Lam Tsuen Meander

To meander – To walk somewhere in an aimless fashion


Despite the onset of September, the weather has remained disappointingly hot. It has been too hot for any serious hiking. Today though, the weather forecast for the Lam Tsuen area looked promising. The temperature was supposed to be 28-30 degrees Centigrade with little chance of rain.

In the past, I have jokingly said that the Hong Kong Observatory actually uses a dart board to predict the weather. More and more I am convinced of the old saying, “many a true word spoken in jest.”

The route

We set off walking through some of the villages heading in the direction of the She Shan River, a picturesque area in Lam Tsuen. Almost immediately, it was pretty obvious that the temperature forecast was incorrect. It was hot, 32 degrees plus!


Passing through one of the villages along the route
They padlocked the bridge to stop anyone from stealing it…
A nest, I didn’t want to get too close in case I disturbed the inhabitants
It would be pleasant to have a picnic in this area as all you can hear is bird song and running water

The first glimpse of the She Shan River


The She Shan River

However, the She Shan River is always pleasant and despite the heat it was nice to walk along the footpath, listening to the birdsong and sounds of the river. Butterflies were out in force but unfortunately, very camera-shy. We also saw a few dragonflies, harbingers of rain, but they were equally camera-shy.

A porcupine quill. I have seen many of these over the years but never the owners

We made our way to Hang Ha Po where we stopped to rehydrate and then took public transport into Tai Po to do some shopping. Very luckily, just as we got on the 25K Green Minibus to return to Lam Tsuen, the heavens opened and we were treated to a really torrential downpour. The HKO was down two out of two. Perhaps they need a new dartboard!

Not exactly a hike, but it was nice to get out and about.

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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.

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