold drink and a bowl of noodles at the Kwun Yick Store.
Although the route is just under 4 kilometres, remember to bring sufficient water. Also, as the first part of the route takes you along the Lam Tsuen River pay attention to rain warnings. To my knowledge, the Lam Tsuen River has never flooded to the point where the footpath has been inundated, but let’s be safe and sensible.
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