With 40 percent of its territory preserved as country parks, Hong Kong has much to offer to stressed-out people looking for a weekend adventure.
Hong Kong summers are hot and muggy, and this is quite discouraging even for a nature lover to go out into the wild.
There is an option to fend off the scorching heat which I discovered a few years ago, which is to stay close to, or in the water – stream trekking!
This activity involves hiking up in a stream or alongside it. The proximity of water and the breeze lower the surrounding temperature by about 3 to 5 degrees. Also, many of the streams have shaded canyons, while the abundance of natural pools where one can have a dip makes the activity perfect for a hot summer day.
For some, stream trekking may conjure fears of flashfloods, heights and other such dangers, but it is really quite a safe activity if one takes some basic safety measures:
1. You must have appropriate footwear; no flip-flops, and preferably wear shoes with a soft sole. Some brands make shoes that are perfect for stream trekking such as Evolv and Five-Ten.
2. Go with a group of friends or join a meetup.
3. Know your limits and start easy.
I usually recommend the Sheung Tam stream as a good introduction to stream trekking as it is quite near for those who live on Hong Kong Island, very simple to get to, and at a low-difficulty level. It also has a few nice water pools should you want to cool down along the way.
The Sheung Tam stream is on the south side of Hong Kong Island, west of the Tai Tam reservoir.
Take Bus 14 and get off right after the Tai Tam dam. From there, the shortest loop will have you spend about three to four hours out in the wild, and half of it in the stream.
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