High Junk Peak, one of the “treacherous peaks” of Sai Kung, is a relatively much easier hike than Sharp Peak, its elder sibling.
With an altitude of 344 meters, it is a 6-kilometer-long mountain ridge separating the Clear Water Bay countryside and the Tseung Kwan O community uniformly.
In traditional Chinese, High Junk Peak translates to “fisherman” (釣魚翁).
That is because when viewed from the north, the mountainous area bears resemblance to an old man in a straw cape sitting by the sea and fishing patiently.
The closer to the apex, the more the weathering rocks on the way, making the trail challenging yet still largely manageable for most people.
Gazing down from the mountaintop, in the east is the entire Clear Water Bay area, as well as the outlying islands of Jin Island and Basalt Island. In the south is Tin Ha Shan (田下山), Po Toi O (布袋澳) and Tung Lung Island (東龍島). In the west is Tsueng Kwan O, Fat Tong O (佛堂澳) and Hong Kong Island East.
The North, which you have just walked through, is Sheung Yeung Shan (上洋山), Ha Yeung Shan (下洋山) and Miu Tsai Tun (廟仔墩).
Hard As Nayls, which is one of the annual marathon races in Hong Kong, is a memorial event for a keen runner, Andy Naylor, a 43-year-old Hong Kong police superintendent who died during a triathlon contest in New York in 2012.
Hard as Nayls event is usually held in April or May. It is a genuine test of endurance as the race requires runners to complete a 42-kilometer marathon covering all the peaks in the Clear Water Bay Country Park.
High Junk Peak Country Trail is one of the chosen sections for the race.
For first-time visitors, I would recommend following the government-designed trail taking the entrance of Ng Fai Tin (五塊田) as the starting point and Tai Miu Au (大廟坳) as the finishing point.
To go to Ng Fai Tin: Take KMB bus 91 at Diamond Hill, or green minibus no. 16 at Po Lam, no. 103 at Kwun Tong Pier, or no. 103M at Tseung Kwan O MTR Station, to get off at Clear Water Bay Road, near Ng Fai Tin.
To return from Tai Miu Au: Walk to Clear Water Bay Second Beach to take KMB bus 91 or green minibus no. 103, 103M, or to walk to Po Toi O and take green minibus no. 16.
Time: About four hours
Reference: Government website with map
This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on July 8.
Translation by Darlie Yiu with additional reporting
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