MacLehose Trial Section 9 Viewing Point
Hong Kong Hiking Challenge: From September to December 2022, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department organizes the Hong Kong Hiking Challenge to encourage nature lovers and hikers to set off for the countryside and take on the challenge! There are 25 checkpoints scattered in various scenic spots in the country parks, featuring a variety of picturesque views unique to Hong Kong’s countryside. The top of Hong Kong – Tai Mo Shan, the breath-taking sunset view at Mount High West, the enchanting historic Hakka village of Lai Chi Wo, the thousand islands reflection of the Tai Lam Chung Reservoir, and many more!
Participants can plan their own routes to visit these checkpoints based on their interest, physical fitness and hiking experience. Use a smartphone to check-in at the checkpoints to collect the unique local flora and fauna badges made for each checkpoint. You will also learn about the amazing biodiversity of Hong Kong! Collect a certain number of badges and you will get different rewards! Let the challenge begins!
Area: Tai Lam Country Park, Tsuen Wan, New Territories
Distance: One way 1.5 kilometers
Climb altitude: 130 meters
Time required: 30 minutes (One-way)
Background: MacLehose Trial is a popular yet similar hiking trial for many Hong Kong citizens, MacLeHose Section 9 Viewing Point is highly recommended for people who would like to have a simple and easy hike to tidy up their mind, or want to have a walk somewhere close to the neighborhood.
This viewing point offers a panoramic view of Tsuen Wan, Rambler Channel and Stonecutters Island. On a sunny day with clean sky, you will be able to see ships scuttling within Victoria Harbour, and colorful contrainers stacked up like building bricks that is unique to the view of Tsuen Wan.
Transportation, bus schedule and costs:
- Start from the Tsuen Wan MTR station (The bus station is on top of the bridge, which is a little bit difficult to find)
- If you are not planning to start at Tsuen Wan, you can also start from Tsuen Wan West station (The bus station is at Nina Mall) Take Bus 51 from Nina Tower Bus Terminus to “Tai Mo Shan Country Park (The bus station on the ground floor, which should be easier to find compare to the Tsuen Wan station)
- The bus arrives every hour during weekdays, and 15-60 minutes during the weekends. It costs $9.4 for each ride. (Highly recommend to download the KMB app to check on the bus schedule, which include real-time bus arrival time)
- Take the bus and get off at “Tai Mo Shan Country Park”, walk back and you will see the bus station at the opposite side which heads back to Tsuen Wan (Also the bus station you will be taking when you leave)
- You should be able to see a road that can turn right after walking for about a minute.
- The road entrance is also the starting point of the MacLeHose Trail Section 9, you will be able to see the sign throughout the walk.
- Continue to walk down the slope, then you will see a road block. Don’t hesitate and just walk pass the block.
- Keep walking straight, and you will be able to see the direction pointing you to the MacLeHose Trial (Yes, it is a very well established and clean hiking trail).
- On the left side will be the Twisk Campsite (Also a very popular campsite), there will be a mobile toilet. Keep moving forward.
- There will be a small up hill (Not difficult even for beginner), there will be a place where you can rest for a bit, or you can turn left and walk down the hill.
- Just in about 10 minutes (A little upslope and downslope), the viewing point is just in front of you!
Little feedback: Since the Tsuen Wan station has a bridge that is well-known as the bridge that can leads to everywhere, including different shopping mall. This location is perfect for a one-day trip, starting with a small hike in the morning, then coming back to Tsuen Wan and have a small shopping/lunch break, including a huge Ikea, street foods in Lo Tak Court, or even the artistic The Mills for a local beer. Doesn’t matter if you are taking kids or going with friends that are not familar to hiking, this is also a perfect dating place for couples as well.
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