Hiking during the summer months need not be a sweltering proposition if you make the right choices.
If you are in Hong Kong, consider Ng Tung Chai (梧桐寨) near Tai Po Lam Tsuen Valley in Tai Po, for example.
The route requires a good deal of strength and endurance, but there is also much relief on the way.
Hikers are rewarded with magnificent waterfalls and stream pools that can instantly cleanse the mind, body and spirit.
Ng Tung Chai — the small valley between the southern part of Lam Tsuen valley and the foot of Tai Mo Shan — has the highest waterfall in Hong Kong with its spectacular main fall measuring 35 meters.
Dubbed as one of the city’s “Four Natural Wonders”, Ng Tung Chai waterfalls consist of Bottom Fall, Middle Fall, Main Fall and “Scatter Fall”.
Formed by a two-layered small fall, the Bottom Fall gives you an impression of staying inside a well where you enjoy a moment of solitude.
The Middle Fall is a bit plainer comparable to the Main Fall, where its water goes down so quickly that you can feel the air flow. It is so cooling and relaxing that you want to spend all day there.
The Scatter Fall is further up from the main. As the name suggests, the stream is very much scattered like a little girl who has untied her long hair.
However, since the path leading to the Scatter Fall is a much steeper climb, everyone should be extra cautious while going up.
At the bottom of each fall, there’s a tiny pond where you might immerse yourself into the water to escape from the heat radiated by the blazing sun.
After the waterfalls, if you still have time, you can visit the Man Tak Yuen temple. Surrounded by the greenery, the temple is another quiet place for meditation and emptying your thoughts.
To go to/return from Ng Tung Chai: Take KMB bus No. 64K from/to Tai Po Market MTR station.
Time: About four hours
Reference: Government website with map
This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on June 24.
Translation by Darlie Yiu with additional reporting
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