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.

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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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Tong Min Tsuen to Tai Wo

Another Scenic Exercise Walk

Introduction

As I have mentioned elsewhere, I try to walk a minimum of 5 km every day. Sometimes it’s more, and occasionally less but, I generally manage to maintain my plan. You can find more information on this here.

I spend most of my time in Tai Po and various parts of the area, so much of my time is spent walking along the Lam Tsuen River. When I have enough time, I like to do something a bit longer.

The Route

The route follows the cycle track along Lam Kam Road in the Lam Tsuen Valley. To get to Tong Min Tsuen, take the 64K KMB bus from Tai Po Market Station and alight at San Tsuen. Alternatively, you can take the 25K Green Minibus from the Tai Wo MTR Station.

From San Tsuen start back along the direction in which you have come. The path and cycle track take you past villages and fields. At one point you pass the start of the route to Tin Liu Ha which is a pleasant half day outing.

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The route continues along towards the entrance to Fong Ma Po which is the location of the Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree.

The Wishing Tree complex is worth a visit and there is a small Cultural Centre located nearby. A short detour would not take up more than 30-45 minutes.

The Fong Ma Po bus stop

 

The Lam Tsuen Cultural Centre beside the Wishing Tree Complex
Continuing…

After passing Fong Ma Po the route dips slightly as it continues along Lam Kam Road.

Also, another place worth visiting is the Botanic Union. Located in Kau Liu Ha Village, which is just before the roundabout, it is a unique garden centre. While there are many garden centre selling flowers and garden arrangements, the Botanic Union do so with a sense of creativity and entertainment.

One of the many displays in the Botanic Union

Shortly before the roundabout the cycle track and footpath branch off to the right.

 

 

Following the footpath around to the left takes you over the Lam Tsuen River.

Coming out onto the Tai Po Road (Tai Wo).
Two Items of Interest:
This is the inflatable dam at the Tai Po Tau Raw Water Pumping Station. Legend has it that when it was first installed back in the early 70s the local archers used it for target practice.
This tree, almost at the end of the road, is home to hundreds of Moon Moth caterpillars at the correct time of the year. Usually from around June.
Nearing the End
Passing Tai Po Gardens on the right
The underpass across the road is the turn off for Cloudy Hill and the second part of Stage 8 of the Wilson Trail.
And arriving at Tai Wo Plaza and the MTR Station
Conclusion

This is a pleasant walk for anyone wanting to burn a few calories and see a bit of the countryside.

Personally, I never get tired of looking at the trees and there are certainly plenty of those along the route.

An alternative would be to start the walk from the Tai Wo MTR, ending up at San Tsuen and having a bowl of noodles and a cold drink at the Kwan Yick Store. Regardless of which direction you take you will pass by the Wishing Tree the Botanic Union and they are always worth a few moments of your time. And, it you do decide to take the route in this direction you could take in the detour to Tin Liu Ha (see above) as well.

 

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